In this video I share with you my 5 favourite carbohydrates that include in my diet regularly. The topic of carbohydrates (or carbs) is a tricky one as there is so much conflicting information and diets out with some saying carbs are good and some saying they are bad.
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A healthy carb is one that contains a lot of fiber. Fiber is everything that is or was once alive or any sort of plant-based food that hasn’t been refined or processed. I eat plenty of carbs and most of my carbs actually come from vegetables. I eat a lot of vegetables with every single meal, my salads that I make for lunch are MASSIVE. I would say that vegetables take up about 60 to sometimes 80% of my diet.
I don’t eat any sort of processed carbs so no bread, pasta, biscuits, wraps, white rice cereals etc and eat only natural whole grains and starchy veggies to get my carb intake.
I have 1 banana in my smoothie for breakfast every morning after I workout. I love adding banana to my smoothies because I freeze them first and it just makes your smoothie so thick and creamy, it’s amazing. What I usually do is peel and slice them, place them on a tray to freeze then the next day throw it all into a snap-lock bag. This makes them super easy to add to smoothies.
We all know bananas are high in potassium which is great for healthy heart and muscle cramps but they are also loaded full of vitamin B6 which plays a role in metabolising nutrients in the body.
2. Sweet Potato or Kumara
I love sweet potato and my fave way of eating it is roasted in the oven. I add a little coconut oil, mixed herbs and paprika and roast into chips or chunks. Which I usually have for dinner and add to salads.
I recommend you keep the skin on as this is where a lot of the nutrients and fiber are. They are also high in vitamin C being a powerful antioxidant keeping all cells in our body healthy through protection against free radical damage.
The third carb that I love and eat often is Pumpkin. Very similar to sweet potato in nutrient profile so it is really high in vitamin C. And again I love to roast my pumpkin in the oven to add to salads or eat on it's own.
4. Brown, red and black rice
Next on my list is brown, red, black or wild rice varieties which I usually have about once a week when I make a curry or in a stir fry.
I do recommend you avoid white rice as a lot of the nutrients are actually in the outside of the rice grain which is stripped off when processing and making white rice. Where as brown rice is full of all of his goodness.
White rice is digested very fast and a quick release of sugar into the blood. It is good for athletes post work out but if your goal is weight loss then I would suggest you swap your white rice for a brown one like this. You will also find you feel fuller after this rice so naturally you will eat less if it too.
5. White quinoa
Quinoa is another fave carb of mine. I love quinoa as it is high in protein. It actually contains all essential amino acids making it a complete protein source.
I have quinoa about once a week or once every 2 weeks and I usually add to some sort of salad. I preferred I buy white quinoa instead of brown or black just because I find it digests better and also I prefer the texture.
One thing I always do with all of my grains so both quinoa and brown rice is I soak it in water for 8 hours. Soaking it reduces the phytic acid which is a naturally occurring compound on all grains, and phytic acid can actually interfere with digestion which can then lead to bloating for some people. So I soak it for 8 hours then rinse it well with water before cooking it. It also makes the grain cook faster which is great for the brown rice as it takes a while to cook.
Vegetables are carbs
Those are all my main sort of typical carbohydrate foods that I have in my diet. Keep in mind too though, that all vegetables and fruit provide your body with carbs. I also eat a lot of spinach, beetroot, carrots, broccoli and loads more veggies which all provide my body with carbohydrates.
There are also loads of other great carbs as well such as buckwheat, oats and even white potatoes (depending on how you cook them). The ones I mentioned above are just the ones that I typically include in my diet as they are my fave.