Diet changes are hard! When I switched to my new healthy way of eating, I felt so victorious that I could now eat 3 meals a day and not snack. But I was dead wrong. My mood started changing and every day around mid-morning and mid-afternoon I didn’t feel hungry, but I felt angry.
I spoke with my nutrition coach and she suggested I add snacks. I was indignant – I finally learned to eat just the right amount, my weight goal was almost reached and now she wanted me to eat more?! As a solution, I cut down the calories in my main meals and added some snacks whenever I felt upset for no reason.
Here is an easy snack. It’s raw, fits in with most special diets and best of all it’s tasty!
Apple Walnut Tahini Snack
1 Granny Smith (or other tart apple)
3 Tbsp. Tahini Paste
30 grams (1 oz) walnuts, raw, unsalted, not roasted
Peel and slice the apple as shown. Since I don’t use organic apples all the time (don’t judge!) I prefer to peel them first. Throw the apples on a plate once they’re peeled and sliced and spoon on some tahini paste. Add walnuts and there you go! Use the apple as a “chip” and the tahini as a “dip.”
Tahini TIP: The tahini paste is concentrated. If you’re using it for spreading and snacks like this, that’s great. If you want to use it as a dip, you should mix it with water, lemon juice and add some garlic. Keep stirring until it gets a smooth texture – it takes a minute or two and looks stringy until it’s mixed right.