by Mike Levinson
- sandwiches: Choose a whole-grain bread, which will be digested more slowly than the processed white variety, helping blood sugar stay stable over the course of the afternoon. Try whole-wheat wraps, bagels or sandwich rounds to mix things up. Multigrain or whole-corn tortillas are also fun options (we like La Tortilla Factory).
- tortilla wraps with shredded cheese, chopped chicken, and cut vegetables
- egg salad, whole-wheat bagel, and fruit
- whole-grain roll with butter or margarine, 2 hard boiled eggs and carrot sticks
- 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, whole-wheat crackers and fruit
- 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, whole-grain crackers or bagel and fruit or vegetables
- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese or hummus, whole-grain crackers, and cherry tomatoes
- bean-based soup or stew in a Thermos, whole-grain roll with butter or margarine and dried fruit
- 1-2 slices leftover thin crust cheese pizza and fruit or vegetables
- whole-grain breads or crackers
- peanut and almond butters
- light canned tuna fish
- raw vegetables that can be cut into slices
Mike Levinson, a Calabasas resident, is a former amateur bodybuilding champion and registered dietitian who holds dual degrees in sports nutrition and physical education. He has worked extensively as a nutritionist with the California Angels baseball team and with famous athletes such as Charles Oakley, JT Snow and Sean Rooks. He also worked as a nutritionist for the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders.