It can be hard choosing the right carbohydrates to fuel your body correctly while losing weight. And while the battle between low (or even no) carb dieters and those who embrace all forms of carbs with arms wide open is raging, we’re sitting on the sitting on the sidelines, mid-field snacking on our favorite carb essentials. That’s right, carbs and weight loss can exist in one sentence together, free of conflict. It’s all about getting the right kind of carbs and maintaining portion control
Today, we’re giving you our 10 favorite carbs for nourishing your body without compromising results.
Bananas; the good mood food, the pre-workout fueler, the energy booster. So many nutrition prizes have been given to this one fruit and all of them with good reason. No matter what kind of diet you are on, there is no reason why you should cut out bananas. The 25g of carbohydrates in a medium banana are a very easily accessible source of energy.
Burghul is an excellent high quality carbohydrate source to add to your diet. Because it is a wholewheat, the beneficial nutrients such as iron and vitamin E are not stripped. Burghul is also high in insoluble fiber, which helps maintain healthy digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for longer, making it a perfect weight loss option. Use it as a rice or pasta alternative in your lunch or dinner meals.
There are so many reasons for chickpeas to become a staple in your kitchen shelves. Whether you are a meat eater or not, chickpeas can serve as an excellent source of protein in your diet with 15g of protein in one cup. Being a rich source of fiber, they also regulate digestion, bowel function, and blood sugar levels. Need some inspiration on how to incorporate chickpeas into your diet? Have a look at our favorite chickpea recipes.
Corn is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy eyesight. In addition to this, it is also a good source of vitamin A, thus helping to combat inflammation and strengthen your immune system. Corn is best served to dress up a dish, or an occasional snack from the street.
Freekeh is an excellent and widely available replacement for traditional white rice. The carbohydrates in freekeh are more slowly absorbed into our bloodstreams than the carbohydrates in refined grains such as rice or pasta. This will help you feel fuller for longer and prevent sudden increases in insulin levels, which can promote weight gain.
If you are looking to lose excess weight you will want to eat something in the morning that will keep you full for at least a few hours. Oats will do just that, and will also reduce your cholesterol levels while they’re at it! Oats are also a great ‘blank canvas’, giving you so many fruit, nut and seed combinations to experiment with.
We all want something to munch on while watching TV or a movie to unwind after a long day. Homemade popcorn is a much healthier alternative that your standard bag of crisps. Plain, air-popped popcorn is extremely low in calories and will fill you up due to its high fiber content. Try it out for yourself at home and enjoy a big guilt-free bowl with your family or friends.
Quinoa is a high protein and carbohydrate seed that has a place in any healthy eater’s diet. It has gotten so much nutritional hype recently due to it being a complete plant based protein containing all 9 amino acids, with an unrivaled fiber content. It’s great in salads or as a pasta substitute. You can even use it as an alternative to oats while preparing your breakfast porridge. Try something new today, with our quinoa based Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad.
Most people don’t realize how amazingly versatile sweet potatoes are. Although they are sweet and can sometimestaste like dessert, sweet potatoes are actually a great slow-releasing carbohydrate with astonishing levels of vitamin A and antioxidants. Once you try out baked sweet potato fries you will probably prefer them to traditional potatoes. Check out our pick of sweet potato recipes.
There’s no reason why you should completely give up bread just because you are trying to lose some extra pounds. Wholegrain, bread is a nutritious food that can be enjoyed in moderation, and is always a better option than processed white bread.