October 27, 2014

Carbohydrates: Delicious Macronutrients

Carbohydrates in Oatmeal

Carbohydrates: Delicious Macronutrients

Macronutrients are substances in our food that provide living
organisms, such as ourselves, with the energy we need to survive.
Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are macronutrients that can be found
in different types of foods and are all part of a healthy, balanced
diet. This  article is the third, in a series of three, about foods
you can eat to get the recommended amount of macronutrients in your
diet. There are many delicious ways to get the recommended amount of
carbohydrates in your diet; check out the three suggestions below.


The breakfast of champions. Oatmeal is a classic staple of western
society; a serving of oatmeal can be up to 1 whole cup and has about
25 grams of carbs. Not only does oatmeal help to reduce the risk of
heart disease, but its high fiber content helps you to feel fuller
longer. Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to set yourself up
for success with the rest of the day’s meals.

Brown Rice

Rice is one of the most popular foods in the world and is a staple in
the diet of many cultures across the globe. Brown rice can be
considered one of the healthier versions of rice because of the
minimal processing that helps to preserve a lot of the rice’s
nutrients. Just like oatmeal; rice is considered a grain and is high
in fiber. One cup of brown rice offers 45 grams of carbs and can
provide a significant amount of energy.


Who else went straight to french fries? If only it were that simple.
The grease and salt in your french fries might negate some of the
positive benefits in your potato. A classic baked potato with some
salsa might be a good alternative to fries and will definitely be a
great way to get some nutritional benefits. A medium sized potato has
about 110 calories and 26 grams of carbs. Not only that but potatoes
are packed with vitamin C and fiber which are imperative for utilizing
all the nutrients your body needs throughout the day.

When choosing healthy carbohydrates, go for those that are minimally processed like those mentioned above and add variety and color to your diet by experimenting with different grains such as Couscous, Amaranth, Spelt, Quinoa, and Buckwheat.

Carbohydrate is used as a bad word sometimes, but it’s important to remember that food makes us stronger and smarter, providing nutrition to fuel our bodies and minds. Food is not a burden but a necessity. If we make balanced choices with our carbs, proteins, and fats then all of our food choices will work together to make and keep us stronger and healthier.

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