6 Healthy carbs that actually help you LOSE WEIGHT

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Yes, there are a few high carbohydrate foods that I would recommend you not eat. BUT, there are some very healthy, weight-loss friendly carbs too.

When I listen to people talking about the evils of carbohydrates I am reminded of the old idiom “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”.

Essentially it means don’t discard the ‘good’ just because it’s in the same category as the ‘bad’.

Yes, there are a few high carbohydrate foods that I would recommend you not eat. What are they? You could list them yourself. Junk foods – chips, sweets, baked goods, processed foods, fast food, store-bought mass produced sauces and the like. Basically foods with lots of added sugar.

Does avoiding those foods mean you should go ‘low-carb’ or ‘no-carb’ or run around telling people that the sugar in fruit is bad? I don’t think so… And neither does your body.

Here are 6 high carbohydrate foods that will help you LOSE WEIGHT (if you eat them in moderation of course):

1. Oats

Oats are an incredibly healthy food. Possibly the healthiest grain on earth. They are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Oats is high in protein for a grain and is also a fantastic source of fibre – something that is severely lacking in the Western diet.

Regular consumption of oats may improve cholesterol and blood sugar problems and helps in weight loss as it is very filling – a little goes a long way.

How to use oats:

Have them for breakfast. 40g plain oats with 1 tablespoon of sugar-free peanut butter mixed in, and a teaspoon of honey for sweetness is an ideal way to begin the day.

2. Bananas

Bananas are awesome because they are sweet, nutritious, versatile and pack a serious energy punch for their size. They are also very high in potassium – making them good for blood pressure – and vitamins B6 and C.

Bananas will help you lose weight because they are a perfect food to grab when you can’t resist a sugar craving.

How to use them:

Eat them raw or use them in a smoothie with peanut butter and Greek yogurt to make a lovely dessert or snack.

3. Quinoa

Quinoa is a pseudocereal – a seed that is prepared and consumed like a grain. It is a high-carb food, but is also a good source of protein and fibre. Quinoa is also high in various vitamins and minerals. It is also gluten-free.

How to use it:

Cook quinoa instead of rice or pasta as a starch for a meal or add it to salads to add texture and fibre.

4. Kidney beans

Kidney beans are a common bean variety, and like most beans, are high in carbohydrates and proteins. Beans digest slowly making you feel full for a long time. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals and plant compounds, as well as being high in antioxidants.

How to use them:

Straight from the tin is good, just wash off the highly salted liquid from the tin. Otherwise make them into a bean salad or put them in a stew or soup.

5. Apples

Apples are another of my favourite fruits because they are sweet and take some effort to eat – both factors in satisfying my need for something dessert-like from time to time. Apples are highly nutritious and also high in fibre. I make it a rule to have apples every day.

How to use them:

I like to cut an apple into quarters and put a small bit of sugar-free peanut butter on each slice.

6. Chickpeas

Chickpeas come in at around 28% carbohydrates and 8% fibre. They are also high in plant proteins. Their main nutritious contributions come in the form of iron, phosphorus and B-vitamins. Eating chickpeas has been linked with improved heart and digestive health.

How to use them:

Add them to salads, make a finger-snack by roasting them, make falafel, or turn them into hummus.

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