Eat your carbs!

Sweet potato

It’s so important that your body gets all the nutrients it needs – that’s why I don’t believe in diets. Our bodies need carbs! 1/4 of your plate should be dedicated to carbohydrates. It’s important to not just eat any carb. The ones listed below are my top 10.

Sweet potato – excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, folate and potassium with a low glycemic index to ensure your blood sugar levels are stable. Make some sweet potato gnocchi here.

Brown Rice – a gluten free wholegrain rich in selenium, mangese and fibre. Always remember to choose brown rice over white rice for it’s higher nutritional value.

Beets – my favourite food. Beets are a natural cleanser. They support the liver, purify our blood and contain potassium, fibre, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, beta-carotene, folic acid and Vitamins A, B and C.

Oats – awesome source of protein and fibre. Oats are great for digestion. They act like a brush in our intestines, moving food through. Make my morning oats here.

Quinoa – contains high levels of protein. Be sure to source Australian quinoa and cook as you would rice. You can even use a mixture of half rice/half quinoa in stir fry’s and curries. If you buy quinoa flakes, you can make my quinoa porridge here.

Buckwheat – although the name my confuse you, buckwheat does not contain wheat. It is a gluten free wholegrain. Buckwheat grows so quickly that it doesn’t require a lot of pesticides or chemicals. Make my buckwheat risotto here.

Corn – a great source of B-complex vitamins essential for our nervous system. In today’s society where many people are constantly stressed corn is a great addition to a balanced diet.

Bananas – known as ‘natures energy food’ for a reason. They’re perfect to eat before exercising to provide a quick source of energy. The riper the banana, the quicker it is digested and converted to fuel.

Beans and lentils – if you’re a vegetarian simply combine beans and lentils with grains such as barley and oats to form a complete protein source containing all essential amino acids.

Barley – this grain contains gluten but if you’re not intolerant it provides molybdenum, manganese, dietary fibre and selenium.

I do not like processed carbs such as bread, flour and pasta. Yes, they are an excellent source of readily available energy (they are so processed that they are already half broken down before you eat them so the energy is delivered really quickly). Therefore, they are useful in some circumstances. However, once eaten they are like sugar entering the body so they cause your blood sugar levels to spike really quickly. We need carbs in their whole form for sustained energy.

What’s your favourite carb?

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