Regardless of whether you’re trying to shed some kilos for a New Years Resolution, or if you just want to be fit and healthy, carbohydrates (carbs) are an important part of your diet.
Now, when I say “diet” I do not mean a special short-term calorie-restricted eating plan. I mean it in the proper use of the word, as in ‘for what you eat and drink’.
So, why eat carbs? In a nutshell, they keep your body working how it should. Some of the benefits of eating carbs are:
- They give you lasting energy so you’re less likely to reach for sweet foods.
- Carbs help keep you hydrated in this hot, humid weather.
- Your brain functions better, allowing you to think more clearly and be in a better mood.
Having Gestational Diabetes (GD) while I was pregnant really made me put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, when it came to eating well. Although I know that refined grains aren’t optimal, I would always have a loaf of bread, pasta and some breakfast cereals in my shopping basket. That had to change and rather than just cut our carbs - something I would never recommend, especially when pregnant - I just made better choices.
If I can do it, you can too. I expend so much energy in my daily activities it allowed me to get away with a less than optimal diet without gaining weight. I’ve always been a sucker for a lot of carbs, especially the processed kind.
Better options are easy to find in the supermarket. Make sure you check
Staying away from white carbs is a helpful way to remember what to pop into your trolley. So things like wholegrain pasta and rice are winners. Sweet potato, pumpkin, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas and chia are also on the essentials list where I’m concerned.
Fruit and veggies have carbs in them too, and these are really the best way to boost your energy levels in a good way when thinking of snacks.
So, break out the hummus and dip your wholegrain rice crackers and veggie sticks in for a good choice of arvo snack.