If you’re ready to lose weight and start feeling great, the latest diet craze to hit booksellers may just help you do that. The Carb Lover’s Diet promises big weight loss results, without that empty, hungry feeling that tends to accompany so many other diets. With a focus on resisistant starch foods, the diet calls for a daily intake of high-fiber carbohydrates, a requirement vastly different from other popular, low-carb diets that have ruled the market in recent years.
For specific details on the Carb Lover’s diet, you’ll want to get the book to see how the full program fits together. But, if you’re interested in getting a jump start on your 2011 weight loss goals, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most nutritious, accessible starch-resistant carbs, as well as recipes for each carb that are so simple, you can make them for dinner tonight.
1. Black Beans
Easy recipe idea: Make black-bean quesadillas with a sprinkling of low-fat cheddar and black beans melted inside a wholegrain tortilla.
2. Black-eyed peas
How to include them in your diet: Wilt collard greens in a bit of olive oil. Stir in a handful of Turkey ham and frozen black-eyes pease
3. Kidney Beans
Eat them for dinner: Make a simple, vegan chili with two cans of diced tomatoes, kidney beans, 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of cumin, and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
4. White Beans
Dip into this savory treat: Puree drained white beans, 1 clove of garlic, and a sprinkle of sea salt in a food processor. Serve with whole-grain pita chips for simple, white bean hummus dip.
5. Hi-maize corn starch
Drink it in: Add this resistant starch to smoothies for a simple, delicious addition to your everyday diet.
6. Pearl barley
Simple Stew: Add Pearl barley to your favorite beef stew or vegetarian minestrone soup recipe.
7. Long grain brown rice.
Take Out: Order brown rice from your favorite Chinese restaurant, and you’re meal won’t feel like a guilty indulgence.
Breakfast Parfait: Layer nonfat yogurt sweetened with Stevia with fresh strawberries and slightly green bananas for a meal full of start-resistant benefits.
Upside-down Sweet Potato Pie: Microwave 1 sweet potato until tender (about 6 minutes on high). Sprinkle with agave-sweetened pecans for a sweet, healthy treat.
Side Dish Delish: Clean and quarter 6-8 new potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 25 minutes.