Starchy Veggies & Grains: Aren’t They Good For Me?

Starchy Veggies & Grains: Aren’t They Good For Me?

Starchy Vegetables and Whole Grains are healthy foods and contain some valuable vitamins and minerals. However, these two food groups are higher in calories than non-starchy vegetables and this can be a problem during weight loss.

For the 0,1,2,3+ Diet Plan, starchy vegetables and whole grains will be lumped together and you will be limited to one serving (approximately 1 cup combined) per day.

How to handle starches in your diet

In real life this might look like one serving of oatmeal in the morning (1/2 cup dry oats = 1 cup prepared), and then non-starchy vegetables (raw and cooked), fruits, and beans for the rest of the day.

A different scenario may start with fruit and nuts in the morning, salad with beans and a piece of fruit for lunch, and then a bowl of veggie soup and side dish of sweet potato fries for dinner.

I include a full list of starchy vegetables and whole grains at this link.

A few examples of starchy vegetables include: sweet potatoes, white potatoes, corn, butternut squash, acorn squash, parsnips, and pumpkin.

A few examples of whole grains include: barley, oats, quinoa, brown or wild rice.

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