Top 15 Healthy Carb, Protein, and Fat Rich Foods
Some foods are high in carbs, others high in protein, and others high in fat.
Choosing the right food is half the battle when learning to balance your macros and eat healthily and here are 75 great suggestions on what to eat when you’ve had enough of one macro but need more of another.
These healthy carbohydrate, protein, and fat dominant foods will help you to achieve your weight loss, muscle building, and healthy eating goals.
These are helpful since many of you are tracking your macros instead of just calories.
Choosing foods in each of the three groups can help you get the correct macro amounts you need.
Carbohydrate Rich Foods
15 Starchy or Complex Carb Foods
- Oatmeal (old-fashioned or Steel Cut)
- Yams (almost same as sweet potatoes)
- Brown rice (I love basmati, a long grain rice)
- Sweet potatoes
- Multigrain hot cereal (mix or barley, oats, rye, triticale, and a few others)
- White potatoes with skin (glycemic index be damned!)
- 100% whole wheat bread
- 100% whole wheat pasta
- Beans and lentils (great for healthy chili recipes)
- Cream of rice hot cereal
- Butternut squash
- Fresh Beets
15 Carb Rich Fruits
- Acai berries
15 Vegetables Lower in Carbs but high in Nutrients
- Salad greens
- Peppers (green and red)
- Green beans
Top 15 Protein-Rich Foods
- Organic protein powder (such as Organifi Complete Protein)
- Chicken breast
- Salmon (wild Alaskan)
- Turkey breast
- Canned tuna (solid white)
- Nuts (walnut, almonds, pecans)
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Top round steak (grass-fed beef)
- Flank steak (grass-fed beef)
- Greek yogurt
- Rainbow trout
15 Healthy Fat Sources
- Olive oil
- Avocado (see our delicious avocado ice cream recipe)
- Virgin coconut oil
- Salmon (wild-caught)
- Clarified butter
- Ripe olives
- Peanut oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Dark chocolate
What About Fiber?
Luckily when you choose the foods in the healthy carb category, they also supply your body with more than enough fiber both soluble and insoluble. Just focus on eating a variety of vegetables and fruit with some complex carbs added in each day. If you’re someone who’s not a fan of vegetables, you could try cold pressed juice for extra phytonutrients and soluble fiber.
These lists certainly aren’t definitive but they can be a great guide for those trying to clean up their diets, remove processed foods, and satisfy their daily macro amounts.
Do you have any additions to the above lists?
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