Nutrition With Lyn Schwartz, MS, RDPosted on by Lyn
I love to come up with new ideas for adding lots of vegetables at dinnertime. That approach will help you to feel physically satisfied, without loading up on excess carbohydrate calories just when your body needs it least.
Of course, it is important to choose more carbs at breakfast, lunch and for daytime snacks. Carbs include whole grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables. For optimal blood sugar control, pair carbs with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Carbs are important to help you feel satisfied and energized all day long. Then, at dinnertime, put the brakes on foods like pasta, rice, bread and other carbs. This approach is very helpful for weight control and will reduce your cravings for excess sweets at night.
Dinner should be a vegetable feast! Here, I made salmon, roasted asparagus, butternut squash (I bought a package of pre-cut pieces), roasted broccoli/Brussels sprouts slaw (from Trader Joe’s), and I added a small roll to satisfy my carb craving. I tossed the veggies with a small amount of olive oil and sea salt before cooking. Fiber from all of these vegetables will combine with your fluids and expand in your stomach to help you feel more physically full.
This meal was so delicious. I was craving fries so instead I broiled small pieces of potato. My motto for carbs at dinner is “Just a dollop!” After adding the scallops, I filled up the other half of the plate with salad and roasted carrot strips. It was so satisfying!