Don't Forget to Add Complex Carbs to Your Menu Plan


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Complex carbohydrates are a main source of energy for the body. Unlike fruits and fresh vegetables that offer a quick burst of sugar to the body, complex carbs provide a sustained level of energy that can last for several hours. Complex carbohydrates are excellent food choices for early in the day or before you are preparing for a period of intense exercise or activity.

Whole Grain Breads and Pasta

Whole grain breads and pasta take a long time to work their way through the digestive tract. They are digested very slowly and provide a steady stream of glucose to the blood. In addition to the amount of energy they provide, they also offer an abundance of nutrients including protein, calcium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Quinoa is often included in this group. It is considered to be a super food that provides an abundance of nutrients with a minimum of calories.

Low-fat Cottage Cheese

Low-fat cottage cheese offers both calcium and protein with a minimum amount of calories. It is similar to other cheeses, but does not contain the amount of fat or calories. It can be used in many different ways or it can be served alone.

Legumes

Legumes include beans and nuts. Beans and nuts offer healthy forms of fat as well as an abundance of protein. Peanut butter, trail mixes and granola are just two ways legumes can be included in the diet.

The use of complex carbohydrates are excellent additions to a menu plans designed for weight loss. Not only do they offer an excessive amount of fuel for the body, they do so without adding unneeded calories.

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