Winter is, without a doubt, a time when people think about their weight with all the holiday food indulgences at every corner. Let’s face it: we aren’t hiding it by ignoring it.
Carbs often get a bad rap when it comes to weight loss, but the truth is they aren’t all bad. While it’s important to avoid processed carbs, you definitely don’t need to avoid ALL carbs. As long as you choose wisely, carbohydrates can certainly be included in your diet plan.
Here are five of my favorite carbohydrate choices. A good rule of thumb, if it came from the ground or a tree it’s a good carb! Eat them early in the day or around your most active times and your body will burn them instead or store them!
Quinoa is an excellent grain that’s unique to most carbohydrates because it does contain a complete source of protein (so it’s an especially good option for vegetarians!). Quinoa is also rich in fiber and slow to digest in the body, making it a great choice as any side to your meal.
Sweet potatoes are the next smart food to be including in your diet. There are more nutrient dense than regular potatoes, offer a delicious taste (according to most people!) and won’t spike blood glucose levels as rapidly as regular potatoes will.
Try them baked with some cinnamon for a really special treat!
Freekah is a grain that most people don’t know about, but is a nutrient goldmine. It’s incredibly high in fiber content, so eating this will fill you up and help you regulate your blood glucose levels all day long. It’s also a good source of vegetarian protein as well, and is a must for anyone not eating a high amount of animal meat.
Steel Cut Oats
Steel cut oats are a perfect way to start your day and easily take the crown as the best breakfast cereal. They’re a high volume food, meaning you can eat just a small serving in terms of calories consumed, but still get a large amount to eat.
Just be sure not to add any added sugars or high calorie ingredients to your morning bowl of oatmeal. Instead, serve it up with some cinnamon, a splash of almond milk, or some unsweetened applesauce. Some people also prefer stirring in some protein powder to make it a little more complete.
Finally, brown rice is the last grain to make sure you’re turning to when you need an energy boost. This unrefined grain will provide you long lasting energy that won’t cause a blood sugar crash an hour or so after consuming it!