4 Complex Carbohydrate Alternatives You Should Be Adding To Your Diet
As we strive to make healthier choices with our eating, it’s important to know what sorts of carbohydrates we should be consuming. We’ve all heard the whole “good carb vs. “bad carb” debate. But what this boils down to is non-refined carbs versus refined carbs. Refined carbs are highly processed, thus removing most nutrition from them. Non-refined carbs (complex carbs AKA good carbs), contain a complete source of carbohydrates and contain fiber.
So, now that we’ve covered the basics. Here are some easy complex carbohydrates that can make for some tasty meals.
Whole farro takes some time to really get to the right consistency, but is well worth the wait. Farro has a nutty taste that compliments many types of meals. We like it served even with breakfast as alternative to oatmeal. Farro is a great source of fiber, vitamin B3 and Zinc. Compared to traditional rice, it’s also higher in protein (7g per serving) and lower in calories (170 cal).
2) Sweet Potatoes
Sweeeeeeet, sweeeeet potatoes. What is it about these little orange guys that makes them so nutritious? Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for bone growth, reproduction and immune system health. Also, according to Food Reference sweet potatoes rank number one in nutrition out of all vegetables. This is based on content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbs, protein, Vitamin A and C, iron, and calcium.
The actual amaranth plant grows to be about 6 ft. tall and each plant can produce about 60,000 seeds—the seed is what we actually consume. It is in the Chenopodiaceae family of plants and therefore a close relative of beets, Swiss chard, spinach, and quinoa. It’s very similar to Farro in in terms of its vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, but also contains 29% of your daily iron.
Kamut is considered to be an ancient grain with a very similar look and feel to basmati rice. It has a very nutty taste, also being explained as sweet and buttery. Kamut has 11g of protein per serving, about 30% more protein than quinoa. Kamut also goes well in soups and salads because of its buttery taste.