Healthy Grocery Shopping That Won’t Make You Bankrupt – Carbs
Everyone needs energy. Besides, carbs can be a treat that allows many of us to stick to a healthy diet instead of refraining ourselves from eating what we enjoy the most. Carbs aren’t bad. That’s the key to sustaining a healthy dietary lifestyle long-t …
Everyone needs energy. Besides, carbs can be a treat that allows many of us to stick to a healthy diet instead of refraining ourselves from eating what we enjoy the most. Carbs aren’t bad. That’s the key to sustaining a healthy dietary lifestyle long-term instead of focusing on the “Get shredded quick” downloadable meal plan promising absurd results in an unrealistic time frame. Healthy complex carbs are a great part of a sustainable long-term health plan that can be set up around foods that you like to eat. Let’s dive in and give you some alternatives on what carbs to buy during your next grocery store trip.
Rightfully earned number one spot on the list due to the ease at which you can put together an absolute killer dinner or lunch with this yummy grain. Couscous is easier to cook than trying to pronounce it’s name. A regular couscous (not the whole wheat type) is done within 5-7 minutes of being soaked in hot water so all you have to consider are the toppings. Check out this recipe on a healthy & quick couscous recipe for a busy afternoon. Couscous is has a slightly higher Glycemic Index (GI) of 65 (meaning it provides energy much quicker than low GI foods) than other carb sources but it should definitely make it to your shopping cart. We recommend buying a few boxes to keep in your pantry – it’s that useful.
Rice should have its place in your healthy kitchen due to its versatility in cooking and ease of cooking as well. Also, rice comes in a great variety of shapes, types, and sizes but for the usefulness of the carb to the healthy lifestyle, we prefer either brown or white rice. You can purchase large quantities of rice (ranging up to 50lb bags) that can last you, literally, for a year or more. All you need is a basic rice cooker to have rice ready around your kitchen constantly.
Feeling like a batch of homemade fries? Are you looking for a source of healthy energy that is cheap and very easy to cook with? Pick up a bag of potatoes or sweet potatoes, either way, you’re getting value. Potatoes are great if baked, cooked on the stove, or even microwaved (10 minutes or less). A great budgetary carbohydrate option that you can pick up at any grocery store for a few dollars per several pounds of potatoes.
- Whole Wheat/grain products
Whole grain products differ from the white flour products by also containing nutrients that are preserved from the shell of the wheat during the processing of the grain. White flour products remove the shell and contain close to nutritional value, however, whole wheat products contain a good bit of protein along with fiber that keeps you satiated and some micronutrients such as Folate, Niacin, or Thiamin. Great way to swap whole wheat products for the white flour ones is in sandwich making, burrito making, and when using flour.
This category deserves an article on its own. Veggies are a major source of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are required for the human body to function optimally. Many vitamins are water-soluble, meaning they need to be replaced as water leaves our body in one form or another. Vitamins such as B complex and vitamin C need to be replenished continuously throughout our life and veggies are an amazing source of these nutrients. The range of vegetables to buy is endless. We usually recommend including as much color in your shopping cart as possible. For example, starting with getting some leafy greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, etc.), and making your way through broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, sweet peppers, asparagus, etc., will provide your nutrition plan with plenty of essential nutrients. Here is an extended list of possible vegetables that are great for cooking or consuming raw: spinach, spring mix, kale, collard greens, carrots, baby carrots, onions, garlic, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, sweet peas, corn, celery, Brussels sprouts, etc.
Finally, oats are an amazing source of energy that should be in your kitchen 24/7/365. Oats can be used in anything from making amazing protein pancakes or crepes, to baking homemade banana breads, and/or creating no-baked healthy snacks. The versatility is definitely there. Oats should be bought plain either quick 1-minute (smaller pieces) or steel-cut oats (larger oat flakes). Try to avoid instant oatmeal and flavored version of this grain as they most likely contain a variety of added substances, sugars, and preservatives, colorings, or unnecessary flavors. If you visit a wholesale store such as Sam’s club or Costco, you can purchase large quantities of oats for very budget-friendly prices.
Putting It All Together
Eating healthy is not about restraining yourself from 9 out of 10 foods around you. If your lifestyle is currently not based on almost any healthy foods, consider giving some of these food sources a try. Establishing a sound nutrition plan around whole foods, plants, and limiting processed foods consumed can drastically change your life. It all starts with how we shop, think, and set out mindset to succeed. Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is probably more about getting into the right mindset that, in turn, makes it super easy for you to reach your health-related goals and to sustain a healthy lifestyle long-term, which should be the goal for those who have an opportunity to. Thanks for reading, check out parts 1 and 3, focusing on proteins and fats of this guide by clicking here and here.