Knowing what good carbs to eat can be confusing. And, eating a low-carb diet is by no means about cutting carbs entirely, even if you’re in a rush to shed holiday pounds. If you’ve resolved to stick to a low-carb diet in the New Year, then you should take the time to educate yourself on which carbs are good and which carbs are bad.
If you’re looking to get up to speed in a hurry, then you’ll definitely want to check out this list of 6 good carbs to eat. Feel free to print it out and bring it along to the grocery store.
Legumes aren’t just good carbs, they’re great carbs. These little wonders are rich in fiber, so they’re able to keep you feeling full for hours and can help stabilize your blood sugar. Additionally, they’re high in protein, and not at all difficult to digest as long as they’re probably soaked and cooked.
Warm legumes are perfect in soups. Cold legumes make excellent additions to salads.
You might be surprised to learn that buckwheat is actually a seed and not wheat as its name suggests. This good carb is gluten-free, full of disease-fighting flavonoids, and contains all 8 essential amino acids.
For a good alternative to pasta, you should try out buckwheat soba noodles. Plain buckwheat is a welcome addition to both savory and sweet meals.
Quinoa has become incredibly popular in recent years, and for good reason. The ancient Incan grain is a superfood by any definition. It’s a complete protein, contains all essential amino acids, and is gluten-free.
Quinoa is a wonderful substitute for rice in all of your favorite dishes. Also, there are lots of great gluten-free products that are made with quinoa, including crackers and pastas.
Root vegetables, including beets, carrots, rutabagas, and turnips, are fantastic carbs. They’re complex, so they’re excellent at eliminating sugar cravings. Additionally, they offer good support for the immune system, clear skin, proper digestion, and a lot more.
Root vegetables are great on their own, or added to your favorite soup or pasta. To increase their sweetness, don’t hesitate to roast them.
Although winter squash often contains a fair amount of starch, it also has a good amount of pectins, which reduce inflammation and regulate insulin. This makes winter squash a very good carb indeed.
To best take advantage of this seasonal treat in 2014, use winter squash while baking, roasting, or pureeing. Of course, one of the most popular ways to eat winter squash is with spaghetti squash.