And That’s the Way It Is

So, recently I have been diagnosed with glucose intolerance. Fasting glucose intolerance that is. They just called me yesterday to give me that happy news. I had a high glucose level a couple of years ago which is what sparked the whole working/out losing weight phenomenon. It has actually improved since then, but Kaiser is having a dietician call me on Thursday to go over ways I can eat better to improve this issue.
My doctor told me one of the things I should do is have several small meals throughout the day which include both protein and carbs.
So, I thought — what’s protein-y that I like?

  • Cheese (yum)
  • Beef Jerky
  • umm…. other kinds of cheese?

You see — I’m a cheese fanatic. It’s like my own crystal meth.

So I’ve just been watching what food shows are cooking, and what my friends are eating. I’ve come up with some ideas of things that I both like, and combine carbs and protein:

  • Cottage cheese with tomatoes (and possibly a cracker)
  • Pistachios (these are great because while you’re cracking them it takes a while to eat them)
  • and I’ve recently become a fan of hummus.

So, yesterday I made my first batch of hummus.
I used this recipe as my beginning point. Then I’d talked with a few friends about how they made their hummus better.

I used just one can of garbonzo beans, 4 cloves of garlic (I love garlic), probably around 2 tsp of olive oil, a couple shakes of cumin, 3 or 4 shakes of cayenne pepper (I like things with a little kick), a couple of squirts of lemon juice, 1′ish tsp. of tahini sauce. Frankly — I think that was too much — I am NOT a fan of this stuff, but I do think it needs a very small amount to make it take hummus-y. Also, I reserved some of the liquid from the beans to use to thin out the hummus (it makes it a little creamer than just water, or so I hear).

Anyway, so I had that with some veggies yesterday. I went to Trader Joe’s and bought some whole wheat naam (I think that’s how you spell it — it’s Indian flat bread, kinda like a rectangular pita) that has lots of fiber. So far, so good.
I like how hummus is so easily altered to your tastes, and I see so many yummy looking recipes out there.
Anyway, do you have a favorite snack that involves both carbs and protein (and his hopefully lower in fat than the cheese quesadilla I had considered making)? Do you make hummus?
Really, I’m gonna be healthy if I have to die trying. :)

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Comments

  1. says

    I eat two snacks per day…between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. My morning snack is usually cottage cheese and fruit, like peaches, or string cheese, turkey jerkey or toasted soy nuts. Throw in a few low-fat triscuts or Wheat thins and it does the job.

    My afternoon snack is almost always a protein bar. We eat the Cliff Builder bars, which have like 20 g of protein and 31 carbs. Some people can’t stand the protein bar taste, but these are pretty yummy. We love the mint ones and peanut butter ones are good too. They sell them at Safeway and other places, but Safeway often has them on sale for $1 a piece, so watch for that if you want to try them out. The bar makes afternoon snacking easier since we are usually running to piano or soccer etc. and it’s portable.

    p.s. I LOVE hummus. I haven’t made my own yet, but I like it with just olive oil and garlic…on triscuts it’s probably not enough protein to even out the carb, but it’s yummiola!

  2. says

    Well, it might not be exactly what you’re looking for, but one of my favorite snacks is the Fiber One oats & chocolate granola bar. I buy them at Costco. The have 140 cal and 4 g of fat (sorry), but a whopping 9 g of fiber, and 2 g of protein. At the risk of being TMI, just watch out for the aftermath I only let my kids have a half bar/day max, and I try to give Ellie a few bites of mine, b/c that’s a lot of fiber!

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