What are high quality carbs?
By Juliana Kassianos, Transformational Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder of The School of Fertility
These are digested and absorbed slowly, so instead of giving us a sugar rush like simple carbohydrates (sucrose – table sugar, fructose – fruit sugar and lactose – milk sugar), they provide us with a steady stream of energy, keeping our batteries running throughout the day.
Wholegrains (e.g. oats, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa)
Vegetables (e.g. peas, broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, green beans, asparagus)
Beans/legumes(e.g. kidney beans, black beans, lentils)
Fruit (e.g. apples, banana, pears, prunes)
Although fibre is a complex carbohydrate, it can’t be digested by the body, so it doesn’t provide us with energy. It does, however, have many other health bene ts, which is why it’s important to have it in your diet.
Sweet potatoes with skin
These foods help to ease the transition between refined processed carbohydrates and a diet rich in whole foods.
Courgette spaghetti (use a spiralizer)
Sweet potato wedges
Butternut squash (roasted or steamed)
Acorn squash (roasted or steamed)
Turnips (roasted or steamed)
Beets (roasted or raw)
Chickpeas (hummus) (NB. Phyto-oestrogen)