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What is a Low-Glycemic Diet Plan?

 

Curious about the low-glycemic diet plan? Find out the ins and outs of the eating style, including a low-glycemic foods list.

 

Like many of us, I love a fresh bagel in the morning. The crispy crust and doughy center, in combo with a slather of cream cheese and a sprinkle of everything bagel spice is oh-so satisfying and can put me in a chipper mood. But before long, those carb-filled calories burn off, and I'm quickly feeling hangry.

Why the sudden shift in energy and hunger? Bagelslike white bread and pretzelsare just one of the many foods that have a high-glycemic index, meaning they're digested quickly and may cause a spike in blood-sugar levels. To curb those crashes and also to lose weight, more and more people are turning to a low-glycemic diet. Despite the scientific-sounding name, this eating style is a lot simpler than you'd think. Keep on reading to get a better idea of the LGID and find out if it could be right for you and your lifestyle.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Eating a Low-Glycemic Diet

After reading that intro, I bet you have a million questions dancing in your head! What's the glycemic index? What foods are part of the low-glycemic diet plan? What are some of the LGID benefits? Well, my interview with Greatist is here to answer all your questions and then some! Then decide if the eating style is a good fit for you. Looking for 
healthy meals to make?

 

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Popcorn Is One of The Healthiest Low-Carb Snacks

Feel guilty after eating a giant bowl of popcorn? Don't! Especially if you're eating the air-popped, no-butter variety. Not only is the go-to movie snack made from whole grains, it's also low carb. But the munchie falls in a gray area when it comes to the low-glycemic diet plan. That really means you can pair it with a healthy fat (i.e., a couple of Tablespoons of almonds or pistachios) or a protein (like a hardboiled egg) to help steady your blood-sugar levels. To figure out how much popcorn you should eat in a day, check out my interview with PopSugar. Ready to add the food to your plant-based grocery list?

 

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Amy's Recipe of the Week: Lemon Garlic Asparagus
 

Are you an asparagus fan? With just a little bit of seasoning, this green veggie is oh-so delicious. And it's a great pick if you're trying to eat more vegetables and low-glycemic foods. Yup, asparagus is one of the top low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. This roasted dish takes just 10 minutes or so to bake, with the hint of thyme bringing out a gentle lemon flavor. Your tastebuds will not be disappointed with this one! In fact, it's one of my fave recipes to recommend when I'm talking about plant-based eating. Also try an avocado deviled eggs recipe.

 

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Amy Gorin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, media personality, and writer in the NYC area.