When people think of diets and what is bad for them, they instantly think of:
Many people think, “oh I will just go on a low carb diet” or not include any carbohydrate at all. However, you might not realize that carbs are everywhere, not just in breads, rice or potatoes.
Carbohydrates are in fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, condiments, soda and juice, candy and desserts. Make sure to check ingredient labels Carbs can actually be a good thing for your body and here is why.
Complex carbs are good for you and can be found in whole grain foods (oats/steel cut oatmeal), green leaf vegetables, fresh fruit, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and many more.
They are good for our body because their chemical structure requires our bodies to work harder to digest and energy is released over a longer period of time which helps provide energy throughout the day rather than the reverse effect of simple carbs where you feel great for a short period of time and then turn sluggish.
Coach Shannon Petralito, WBFF Figure Pro, believes that one of the advantages of eating slow digesting carbs is that since complex complex carbohydrates take longer to be absorbed, the breakdown of glucose is slower as well. The longer it will take for glucose to enter the bloodstream, the more stable your blood sugar levels will be. If the body is flooded with tons of glucose at the same time, that extra is stored as glycogen and body fat.
Complex carbs are great to have after a workout as well.
Try this recipe as one of BA’s post workout favorite 🙂
Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes
- 3oz cooked sweet potato without skin
- 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup of egg whites
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of Frontier Maple or Butterscotch extract (any natural extract will do)
- 1/8 tsp of baking powder
- Coconut oil spray
1.In a bowl mash sweet potato well and combine protein powder, eggs, cinnamon, extract and baking powder
2. Spray pan with coconut oil and proceed cooking pancakes like you normally would do. Watch the temperature because you don’t want to cook them too high! Perfect pancake pan works amazing as well.
Remember, Complex Carbs are our friends and you will benefit from having them rather than cutting them out! Enjoy:)