Sugar highs and lows affect all of us. A steady blood sugar curve equals balanced energy, and the only way to keep that curve steady is to eat balanced carbohydrates—those with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.They are absorbed in slow motion, fill us up faster, and keep us full longer.
Choose whole, plant-based foods, and make that ride smooth and steady. See our delicious picks for your meals throughout the day that keep your blood sugar steady, and your energy balanced.
Too many refined carbs = blood sugar spike. Insulin quickly transports the sugar to cells, and then blood sugar crashes, leaving you hungry again. Set yourself up for success by starting your day right.
Best: Whole Fruits and Grains Start off with something that will last, like this whole grain English muffin breakfast sandwich where 32g of whole grain and fruity carbs meet protein-packed nut butter.
Worst: Sneaky Cereals Watch out for sneaky culprits like a jam-covered plain bagel that packs in 70g of refined carbs or some "healthy" cereals like honey-sweet flakes and clusters. Look for 5:5:10– 5g fiber, 5g protein, and less than 10g sugar, with whole grains listed first when choosing cereal.
Limiting carbs becomes easier when you stop using them to replace healthy fats and learn where they hide. Don’t be afraid of the calories in healthy fats. Your body will thank you hours later when you're not craving the late night salty, sugary snack.
Best: Nuts Choose the ounce of protein-packed peanuts (6g) over pretzels to tide you over until lunch; cut refined carbs by 17g.
Worst: Flavored Lattes Skip the flavor pump and save 18g sugary carbs in your daily 16-ounce sip.