10 carbs you can eat and still shred!

There is a misconceived idea that you cannot have carbs if you’re trying to shred and lose weight. This is not the case, here's what's really going on with that.

Carbs come in many forms.. the good kind and the not so good kind. The right kind of carbs have a high fibre content which means they can actually help with weight loss. They also are the number ONE source of energy producing foods, meaning we need them to function properly. We need carbs to give us energy to do proper and decent workouts and simply get through the day.

See below how you can eat cabs and STILL shred for summer.

 

Eat these 10 carbs and still LOSE weight!

1. Quinoa

This seed is considered to be complete protein! Lower in calories than most other types of grain and rice, quinoa is high in fibre and has good levels of vitamins and minerals. Quinoa can be mixed with vegetables and served as a side dish, or used as a flour substitute in certain types of cooked dishes.

2. Brown rice

Brown rice is a wholegrain, and very nutritious as it contains large amounts of fibre, B vitamins and minerals such as iron, selenium and magnesium. The fibre in brown rice helps to keep the digestive system healthy and will keep you feeling fuller for longer (always a good thing when it comes to weight loss!).

Check out this brown rice recipe of Mexican Brown Rice.

3. Oats

Rolled oats digest slowly, are packed with fibre and have little impact on your blood sugar. Oats are also a great source of manganese, selenium, vitamin B1, dietary fibre, magnesium, protein and phosphorus.

Thanks to their high fibre profile, oats are also great for clearing the junk from your digestive system. That sounds like enough reason for them to be our new favourite carb! Check out this Overnight Oats recipe for your next breakfast.

 

4. Pasta

Try wholemeal pasta or brown rice pasta and eat it with foods that are low GI

  

5. Couscous

Couscous is low in calories and has very little fat. It is low in dietary fibre but high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium and potassium. It's a quick and easy lunch or dinner with a tin of tuna and some diced tomatoes and fresh herbs mixed through.

  

6. Wholemeal bread

Yes, you can definitely still eat bread, just make sure it's wholegrain or some kind of seeded and grainy texture. Unlike white bread, which is made from a more refined flour, wholegrain is higher in fibre and has more vitamins and minerals.

It also is much lower on the GI index than white bread, meaning eating wholemeal will leave you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to want to eat something else soon after.  See here our picks for the best wholemeal breads at the supermarket.

7. Buckwheat

Buckwheat is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and full of vitamins and minerals. How do you eat it?

You can use buckwheat as a flour in baking or pancakes or porridge for breakfast or as a savoury lunch or dinner in the form of buckwheat noodles (soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat). Try these cooking soba noodles with grilled salmon to get on your shredding journey.

8. Broccoli

Not what you thought would be on this list right? Broccoli is a carb (a low one at that) and we eat this without thinking we’ll gain weight because it’s green and considered a vegetable? Correct. Carbs are not simply white bread and white pasta. They come in a variety of forms and health!

Broccoli is a great non-starchy carb containing many nutrients such as folate, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamins C and A, and calcium, which are needed for numerous functions in the body.

9. Barley

Eating barley will keep you feeling fuller than eating other types of grains. Barley cannot be eaten raw, but can be added to soups for extra bulk and is particularly good when substituted for rice in a risotto dish.

 

 

10. Sweet potato

Another fibrous carb, sweet potato is packed full of vitamins, and minerals, particularly beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed. 

 

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