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These Healthy High-Carb Foods Will Totally Change How You Eat

For a smart energy boost, turn to high-carb foods with something to offer.

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Quinoa may look a grain, but it’s actually a seed. Not only is this powerful little seed one of our favourite healthy high-carb foods, but it’s high in fibre and protein as well. Try swapping your favourite rice dish for quinoa or simmer it on the stove for an oatmeal alternative in the morning. For a tasty quinoa-based dish, check out these protein-packed recipes.

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Kidney beans

Kidney beans are not just a chili staple; they’re full of vital nutrients as well! Cooked kidney beans are high in fibre and protein, keeping you full and satisfied all afternoon. They may even be linked to a lower risk of colon disease.

Don’t miss these silent signs your body needs you to eat more carbs.

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Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Turns out yes! Apples are high in healthy carbs, vitamin C and antioxidants. Eating apples can help control blood sugar, reducing your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Apples are delicious on their own or with your favourite dip. (We love spreading sunflower seed butter on crisp apple slices.)

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Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a staple at our dinner table. They’re delicious, easy to cook and full of vitamins and minerals. They’re also rich in antioxidants, protecting us from a variety of chronic health conditions. Try roasting them in the oven or making your own Caribbean Sweet Potato Soup.

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Oats contain about 66 percent carbs and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Incorporating oats into your diet has been linked with lower levels of heart disease and diabetes. They’re also filling and high in fibre, making sure that your bowl of oatmeal keeps you going until lunch. (Try this easy overnight oats breakfast recipe.)

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Chickpeas are a favourite among vegetarians and vegans, as they contain high levels of fibre and plant-based protein. They’re also the perfect base for dips like hummus, and have been linked with improved heart health, digestive health, and a lowered cancer risk. Plus, don’t miss our Vegan Sunchoke and Chickpea Soup for a cozy night in.

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Blueberries achieved superfood status because they are an antioxidant powerhouse. They guard against chronic diseases and may even improve memory in older adults. (These berries are the most underrated superfoods.

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Dates are chewy and sweet, making them a tasty snack or healthy dessert. Dates are also rich in fibre, vitamin A and calcium. Add in dates to sweeten up your morning smoothie or post-workout treat.

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Lentils are another healthy high-carb food. This legume is also high in protein, providing the perfect fuel for elite athletes, as well as weekend warriors. Lentils are rich in folate, potassium, calcium and fibre. Try simmering them over the stove for a comforting soup this week.

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Brown rice

Brown rice is the perfect substitute for white rice. You still get all that starchy goodness in your favourite side dish, but with added fibre and antioxidants! Try whipping up your own healthy version of fried rice at home. (Mix with cauliflower rice for a healthy hit of veggies.)

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Bananas are a starchy fruit high in nutrients like potassium and vitamin B6. Eating a diet rich in potassium can lower blood pressure and improve your heart health. Grab a banana on-the-go or get your intake through this Banana, Date & Chia Muffin recipe.

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Corn is not only the perfect summer food (Try our Grilled Sweet Corn recipe.), but it will keep you healthy all year long, too. Corn is a starchy vegetable high in protein and vitamin C. It can also lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

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Raisins make the perfect kids’ snack on-the-go and are full of nutrients like fibre, potassium, and calcium. They’re also rich in antioxidants. Next, find out 14 healthy foods that are always in a dietitian’s fridge.

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