Every other minute you hear about a new diet craze! Unfortunately, carbohydrates, also known as carbs, are often under the chopping block when it comes to diet recommendations. But, is that really true?

Mahaska Health Dietitian Lea Rice is here to set the record straight. As long as you’re smart about the carbohydrates you choose, they’re actually full of nutritional benefits. Bread lovers rejoice!

So, what should you look for in carbohydrate options? Well, as with many other foods, the less processed the better! Look for foods high in fiber and full of whole grains too. Here are some foods classified as carbohydrates that pack a punch in good nutritional value:

  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Bananas
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Whole grain baked goods (don’t go too crazy here, as pre-made baked goods can also be high in sugar, but wholegrain options are healthier than their white bread counterparts)
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Steel cut or old fashioned oats
  • Cold cereal that lists whole grain first on the ingredient list and is low in sugar
  • Potatoes (regular and sweet)
  • Blueberries
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Popcorn

It should be no surprise that the best sources for good carbohydrates are fruits and vegetables, after all, they’re pretty much the answer to all of our diet woes! Not only do they contain good carbs, they are packed with fiber, help prevent blood sugar swings and help us feel full longer. Next time you’re questioning your dietary choices, don’t rule out something like carbohydrates because of the latest hype; instead, do your own research and make sure your choices are going to be healthy choices for you.