Grocery Store Staples: Foods to get attached to, Part 2

 

 

Welcome back my dear friends!

 

In continuation of our Grocery Store Staples, we've got some great clean healthy food options to get hooked on. Diving head first into our next group of delicious dining options to keep you fueled throughout the day and keep your health and waistline in check. This week we are talking...

 

Complex Carbohydrates!

 

Contrary to this new belief that 'carb' is a four-letter word, when eaten in the correct form (complex rather than simple), carbohydrates become an integral part of your nutritional plan and your wellness. (For more information on the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates click HERE.) 

Why you need them

Plain and simple, carbs are sugar. When consumed in complex form they are digested slowly and are responsible for providing over half the amount of energy we get from our food each day. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, this important food group promotes healthy bodily functions such as, heartbeat, digestion and body movement. 

What to buy

Grab some yams! - grilled, baked or mashed and smashed... adding cinnamon and dates makes for a sweet escape.

Get fruity - Berries are the lowest calorie option but an apple or banana post workout will help replace the glycogen (sugar) in your muscles to aid in recovery. 

Keep Wholly graining - Whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice are great options. (Check out my killer oatmeal recipe.) 

Beanies - Lentils: try mixing with brown rice and caramelized onions. Garbanzos: Hummas anyone? Black, white, yellow and red... Great sources of protein and carbs!

Because of their dense nutrient rich structure, you will feel full longer - Hit this food group at breakfast to fuel your day and try not to grub on them after dinner to keep that tummy in check.