Always, Katie: June 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Crave-Worthy Apple Spread

We've both been trying to eat more fresh fruit and veggies, fewer carbohydrates (and preferably more measurable ones -- makes it easier to counter food with insulin), and more protein. 

One of our favorite fruits, and one that is lower on the glycemic index, is apples.  We bought a bunch the last time we went to the grocery, and have both been eating about one a day.  I have always LOVED peanut butter on my apples, and went through a phase in college of adding sunflower kernels to the mix.  Sunflower seeds are pretty high in protein, and I recently discovered they're folate-rich, too, so we grabbed a jar of those, too.

Which brings me to my little recipe.  Ordinarily, I would've just mixed some stuff randomly, but since I'm trying to be MILITANT about counting my carbs, I measured everything and ran it through an online calculator.  Here goes:

1C      Peanut Butter
1/4 C  Dry Roasted Sunflower Kernels
3T      Honey

Toss all of it in a food processor and send it for a good long spin.  It comes out looking a little unappetizing, but the smell and the TASTE more than make up for it :-)

I figure a serving is about 1/10 of the whole recipe, and it has: 

8g   carbohydrate
2g   dietary fiber
6g   protein



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