In the past, carbohydrates have been labeled as the cause for weight gain, and it was recommended that diets should contain little to no carbohydrates if your goal is weight loss. Research and practice has revealed that we must have carbs to provide energy for our bodies. However, all carbs are not the same and some are much healthier for you than others and will contribute less to potential weight gain. Everyone, whether a typical active person or an athlete in training, must have carbohydrates in order to function at their best and most efficiently.
Here are some good options for beneficial carbohydrates:
Oats are usually thought of as a breakfast item, but is a clean carbohydrate that is making a resurgence today. Though oats had become less popular in diets with the focus on low carb eating, the benefits are not to be overlooked. The dietary fiber in oats provides better digestion in the large intestine, and is filling, reducing hunger between meals. The combination of antioxidants in oats, along with the fiber helps to stabilize blood sugar, preventing extreme blood sugar spikes. And oats can even help you bring down your cholesterol! The secret to that is the beta-glucan in the grain. Your best choices are the least processed of the oats, steel cut oats and rolled oats.
Oats are no longer just for breakfast, as you can see in the recipes below:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Overnight Oats – “This looks and tastes like dessert, but it’s surprisingly healthy! The ‘hidden’ banana and pumpkin provide sweetness and fudginess to these pudding-like overnight oats. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegan!”
Pumpkin persimmon overnight oats “…The bright, sweet, juicy bits of persimmon mixed with the rich, cinnamon-scented pumpkin was just what I was looking for.”
Oatmeal blender pancakes – “These healthy oatmeal blender pancakes are packed with protein, whole grains and fibre! We love these for breakfast topped with our favorite fresh fruit!”