7 Healthy Carbs to Help You Lose Weight

Do carbs the right way with these healthy options

Summer fruit quinoa salad

Carb is not always a “four-letter” word! Bad carbohydrates, like white bread or sugary drinks, are quickly absorbed by the body, triggering blood sugar spikes and weight gain. In contrast, good carbohydrates are loaded with nutrients and fiber, so the body absorbs them more slowly for sustained, and healthy, energy burn. Add these 7 healthy carbs to help you lose weight to your menu plan this week.

1. Quinoa

This grain-like seed is one of our go-to healthy carbs—and it’s no surprise as to why. It offers all nine essential amino acids, and it keeps the body feeling full longer. Try it in Skinny Chicken & Quinoa Supper.

2. Beans and Legumes

These foods don’t just provide carbs for weight loss; they also have protein and plenty of nutrients. Fill up on Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice or Slow Cooker Red Lentil Curry.

3. Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal

This is one of the easiest carbs to add to your menu for weight loss. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack, oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber that makes you feel full longer, curbing unhealthy snack attacks. Enjoy Clean-Eating Refrigerator Oatmeal.

4. Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

While flavored yogurt can bombard the body with bad carbs, the plain variety offers protein and other nutrients, including vitamins B12 and D. Flavor plain yogurt with almonds, walnuts, or fresh fruit. Or grab fresh veggies and dip them into Curry Greek-Style Yogurt Dip.

5. Whole Fruit

Avoid fruit juices or processed fruit products, which are often loaded with added sugar, and get your fruit fix from the real deal. Double up on good carbs when you add Quinoa Fruit Salad to the menu plan.

6. Whole Grain Pasta

Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Pasta is a staple in many homes, but traditional pastas are overly processed, stripping them of good-for-you fiber and nutrients. Swap them out for whole grain pasta, like in this Slow Cooker Skinny Spaghetti recipe.

7. Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes have gotten a bad reputation when it comes to weight loss, but the sweet potato is actually a great carb for weight loss. It delivers nearly twice as much fiber as other varieties, plus it’s loaded with potassium, vitamins, and folic acid. Try Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Style.

Want to learn more about how carbs impact health? Check out Simple vs. Complex Carbohydrates: What You Need to Know.

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