When you're eating carbohydrates, it's important to balance them out. Carbohydrates are separated into three different categories: sugar, starch and fiber.
Here are foods I eat that fit into the three types of carbohydrates:
- Sugar is the simplest form of carbohydrates and I like getting my sugar from natural foods. Natural sugar comes from fruits and vegetables such as: celery, cucumber, cherries, strawberries and blueberries. Those have a lower glycemic index. Avoid added sugars like sweeteners and syrups.
- Starch is a complex carbohydrate. Starch occurs naturally in vegetables and grains. Bananas, steel-cut oats, quinoa, and brown rice are my favorite. Most of the calories you obtain come from white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
- Fiber also is a complex carbohydrate. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and cooked dry beans and peas. Legumes are very rich in fiber. Edamame, peanuts, and chickpeas are also healthy snacks that are high in fiber.