One of the most common questions I get from people new to paleo is, “What do you eat instead of potatoes, pasta, and rice”? All of which are very low on the nutrition side and very high on the carb side, by the way. If you’re like most, that side dish is no longer a side, and more than 50% of the calories on your plate. Restaurants use these as “value” filler. In other words, they give you more of the cheap calories to fill up your plate and present a larger meal for the money. Don’t do us any favors… Stick to carbs that contain more vitamins and minerals like carrots, parsnips, beets. It’s a much better choice than pasta or any of the other high GI, starchy sides. Here’s the problem. A baked potato comes out as a baked potato. They never serve you half a potato, which is more than enough of a serving. What ends up happening is you eat way more than you should. Not only that, but a cup of carrots vs a cup of potato (about a third of a potato) has only 50 calories vs 130, and only 12 carbs vs 30. Carrots have tons of vitamin A, C, and K, not to mention lots of flavor. Last night I roasted some organic carrots and brussels sprouts in a 400 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Try multi-colored, heirloom carrots for a change. Toasty brown, crispy edges, sweet center. Now that’s a great side!