As many of you have seen me tweeting, I am working to decrease my sugar intake and also increase my protein. Over the last few years I had cut out most dairy and most meat…my sole protein seemed to be nuts because I just don’t eat a lot of beans…and well my sugar was easily too high because I was enjoying lots of Kashi cereal, goji berries, mulberries, dark chocolate and oh yes cookies and a little bite of David’s ice cream daily… yeah you see the pattern here.
In looking for lower sugar snack ideas, two things dawned on me…a lot of them include protein and a lot of them are meat or dairy. I decided to give it a try and record how I felt with adding these things back to my diet.
I started adding whey protein to my smoothie…but because I just couldn’t let go of all my green roots I am using 1/2 scoop Vega Optimizer and 1/2 scoop Chocolate Whey protein with spinach, carrots, cucumber and a banana. Because of the banana this one is high in sugar, BUT that’s a natural sugar and you are combining it with protein which is important for stable blood sugar.
Broccoli and hummus has been one of my long time favorite snacks!! To make it even better I have stuck to my goal of purchasing only organic produce with the idea that most organics contain more nutrients and hence are more filling. I am also purchasing all natural and local hummus.
If you do eat dairy, a low fat string cheese with an apple is a great snack. Sounds old school, but it works! Another cheese that is always touted for it’s great protein is cottage cheese…I’m just not a fan though, so this one isn’t working for me.
Do you remember getting a slice of cheese and bologna as a kid and rolling it up? Well I do, so I’m enjoying taking some turkey, wrapping it in spinach with some avocado and possibly a dollop of humms.
A small does of nuts with say an orange, grapefruit or apple is always a good snack. I am a crazy nut lovin’ fool, so I have been actually reducing my nut eating…but every day I enjoy either a serving of raw cashews, raw almonds or nut butter.
You can buy some packaged things like jello or low sugar popsicles, but I’m often concerned about the other ingredients in these…so I would say they are not an every day option. My one exception here is wasabi peas…oh I like them!!
WHAT I LEARNED?
It’s only been a few weeks, so other than the sluggishness I mentioned in my goals post what I can say is that my hunger levels are finally getting back in check and my sugar cravings have dropped off significantly. I am going to continue choosing lower sugar options, minus my apple/nut butter snacks, but I am not eliminating any foods from my life permanently, everything has a place and time. I’ll keep you updated!
What is your go to snack? Do you strive for a certain amount of protein in a snack?
I am grateful for grilled chicken
I am grateful for crisp apples
I am grateful for feelings of calm
I am grateful for anniversary cards
I am grateful for anniversary happy wishes