5 Healthy Carbs You Should NOT Be Avoiding
While a lot of people who want to lose weight start fearing every source of carbohydrates possible, they are not really as bad as you think they might be. There are several great sources of carbs that can give you energy but would not add to your weight. Other than that, these sources contain vitamins, minerals and fiber which are essential for energy and overall health. Here are some good carbohydrates you might consider adding to your diet.
While sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and simple starches, they are also high in fiber, beta-carotene and vitamins. It has natural sugars that can help raise insulin levels. So if you happen to be diabetic, yams would be the smart choice because they are loaded with fiber and but don’t have as much sugar.
One medium sized cooked sweet potato delivers a decent 100 calories and has 27g of carbohydrates, four of which are sourced from fiber. Other than this, sweet potatoes are a must-have in your diet for recovery. It contains carotenoids which help with cell repair, while the starch content helps restock energy stores. The fiber in sweet potatoes will also help you feel full for longer than most other foods. This means you will not be craving for its heavier relative — the potato.
Many would think of corn as an unhealthy source of carbs because it is mostly found in packaged and processed food, which can strip it of its nutrients. However, on its own, corn is a healthy whole grain food. While it delivers a decent amount of carbohydrates, it is also a rich source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants – all of which promote healthy vision. What is even better is that corn can be enjoyed in various forms. Whether you want to grill it on the cob, turn it into popcorn or top a salad with it, it surely makes consuming carbs more exciting.
Quinoa stands out from other source of carbs and is a very healthy choice for those who want to gain muscle or lose weight. While it provides a decent amount of fiber (around 2 grams per half cup), it is a rich source of protein as it delivers 4 grams of such. Protein is vital for muscle repair and for energy. Food that are rich in protein can help you feel fuller and satisfied for longer. To prepare quinoa, just rinse it with water before boiling it. It is just like any other grain and goes well with meats and vegetables.
Regardless of where you are, bananas are everyone’s favorite portable snack. Even when you are not travelling very often, consuming bananas often could be very good for you. While its fairly high-carb content has made some people turn their backs against this super fruit, this is an excellent source of vitamin B6, potassium, manganese and fiber. When not too ripe, they are also a wonderful source of slimming resistant starch. Bananas can be consumed whole, added to smoothies, or used in a vast range of gourmet recipes and baked goods.
Oatmeal is one of the cheapest and most readily available source of carbs. It happens to be one of the healthiest sources, too. Old fashioned oats have always been a breakfast essential and while one cup would yield 104g of carbs, 17g of which come from fiber. Since they are essentially tasteless, you can add other healthy options such as blueberries, honey, cinnamon, and flaxseed. Oats also contain a fiber called beta-glucan, which works wonders in giving fiber its bad cholesterol-lowering effect. This also fills you up for longer compared to bread or rice.
Whether you are thinking of what to prepare for breakfast or just want to get energized for the day, do not hesitate to pick these healthy sources of carbs to energize you. What are your favorite sources of carbs and how do you like them prepared? Let us know in the comments below.
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