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My Favorite Carbohydrates

February 17, 2015

Contrary to what you may read or hear, carbohydrates (and especially complex carbohydrates) are good for you and essential for your well-being. A while ago, I wrote a piece about carbohydrates and why you should not cut them out of your diet. Click here to read the blog post to get up to date on why you should not go on a low-carbohydrate diet. I realize that there are many reasons people go on a low-carbohydrate diet, but they tend to have specific reasons for doing so. For the majority of people, it is not necessary to cut out carbohydrates to lose weight and fat.

Newsflash: Carbohydrates aren’t evil

I eat a variety of carbohydrates daily, which range from leafy green vegetables (yes, vegetables are a form of carbohydrates!) to delicious sourdough breads. I wanted to compile a list of my favorite carbohydrates which I think can help introduce some variety in your diet and encourage you to try new foods.

My Favorite Carbohydrates 

My Favorite Carbohydrates

 1. Marble Rye Bread

How I enjoy it: Try adding some smashed avocado on top in place of butter (like this).

2. Garbanzo beans (or chickpea’s as is said in the UK)
How I enjoy it: I make a veggie burger with them (like this)!

3. Bananas
How I enjoy it: On their own, with nut butter or in a fruit salad.

4. Sesame Rye Crackers
How I enjoy it: Usually with some smashed avocado I have to admit. I love avocado!!

5. Quinoa
How I enjoy it: Fabulous for stir-fries! Try cracking an egg over some cooked quinoa to make ‘fried rice’ 🙂

6. Brown Rice
How I enjoy it: I love having brown rice in warm salads and adding it to soup for a heartier meal.

7. Sourdough Bread
How I enjoy it: Same as the marble rye bread honestly!

Another notable carbohydrate I love is oatmeal. I make overnight oats (here is a fun kombucha overnight oats recipe) or healthy pancakes with them (four ingredient recipe here).

What is your favorite carbohydrate and how do you eat it?

Honestly yours,
Alice

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  • Esther Simon February 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hi,
    All this is fine but you may also consider the blood group (ref. Dr. Peter D’Adamo). The age factor is also important, I have always been very slim but since I turned 50 things changed – a lot.
    Anyway, carbohydrates are no good for groupe O. Even though it is proven scientifically, Dr. D’Adamo still recommend that you follow your own individual discoveries and adapt any diet to your unique individual case.
    Regards,
    Esther

    • Honestly Fitness February 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Esther,
      I don’t doubt that age certainly has an effect on the metabolism. Can you link me to any scientific articles that prove the validity of the blood type diet? I can provide you plenty of peer-reviewed scientific articles that discredit the blood type diet. Google scholar is a great resource to use to filter out the less valid articles.
      Here are two recent articles that found that there is no evidence to support the supposed health benefits of the blood-type diet and that any benefits which did occur happened independently of their blood-type. Click here (Cusack et al, Blood type diet lacks supporting evidence: a systematic review, 2013) and here (Wang et al, ABO Genotype, ‘Blood-type’ diet and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors, 2014).
      I do agree however that everyone has to find what works best for their body. I just do not recommend anyone blindly following the rules of someone trying to market a diet 🙂
      Thank you for reading,
      Alice

  • GiGi Eats February 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite carbohydrate is definitely WINTER SQUASH! Butternut & Spaghetti Squash make my life complete!!! 🙂

    • Honestly Fitness February 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      YUM, I absolutely love winter squash too! I recently bought a spiralizer and have used it loads with zucchini but keep meaning to try and make spiralized butternut squash!

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