A while ago I posted a piece about carbohydrates.
In it I was really only talking about carbohydrates from bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta. Today I want to talk about those other healthy carbohydrate providers: vegetables, fruits and legumes.
I have to admit that I often find posts about nutrients quite boring. It is often much of the same, often a summary of facts, but it is of course also very interesting to know what what nutrients do for our body.
Our body deserves good care, but because we live a lot from our head, we often do not make the food choices that are good for our body. Thoughts such as: I am not feeling well in my skin or: we should celebrate or: pff I really don't feel like cooking, often we make very bad choices for our system, say while that system has to guide us through a lifetime.en.
We all know that fruit is healthy. But sometimes someone thinks that sugar from a banana is different from sugar from a jar. Sugar from a jar is the type of sugar that can be found in cookies, sweets and candy bars.
But for your body, sugar is sugar, whether it comes from a banana or a bag of M & amp; Ms, the only difference is that a banana also provides vitamins and minerals and a bag of M & amp; Ms nothing but empty calories.n.
If you eat too much fruit on a daily basis and do not exercise enough, your body will simply store the sugar from the fruit in your fat cells. Because that is where sugar that is not burned goes to your fat cells.
Most people also know that the sweeter the fruit, the more sugar it contains.
But what many people do not know is that also for vegetables there can be a big difference in the number of sugars that a vegetable contains. Green varieties are low in sugars, but brightly colored vegetables such as carrots, beets and pumpkin contain a lot more sugars. That doesn't mean we should avoid these, certainly not, because carrots, beets and squash contain other valuable vitamins and minerals than broccoli or zucchini.
Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and all types of beans are bursting with good carbohydrates, contain little or no sugar and are full of fiber, which is why legumes fit very well in a healthy lifestyle.l.
100 grams of lentils contain 0 grams of sugar and 100 grams of kidney beans 1.8 grams, which is just about the highest level of sugar that can be found in legumes.
Would you like to improve your diet? Try a salad with legumes for lunch, or a wholemeal cracker with humus and raw vegetables or replace your piece of meat with a lentil burger.
If you make a salad for lunch with chickpeas, finely chopped tomato, cucumber and a spring onion and you top this off with a lot of lemon juice, a little extra virgin olive oil and a little salt and pepper, you have a perfect easy to make, healthy and cheap lunch. About the three criteria that all my dishes must meet:)
Your body needs the energy from good carbohydrates to be able to think, walk, exercise, listen carefully to your children, complete your workday at the office, etc., etc. That is why your daily menu must contain carbohydrates, but the good ones. Good carbohydrates contain hardly any sugar and a lot of fiber. Due to the presence of the fiber, it takes your body more effort to digest the carbohydrates and the sugars are released into your blood more slowly.
I always put it this way: good carbohydrates are enthusiastically wrapped presents, your body has to put in a lot of effort to unwrap it, but your body will pull off the cheap gift paper from bad carbohydrates.
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