Let’s face it; carbs get a bad rap sometimes! There are typically considered fattening and not good for us, when in fact, carbs can be really good for you. Carbohydrates are responsible for energy conversion in our bodies and we need them to move, to exercise, to build muscle, and have energy.
Know the Difference
However, all carbs are not created equal and are broken down into two categories:
- Complex (Good)
- Simple (Bad)
Complex Carbs are high in fiber and nutrients. This causes the energy to slowly be released into our bodies and will keep your tummy full, longer.
Complex Carbs essentially come from whole food sources, while Simple Carbs come from more refined/processed foods. This makes them pretty easy to distinguish the difference.
Examples of Complex Carbs: Quinoa, Beans, Nuts, Seeds, Oats, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice and other whole grains. We can’t forget about fruit. Fruits with skin on it, such as, pears, apples, and berries are excellent sources of fiber, and a good carb!
Simple carbs are low in fiber, have a high glycemic index, which makes your sugar spike and have empty calories. Empty calories convert to fat, therefore elevating your blood glucose levels, making you feel tired and hungrier.
So stay away from white bread, refined pasta, sugar, fruit juices, candy, cookies, and fried foods.
Here is a recipe for a snack to give you energy, keep you full longer and I promise, happier!
No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites
- ½ cup raw honey
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats, ground
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Stir together honey, almond butter, and vanilla.
- Add in all remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Chill in fridge for 10 minutes.
- Roll spoonful into 1 inch balls. Chill for 1 hour
(Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks and grab on the go)
Yields: 24 balls