Simple vs. Complex Carbs

When it comes to nutrition, carbohydrates make for a great deal of conversation; No Carbs, a few Carbs, or no Carbs at all? With a few key points and how to spot the detail, we’re happy to help you make a few great decisions along the way.

Although carbs are an important part to a full nutritional diet, it’s important to know where your caloric intake is coming from. Keep reading to find helpful tips and information on how to spot the difference. 

 

SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES

Simple carbs, unfortunately, make up the things we’re so accustomed to; the processed sugars, packaged bread and soft drinks. Where simple carbs should be consumed almost as a treat, often times it’s the main source of carbohydrates for most. 

 

A few simple carbs you probably see often, however don’t recognize:

  • The Breakfast Bagel you’ve grown to love 
  • Bread, Rice, and Pasta
  • Cookies
  • Candy
  • Artificial Sweeteners 

Familiarize yourself with the usual suspects and remember; simple carbohydrate = quick energy and simple nutrition, you’ll need more substance to constitute good nutrition.

 

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES

Bring in the Good guys! Due to a higher fiber content, complex carbs provide more nutrients than their counterpart. Including carbohydrates in your daily nutrition is key not just to your fitness goals but for overall strength; remember carbs are a great source of energy for your body. 

Here are a few complex carbs that go great with just about any meal:

  • Black Beans
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Oatmeal 
  • Quinoa 
  • Leafy Greens

 

Try this tasty meal option, with a favorite complex carb of mine Brussel sprouts.

Try this tasty meal option, with a favorite complex carb of mine Brussel sprouts.

Try a few of these alternatives to keep you on track with a healthy diet: Carb Hacks.