Are There Really Healthy Carbs?

When we think of carbohydrates, most of us don't think of healthy carbs. Instead we think of breads, pizzas, pastas, all our favorite desserts. Things that we know are are not good for our bodies but are so hard to resist.

The good news is... you don't have to live without them. That's right. You can still indulge in your favorite foods, but you need to learn to combine them with slow burning carbs and lean proteins to help keep your blood sugar in balance.

Provide your body what it needs to get up and go everyday and you will be shocked at the difference in the way you feel and how you perform your daily routine.

In answer to the above question, yes, there are plenty of good for you carbs out there you just need to know what you are looking for. See below for a list of healthy carbs.

Simple Carbs (Fast Carbs)

  • White Pasta
  • White Bread
  • Couscous
  • Potatoes
  • Bagels
  • English Muffins
  • Rolls
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Raisins
  • Mango
  • Orange Juice
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Dried Fruit
  • Instant Rice
  • Millet
  • Brown Rice

Healthy Carbs (Slow Carbs)

  • Artichokes
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Asparagus
  • Squash
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Legumes

Are your trying to lose weight with little success? Use the following suggestions to prepare your meals and see how you feel after about a week!

How to make a balanced dinner plate that will help your body burn fat instead of storing it:

  • 1 lean protein + 1 slow carb + 1 fast carb
  • 1 lean protein + 3 slow carbs
  • 1 lean protein + 1 fast carb

Tips: Swap out slow carbs for fast carbs as much as possible because they are much better for your body than foods packed with sugar.

The key to losing weight is in how your body breaks down the foods you consume. Check out this super helpful video for a better idea how this process works.

And don't forget about the vegetarian diet pyramid! This is a great tool to help you plan balanced, healthy meals for you and your family.

Not Sure where to get your protein from? Here's a great list of vegetarian protein sources for you to try.

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