Our Top Fibrous Carbohydrate Cauliflower Pizza Crust Grocery Store Option
At Achieve Weight Loss, we classify Cauliflower as a Fibrous Carbhydrate (FC). As a result, it can be used with Lean Proteins (LP), Fatty Proteins (FP), Natural Carbs (NC), Complete Foods (CF) and Meal Replacements (MR). One of the latest health crazes has been to use cauliflower in a variety of ways: cauliflower rice, cauliflower bread, cauliflower tater tots, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and cauliflower pizza crusts.
Are all these new cauliflower products still classified as a Fibrous Carbohydrate? Can all these new cauliflower products be used with the food categories mentioned above (LP, FP, FC, NC, CF and MR)? No, and here is why.
Many cauliflower products are high in calories
Many cauliflower products are loaded with fat. Fat is not necessarily evil, but fat does have the highest amount of calories per gram. 1 gram of fat produces 9 calories; whereas 1 gram of protein or carbohydrates produce only 4 calories. When you add fat to a product you are increasing the calorie count. By definition, Fibrous Carbohydrates (FC) are low in calories; thus when you take a Fibrous Carbohydrate product like cauliflower tater tots and combine it with fat you have moved the product out of the Fibrous Carbohydrate category. In other words , you cannot safely have these products and a Natural Carb in the same meal.
Should we abandon these products?
You don’t need to completely abandon these products, but you should treat them differently than a Fibrous Carbohydrate.
How should we safely treat cauliflower products?
The safest way to treat cauliflower products is to (1) treat as a FC/NC mix and (2) since they are a FC/NC mix, they can safely only be combine with a Lean Protein and (3) limit the serving size to 1/2 hand or about 2 ounces (56 grams).
Are there cauliflower products which do work as a Fibrous Carbohydrate?
Yes! There are cauliflower breads/crusts on the market which do work as a Fibrous Carbohydrate. The advantage of these products is that you can have a Fatty Protein (FP) with them! If you are using a Lean Protein (LP) with these products, you can also use a Natural Carbohydrate (NC) on them as well.
Since the focus of this blog is on cauliflower pizza crusts, let me give you a few suggestions of cauliflower pizza crusts which work as a Fibrous Carbohydrate (FC):
Top Choice: Cali’flower Foods Low Carb Pizza Crusts
Only the “Low Carb” versions work as a Fibrous Carb; however, the serving size is 1/3 of a crust.
Treat the following as a FC/NC option. Use only Lean Proteins on these to be safe:
Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust and Rustic Crust Cauliflower Pizza Crust
There are other non-traditional grocery store options available through Amazon and small online retailers. Login to the website, click “Grocery” then “Fibrous Carbs” and type “Crust” or “Pizza” in the search bar for a few more known options.