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What’s the Deal With Carbs?

there’s a lot of contradicting information out there about carbs, are they good? are they bad? which ones should we be eating? Well I am here to clear up the confusion! Watch my video on carbs and never be confused again on which ones are best to eat!

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Below is some extra information on alternative carbs that you can be adding into your diet instead of the typical bread and pasta.  Check it out and make it a goal to add one of these carbs into your diet this week!

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Brown Rice: The difference between brown rice and white rice is that brown rice still has all of its bran layers intact, which in turn helps the protect the grains naturally present nutrients and fatty acids.  Brown rice has the highest levels of vitamin B of all grains and it also contains iron, vitamin E, amino acids, and more.  What’s great about brown rice is it’s high in fiber, very low in sodium and is 80% complex carbohydrates so it’s going to leave you full and satisfied.

other benefits: promotes good digestion, balances blood sugar, helps control mood swings, and it quenches your thirst.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah): this stuff is fantastic not only because it cooks the quickest of all the grains but also because it has the highest nutritional profile.  it’s gluten free, it’s got all eight amino acids so it’s a complete protein, its good for the heart, kidneys and lungs, its high in all sorts of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and vitamin E, and it’s great for fueling endurance athletes.  You can have this as a side dish at dinner, you can mix it into your salad, or you can make it into a breakfast porridge, just make sure you rinse your quinoa before cooking it because it’s got a toxic coating called Saponin.

fun fact: a cup of quinoa contains as much protein as a cup of milk.

Kasha (or otherwise known as Buckwheat): while the name might fool you buckwheat is actually not a member of the wheat family but actually a relative of the rhubarb family.  Kasha is known to be the most filling out of all the grains and its got loads of benefits for your body.  Its good for your circulation, strengthens the kidneys, high in lysine (good for cold sores), rich in vitamin E and B-complex vitamins, good for neutralizing toxic acid waste in the body, and it stabilizes your blood sugar levels.

how to eat it: it can be eaten has a side dish, hot breakfast cereal or mixed with some vegetables to make a great entree.

Millet: Millet is an extremely nutritious grain that can be used in porridges, cereals and soups.  It’s great for easing candida symptoms (anti-fungal), it supports the kidneys and stomach, it can improve your breath, its high in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and potassium, and it contains silica (keeps bones flexible in the aging process)

fun fact: Millet is warming to the body, so that makes it perfect for a rainy or cold day.

 


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