Charles Masters
Carb foods

Cheese grits

They may not sound like the ultimate health food, but all those dense carbs can go a long way toward fueling you up.

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Cheese grits aren't usually considered the ultimate go-to fitness food. But maybe it's time we start: They have a pretty solid balance of protein, carbs, and fat, and they're exactly the kind of dense carbs that your body can digest for a long time. It's the perfect meal for sustained energy throughout the day.

Nutrition: Calories: 145; Protein: 11g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Total fat: 2g; Fiber: 0g. 

2 Tbsp stone-ground corn grits
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp fat-free evaporated milk
2 Tbsp low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Diced green and red pepper (optional)
How to make it 
Bring half a cup of water to boil. Stir in grits, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring frequently for 10 mins. 
Stir in salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp milk. Reduce heat to low and stir until milk is absurbed and grits thicken, about 2 minutes, then repeat with rest of milk. 
Remove pot from heat, stir in cheese, and serve. (Optional: Top with diced peppers, as shown in photo.)