One of the downsides of a low-carb diet is that many dieters eliminate the fiber-rich and healthy whole grains in their diet. It is important to understand that not all carbs are the same and that there are many low-carb friendly grains to choose from.
Low-Carb Doesn’t Mean No Carb
Many dieters go on an extreme and completely eliminate all grains and breads. However, your body requires carbs—and the quality of the carbs matter. When speaking of fiber-rich grains you can enjoy as a side dish, whole and low-processed is key. In other words, no instant white rice. Also, the fiber in the foods you eat is what makes you feel full.
Carbs You Can Enjoy
Here is a short list of low-carb friendly grains:
- Wild, red, or brown rice
- Gluten-free or steel cut oats
How To Prepare Your Grains
Most grains can be cooked in a rice cooker, and you can even create your own grain blends. I love to mix quinoa with rice and lentils. Also, add some flavor to your grains by adding fresh or dried herbs or fruit and veggies. Add dried herbs at the beginning or mid cooking process—fresh items should be added closer to the end. Also, cook in a low-sodium vegetable or meat stock instead of water.
Adding the right grains to your menu will ensure you have a well-balanced and fulfilling meal.