Eating healthier can increase your life span and there are some delicious and nutritious options such as the Mediterranean diet. Simple carbs like white rice and potatoes lack the fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals of more complex grains, Emma Newell, a registered dietician at NourishRx told AARP Bulletin (December 2022/January 2023, page 21). Choosing smarter options can lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, improve gut health and boost energy levels. The alternative isn’t just brown rice. Chef Franklin Becker of the Press Club Grill has some suggestions on high-fiber carb side dishes which are delicious. These include barley, which is subtly sweet and chewy and goes well with salads, Korean dishes or paired with bitter greens like escarole. Farro is also a good choice, and goes well in pilafs, salads, steamed with kale and squash, or cooked risotto-style with Parmesan cheese. You can also give bulger a shot. It is often used in Turkish cuisine and has a popcorn like scent when cooked.