Carbohydrates are necessary for good health. They are, in fact, the body’s preferred energy source. They key lies in choosing the right carbohydrates. Not all carbs are created equal, after all. Whole grains, fruit and vegetables are clearly superior to candy and sweets, even if both do technically contain high amounts of carbs. It is, after all, about the whole package. First, a quick note: the phrase “whole grain” does actually refer to the grain itself in an unbroken and unprocessed state. Do not be mislead! Whole grain flour is not a whole grain, and while it’s a better choice for flour it is still inferior to the whole grain itself. Here are a few examples of good carbohydrate choices:
- Mixed grain salads. You can add beans in for a little extra protein.
- Oatmeal with seeds and dried fruit is a great way to start the day. Plus, oatmeal is a nerve tonic, which is great for calming jitters.
- Combining fruit and yogurt in a smoothie brings together sweet carbs and healthy protein and calcium – perfect for a meal on the go.
- Sweet potatoes have the carbohydrate power of other potatoes without the glycemic drawback. They are rich in potassium, beta carotene, B6 and Vitamin A.
- Homemade whole-wheat flour muffins with wheat germ for immune boosting zinc and fresh berries for their antioxidant power.