The 5 Healthy Carbs You Should Add to Your Plate Today

Posted by Healthy Truth on Jul 31st 2019

There’s a scary connotation of the word “carbs,” especially if you’re on a weight-loss path. We’re wired to think that carbs cause weight gain — even healthy carbs — but we know that simply isn’t true. What causes weight gain at the end of the day is an excess of calories, and it just so happens that many refined, simple carbs are packed with tons of calories. So when you stop eating that doughy late-night pizza and weekend donuts, you don’t lose weight because you stopped eating gluten or bread — but rather because you’re cutting out the hundreds and hundreds of calories that come with that kind of carby junk food.

The truth is, there are many carbs out there that are well worth your time. They provide energy, nutrients, and nourishment for the body, and you’d be a fool not to incorporate them into your everyday diet. These are the healthy carbs you need to eat more often.

Quinoa

This highly nutritious seed originally from South America is high in fiber, gluten-free, and low on the glycemic index. It contains all the essential amino acids and has a solid amount of protein. Not to mention it’s full of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and various antioxidants.

Sweet Potato

Roasted sweet potato is one of the easiest things to meal prep for the week and luckily it’s also packed with a nutritious punch. They contain a hefty amount of vitamin C, potassium, pantothenic acid, B vitamins, fiber, manganese, magnesium, and copper. Sweet potatoes keep you fuller for longer so you end up snacking less throughout the day. Studies have even shown that sweet potatoes can help you lose weight and lower blood pressure.

Brown Rice

Trade in your white rice for the more natural brown rice. It’s a low glycemic index, whole grain that can help you lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy digestive tract. It could also prevent the formation of blood clots. Not to mention it’s full of folate, magnesium, selenium, iron, and B vitamins.

Blueberries

We’re told that fruits are full of too much sugar, but there are some fruits that have so many benefits that it’s impossible to pass up. They’re full of antioxidants and can protect you against cancer and premature aging. Magical blueberries could also lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, and lower cholesterol. Even more amazing, blueberries could protect you against urinary tract infections. Sprinkle some on top of granola or toss them into a smoothie. They go great with Healthy Truth Banana Protein Crunch or GO PRO Protein Powder Blend.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are an excellent meat replacement that are high in protein and serve as a versatile ingredient. They improve digestion, reduce the risk of several diseases, and can help you lose weight. Because chickpeas can even support blood sugar control, they’re recommended as a fantastic health-giving source of protein. Plus, they contain all the essential amino acids except for methionine.

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