Wanting to eat fresh and seasonal, I do wonder what fruits are in season when. Here is a general guide if you live in North America:
When most people think of carbs they think of rice, bread and pasta. The truth is, there are carbs in so many other foods! No, I’m not talking to those of you who were on a low-carb diet where you are eating less than five carbs a day or something like that.
For the normal folk, are all carbs considered equal? Well, the truth is that some carbs are simple and summer complex. The complex carbs contain more fiber and minerals and vitamins from the simple carbs do.
What are examples of complex carbs? We think of brown breads. Hearty grains, green vegetables or starchy tubers come to mind.
What are bad carbs? These are carbs like cake, donuts or white bread.
Here’s a helpful chart to give you some more tips and information:
Here is a low glycemic index diet list of foods, a rough shopping list, that may help you:
I got a question the other day about sugar. Sugar is in so many of our foods: tomato sauce, bread, crackers and juice. Do you need help finding sugar substitutes? Is maple syrup healthy because it comes from a tree? Answers to these questions and more… Keep reading!
Sometimes we crave a certain “unhealthy” food because we may be deficient in some vitamin or mineral. I was found this chart to be helpful:
This chart seems quite common and many of you have probably already seen it. What do you think? Do you believe that by substituting a healthier food for one that you are craving works for you?
But let’s get back to sugar, shall we? How can we substitute it? Here are some ideas:
When baking I like to substitute applesauce, banana or coconut sugar for white sugar when I can.
And since I’m Canadian I can never forget the wholesome goodness that comes from our maple trees in Quebec. Here are some facts on Maple syrup:
What do you think about sugar? Is it something that you are consciously trying to cut down on? Leave me a comment or question. To me this is a very interesting topic. Have a sweet Friday!