I Love Carbs

I love carbs and I will not lie.  Carbs give me the energy I need to power through these workouts.  I hear athletes talking about avoiding carbs and it surprises me because I just don’t know where they are going to get their energy from if they don’t take in carbs.  A solid diet of 60%-65% Carbs, ~15% Protein and 20%-25% Fat is ideal for an endurance athlete.

A couple of days ago I came across an article on Active.com talking about the 5 best carbs for athletes and it made me smile.  I didn’t care what the carbs where I just loved the fact that it was saying that there were great carbs for us athletes.  I could list out the carbs for you and tell you why they are good for you, but rather than do that I am going to give you a recipe based on the 5 carbs.  Here are the carbs first:

  1. Sweet Potato
  2. Oats
  3. Wild Rice
  4. Banana
  5. Chickpeas

The recipe I am going to provide for you will be for a sweet potato burger with a side of rice and chickpeas.  Very easy to make and very good for you too.

Ingredients:  1/2c Lundberg Black Japonica Rice, 1/4c Dry Chickpeas, 100g Sweet Potato, 100g Banana, 1/2cc Rolled Oats

Nutritional Breakdown: 740 calories, 156g Carbohydrates, 8g Fat, 21g Protein

Servings: 1



  1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 405*
  3. When ready to cook pour chickpeas and soaking water into pot and add another 1c of water and bring to a boil.  After water boils lower heat to low and allow to simmer.  Should take about 40-45 minutes for chickpeas to become soft.
  4. While chickpeas are boiling bake sweet potato for 30-40 minutes or until soft.
  5. Remove potato from oven and scoop out flesh.  Smash the meat of the potato with the banana and combine with oats.
  6. Form 2 patties with the mixture and place on plate and refrigerate to allow to set up.
  7. While the patties are setting up cook rice in a rice cooker according to manufacturer’s directions.
  8. Remove patties from refrigerator and place in a smoking hot pan (cast iron preferably) and allow burgers to cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  9. Plate the rice topped with chickpeas and then sweet potato burgers on the side.
  10. Top with mustard and lettuce, red onion, avocado and spinach.


What would you make with these 5 great carb ingredients?

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  1. Nice work on making that into a patty! The banana and sweet potato make me think of Caribbean flavors! YUM!

    • CTER says:

      I love making sweet potato burgers. One of my favorites. I like to chop up a chipotle pepper and put it in there for the heat. And it would be totally caribbean if we used plantains instead but that takes longer obviously because you need to soak them but that would be fabulous as well.

  2. katie says:

    I am making sweet potato burritos right now. I am in love with the sweet potato.
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  3. Jeff Irvin says:

    But,but,but … How do you get in your proteins? (-;
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  4. Chloe Louise says:

    Dude that was really delish. For me it’s gonna be a must try in this week. Hope hub will love that.
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