5 Healthy Carbs We Love

Love carbs but feel guilty after you eat them? Here are 5 healthy carbs that are a must for a well-balanced diet.

1. The Wonder Grain: Quinoa
Quinoa is one of the only plant-based foods that is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. Plus it’s gluten-free and high in fiber and iron.

2. Start your day with steel-cut oats
Oats are rich in the dietary fiber beta-glucan, which has been found to help reduce cholesterol levels.

3. Pop up some air-popped popcorn
This low calorie snack has been found to contain higher levels of disease fighting polyphenols than fruits or vegetables. With only 93 calories and 3.5 grams of fiber in 3 cups.

4. Serve up a sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are packed full of carotenoids, orange and yellow pigments that may support heart health, help fight diabetes and prevent eye disease.

5. Enjoy amaranth
Amaranth is one of the few grains rich in lysine, an essential amino acid that helps the body build muscle and produce energy.