Starchy Vegetables Vs Non-Starchy Vegetables

Starchy Vegetables Vs Non-Starchy Vegetables

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!

Lahana Vigliano
lahana@thrivalnutrition.com

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Thrival Nutrition. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and currently pursing her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@thrivalnutrition).