Rice gets tons of bad rap – reports even suggest that rice is even more potent than sugary drinks. And all that talk about it deterring your diet? Yikes.
That doesn’t mean a religious adherence to a carb-free diet. Not necessarily, at least – we’ve got alternatives.
Compared to many other dairy products, carbohydrates (mostly lactose) in plain yoghurt take longer to be absorbed and provide longer lasting energy. Plus, yoghurt is a good source of protein that can aid in muscle recovery.
NEXT: Pasta →
Pasta is packed with carbohydrates, making it one of the ideal foods for loading your body’s glycogen stores (energy reserves in the muscles and liver) days before a big run. Opt for whole-grain pasta as it contains more fibre, minerals and vitamins. If you’re gluten-intolerant, try going with rice pasta instead.
NEXT: Sweet potato →
Dense with slow-releasing carbohydrates, sweet potato makes an all-around awesome snack that’ll see you through the day. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals that help to strengthen the immunity system and the body’s ability to adapt to stress.
NEXT: Whole grain bread →
Instead of bread with refined grains, opt for whole grain breads instead as they provide the same amount of carbohydrates but with additional vitamins, minerals and fibre. Check the ingredients label to be sure: whole grains should be the first ingredient that’s listed.
NEXT: White bread →
White bread gets too much bad press, but consider this: There’s a whole lot of white bread in the traditional Italian diet, yet it’s still often cited as one of the healthiest. While whole grain bread earns point for being a more stable source of energy, white breads are relatively easier to digest, giving you a quicker energy boost.
NEXT: Energy bars →
Aside from bursting with easily-metabolised carbohydrates – better if they’re filled with nuts and nutritious dried fruits – they also contain an array of nutrients to fuel and replenish the body. Avoid bars with unnecessary added sugars.
NEXT: Tomato sauce →
At around 21g of carbohydrates per cup, tomato sauce is a rich source of carbohydrates. It is also filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help to keep your body healthy and diseases at bay. If possible, make your own tomato sauce as store-bought options tend to come laden with sugars and other artificial preservatives.
NEXT: Chocolate milk →
Not just for kids, chocolate milk can be used as a way to quickly recharge your body after a run thanks to its higher sugar content. Plus, it comes with a decent amount of protein for recovery. Also, who doesn’t like the taste of chocolate?
NEXT: Bananas →
Bananas are fast-digesting, meaning that the sugars can be quickly metabolised for the body to use as energy. Additionally, their potassium content assists with the recovery of electrolytes lost during your workout.
NEXT: Greek yogurt →
By Pamela Ng, Urban Remedy, July 2017
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