#1 – Beans, Lentils, and other Legumes
Beans and Lentils, part of the “legume” family, just may be my #1 choice for a healthy carb. Packed with loads of fiber and protein, these guys come in so many different varieties that you’ll never get bored: lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, black beans, red beans, kidney beans, navy beans, butter beans, lima beans, pinto beans…and the list goes on.
Because of their fiber & protein content, along with their versatility, I eat something from the legume family in at least one of my meals daily. I’d highly recommend you’d do the same!
#2 – Quinoa
While brown rice is thought to be the healthy grain, there’s one even better, and that’s quinoa. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that contains double the protein of brown rice along with greater fiber content and a lower glycemic load.
Not only that, but quinoa is the ONLY grain to contain complete protein and the full spectrum of amino acids. It comes in several varieties, including “oatmeal-like” flakes and it’s whole grain rice-like form.
Enjoy it as an oatmeal substitute for breakfast, in salads or casseroles, or as a wholesome whole-grain, high protein side item to any lunch or dinner meal.
#3 – Sprouted Grain Bread
Sprouted grain breads, like Ezekiel 4:9 bread (one of the most popular brands of sprouted grain bread) is a great way to include bread in your diet on occasion without all the issues associated with white breads and even 100% whole wheat breads.
Instead, Ezekiel bread is organic, sprouted, 100% whole grain flourless bread. A 2-slice serving even contains 8 grams of complete protein and 6 grams of fiber, so don’t give up the bread, just choose the right kind!
#4 – Berries & Cherries
Berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries (although not technically a berry) are some of the BEST carbs you can eat. They are high in fiber, packed with antioxidants, and score extremely low on the glycemic index, especially cherries which come with a GI of just 22.
I enjoy fresh berries for dessert several times a week and it’s an awesome, nutritious way to finish off any meal. Great as a snack, too! Try them on top of Greek yogurt… Mmm 🙂