You CAN Eat Carbs

You CAN Eat Carbs

Believe it or not, you CAN be lean and fit eating carbohydrates, which includes my favorite, pasta!  Many of my new clients have heard that carbohydrates will make them put on weight and are fearful of eating them. I reassure them that there is nothing wrong with eating carbohydrates, it’s just a matter of choosing the “right” carbs and eating good portions.  So you ask, what are the “right” carbs?  The “right” carbs include whole grain breads, cereals and pastas.  The reason why whole grain is preferable to processed white carbohydrates is because white carbs are stripped of most essential vitamins, minerals, and the key ingredient…fiber.  Fiber aids in digestion and keeps you satisfied so you will eat less.  Some great whole grain healthy and tasty choices are Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal, multi-grain or whole wheat pasta, and multigrain bread.

If you enjoy pasta, a good way to keep your portion size in check is to prepare your whole grain pasta with marinara sauce and an extra large side salad or veggies.  Marinara sauce is an excellent choice to use on your pasta because it is filled with antioxidants found in tomatoes, plus it cuts out the fat and extra calories found in cream sauce.  Before you have your pasta, eat your veggies or salad.  By eating your salad or veggies first you will be more likely to have a smaller portion of pasta plus you will get even more of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to feel your best.  Eat plenty of healthy whole grains and exercise consistently and you can be lean and fit too!

“Healthy food is the fuel our body needs to function at its optimal best.” -Sara Holliday

Sara Holliday MFT, CPT is a licensed marriage-family therapist, certified personal trainer and yoga instructor with a passion for helping women to look good and feel great. For more great tips visit .


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