Carbohydrates are one of the main sources of energy in most diets. Selecting the right sources can aid in weight loss and manage blood sugar, as well as improve overall health. Carbohydrates are made up of sugar, fiber, and starch. Carbs with a greater percentage of fiber and starches than sugar are considered complex carbs.

Complex carbs are rich in the nutrients the body needs. Rather than providing minimal nutrition — like simple carbs — complex carbs provide essential fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. The majority of your carbohydrate intake should be from complex carbs.


1. Quinoa

This grain is gluten-free and contains 20 grams of healthy carbs. It also provides 4 grams of protein and 150 milligrams of potassium in each ½ cup serving. Quinoa is a versatile grain that can be used as a dinner side dish, in salads, and even prepared as a hot cereal.

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