This is a great side dish to fish, chicken, or meat.
Seasoned it with garlic powder, salt and pepper, and some red pepper flakes and a drizzle of coconut oil. Stuck it in the oven at 350 and done! Not shown: sprinkle fresh parsley after cooked through.
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Red Potatoes are great for roasting, grilling, and boiling, remaining firm (holds their shape) and moist when cooked. Additionally, there’s no need to peel them since their skin are fairly thin.
Green beans are low in calories and provide fiber which help with regulating bowel movements. These fibers are easily digested and absorbed - this is why green beans are recommended for babies and their delicate bellies.
Parsley an anticarcinogen, purifies the blood and stimulate the bowels and helps with digestion.
In addition, the green beans and parsley when using this as a side to meat, enables our body to absorb the iron more easily.
Carbohydrates or carbs “fuels” the body by creating what our bodies recognize as glucose. Most of the energy we use come from these said carbs. It’s also vital for our metabolism, digestion, oxidation (burning), and brain power (mental activity claims a lot of energy). Generally, we know carbs from the bread and cereal group (grains), potatoes and various veggies, fruits, sugar, and even milk and milk products (as lactose). The amount of physical work/activity we do should correspond with the carbs we consume. Otherwise it turns into something ugly…
increase in carbs + less physical activity = excess carbs. The unused carbs then gets stored in the liver as glycogen and turns back into glucose when needed. It can only store so much, therefore once storage space is full, the excess becomes saturated FAT. Which travels around organs and muscle tissues (culprit of weight gain), as well as into the bloodstream, affecting cholesterol levels and over time cardiovascular diseases arise. So this leads to the relevance of simple versus complex carbs.
- are known as sugars.
- provides a quickie (quickly digested and used for energy) but supplies little to zero nutrients or fiber
- already broken down, therefore will get released straight into your bloodstream causing a “sugar rush”
- spikes up blood glucose levels
- you can find these sugars from table sugar, fruit juice, candy, syrups, etc.
- but there are some simple carbs that contain minerals and vitamins:
fruits, milk, milk products, and vegetables
- are better known as starch and dietary fiber
- provide nutrients, fibers and loads of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals
- slowly gets released into the bloodstream, which helps keeps you full and energized for a longer period of time
- aids in blood-sugar regulation
- are low in fat, high in fiber
- are found in brown rice, wheat pastas & breads, dry beans, legumes, nuts, etc..
BUT! regardless which type of carb you choose, your body will treat them the same exact way: digested and turned into glucose before it’s absorbed and available for use.
Find a good balance with your carb intake and the amount of physical activity you do.
Here are a couple of in-depth posts i’ve made on complex carbs:
Asparagus tossed in olive oil and roasted almonds. Asparagus can be blanched and this could be served cold or sautéed and served warm. Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette!
Makes for a wonderful side ;)