Today, we’re going to talk about that “C” word that everyone tries so hard to avoid… that’s right CARBS. Carbs have gotten a pretty bad rap in the past few years and if you’re from my generation, you probably can’t hear the word “carbs” without thinking of the infamous Mean Girls scene: “Is butter a carb?”
But I’m here to tell you something that I myself was surprised to learn: CARBS ARE OK. They’re actually more than OK, they’re necessary in a healthy diet. It’s all about when and how you intake your carbs. Morning time and post-workout are the best times to in-take carb heavy meals. This is because your metabolism works fastest in the morning (and post-workouts) and slows down as the day progresses. Eating a healthy meal also helps kickstart your metabolism right into action, but I’m sure you’ve heard that already a million times. I typically have my bread or oatmeal first thing in the morning and then will have a pasta, rice/quinoa or potato based option with lunch. So without further adieu — here are two of my favorite carb based lunch options!
Gluten-Free Shrimp Pasta with homemade olive oil based tomato sauce. Cooking any kind of tomato sauce from scratch is TIME CONSUMING. Take my word for it. For this, I made a batch of this tomato sauce recipe one night and had leftovers to use for days. Try tossing pesto and some plum tomatoes in with your pasta and I promise you’ll get a quick flavorful pasta that will keep you full.
Chicken “Fried” Rice My mom used to make this for me as a kid on nights she was short on prep time for dinner and now it’s a favorite of mine to use as a lunch meal. I just cook up some rice, chicken, scrambled eggs, steamed peas and then sauté it all together with some julienne carrots and gluten-free low sodium soy sauce and I have a super flavorful meal. It’s also another great meal you can make in a large batch to take leftovers to work or just to have a quick meal on hand in the fridge for busy days.
**Cheat: If you’re having a hard time giving up on pasta for dinner, try Shirataki pasta. It’s often found in the produce section near the tofu options. It is a plant root based pasta with almost no carbs, very little calories and lots of fiber. If you cook it in the frying pan and dry it out, its texture is almost indistinguishable from traditional pasta! Good luck and let me know how your carb friendly adventures go!