Carbohydrates. Oh, not long ago they were often portrayed as the "bad guys" in many a weight-loss program. We all remember the high-protein diet that just about made you swear off carbohydrates completely. Oh, that was such a bad idea! As I've always told you, your body needs a healthy mix from all of the major food groups, from carbohydrates to protein and even including the right kinds of fat. But today, I want to focus on carbohydrates. Yes, DO walk away from those useless carbohydrates found so often in many processed and junk foods. But when it comes to eating the right kinds of carb0hydratess, let me tell you about some of the good guys.
Lentils and peas are packed with protein and fiber.
Lentils and peas. Both are legumes packed with protein and fiber, plus vitamins that can actually help reduce diabetes-related blood vessel damage. (Great news if you're diabetic.)
Whole-wheat pasta and real oatmeal, (not the quick-cooking or instant kinds), are loaded with fiber. Remember, whole grains are always good for your body.
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables and I'm glad I love them so much. They're an excellent substitute for white potatoes and don't raise your blood-sugar levels nearly as quickly. Winter squash is an even better choice. It packs less sugar than sweet potatoes and about half the carbohydrates. Hey, I'm a squash fan, too so I'm covered either way, LOL.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, maybe not totally but their high fiber content, vitamins and minerals are a sweet treat to have in place of one of those empty-calorie candy bars.
Berries, to me they're one of the true super foods. They're sweet, thanks to the natural sugar they contain and the phytonutrients in berries can even help stave off colds. And, since they're loaded with antioxidants, berries are well...BERRY, BERRY good for you.
And finally Greek yogurt is another excellent carbohydrate choice. It's also high in protein and calcium, which help improve bone density, especially important as we get older.
Swear off carbohydrates? Never!
Swear off carbohydrates? Never! Especially when you're eating these good-for-your-body carbohydrates brought to you by Mother Nature herself. So next time you're in the supermarket, mosey on over to the produce section and make sure you keep plenty of the carbohydrates I talked about today in your kitchen because, I'm telling you...
They're the good guys!