I eat a lot of carbs, and you can too. And yes, you can stay lean  while doing it.

BUT…they need to be the right carbohydrates.

Pop-Tarts aren’t making this list, sorry. Neither are chips, crisps, or French Fries — or whatever name all of our awesome TT readers use for salted, fried potatoes in their country.

More details on dealing with BAD carbs below…but first:

Here’s my daily carbohydrate checklist:

1) High-fiber dinner carb: Either potatoes (with skin), kidney beans, or quinoa

2) After-training morning blender drink ingredients:

Blueberries
1 banana
Spinach
Almond milk
(All mixed with BioTrust Vanilla Cream protein)

3) Additional fruit: 1-2 apples per day, sometimes an orange or grapefruit, and lots of watermelon, cherries, and peaches in the summer.

4) Snacks

Morning: 1-2oz Almonds (5 grams of carbs per ounce)
Afternoon: Broccoli, red peppers, and carrots with hummus
Randomly: 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter or peanut butter

5) Dessert Carbs – I satisfy my sweet tooth with 3 large dates after dinner

And here’s my…

“Sometimes” carbohydrate checklist:

1) Once in a while I still a have a chocolate milk after my workouts
2) Red Wine – Only 3g of carbohydrate per glass
3) Sweet Potatoes, Squash, and even Turnips (when visiting Mom out on the farm)

Your carb checklist should include the carbs you get from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and high-fiber ONE-ingredient foods (like sweet potatoes, beans, quinoa).

Those carbs are good, and you’ll stay lean – and full – eating them.

Eat right to get lean,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

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Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com