I am reading about low carb / no carb diets all over the blogasphere and somewhere, something seems to have been lost in translation. In my opinion, a healthy diet will consist of about 55% carbohydrate consumption. These healthy carbohydrate choices can be found in whole grain breads, brown rice, fruit and vegetables, popcorn, nuts, seeds, low fat / non fat milk and yoghurt, dried peas / beans. There is a difference between starchy carbohydrates i.e. cassava, corn, hominy, parsnips, peas, plantain, potatoes, pumpkin, spaghetti, winter squash, succotash, yam and sweet potato which give 80 calories per 1 cup raw serving and add 15g of carbohydrates to your diet, and non starchy carbohydrates. These non starchy carbohydrates include amaranth, Chinese cabbage, artichokes, asparagus, baby corn, bamboo shoots, beans, bean sprouts, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chayote, eggplant, gourds, scallions, collard greens, kale, tyurnip, hearts of palm, jicama, kohlrabi, leeks, mushrooms, okra, onions, daikon, pea pods, peppers, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, summer squash, zucchini, sugar snap peas and Swiss chard and give 25 calories per 1 cup raw serving and add 5g of carbohydrates. The key to a healthy diet is to have carbohydrates with each meal, aiming for a minimum of 175g per day, and for me personally, I restrict our starchy carbohydrates at night. To kick start your metabolism in the morning do not overload your breakfast with carbohydrates. With this in mind, I made these potato and butternut latkes to have with our lunch one Sunday. The recipe came from a feta booklet published by Fairview Cheese, which is a local farm, close to where I live.
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What I blogged:
- one year ago – Mo and Rose Bistro
- two years ago – Pears Poached In Red Wine
- three years ago – Friday’s Food Quiz