Contributed by: NAPSA
What's The Skinny On Carbs: Cut Back Or Vital To Diet? (NAPSA) - Carbohydrates are essential to a healthy diet because they supply energy for both the body and brain. In addition, health professionals agree that following a diet that eliminates whole food groups is not a smart strategy. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a balanced diet with 45 to 65 percent of calories coming from nutritious carbohydrates like whole and enriched grains as well as fruits and vegetables.
It's too many calories-not carbohydrates-that leads to weight gain. For optimal health, visit www.MyPyramid.gov, consume a balanced diet, watch total calorie intake and get regular exercise.
You can also try this healthy rice bowl recipe from USA Rice:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet or wok; stir-fry chicken until lightly browned; remove. In same skillet, heat remaining oil; stir-fry vegetables and ginger 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp.
Combine chicken broth, orange juice and zest, soy sauce and cornstarch in bowl and stir until smooth. Add to skillet, stirring constantly. Boil 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chicken and cook until heated through. Spoon over or toss with hot rice.
For more information on nutrition and carbs and great-tasting, healthful recipes, visit www.usarice.com/consumer.
Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings
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