Carbohydrates…Yes, you need them!

Let me start today by saying that cereal sucks. Plain and simple. There really aren’t any “healthy” cereals out there. No Kashi. No cheerios. And definitely, no Count Chocula. I mean come on, would you trust this guy to keep you healthy?

Me either. Anywho, when it comes to choosing your carbohydrates, it’s all about the grains. Let’s dive into this topic and understand a bit more of what grains we should be eating.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal is loaded with fiber. It’s a great way to start your day off, without having to crush carbs late in the day, as some of us like to do when we’ve gone a full day of work without eating. Quality oatmeal will help you defend against heart disease and stroke, while boosting up your immune system to fight off bacteria infections. Ever see the body builder guys in the gym with tupperware full of oatmeal plus (insert fruit, eggs, protein, etc)? That’s because oatmeal contains 9 grams of protein per cup of the stuff. Now I know you’re probably thinking, “Alright, I’ll go grab some quaker instant oatmeal today.” WRONG! Get the steel cut oats. The instant and packaged oats suck. You might as well grab Chocula and have at it, they fall under the same category. Pick up the steel cut oats and you’ll get the entire nutritional value of these puppies.

Brown Rice – Brown rice should be looked at in the same light as oatmeal when it comes to choosing your rice. Be careful of what you pick because if you get the wrong strain, it’s useless. Make sure your brown rice is whole grain. If it’s not, it’s been pillaged of it’s nutritional makeup (manganese, selenium, vitamin E, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, and vitamin B). Also, if you’re trying to lose weight, eat rice sparingly. Whether it’s brown or white, rice still lands high on the glycemic index, which isn’t going to do anything for those muffin tops/love handles you’re trying to get rid of.

Quinoa – Keen-Wah. Ever have rice pilaf? It’s more than likely that quinoa was in it. Quinoa is high in protein and my favorite of all grains. When compared to rice, it’s not even close. Quinoa is higher across the board in iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc, while containing 6 grams of fiber. Go with Quinoa, it’s delicious!

So yes, that’s pretty much the only carbs I would recommend eating. Doesn’t seem like much, right? That’s because the society we live in processes grains for us to eat that have the nutritional makeup of whatever landed in your toilet the last 24 hours. Stick with these 3 and you’ll be good. Oh, and get creative in the kitchen! It’s fun and delicious at the same time. That way, you won’t get bored of eating the same old things all the time. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!


3 comments on “Carbohydrates…Yes, you need them!

  1. Amanda says:

    Steel cut oats take forever to cook…what’s your recommendation for people who want to do oatmeal in the morning, but need something easier/quicker to do?

    • chriskurtz says:


      First off, thanks for reading! To answer your question, you can actually throw steel cut oats on the stove top for about 10 minutes and be ready to go for your day. Throw in some blueberries/bananas/whatever fruits you deem fit, and your off to a great start in the morning!

    • Cam Reed says:

      Before going to bed, boil four cups of water in a pot, turn off the heat and add one cup of steel cut oats. Cover the pot and leave overnight. In the morning cook over a low flame for 9-12 mins. Or do that but make up five days worth in advance. Store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator and used as required. Then in the morning microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.

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