#foodiefriday ~~ Why cut carbs?

 

This time of year there is always a lot of hype over diets. Well, now days its all the time. You can barely watch tv without a diet commercial with some star claiming they lost a bunch of weight. Trouble is a year later you see them heavy again after their contract seems to be over. I have tried Weight Watchers but never got big results. I stayed hungry and miserable. I do like a lot of their recipes and incorporate them in meal plans a lot. I haven’tt tried the ones where you buy their foods and eat only that.

Low carb has always worked better for me. I am a meat eater and can easily give up breads and sweets. There are no carb where you completely give up anything but protein and vegetables, the there are low-carb or diabetic diets too.  Low carb doesn’t always mean no carb.

We need some forms of carbs to get energy. We can get that from carbs in fruit, and slower burning carbs such as whole grains.  Our bodies need the fiber.

Last week i talked about ancient grains and was asked a good question. Are they low in carbs. I decided to look and see.

Quinoa is said to be good for a low carb diet as a few other whole grains. But if following a plan like atkins or south beach it i s in the later stages.  On Paleo ancient grians are permitted.

Here is an interesting article I found http://www.livestrong.com/article/260060-the-best-grains-on-a-low-carb-diet/

I have Hypoglycemia… that means my sugar tends to run low causing energy sapping me leaving me feeling tired a lot.  I need to add some good for me carbs like grains and eat them with a protein to keep my body in balance.

Whole grains don’t have to be scary. Add barely to some soup, Chia to just about anything,http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/chia-seeds

The recipe for chia pudding is at the end of the article. I have to admit I haven’t quite come to terms with the texture of chia in my smoothies.

Back to Carb counts and whole grains.  Quinoa nets about 17 grams per 1/2 cup  but  packs a nutrient punch and a high ratio of plant-based protein.. if you are on a plan that has 30 grams or more  you can get by with a serving  or perhaps cut the serving in half.

So the answer is it depends on the phase you are in and the particular diet. These grains are higher in fiber which can be deducted as well.

I have found cool recipe doe pizza using cauliflower. I have nto tried it but thought I would share since I do love cauliflower.  I do like it riced as a side dish and roasted with differnet seasonings.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/cauliflower-pizza-crust.html

 

I think some cooked chicken or bacon or italian sausage on this would be good.

This week I am back to endurance  with my personal trainer and  adding 15 mnutes a dy to my tread mill. so far I havent lost any weight and its frustrating. I will lose four pounds then put them back on.  Oh well I will perservere and hope eventually the weight will come off or at least some inches.

Do you have a favortie lowcarb trick or tip?

#foodiefriday~~#greatgrains

 

Hi Y’all. Welcome back! This week has been hectic and I haven’t gotten to experiment with the quinoa like I said I was. I am still at my friends house. I introduced plain, baked sweet potatoes to her husband and he loved it.  I found a box of cereal called Great Grains.

It’s a combination of ancient grains like spelt, amaranth and quinoa with a touch of honey. I liked it a lot. I also found a  granola bar  that is also made from the same grains it had cacao and coffee in it as well. I believe it was a caramel Machiatto bar.

 

It too is quite good. I found them at Wal-Mart

What are ancient grains? Spelt, Amaranth, millet, sorghum, teff, freekeh, chia seeds, farro, and quinoa are among the one rising to the top of the food chain.  These are mostly gluten free with the exception of farro, spelt and Kamut though some  people can tolerate these. They have  vitamins and minerals and make a great side dish to replace pasta and starches.

Here is a great site with  more information…http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/ancient-grains

 

I found a couple recipes I plan to try when I am back home.

I have never tried curry. Since its back to hubby and I and we both like spicy I want to try this. This looks quite yummy.

 

http://www.onedishdinners.com/2011/04/curried-quinoa-chicken-recipe.html

This also looks good.

 

 

http://whatsgabycooking.com/bbq-chicken-quinoa-salad/

 

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/238972/stuffed-peppers-with-quinoa/

How’s the excercise going not going to the trainer you ask? I admit I am not doing an hour a day. He told me as long as  I choose a set and do those I am ok. I packed my suspension strap and resistance band. I have done about 20 minutes of squats, rows, presses with both of those.

Are you glucose intolerant? Have you tried any of the ancient grains? Which is your favorite?  Feel free to share any recipes  you love!

 

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