Welcome back to another addtion of I love good food. So if you don’t know this blog is my greedy girl guide to good food that is healthy! Sorry no salads and cardboard allowed 😆.
This is the time of year when all my favorite carbs begin to come out. This is also the time when I notice people trying to avoid carbs more than ever. Please stop the madness, you need carbohydrates. You do not need the over processed fried dyed chemicalized Frankensteined food like stuff that most people eat.
WARNING severely technical stuff follows skip the next two paragraphs to get to the list.
Pretty much everything that you eat that isn’t meat has carbs in it. The fat and protein in meat is broken down into a sugar eventually, it just takes longer. Your body uses the Krebs cycle to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, to produce molecules of ATP. ATP is the energy currency of the body. And just like when you are out of money the body has some issues with being low on currency. When the body is out of currency it has to burn its own fat stores to keep going. This fat burning makes ATP and ketone bodies. Ketosis is the result of the body having to burn through its fat stores and now has too many ketones floating around in the body. Too many ketones will make the body acidic. Ketoacidosis is a life threatening condition when the body has had enough and is now under strain from not having access to glucose and being forced to cannibalizing itself. This is most commonly seen in uncontrolled diabetics, anorexics, and other extreme health scenarios.
A complex carbohydrates simply means it contains more fiber and or starch than sugar. Lets be clear i mean a real food and not a food product. A real food has all of its parts intact from the field it was grown in (especially fiber). It has not been changed or altered in any way except for maybe drying. This makes it harder to digest (that keeps your glucose levels down) keeps you fuller longer, has the most health benefits, and will help you to lose weight. Good carbs are a healthy easy addition to any diet. The following list is NOT every carb on the planet just some of the most common ones that get eaten in my house. If you know you have a sensitivity or a metabolic disorder please contact your acupuncturist or primary care provider to discuss a food plan that is right for you.
Real grains (NOT whole grain products like bread and pasta) such as amaranth, quinoa, barley, Job’s tears, millet, black rice, sweet rice, buckwheat, and teff can all be cooked in place of rice. They can also be made into a porridge or congee and added to soups. Each one has its own unique health benefits including trace minerals, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and tons of phyto nutrients
Gourds are a large fruit that include pumpkins, acorn squash, kabocha, spaghetti squash, delicata, carnival, and butternut. There are many other varieties available depending on your location. Gourds are high in fiber, vitamin A and so many other vitamins, and many trace minerals .
Beans/ Legumes are great in the winter and especially in soups and stews. They go well as a side dish or as the main protein for any meal. All beans like, white ,navy, black ,mung , adzuki, red, kidney, pinto, black eyed, cranberry,chickpeas, pigeon peas, lentils of all colors, english peas, and even boiled peanuts. Beans are great source of iron, fiber, and trace minerals.
Roots and tubers are plentiful this time year and I don’t mean just potatoes. These underground power houses of nutrition have deep roots, tons of phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and lots of trace minerals. There’s cassava, lotus root, purple yams, garnet yams, taro, parsnips, carrots, malanga, name yam, Japanese sweet potato,jicama, beets and sunchoke just to name a few.
And then there are fruit like winter chestnuts, breadfruit, green bananas, green plantain, and green papaya. That’s right many green fruits are awesome starches with insoluble fiber and a completely different nutritional composition than when its ripe.
There are so many wonderfull carbs out there. Trying one new one at a time is the key to making them a daily habit.