Carbohydrates. What constitutes a bad carbohydrate (carb) versus a good carbohydrate and why do we need them?
Over the years, carbohydrates have been given a bad rap. Sure, some of it is warranted, as splurging on high-glycemic carbs such as bagels and donuts is never encouraged. However, carbohydrates have nutrients that provide an important source of energy for our body. Our digestive system changes carbs into glucose, which is used as fuel for our cells and organs. With that in mind, choosing the right carbs to energize our bodies is the key.
Carbs come in various forms, such as sugars, fibers and starches. How do you determine which carbs are good for you and which are potentially harmful?
When I go grocery shopping, I start on the outside of the store and I fill my cart with food that is nutritious, whole and perishable, instead of food that is found in boxes at the center of the store. Highly processed foods such as crackers, cereals, breads and pastries are going to fill you up with empty calories and burn you out quickly. It’s so much easier knowing exactly what the product is that you’re putting in your body instead of obsessing over labels and calculating ingredients.
The best carbohydrate comes from foods such as organic veggies & fruits, which includes fiber, minerals & enzymes. Processed carbs is what you want to stay away from.
Here are my top 10 favorite sources of healthy carbohydrates that will keep you energized and healthy:
Bananas. A good source of energy while also providing your body with potassium, bananas are great for the heart, muscles and digestion. Spread some of your favorite almond butter on top for a delicious snack; the kids will love it.
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