The fight of the century: Carbs vs. Me

The fight of the century. No, I’m not referring to the #MayPac fight or Avengers vs. Ultron. I’m talking about carbs.

My relationship with them has been complicated over the years. In the early 90’s, I watched my parents and their network of friends get swept up in Phase 1 of the Atkins diet. All of the chatter about the benefits of eating as much as one liked on the no-to-low carb diet was pan-seared into my brain.

Fast forward 20 years. When I  haven’t had enough sleep or when I’m stressed out and then faced with food choices, it can sometimes still feel like a battle royale of Good vs. Evil.  “Are all donuts bad? What if they’re vegan and made of alternatives like egg replacer, almond flour, coconut flour, applesauce and pumpkin puree?”

My fellow TK bloggers and I believe that carbs are an important part of a balanced diet and that some carbs are better than others. Today, we’re sharing a few of our favorites. Starting with…

Bri… Months ago I was at the store looking for sprouted whole grain bread. I wasn’t looking for low-carb/low-calorie, but I came across this gem and decided to give it a go. At 50 calories and 6.5 net carbs per slice, this flax seed bread is now part of my breakfast almost every morning. The first five ingredients: sprouted organic whole wheat berries, filtered water, wheat gluten, flax seeds (see this article on benefits of flax seeds!), and oat fiber. Toasted with a tablespoon of almond butter, it’s a delicious part of my day.

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Kristi… I have had a lifelong friendship with starchy carbs! Nothing beats mashed potatoes, creamy mac n’ cheese and the delicious crunch of fresh French bread. Unfortunately, my 30-something life now includes a slower metabolism and a husband that doesn’t eat many carbs at all. The compromise? A blossoming friendship with sweet potatoes. Sure it’s not completely the same, but it’s a fairly good substitute, and it has become a staple in our household. In addition to just roasting sweet potatoes in the oven, I love cubing them into a breakfast hash to accompany fresh veggies and over-easy eggs, and mashing them with a dab of non-fat Fage Greek yogurt to make a creamy, yet flavorful, dinner side.

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Meredith…I live with a man who would choose to the eat simple carbs for each meal (if I let him). We’re big pasta fans in our household, but with a wedding on the horizon and the need to be healthier, we have found a perfect alternative to white pasta: Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta from Trader Joe’s. This pasta has no “bad carbs” and instead has a blend of 20% organic quinoa flour and 80% organic brown rice flour—so we still get our pasta fix without the sugar-rush that comes with a simple carbohydrate. This pasta can be used for an easy weeknight meal—top with marinara sauce or olive oil and a squeeze of lemon and you’re ready to go! For a quick protein addition, sauté chicken or shrimp and serve on top.

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If you have a favorite carb, let us know what it is and how you like to prepare it.

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