A few months ago I declared my intention to reduce my consumption of animal products and/or seek out sources that had been humanely and sustainably raised. I’ve made some progress.
One of the challenges for me is finding non-meat protein alternatives. I rely on lean protein to help keep my blood sugar stable and my weight down. In the past when I’ve attempted to eat more toward the vegetarian side of the table, I’ve found that many of the options can be starchy which tends to make me put on weight. Nuts too are calorie-laden and have to be consumed sparingly. Tracking Weight Watchers points has really helped, as the points are stacked in such a way to encourage eating less processed, less starchy foods.
Lately I’ve discovered that some legumes eaten in small quantities seem to be filling enough and can adapt to my usual food routines. Hummus has become my new lunchtime BFF. Not just for pita dipping anymore, hummus is available in a variety of flavors and ingredients. (One of my favorites is a white bean hummus.) A few times a week, instead of poultry or fish I make the following wrap sandwich for lunch (packs well too, doesn’t need to be refrigerated).
I start with one of these low carb soft tortillas. (2 WW points)
Add 1-2 TBSP of hummus (1 WW point), 1 TBSP unsalted sunflower seeds (1 WW point), 1/4 avocado (2 WW points and a great source of “good” fats), a splash of mustard (0 WW points).
Then top off with a handful or two of baby kale (yum!), roll…
and it’s a yummy, nutritious wrap with only 6 WW points. (I love these cherry tomatoes…like candy!)
Sometimes for lunch at home, or for dinner I’ll add some plain cooked lentils to my salad. At only 2 points for 1/2 cup, they’re another “bargain” that gives my protein intake a bump.
Do you pack lunches? What are your favorite healthy options?