Carb Up!

I will scream if I hear one more person say they eat a low-carb/no-carb DIET! According to myself and LIVESCIENCE, “Though often maligned in trendy diets, carbohydratesone of the basic food groups — are important to a healthy life.” The American Diabetes Association notes that carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. They are called carbohydrates because, at the chemical level, they contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. We need to turn our thinking around and incorporate healthy carbohydrates into our meals. It is okay, trust me… You will not get “fat”, so stop starving yourself of important macronutrients in the name of ‘skinny’.

One thing I will note about carbohydrates is that we often only associate bad carbs with the word. While there many unhealthy, over-processed, junk food forms, please don’t misunderstand the importance of these gems in our daily food intake. Simple carbohydrates (aside from those found in fruit) are generally made with processed and refined sugars and do not have vitamins, minerals or fiber. These are called “empty calories”.  Complex carbs are beans, peas, lentils, peanuts, potatoes, corn, parsnips, whole-grain breads and cereals. In further researching the article, Smathers pointed out that, while all carbohydrates function as relatively quick energy sources, simple carbs cause bursts of energy much more quickly than complex carbs because of the quicker rate at which they are digested and absorbed. Simple carbs can lead to spikes in blood sugar levels and sugar highs, while complex carbs provide more sustained energy.

If the body has insufficient carbohydrate intake or stores, it will consume protein for fuel.

Anyway, I digress. The reason for your lesson today is so you can feast your eyes upon these delicious CARBS and not be scared of them. People are afraid of the potato because they think it’s unhealthy when in reality it’s generally HOW we prepare the potato or what we smother it in (butter, sour cream, cheese, etc.)!

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RECIPE:

Ingredients:  

  • Potato(es)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (I use a pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt)
  • Liquid Aminos (I use Braggs)
  • Nutritional Yeast (Good source of B12)
  • Any other seasonings your heart desires
    • I used garlic powder, smoked paprika, and TJ’s 21 Season Salute

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 Degrees
  • Wash & Peel potatoes
  • Cut into desired thickness
    • I used a serrated knife so it would look like crinkle fries
  • Put potatoes and all ingredients (to desired taste – this will differ) into a bowl with a lid and shake it all up
  • Place on a baking sheet & bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping once half way through
    • I use a silicone mat since I didn’t use any oil on these. You can use parchment paper or you can use a small amount of oil on your “fries”

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When those were baking, I quickly steamed some veggies & rice (quick 15 minute Basmati rice) and threw a veggie burger in the oven on a separate sheet for a few minutes! I even had time for a few planks while everything was cooking. Hey, gotta fit that exercise in where you can!

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Eat your heart out, Atkins (I guess you did that already… too soon?). Seriously guys, just eat real food and you won’t have to count or stress over every tiny detail. Eat those “bad” things you like in moderation. We all do it, just don’t do it on a daily basis and don’t make it the center of your meal. Eat like you care!!!

FullSizeRenderThe end result? DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS, CARB-FILLED MEAL!

Stay healthy, friends!

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