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One of my friends isn’t feeling well, so she had to cancel our dinner plans for tonight (if you read this, I hope you feel better!). She gave me plenty of notice, but then I got into a busy spiral of work and wedding planning and failed to plan for dinner. But not to fear! This Mediterranean vegetarian salad will save me!

This sucker is a lot of food for a low amount of calories. I always end up feeling full and my blood sugar staying even.

Ingredients:

Preparation (11 minutes):

  • Prepare the Falafel mix according to package instructions
    • Mix with water
    • Let sit for 10 minutes
    • Pan fry
  • Put your salad together. The hummus and yogurt dip act as dressings.

Nutrition info:

Note: I didn’t factor the cooking spray, cucumber, and spinach, because these are so small calorically it’s laughable, but if you want to tack on 20 calories for that, be my guest.

  • 350 calories
  • 11 grams of protein
  • 10.5 grams fat
  • 54 carbs

 

 

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Two cooler bags full of chopped carrots, celery, cucumbers and water,

Recently, I was in a city about 4 hours away from me for 4 days for a conference. The hotel had a refrigerator in it (thank you Hyatt!) so I packed-up a bunch of veggies, hummus, and other healthy snacks and hit the road! it definitely made eating healthier much easier and kept my hypoglycemia in check.

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Slices of cucumbers topped with hummus, paprika and a slice of carrotSlices of cucumbers topped with hummus, paprika and a slice of carrotSlices of cucumbers topped with hummus, paprika and a slice of carrot

Parties and pot-lucks can be especially difficult places for a hypoglycemic to eat healthy. Here is an easy, healthy appetizer that you can take with you to your next get-together.

 

Ingredients (makes about 20 bites):

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3/4 regular tub of your favorite hummus (I used red pepper for this to add some extra flavor)
  • Paprika
  • 2-3 baby carrots

 

Preparation:

*Note: I noticed that the hummus and carrot tend to dry-out fast, so I recommend making this very close to eating time or making sure you have a way to air-tight cover and refrigerate it.

*Prep tip: I recommend preparing these on something other than your final serving dish because, if you don’t, your serving dish will end up with paprika all over it.

  1. Slice the cucumber into individual slices (thick enough to hold the hummus)
  2. Top with hummus
  3. Sprinkle with paprika
  4. Cut a slice of the baby carrot and set it in the hummus
  5. Enjoy!

 

Make it Fancy:

  • Using a peeler, peel a few sections around the cucumber prior to slicing it so that the pattern on the cucumber alternates between peeled sections and non-peeled sections to create a striped pattern on the cucumber.
  • Load the hummus into a baker’s frosting bag and use a fancy tip to put the hummus on the cucumber.
  • Use other vegetables or cuts (shredded carrots, for example) as the final garnish

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Here’s a light, but very filling recipe for a sandwich for lunch. I eat it with some cut vegetables and it keeps me pretty full until my 3 p.m. snack. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 of a Ciabatta Roll
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 2 strips cooked bacon
  • A couple of strips of red pepper

Variation: Boomtown Coffee in Houston makes a variation of this sandwich that includes tomato and avocado, but doesn’t include the bacon. Hypoglycemics need the additional protein, which is why I included the bacon. 

 

According to Spark Recipe’s Recipe Calculator, the nutritional information for the way I make the sandwich is below. It shows the carbohydrate (between 40 and 60 g) and protein (between 7 and 15 g) combination that hypoglycemics need to stay even in blood sugar.

 

Nutrition Facts 

User Entered Recipe 

  1 Serving

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 325.9
  Total Fat 8.9 g
  Saturated Fat 2.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
  Cholesterol 10.0 mg
  Sodium 890.9 mg
  Potassium 129.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 51.3 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 1.3 g
  Protein 12.8 g
  Vitamin A 42.6 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 7.4 %
  Vitamin C 118.0 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 1.3 %
  Calcium 1.4 %
  Copper 8.6 %
  Folate 7.9 %
  Iron 4.7 %
  Magnesium 5.9 %
  Manganese 13.0 %
  Niacin 1.8 %
  Pantothenic Acid     0.7 %
  Phosphorus     5.6 %
  Riboflavin 1.7 %
  Selenium 1.2 %
  Thiamin 5.0 %
  Zinc 3.7 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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