When thinking about nutrition, I’d like to highlight the importance of including whole grains and complex carbohydrates into meals and snacks.
While many diets may encourage the restriction of carbohydrates, they’re actually essential to our health and found in many different foods, including fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, oatmeal, cereal and more.
When we restrict ourselves from eating carbohydrates, we might find that we’re craving and consuming foods that are more savory and higher in calories and saturated fat, in order to feel satisfied.
However, when we include healthy carbohydrates (with whole grains and not refined grains) in our meals in a balanced way, such as in reasonable portions within meals and snacks that are earlier in the day, we increase our fiber intake and energy levels, feel more full and satisfied, and may even burn more calories and consume fewer calories in the first place!
Feel free to talk to your doctor if you have any health concerns or dietary restrictions, including gluten allergies. There are great gluten-free alternatives available as well.
Overall, enjoy your food and enjoy those healthy carbohydrates for balanced nutrition and optimal health!