Green light grains are whole grains. Grains are amazing sources of fiber, nutrients, antioxidants and trace minerals. A diet rich in healthy grains can help reduce heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancer. It is a great staple to any wholesome, nutritious diet, and they shouldn’t be demonized as the culprits for gain weight. Excess fat and obesity are a product of ingesting too much sugar, processed and refined foods, pre-pacaked meals full of preservatives and poisonous chemically and genetically modified ingredients that destroy our gut flora (where all of our immunity takes place) and promote the production of free radicals in our blood stream.
Whole grains are power foods, and are necessary to curb those late-night cravings and feelings of deprivation we get when we go on carb-free diets. Don’t underestimate the power of healthy grains, just make sure to have your daily grain portions before 3 or 4 pm and not after. Our metabolisms slow down as we approach night time and our digestive systems need less heavy foods in the afternoon so just make sure to enjoy that good porridge, oatmeal or sprouted whole wheat breads in the morning only. For lunch you can pair up your protein with a mindful portion of whole wheat pastas, millet, buckwheat, you name it, just keep the portion relatively small. If you suffer from gluten intolerance, you can always look for grains that are gluten-free such as certain oatmeal brands, rice and quinoa.
Just don’t forget the importance of adding these to your meal plans for a healthy diet and gut. Make sure all your grains of choice are in their whole form (never refined or stripped of their hulks), sprouted and organic.
For more info, visit: http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp