Know your vegetables, proper meal planning

When balancing out a meal, often times people think they are balanced if they have some protein, a ton of veggies and often a starchy grain like rice or pasta. However, what people don’t realize is that sometimes they are doubling up on the starches on their plates because they are choosing vegetables with a high starch content. One of my favorite links to provide clients with is from the American Diabetes Association. This website provides a detailed break down of both the starchy and non-starchy vegetables! It also provides tips for gluten free meal planning (if you have a gluten allergy), info on the glycemic index and much more!

If you want to have a starchy vegetable with dinner, maybe substitute it instead of the rice or pasta you were planning to have, and just have two vegetables instead- a starchy and a non-starchy. On a low carb day, or for a lower carb meal, try using all lower starch veggies for your dish.

Just remember, knowledge is power! The more you know, the easier it will be to succeed! 🙂

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/grains-and-starchy-vegetables.html

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/non-starchy-vegetables.htmlcapr

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