I am personally one of those people that finds cooking and preparing food a hassle and often will find myself missing meals because I cant be bothered to cook. This is one of the worst things you can do with your diet. Missing meals throws everything out of balance and will lead to diminished gains. Cooking and preparing food does take time but it is something that everyone must make time for.
Due to the fact that I hate preparing food I am always on the lookout for easy and convenient sources of the nutrients I need. Over the years I have used many different sources of carbs, proteins and fats. I have eventually settled on a few sources of each that I find extremely easy and convenient.
In this article I am going to talk to you about my favourite convenient sources of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates can be found in many sources. Carbohydrates are also not created equal. They have different molecular weights, can be classified differently on the glycemic index and will affect your insulin levels differently. Choosing the right carbs at the right time is very important. If you have carbs that are very high GI for example you risk gaining fat. However post-workout it is very useful to have high GI carbs.
No matter what diet I am on, whether it be a mass gain or a fat loss diet, I only aim to eat good quality carbs. Low GI carbs throughout the day and then some high GI carbs post workout.
Getting all of these carbs into your diet can sometimes be a bit of a pain. Cooking a pan full of brown rice takes ages! It is for reasons like this that I generally stick to the same sources of carbohydrates. The carbs I use are both extremely good for you and very convenient and easy to prepare.
So here are my favourite convenient sources of carbohydrates:
Sweet potato is my favourite source of low GI complex carbohydrates. It is full of fantastic vitamins and minerals. It is very low on the GI scale and will not induce an unwanted insulin spike so is a perfect carb source for anyone on a fat loss diet or wanting to gain muscle without gaining fat.
The reason that sweet potato is in my favourite convenient carbs is due to the ease of cooking. You can make sweet potato wedges, fries or mash if you want but by far the easiest and most convenient method of cooking is microwaving. You can simply stick the sweet potato in the microwave for a few minutes and its done. It tastes great out of the microwave and it couldn’t be easier. I generally cook it for 2 minutes per 100g of weight. So a 200g sweet potato will need 4 minutes in the microwave.
Uncle bens Microwave Rice:
I literally don’t thin I could like without these. They are the most useful and convenient part of my diet. The uncle bens packs of rice are a great source of carbs (depending on the one you buy) and could not be easier. I use the wholegrain rice and it is fantastic. It is a very low GI source of complex carbs and is ready in just 2 minutes. Normal wholegrain rice takes a very long time to cook so having 150g of rice ready in just 2 minutes is brilliant.
Blueberries are my favourite fruit. They are extremely beneficial for your health due to all of the anti-oxidants and are also a fantastic source of carbohydrates. The fructose in blueberries is technically a sugar but is relatively low GI and doesn’t cause too much of an insulin spike. This makes it a great snack for anyone trying to drop body fat. I personally use it post workout alongside my High GI carbs to top up muscle glycogen. Blueberries have also been shown to aid recovery and be beneficial in many ways to bodybuilders and athletes.
Supplements – vitargo and waxy barley starch
Obviously supplements are here to make our lives and dieting easier. Carbohydrate supplements are no different. Post workout when you need the fast acting carbs, I personally find the best source to be supplements. Vitargo or maltodextrin are 2 fantastic sources of high GI carbs to put in your post workout shake and get the carbs that you need.
If you are in need of some low GI carbs for during the day then there is no better option in the supplement world than phd waxy vol. Waxy vol is an extremely low GI powder carbohydrate that is both fantastic nutritionally and tastes amazing.
So if you are struggling to get enough carbohydrates in your diet or find yourself snacking on the wrong types of carbs then give these easy carb sources a go and benefit from the superior nutritional value.