But just so you know we aren’t all talk, here’s some tips from registered dietitian, Andrea Mathis, about crafting a balanced meal with carbs.
A dietitian's guide to carbs
Who should eat carbs?
"Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our body. Some medical conditions may require some individuals to limit or monitor their carb intake, but other than that, everyone should be encouraged to eat carbs."
How do you suggest incorporating carbs into a meal?
"I would suggest choosing complex carbs—such as whole grains, fruits, and beans—and include a serving with meals and snacks."
Do you have advice to those nervous about adding carbs into their meals?
"I would suggest viewing carbs as the best fuel for your body instead of focusing on the calorie/fat/sugar content. Remember that food has no moral value."
What’s the best benefit of including carbs into a diet?
"Carbohydrates provide fuel that is needed for our bodies to function properly. That’s why it’s essential to include them in your daily diet regimen."
What tips do you have for crafting a balanced meal? What’s your go-to breakfast?
"A balanced meal usually consists of a source of carbohydrates, a serving of protein, some healthy fats, and one or more servings of fruits and vegetables. I like to recommend filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruit at most of your meals. My go-to breakfast is a quick and easy fruit & granola yogurt parfait, or whole wheat pancakes!"
Did we scare you? No, of course not because carbs aren’t scary!
Carbs can, and should, be incorporated into your balanced diet if they’re not already.
The Dietary Guidelines for America suggest that carbs make up 45%-65% of your daily calories. If you’d like to learn more about those fancy scientific calculations, here’s a link that can guide you.
We’re not here to tell you what to put in your body. BUT, if you’re looking for some wholesome suggestions- and a new friend - our pantry is full of carb-friendly, balanced options!