There’s no argument that most of us need to cut down on our simple carbs. That means fewer sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks. However complex carbs are an essential for our diets, and a good way to feel fuller for longer.
Here are the top 10 carb sources to include in your diet.
Choose wholegrain bread to get all the right carbs and fibre. Fill your sandwich with salad and veg.
Brown rice gives you the whole grain, unlike white rice. That means more fibre and more vitamins – well worth the extra cooking time.
Chickpeas are a seed full of protein, slow-release carbs and vitamins. As well as hummus, try this aubergine and chickpea recipe, which travels well as a packed lunch.
Lentils add calcium and minerals to our diets, as well as being a good substitute for meat. Dried lentils only take 30 minutes or so to cook and so are an excellent store-cupboard standby.
The athlete go-to snack for a good reason, bananas provide a slew of vitamins with their slow-release carbs. They are also a good source of minerals.
Preferably not eaten as chips, the humble spud gives carbs, fibre and protein. They are an easy staple for any quick dish.
Tinned beans can be used immediately, but make sure dried are thoroughly soaked and pre-cooked. Perfect in a chilli or in many other dishes.
Porridge is the perfect breakfast to fend off the mid-morning snack attack. Oats are also full of dietary fibre, which keeps your gut healthy.
Enjoy your raspberries, kiwi fruit and blueberries for lots of vitamins, fibre and complex carbs. Eat them whole, as juicing destroys the fibre and makes it easy to eat too many.
Quick to cook from frozen and just as good as fresh, peas are a good starchy food with plenty of fibre and almost every vitamin that we need.
chickpeas - my cupboard standby for those 'didn't get to go shopping' days. Good to see them on the list.
guessing it probably doesn't mean roasties (sadly, same as chips). Jacket spuds are good to go though, and they are 10 mins in the microwave - my lunch standby!
Potatoes only with skin on, surely? Not sure roast pots will do anyone any favours!