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Protein Packed Treats

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina - Protein Packed Treats

This event was on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Explore the world of protein-enriched treats with Chef Fran Costigan and Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina in an insightful discussion that strikes a harmonious balance between fla… Read More.



Can you suggest an easy protein packed treats low in fat and carbohydrates?

— Ruth Avila


I feel that if you aren't adding, you know, the different kinds of fat Right. I don't worry about fat in nuts. I mean, I'm not gonna eat a whole jar. Yeah. This looks like I did, but I just made, I just made a lot of, um, walnut butter, I think. Um, so I don't worry about that. Or some avocado, which I find is a treat, but watch it. What, what would you say about that Fas santo? Okay, Well, carbohydrates have a bad name because about 90% of the carbohydrates that people eat in North America are the refined white flour and sugar. Um mm-hmm. We have the, the corn, corn syrup that's in 25% of North American carbohydrates is from pop. Yeah. You know, it's crazy what we've got. So the carbohydrates that are in every plant food, every single one in whole plant foods, those are good carbs. Mm-hmm. And they have this gradual delivery, especially those in legumes. And we actually need carbohydrates to run our brains. We need about 150 to 250 grams of carbohydrates a day just to keep your brain running. So these low carb diets that ignore, um, getting carbohydrates from a good place, um, you know, it's, it's smart to leave out these bad, very refined carbs. That's a good idea. But you don't wanna totally lump all the carbohydrates together. You wanna say, Hey, I'm gonna get my carbohydrates from whole grains, from legumes. Mm-hmm. Peas, lentils, even from things like carrots and apples and, you know, just the whole plant world. There's no carbohydrates in animal products except for the sugar in milk. But otherwise there's no Part. That's very interesting. Yeah, that's very interesting. Yeah. You know, we get, I get questions about that all the time, and I eat whole grain. I eat whole grains. You know, I, I, because I'm certain at this point that because I am not eating refined foods that my body knows when it doesn't feel so well, I, I need to have some brown rice. I need to have, you know, even potatoes. Oh my goodness, I was so worried about potatoes for years, you know, before I saw the light. All of this is really important, but thank you for saying that about keeping your brain going. So, because oh my goodness, I want to do everything I can there
Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina