Grocery List of Carbohydrate Sources


I recently posted a GROCERY LIST OF PROTEIN SOURCES and several people have asked for a carb list so here it is. Most people view carbs as “evil” foods and have a bad reputation for causing weight gain. In reality, carbs provide energy your body needs to help you function throughout the day and spares protein for muscle repair and growth. Think of carbs as fuel that keeps your body moving, like the way gas functions for a car. The only way carbs make you gain weight is when you eat too many and/or too many of the bad types; like sweets. Remember TOO MUCH OF EVEN HEALTHYFOODS CAN MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT!!! Carbs are organic compounds that contain sugars (either simple or complex). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described carbs as foods that your body uses to make glucose. Specifically, amylase (an enzyme in your body) breaks down the carbs you eat to produce glucose, giving you energy. Glucose can be used right away or your body may store it for use later. I always make sure to have a good serving of carbs before I work out and then again a meal of carbs and protein after my workout.

Below is a list of the carbs that I usually eat – there are many more sources of carbs out there but this is MY LIST of what I EAT. As you see the list is long – I love my carbs and variety is important:

  • Japanese sweet potatoes (MY FAVORITE CARB – broiled, baked, or made into fries. I season them with either garlic, cinnamon, etc)
  • Oatmeal, usually Old Wessex 5 Grain or custom blends
  • Cream of rice cereal by Bob’s Red Mill
  • Coconut flour
  • Truvia (not calorie free as stated – they are a carb)
  • Pumpkin puree (usually for making pancakes or casseroles)
  • Kimchi (alone or use as a topping on salads, meat, etc)
  • Joseph’s brand pita, lavash flats and tortillas
  • P28 flats, bread and bagels
  • Alvarado Street Bakery flax seed bread
  • Ezekiel Sprouted English muffins
  • Alexia fat free French fries and hash browns
  • Dr. Praegers spinach pancakes (just found these – they taste like hash browns)
  • Spelt cakes (usually topped with walden farm caramel dip)
  • Rice cakes (apple cinnamon and caramel corn are my favs)
  • Kashi frozen waffles (usually blueberry)
  • Tinkyada Spiral Brown Rice Pasta
  • Shirataki spaghetti
  • Sesmark rice crackers
  • Popped wheat thin crackers (spicy cheddar is great)
  • Suzie’s multispeed flat bread crackers
  • Stand n’stuff whole grain corn taco shells (YUM)
  • Veggies – mostly asparagus, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes and broccoli.
  • Cauliflower – need to mention again because I eat it a lot – make mashed cauliflower, riced cauliflower, and pizza crust with it
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Bananas, rhubarb, apples, pineapple and berries (usually blueberries and strawberries)
  • Applesauce – unsweetened
  • Cranberries – make my homemade sauce to use as topping on salads, sandwiches
  • Rice Chex cereal – honey nut my fav
  • Raw Honey
  • Better Than Peanut Butter (I like the low sodium)
  • Salsa, Bangkok peanut sauce, Szechuan sauce, mango coconut pepper sauce, taco seasoning (low sodium), spaghetti sauce (usually walnut acres tomato basil no salt added)
  • Skinny cow bars and cones

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