A million low-carb dieters can’t be wrong, right? Time to get carb smart.
Carbs don’t make you fat, unless you eat them in large portions. Excess calories— whether from protein, fat or carbs—cause weight gain. Your muscles and brain rely on carbs for energy. What’s more, plenty of research has found that a regular intake of whole grains helps guard against heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
That said, not all carbs are created equal. Limit refined sugars and white starches, carbs that are quickly digested and leave you feeling hungry sooner. A diet based on slowly digested carbs such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, steel-cut oats and whole-grain bread can also help you maintain a weight loss.
—Leslie Beck, R.D.
A hearty brown rice casserole with goat cheese and rosemary is delicious in all its vegetarian glory.
A simple vinaigrette dresses brown rice and tomatoes.
These banana oat pancakes are full of nutrious and great tasting ingredients, your kids will love them.
Makes enough for one double crust or two single crust 9-inch deep dish pies.
Loaded with fiber, these pancakes are topped with raspberries and fresh and dried blueberries.