Beyond fruits and veggies, the line on carbs gets a bit blurrier depending on the nutritionist. Ansel, for one, says she never recommends dipping below 130 grams of carbs per day (most low-carb diets suggest aiming for half that, according to Mayo Clinic
). With that in mind, she says the following foods deserve a spot on your plate:
Many nutritionists are big proponents of legumes, i.e., beans, peas, and lentils. “Beans have more carbs than proteins like meat. But if you look at carb quality, beans are among the healthiest—they have so much fiber and important nutrients like potassium,” says Ansel.