- Starches are exactly what you think they are — bread, potatoes, pasta and rice are probably some of your favorites. What's important to keep in mind here, however, is that not all starches are created equal — whole-wheat bread knocks the socks off of its refined white-flour counterpart, as you should have learned yesterday; a sweet potato is better than a regular potato because of the extra iron and anti-oxidants packed in the beautiful orange-colored flesh. Pierce it and microwave it for 15 minutes, or bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour and top with butter for a healthy real-food treat. (Babies love a good mashed sweet potato, too!) Choose whole-wheat versions of your favorite kinds of pasta, also, and pick brown rice rather than white, which is essentially a plate of empty calories. You might as well drink a can of soda.
- Sugars, again, as a building block of nutrition can sound deceiving — but if you're not kidding yourself you know that Snickers bars and scones are not exactly a food group. If you're really counting your carbs, know the following: Carbs, in the form of sugars, can be found in everything from grapes to milk and beer. If you're smart, you'll get your natural sugars from a variety of sources every day, and as the seasons change — use 2% milk for your latte in the winter and your iced coffee in the summer, and vary your intake of fruits and vegetables according to the calendar. With all of the sugars found naturally in foods like pineapple and carrots, there's absolutely no need for you to travel outside the realm of healthy nibbles to get refined sugar from artificial additives and processed foods.
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