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Good Carbs? Yes, They’re Real!

Eating clean doesn’t mean giving up carbs. (Phew!) It just means choosing the right kinds of healthy carbs that are packed with fiber, nutrients and antioxidants.

The #1 rule: eat whole grains instead of refined grains and sugar. The cleanest whole grains are those that look the most like they did when harvested—think quinoa, brown rice and oats. But whole wheat pasta and whole grain bread are good options too. You just need to know what to watch for when you hit the grocery store.

• Bread: Look for brands containing no more than 200mg of sodium per slice and no sugars in the ingredient
list.
• Pasta: Is whole grain or whole wheat flour the first ingredient on the label? Don’t confuse this with
enriched wheat-flour pasta.
• Rice: Brown, purple, black and red rice are all whole grains and naturally gluten-free.
• Tortillas: For flour tortillas, look for whole grain or whole wheat flour as the first ingredient. Corn
tortillas are also a good option. Watch out for added sugars, like corn syrup.

Beyond whole grains, try potato gnocchi—grab our Gnocchi with Garden Vegetables frozen entrée—or barley,
legumes, sweet potatoes, cruciferous veggies, bananas… Yes, bananas. There are so many ways to get the
health benefits of good carbs!

EatingWell frozen meals feature a range of tasty and satisfying whole grains and other good carbs, and our pals at EatingWell magazine have compiled dozens of recipes and awesome low-carb meal plans that help you get the nutrients you need.

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Holy Moly, Whole Grains!

Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including fiber, protein, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Research also suggests that consuming fiber-rich foods might boost weight loss by helping you feel fuller after you eat.

But most of us eat only about half as much fiber as we should. Nutrition guidelines recommend 25 to 38 grams per day; the average American consumes only about 14 grams. It’s not hard to boost your fiber intake.

Where to get the good stuff
In addition to fruits and veggies, you’ll find whole grains in bread, smart snacks like popcorn—and even in some packaged foods like our EatingWell frozen entrées. If you’re reading this, chances are you also read food labels…but if you don’t, start now!

In our meals you’ll find goodies like whole grain cavatappi (Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese), 9 grain orzo (Creamy Pesto Chicken), brown rice (Korean Inspired Beef), and whole grain wild rice (Chicken & Wild Rice Stroganoff). Starting this summer, look for our new entrées with whole wheat gnocchi (Gnocchi with Garden Vegetables) and multigrain pasta (Thai Style Peanut Chicken).

And when you have time to whip up something from scratch, check out these delicious high-fiber whole grain recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell magazine. We’re big fans of the Overnight Oatmeal and Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. Yum!

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