When I explain to clients how their plates should be set up, I use terms like “non-starchy vegetables” and “starchy vegetables.” What’s the difference?
Starchy vegetables have more carbohydrate content than non-starchy vegetables. Many people may try to avoid these starchy vegetables if they are on a restrictive carbohydrate diet, but these “good carbs” can feed the good bacteria in our gut that promote overall health, great immunity, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
This type of carbohydrates can also be beneficial at dinner time because when you have a balanced plate including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, it can increase your tryptophan absorption, which leads to higher levels of serotonin (your sleepy good hormone!).
I’m a big fan of incorporating these healthy starchy vegetables into dinner time. In fun ways too – like this butternut cheesy sauce for a pasta dish! WIN!