The Good Carbs Cookbook
Author: Dr Alan Barclay, Kate McGhie ad Philippa Sandall
Available from: all good bookshops or online at Booktopia
Despite all the current focus on low-carb diets, carbs are not the enemy. In fact, eating the right carbs is important for our health and energy levels. But what are the ‘right’ carbs?
This book, written by Australian authors, including a dietitian and chef, explains which carbs we should be eating, why they are a valuable part of our diet and how to incorporate them into tasty and nutritious meals.
The first chapter is an introduction, explaining exactly which foods are ‘good’ carbs and the benefits they provide.
This is followed by four sections covering the main ‘good carb’ groups – vegetables, legumes, grains and fruit.
Within each of these chapters is an overview of the food group, how much of them we should be aiming for each day and more detailed information on specific vegetables, legumes, grains and fruit including what to look for, how to store them, their nutritional information and recipes.
At the back is a chapter on understanding carbs, explaining exactly what they are and the impact they have on our health. This is followed by a comprehensive nutritional analysis for each recipe and an index.
There are recipes to appeal to all tastes, with ideas for breakfast through to dessert.
Roasted pumpkin soup with harissa, Pan roasted sweet potato and beetroot with grapefruit glaze, Smoked paprika, potato and chickpea salad, Mixed grains salad with marinated zucchini and Banana and peanut ice-cream are just a few of the yummy-looking recipes on offer. There are over 100 recipes in total, many with full colour photographs.
If you want to understand more about the benefits of eating ‘good carbs’ and need some inspiration for incorporating them into your meals, this book is a great place to start.