What in the world is a goûter? Goûter (pronounced goo-tey) is a French word that literally means “to taste.” In France, children get a small 4pm meal called a goûter. Here in the States we would call this a snack, but my French sister-in-law insists that it is a goûter, not a snack. This is because it is considered just as important nutritionally as other meals. It has been very interesting to learn about the differences in each of our cultures food and eating patterns. When my nephew was born a year ago, my sister-in-law received a pamphlet about food and meal times. Written at the bottom it said, “No snacking.” In the States we encourage children and adults to snack, maybe even a little too much.
I personally like the idea of an afternoon goûter for everyone (if you’re hungry that is). People often ask me what I recommend for a snack – what should a snack entail? How big should it be? To answer these questions I’m going to post a series of healthy nutritious FODMAP friendly snacks over the next few months. First up, Lemon Pomegranate Greek Yogurt. The sweetness of the pomegranate and tartness of the lemon go wonderfully together. I can’t seem to get enough of pomegranates this season.
Snacks keep you fuller longer if they contain protein + fiber. Greek yogurt is packed with protein, and pomegranate seeds are one of the most fiber-rich fruits. Add some chia seeds to this and you are good to go!
Note: Four ounces of Greek yogurt is very low lactose, so considered FODMAP friendly.
Lemon Pomegranate Greek Yogurt
Ingredients: 4 oz lemon Greek yogurt (such as Chobani) 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
Instructions: Mix Greek yogurt with chia seeds. Top with pomegranate seeds and enjoy!