This week I sent a tip out to my subscribers which discusses the
importance of eating our carbohydrates. Does this mean only bread
and pasta? NO! Here then are some of my favorite carbohydrate foods
which give our body and therefore our muscles good fuel::
Let's Eat our Carbohydrates:
- Legumes: Labeled as a "Powerhouse Food" in
one of my tips, legumes are a powerful energy food with vitamins
and minerals along with an almost equal proportion of quality
protein included in the list of meat alternatives. Eat these the
night before a morning work out at dinner, or eat some everyday!
- Oatmeal: Yes, oatmeal! And not just in cold snowy weather.
It is a great source of a long lasting stick to the ribs energy
food, full of vitamins and minerals with heart health benefits
(not just a slogan, but scientifically proven).Eat some oatmeal
2-3 hours before a workout (I eat everyday).
- Yogurt: As close to a #1 food as it gets, my motto is
" A Yogurt a Day". Loaded with nutrients such as high
quality bone building calcium, protein, B vitamins and the healthy
immune boosting bacteria that line our gastrointestinal tract.
A great food, snack or snack topping, it's portable and easy to
find. Eat 1 hour before a workout as a snack to give energy especially
when the last meal was a few hours ago.
- Banana: The banana made my list since almost everyone
loves bananas, but most of us think that they are fattening! Well,
at about 120 calories for a medium one, loaded with potassium,
vitamin C, sweet and starchy, they make the list. Bananas are
also versatile. Satisfy the starch urge by adding them to a fruit
salad or cereal; thicken up a smoothie; stuff one in a bag to
go; eat one on the run and even buy one at those fruit stands
(we're less likely to get sick from a banana because of the peel).
eat 30 minutes to 1 hour before a workout.
- Salad with veggies! Veggies are loaded with vitamins,
minerals, phytochemicals and great complex carbohydrates. they
fill us up without filling us out and they supply great energy.
Add in 1/2 cooked chilled pasta and make it a dinner salad.
- Baked Potato. Take a cue from bodybuilders who live on
baked potatoes during their carb eating trining days. Make it
a meal by adding legumes, salsa or even cottage cheese.
- High Fiber Cereal. Start the day with a high fiber wheat
cereal with low fat milk and a favorite fruit. Aside from the
high fiber benefits, whole grains supply us with energy to start
the day physically and mentally. Want to snack during the day?
Put mixed high fiber cereals in a baggie with dried fruit, and
munch away an hour or two before a workout!
So, these are just a few of my favorite carbohydrate foods. Of
course, there are scooped bagels, tortilla's filled with veggies,
california rolls, and the dreaded pasta if we eat an appetizer portion
for those of us watching our weight.
Here's to eating some carbs and feeding our muscles!