When I’m trying to eat well, I find that the food I make at home has to be 1) flavorful, 2)pleasurable, if not exciting absolutely all the time, and 3)filling, so I’m not hungry right away, which can lead to being hangry. And no one, not one soul, wants to be hangry.
I just read a paper which found that lower glucose levels in couples led to increased tension, arguments, and strife. Every day during the study, the participants were asked to stick zero to 51 pins in a voodoo doll to measure their level of anger towards their spouse. So basically, the lower their blood glucose levels were, the more pins the poor doll got. At least it was a doll, but still, people! To most all of us, it’s not new news that we get grouchy when we’re hungry or really watching what we eat. But 51 pins angry, well, that’s really something else. At that point, I might have to eat a chocolate bar or two, but that’s just one opinion.
For me, the key to achieving the “golden ratio” of eating is to use the concentrated flavor of roasted vegetables, lots of herbs and spices, and acids like vinegars and lemon juice in with all of my flatbreads and wraps to maximize taste and minimize calories. Sun dried tomatoes, roasted zucchini, capers, oregano all qualify in this sunny little flatbread wrap. Whole grains, ample protein, dark green vegetables come together in healthy harmony. What it lacks in excitement, it makes up for in pure, Mediterranean pleasure.
So breathe, relax, eat a little something, and take some pins out of that doll. You have flatbread.
-Amy at Flatout