Top 4 choices for belly-blasting healthy carbs
Top 4 choices for belly-blasting carbs (by Josh Bezoni of BioTrust Nutrition) - These foods will leave you full and satisfied, while helping you toward your fat loss goals!
I agree with Josh in that healthy Carbs are the key to keeping you full and providing a much needed source of energy for any active lifestyle.
A common theme among his top choices are foods with a higher Fiber content. Fiber is a crucial addition to your weight loss plan. Many recent studies have shown that the average American consumes 5-15 grams of fiber per day, this is well under the suggested daily intake of 25- 30 grams.
Fiber can be so tasty and easy to add in your diet with just a little effort & imagination!
Here are his top 4 picks:
- Berries & Cherries
Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cherries (although not technically a berry) are some of the BEST carbs you can eat. They are high in fiber, packed with antioxidants, and score extremely low on the glycemic index, especially cherries which come with a GI of just 22. I enjoy fresh berries for dessert several times a week and it's an awesome, nutritious way to finish off any meal. Great as a snack, too! Try them on top of greek yogurt... Mmm :)
2. Sprouted Grain Bread
Sprouted grain breads, like Ezekiel 4:9 bread (one of the most popular brands of sprouted grain bread) is a great way to include bread in your diet without all the issues associated with white breads and even 100% whole wheat breads. Instead, Ezekiel bread is organic, sprouted, 100% whole grain flourless bread. A 2-slice serving even contains 8 grams of complete protein, and 6 grams of fiber, so don't give up the bread, just choose the right kind!
While brown rice is thought to be the healthy grain, there’s one even better, and that’s quinoa. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that contains double the protein of brown rice along with greater fiber content and a lower glycemic load. Not only that, but quinoa is the ONLY grain to contain complete protein and the full spectrum of amino acids. It comes in several varieties, including “oatmeal-like” flakes and it’s wholegrain rice-like form. Enjoy it as an oatmeal substitute for breakfast, in salads or casseroles, or as a wholesome whole-grain, high protein side item to any lunch or dinner meal.
4. Beans, Lentils, and other Legumes
Beans and Lentils, part of the "legume" family, just may be my #1 choice for a healthy carb. Packed with loads of fiber and protein, these guys come in so many different varieties that you'll never get bored: lentils, chickpeas, black eyed peas, black beans, red beans, kidney beans, navy beans, butter beans, lima beans, pinto beans...and the list goes on. Because of their fiber & protein content, along with their versatility, I eat something from the legume family in at least one of my meals daily. I'd highly recommend you'd do the same!
Disclosure: While Kevin Terrero is certified by the NCCPT as a Personal Trainer, this article is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice. If you are in need of medical advice, please seek the appropriate medical counsel.