Not all carbs are equal, some are better for you than the rest.
We’ve heard so many things about carbs being the most villainous thing in your diet. But swearing it off entirely affects the way our bodies work. Other than giving us energy to power through long days and that last rep at the gym, carbohydrates contain fibre- which is essential for good digestion. Even your brain needs carbs to be able to concentrate on your work better.
You won’t be sabotaging your diet or workout regime if you take a wholesome approach to your carbohydrate intake. A whole host of grains, beans fruits and vegetables can be added to your diet to keep you fuller for longer.
- Breakfast: Rolled Oats
Don’t make getting your daily kaya toast a habit as the slab of butter and white bread will harm your cholesterol and waistline over the years. Instead, start the day with a wholesome and nutritious serving of rolled oats topped with your favourite fruits or nuts. Add a dollop of peanut or almond butter to transform it into a breakfast you’ll look forward to! Tip: Cooking rolled oats takes only 5 minutes.
2. Lunch: Brown Rice
Brown rice is just white rice with the husk. It gives this healthy carb a lower glycemic index which controls your insulin spikes. With more salad eateries popping up, always opt for brown rice as the base to keep your blood sugar levels low. Brown rice also has a delicious nutty taste- something you can’t find in white rice! Tip: Pack brown rice to work and order your favourite economy rice dishes on top- or have it with a steaming bowl of fish soup.
3. Snack: Brown bread
Sweet or savoury, choose to have your sandwich with brown bread. In addition to its amazing fibre content, it also contains nutrients like potassium and zinc. Switch it up every other day with either peanut butter or avocado. Tip: Keep a loaf of brown bread at your office so you have a healthier option.
4. Dinner: Quinoa
How about a delicious quinoa salad with grilled chicken for dinner? This super grain has high levels of iron that ensures the health of our blood cells. It can be boiled in a pot of water within just 15 minutes! Quinoa also can be used as a substitute for rice. Tip: Toast your quinoa for a nuttier flavour.