You decided to eat healthy food so you can reduce your weight. And just to be sure, you decided to eat more vegetables. But after a while, you noticed that you are gaining weight instead of losing. What could be wrong?
Believe it or not, you might be eating the wrong vegetables, specifically the starchy ones. If you are still confused, then you better read this entire post.
Starchy vs non-starchy vegetables
Simply put, starchy vegetables have higher calories and carbohydrates while non-starchy ones go to the opposite side. That means, lower in calories and carbohydrates. We are not saying that non-starchy vegetables are better than the other. But if your goal is to reduce weight, or maintain it at least, then you have to be more cautious about your vegetable choices.
Please also remember that eating too many starchy vegetables are not recommended for people with health conditions like diabetes as you need to maintain a low blood sugar level. And since starchy vegetables break down slowly, it can lead to high blood sugar levels.
In today’s age, most people consume more starchy vegetables and it is important to have the right mix of both so as to reach your optimum health. Below, you will see a quick list of starchy and non-starchy vegetables.
Samples of starchy vegetables
- sweet corn
- sweet potatoes
- winter squash
Samples of non-starchy vegetables
Why you need to load up with non-starchy vegetables
Eating non-starchy vegetables is ideal if you want to keep yourself full until your next meal. You can make a number of snacks and meals using these vegetables, and we are going to share with you some of the easiest yet tastiest ones we have found.
Simple non-starchy vegetable recipes
Eggplant caponata – This is a Sicilian side using friend eggplant. But to make your version healthier, it is recommended to use olive oil. You would need the following ingredients:
- red wine vinegar
- olive oil
- red bell pepper
- white onion
- red pepper
- fresh mint
You are definitely going to fall in love with this eggciting recipe.
Garlic broccoli salad – This makes the perfect side dish for any of your favorite meal. This is very quick to do and you just need to lightly steam the broccoli. Get these to prepare the salad:
- toasted pine nuts
- rice wine vinegar
Roasted honey glazed carrots – The last in our list is a roasted honey glazed carrots that your entire family will surely love. Here are the things you have to prepare:
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- black pepper
It’s very easy to make, and healthy. In fact, your kids can help you prepare. That’s good because as early as now, you have to encourage them to eat healthy instead of being fast-food dependent.
There are a lot of recipes that you can do with non-starchy vegetables. It doesn’t have to be bland. But make sure that you are going to use natural or organic products, and stay away from ingredients using preservatives. Now, that’s another topic that we have to discuss.