So I briefly mentioned it on this post, and there might have been some confusion. I am not trying anything “low carb” and I’m not trying to eat any less than I normally do. What I’ve noticed is that lately I’ve been hungry all the time, and I’m wondering if it’s because a lot of vegetarian food is naturally high in carbohydrates, and not so high in fat and protein.
I wanted to try to incorporate more of a variety into my diet, but I honestly didn’t know where to start. As it turns out, there aren’t really that many low carb vegetarian recipes out there. Never fear, I’m up for the challenge.
I’ve started by making a few small swaps.
I tweaked my standard breakfast smoothie, using just half a banana rather than a whole one, and using a whole scoop of protein powder rather than just half. Little tiny swaps, mean an extra 12g protein, and 12g less carbohydrates. Same amount of calories, and still delicious!
I’m still loving feta, which is high in protein and actually not so high in calories, which is great. Instead of my standard chickpeas, I’ve swapped those for soybeans, which pack in less carbs and more protein and fiber. They keep me full and energized throughout the afternoon.
Afternoon snack (Unpictured)
A little Chobani with a handful of blueberries is totally delicious. And it keeps me full and ready for an after work run!
I met up with Brian at Ellwood Thompson and we got dinner from the hot bar. They have so many delicious things it’s honestly hard to choose. I went with a a raw kale salad, wheat berry salad, and some curried cauliflower. I really loved everything, especially the kale salad. Nothing shocking there, since I’m apparently addicted to kale…
After dinner I had a couple (unpictured) glasses of red wine, followed by a spoonful of peanut butter. Because it’s National Peanut Butter Month… not just because I’m addicted to peanut butter. Not at all.
I think the higher fat and protein content is definitely help keeping me satisfied! I’m trying to think of some new salad combinations. Maybe I’ll try goat cheese next?