I’m a massive carb lover. I could never cut them out completely, I simply feel unsatisfied after a carbless day, leading to a potential binge the next day: not as healthy after all.
Now I am no health expert but have read enough to understand what your body does and doesn’t need to be healthy and to lose or maintain weight. So I know that cutting the REFINED grains (carbohydrates) and replacing them with WHOLE grains (also carbohydrates) is the way forward.
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for your body so you want to make sure you’re getting the best kind you can get. Answer? Whole grains.
Swapping your usual white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and sugary cereals for whole grain bread, pasta, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, granola and porridge, are simple, healthier and more filling options to go for!
It is so easy to get used to the changes because you feel so good afterwards! I’m talking less bloated, less lethargic after a meal and fuller for longer (all depending on the rest of your diet of course!)
I’ve put together a handful of different meal options below for some inspiration. Apologies for the lack of photos to go with the descriptions, I always eat my concoctions straight away and forget to capture them, because I like to eat…
Cut out White Bread for Rye Bread
Try two slices of toasted rye bread, with half a mashed avocado, mix with a handful of tomatoes and top with two poached eggs or sliced chicken breast. It’s filling, vitamin enriched and energising, so perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Only takes about five minutes to put together too.
(Rye bread can be found in the freshly baked bread section in the supermarket).
Cut out White Potato for Sweet Potato
Wash a sweet potato, prick the skin with a knife several times and pop in the microwave for 5-7 minutes depending on the potato size for a healthier baked potato alternative. Or chop the sweet potato, season with paprika, black pepper and a touch of olive oil and pop in the oven on a non stick tray for 35-40 minutes at 200 degrees (180 for a fan oven). Have the sweet potato with some oven baked salmon with a little sweet chilli sauce and curly kale or grilled chicken with any veg you fancy!
Cut out White Rice for Brown Rice or Quinoa
I enjoy cooking but always mess up rice so I LOVE the packs you can just pop in the microwave for two minutes, they are flavoursome, healthy and nutritious. Choose the brown Tilda rice with mushrooms or roasted vegetables or the Uncle Ben’s Express rice and quinoa combinations, because who has time to cook quinoa from scratch? I couldn’t even pronounce the word correctly until last year…
Cut out Sugary Cereals for Granola or Porridge
When you’re tired and hungry in the morning it’s easy to reach for the Frosties and milk, but when you’re hungry for another sugar filled snack by 10am it’s not a great start to the day. Get some simple porridge oats, mix with unsweetened almond or coconut milk (try Almond Breeze or Alpro), heat in the microwave or hob and add fruit or honey for added sweetness, equals energy in a bowl.
I also love a fruit and nut granola, mixed with natural Greek yogurt and some sliced banana, strawberries or blueberries. If you want to add a little extra, grate a tiny bit of dark chocolate over the top, little bit of morning luxury (make sure the dark chocolate is 75% cocoa though!)
Making so many changes to your regular diet all at once can be difficult to stick to and overwhelming at times. But changing a few aspects of the carbohydrates you eat each week and eating less of the unhealthy carbs, can make such a change to your body and you’ll want to stick with it for the long run!