Snacking Made Easy

Snacks. I find it hard sometimes to come up with an easy, healthy, quick snack that is portable and can be munched on at my desk between patients. And at 6:30 in the morning, who is thinking about what will be happening at 10:00am anyway, right? Here as a great snack idea that can be made ahead and give you several servings to last you through the week. No extra brain energy exerted before the coffee kicks in!

The salsa can also be used to top your favorite beef, chicken or fish.

Corn Salsa

1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 large tomato, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss. Serve with fresh vegetables or homemade whole grain pita chips.

Serves about 16
Serving size: ¼ cup

Nutritional information:
Calories 32
Total fat 0 grams
Carbohydrates 7 grams
Fiber 2 grams

Remember to add the carbohydrates from the pita chips! If you use the celery sticks then you can enjoy ½ cup and count this as one of your servings of carbohydrates or starches.