Carbohydrates are an important source of fuel as it is one of the three macronutrients that form a large part of our diet, yet many people are confused about their importance in maintaining a healthy weight.
Carbs can certainly be enjoyed in moderation and as part of a healthy eating plan. It is vital to note that not all carbs are created equal; it is important to choose good quality whole-foods as opposed to processed and refined carbohydrates.
Sweet potatoes are packed with potassium, beta-carotene, and fiber. They also have natural sugars called polyols that lead to smoother bowel movements.
Include in your diet roasted on their own or with other veggies, puree into creamy and hearty soups or add to baked goods like muffins and cakes.
While many of us remove the skin before cooking, feel free to keep the skin on as the skin is rich in fiber and minerals like potassium.
Oats contain a fiber, which has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, reduce insulin response, and improve beneficial gut bacteria. There are many different kinds of options, like oat bran, steel-cut oats and rolled oats and even oatmeal, which can be used to replace processed flours in baked goods. Oats are a great way to start the day, and these grains can be prepared in many different ways for breakfast, like cooked oatmeal, muesli or granola. Avoid sweetened oatmeal preparations, instead, make your own with cinnamon or nutmeg and add fresh fruit like chopped apples, pears, or berries.
Berries are packed with vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. They are lower in sugar than other fruits and high in fiber.
Which berries should you eat? All of them! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, the more colors you eat, the more nutrients and different antioxidants you can nourish your body. Frozen berries are perfectly fine as they are often picked in the season when their nutrient levels are at their peak.