Healthy carbs vs. bad carbs? If you’re confused, these powerful foods will keep your tummy full without the guilt.
Confused about what are healthy carbs and what are bad carbs? So are we. Some diet trends have given carbohydrates a bad name, so we put together a list of the top guilt-free carbohydrates to start adding to your daily diet. These powerful foods will keep your tummy full and your body energized throughout the day without the guilt.
Sweet potatoes: In addition to a good protein source, sweet potatoes also are a good source of dietary fiber, which helps curb your appetite and regulate your blood sugar levels. They also contain Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6. Add a little coconut oil to a baked sweet potato to satisfy sugar cravings!
Squash: All forms of Squash such as zucchini, yellow squash, acorn, butternut, kobocha, turban, pumpkin are powerful sources of Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. According to Harvard Medical School, Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, immune system and skeletal system and may lower the risk of lung cancer. Even better, this vegetable maintains a freshness and nutrition for months while stored in a cool dry place.
Beans and Lentils: Not only do they contain high amounts of protein, fiber and minerals, but they are low in fat and easy to add to any meal. Add to soups, salads, or create homemade bean dip using black beans or chickpeas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture includes beans in the protein food group and recommends that women eat 5.5 ounce equivalents and men should have 6.5 ounce equivalents daily. A 1-ounce equivalent equals 1/4-cup of beans.