Saturday, February 1, 2014

Combining Protein and Carbohydrates

A couple weeks ago I posted a blog about how important it is to eat a little protein at each snack or mini-meal. Here are some combinations I enjoy.

Non-fat cottage cheese with sliced grape tomatoes & a little celery salt

Non-fat cottage cheese with canned peaches (packed in juice not syrup)

Non-fat plain yogurt with frozen blueberries

Non-fat plain yogurt with low-fat granola

Peanut butter and apple slices (or banana slices)
(read the ingredient list on the peanut butter - look for just peanuts & salt)

Peanut butter on a rice cake topped with snipped dates

A handful of dates and a handful of walnuts

Mix the dates & walnuts with some non-fat plain yogurt

Mini Babybel Light cheese & baby carrots

Low-fat string cheese & whole wheat crackers (read the ingredient label on the box)

A hard-boiled egg & half a grapefruit

A hard-boiled egg & a handful of snap peas

Broccoli & hummus

Hummus on a rice cake topped with sliced cucumber

Tahini Dip with any vegetables

Here's the Tahini Dip recipe. I make a big batch and keep it on-hand for lunch, snacks or appetizers. So delicious!

1 jar (about 15 oz) of tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 cup lemon juice (fresh is better but bottled OK)
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. salt
1 large bunch parsley, chopped finely

Combine all ingredients in large bowl, stirring until well mixed. Divide into small sealed  containers and freeze. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before using.

Another tip: Make sure you put your snack on a plate and sit down at a table. Be conscious you are eating. Try not to eat mindlessly while doing something else. And above all, enjoy your food.

1 comment:

  1. Ann, These are fantastic snacks! Thank you. I am also pleased to see that I can have tahini! I love tahini, but I was always told it's so fattening that I should stay away from it. I also love dates but avoided eating them, but I think I will give it a try. Great blog!