Happy Monday morning everyone!
If you are doing the Sunday cheat-day you’ll be really keen to get back to our healthy eating schedule today! I know I am.. so I thought it’d be a great opportunity to talk about GRAINS.
If you’ve read the SLINKII 7-Day Diet you’ll know that we like to keep our carb intake at a minimum. Except for breakfast, when we need some good, slow-releasing energy that will ensure we stay satisfied for longer.
Personally, I can’t say ‘no’ to some rolled oats, a few nuts, and a dollop of yoghurt topped with some berries for breakfast! YUM!
Whole grains are healthy for us because they’re loaded with immune-boosting vitamins, energy sustaining carbs, and filling fiber to encourage weight loss, and they are a low-fat source of protein.
These benefits are derived mainly from wholegrains and largely diminished when grains are refined. The refining process removes the bran, which is the outer layer of the grain, and the germ, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, leaving only the endosperm- so that soft, fluffy white flour is basically only starch! Not exactly what we want to be eating!
So make sure when you’re buying your cereals or rice that you avoid the refined grains and always opt for whole grains. This small swap will make a huge difference to your overall diet as its not just the quantity of carbs that matters- but also the quality.
I know there way too many different grains to choose from, so I thought it might be helpful to draw up a little table so you can find out which wholegrains are lowest in calories and which offer the most fiber and protein…
See why I like rolled oats! Just add some protein powder to your yoghurt
Remember, be careful about portion control here, this table indicates the nutritional value based on 1/4 cup, which is 30 grams- so don’t mindlessly pour an entire bowl of oats (or any wholegrain you choose), make sure you measure your quantities!
Love SLINKII xx