The Highs and the Lows of Carbs

I am definitely a carbs loving girl 🙂 Running, exercising and eating carbs are all part of the same family in my eyes.

But not all carbs are graded equally. For the most part, I try to make the right decisions when choosing my grains to ensure the carbs that make up the bulk of my diet are low GI (body-friendly).

Without getting too technical, the glycemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrates depending on how they effect blood glucose levels. When eating a lower GI food, the rise in the blood glucose levels is alot slower than when eating a high GI food. Lower GI foods take longer to digest and have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Check out the Glycemic Index website for some more great info.

My Favourite Low GI foods (Click on the links for more info and recipes!):

-Oats (Health Benefits of Oats)
-Muesli (Homemade Muesli recipe)
Multi grain, wholegrain and sourdough bread (Check my Homemade Bread Loaf recipe! Beware that every bread is made differently and there is no real standardised labelling of bread so it is important to check the specific brand of bread you eat, a GI under 55 is considered to be low)

-Fruits and Vegetables (getting more technical, GI levels of different fruits and veggies differ, check out this ‘GI Diet’ website for a more specific breakdown)

 

So do your research on your carbs, and do choose wisely. Let them fuel your body and keep your blood-sugar levels at bay.

What carbs do you include in your daily diet?

*Please note I am not a dietician, the information provided on my blog is based on my own research from reputable and cited websites and my own experiences!

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Health Benefits of Oats

Nothing makes a cold morning better, than a bowl of warm oats in bed 🙂

Oats tick my criteria as a good food choice and are a regular in my diet for 3 main reasons:

  1. The health benefits are well researched and proven
  2. They are quick and easy to make
  3. Most importantly – they are delicious!

What makes oats so healthy?

  • Oats are low GI.  This means that the carbohydrate absorbs into your system slowly, providing your body with energy for hours.
  • Oats contain a lot of fibre – both soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre absorbs water, which slows down your digestive process and keeps you nice and full (for way longer than a simple sugary cereal).  Fibre also helps to keep you regular 😉 and has been shown to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.
  • Oats contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

How I cook my oats – quick, simple and delicious!

  • Add 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup water to a microwavable bowl
  • Microwave for  2 minutes on high (all microwaves are different, as is every bowl of oats. First timers, be on the watch for overflowing oats!)
  • Stir, add milk, honey or any other desired toppings
  • Eat and enjoy 🙂

Banana and oats are an AMAZING combo!

There are so many ways to incorporate oats into your diet..
How do you do it?