Complex, Natural Carbohydrates to Balance Any Meal!

Balancing out the amount and TYPE of carbohydrates in your day is a real challenge. While I do not encourage a no-carbohydrate eating pattern, I do encourage a NATURAL, HIGH FIBER, and MODERATE carbohydrate eating plan. (If you need any help understanding why, check out my post Why Controlling Blood Sugar Matters.) Use the following list as a resources to gain ideas, meal plan, and shop. Remember, during a meal only fill ¼ (25%) of your plate, bowl, or  whatever with these guys.

Carbohydrate Go-To’s:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut squash
  • Plantain
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Black rice
  • Wild rice
  • Vegetable Pastas: black bean or red lentil
  • Gluten-free pastas: brown rice, quinoa
  • Lentils: red, green
  • Beans: chickpeas, cannelloni, black, pinto, kidney

For a bonus, here are some great lower glycemic fruit that fit perfectly as a snack when paired with nuts, nut butter, or cheese (raw, grass-fed cheese).

  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Avocados
  • Coconuts
  • Olives
  • Pineapples
  • Tangerines
  • Grapefruits
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries