Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fall Snack Ideas

The one question I am continually asked by my clients is "what can I snack on that is healthy?". While I provide my clients with simple snacks that are easily picked up from a local deli, I thought I'd right this post for my clients (and others) that enjoy the sensuous pleasures of food. Yes, even a stressed New Yorker needs to indulge their senses. Shop at the local farmers market and you'll no longer feel like you're in the city (which is a good thing). You'll be immersed in the intoxicating smell of fresh seasonal produce as well as the vibrancy of the different colored fruit and vegetables. Get out there and experiment. Your snack options are only limited by your lack of creatively. Think of throwing different colors together to enliven the plate. Add different textures to excite your tastebuds...The only Food Coach nutritional rule is that your carbohydrate is matched to a protein.

Fall Snack Ideas
- fresh pomegranate seeds with organic Greek yogurt topped with fresh mint leaves
- pomegranate with prosciutto and fennel
- roasted pear halves with golden feta cheese
- stewed apples with cinnamon and pecans served with buffalo yogurt
- fresh apples slices with parmesan shavings
- persimmons with pecans and organic sheeps yogurt
- roasted quince with Greek yoghurt
- gold and purple beets tossed with crumbled feta cheese
- heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella with fresh basil
- sliced watermelon beets with edamame hummus
- diced sweet potato with organic tofu, onions and cilantro
- porcini mushroom soup
- Winter squash soup
- chickpeas with red onion, olive oil, lemon and mergeuz
- spicy pumpkin seeds

Fresh Pomegranate Seeds
When purchasing pomegranates, select fruits that are have a fresh rind with no mold.  The pomegranate should feel heavy for its size. To use the pomegranate, submerge it in a bowl of water and slice it in half.  The seeds will sink to the bottom.  Remove them from the rind with your fingers.  Strain the water to liberate the seeds.

Pomegranate with yogurt: distribute the fresh seeds on a white plate.  Serve with a scoop (or 2) of Greek yogurt such as Trader Joe's 2% Greek yogurt and top with torn fresh mint leaves and fresh lemon juice.