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RACHBERTVT
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6/1/12 3:30 P

Celery
Beans
Carrots
Chicken
Shrimp
Yogurt
Cheese



SHEHEATHIE
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6/1/12 2:45 P

* Black beans! So high in fiber and protein, and they definitely fill you up for not a lot of calories. Plus, they're delicious. I make them into bean dip and bean soup, spice a big pot of them to put on brown rice, or drain and rinse them and add them to salad.

* I eat a tremendous amount of chicken breast because it's very low in fat and all protein, which I have trouble getting into my day. And I hate fish, so chicken it is!

* Jell-O Sugar-Free pudding snacks. For 60 calories, I can have a square of a Vosges dark (Red Fire) bar, or a sugar-free chocolate pudding. The pudding is a lot more food, if that's what I'm looking for, and very satisfying. Add 2 tbsp of light Cool-Whip to make a very satisfying, low-calorie parfait. Mmmmmm.

* Mixed nuts (without peanuts). It's true you only get a handful because they're high in calories, but a handful is enough to tide me over if I'm starving between meals. Versus eating a serving of crackers (or two or three) and still winding up kind of hungry.

* Turkey bacon. Oh my God I love turkey bacon so much. 35 calories each and all protein, so 3 strips is just over 100 calories. And it's salty and crunchy and flavorful, and I can do it quick in the microwave so it fits into my morning craziness!

* Egg whites. If you find yourself just wanting to eat a lot of something, egg whites are it. With a non-stick pan, I can scramble 4 or 5 egg whites with just 1/2 tbsp of Smart Balance and they still come out flavorful and buttery-tasting. And SO low-cal.



Edited by: SHEHEATHIE at: 6/1/2012 (14:47)


LULUBELLE65
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6/1/12 1:59 P

If I am absolutely starving, or want a big weekend breakfast, I saute a bunch of veggies, like 3 cups or so--mushrooms, spinach, onion, garlic, tomato are my usuals--and then when they are soft, toss in a carton of eggbeaters beaten with one whole egg. Scramble around and when done, grate about half an ounce of cheese over the top. If you use a microplane grater, it looks like you are getting about twice as much cheese, because it makes it so tiny and fluffy. The whole mess is maybe 300 calories depending on the kind of cheese and veggies you use. This keeps me full for hours, and seems like a "real" meal.



NESTISEMPTY
Posts: 211
6/1/12 1:47 P

To start my day; old fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats with unsweetened almond milk, for snacks; fruit, for lunch; a salad with a lot of lettuce/spinach packed in, usually 4 cups or more, with beans of some sort, or a small portion of chicken breast, and topped w/salsa, late afternoon or evening snack; nuts, dinner, veggies, with lean meat or beans.



JEANNEBOYD1
Posts: 482
6/1/12 1:01 P

fruits and vegetables



JMOUSE99
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Posts: 4,388
6/1/12 11:04 A

unprocessed oatmeal



SHERMOR13
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Posts: 516
6/1/12 8:47 A

fresh fruits & veggies; ground chicken, ground turkey, shrimp (for stir fry)



CLARISSA27
Posts: 12
6/1/12 8:21 A

I try to stick to the "volumetrics" style eating. I pack veggies into everything I eat (not too hard b/c I'm pretty much vegetarian except for the occasional fish).

FYI - the Volumetrics Cookbook is ok. I didn't get much use out of it.



HIPHOPSCOTCH
Posts: 1,047
6/1/12 8:16 A

Frozen chopped spinach! You can get a pound for $1.00 and the work is basically done for you.



KIMMIE124
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Posts: 770
6/1/12 8:14 A

whole wheat pasta with omega 3s, because you can eat it in so many ways. As a salad with light mayo or vinaigrette, or served hot with a low-fat cheese sauce or spaghetti sauce. Watch out though, because pasta calories do add up fast!



MAGGIEMURPHY4
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Posts: 936
6/1/12 6:16 A

plain oatmeal sweetened with sugar free maple syrup



SUSANK16
Posts: 490
6/1/12 6:14 A

Fruit and vegetables - healthy, sweet, satisfying, and lots of volume for the calories - watermelon is amazing. Semi baked bread - my local store has breadsticks and rolls that you can heat in the oven for 10 minutes. It is so satisfying to have a warm roll from the oven versus a flat slice of bread for 100 calories. Parmesan Tilapia is another excellent fast meal that is nutritious.



IAMARMSTRONG
Posts: 526
5/31/12 10:22 P

Kashi Go Lean Crunch and Soy Milk. It makes me full from 7 am to noon, tastes VERY good to me (kinda like Smacks! cereal), and takes one more dairy item (milk) off my list of foods to cut back on.



GIGIMARIE21
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Posts: 43
5/31/12 10:09 P

Sandwich Thins 100 Calories 100% whole wheat 16 count value pack.
Apples & Cinnamon Oatmal
Fruit and Nuts (Raisins, Almond,Peanuts and cranberries) 8 gram of whole grain Nature Valley
Hummus individual servings put it on my sandwich delicious buy it at Sam or BJS
Chicken
Tuna Fish
Veggies
Fruits to eat as is or in smoothies



ASERRUTO
Posts: 40
5/31/12 9:30 P

Veggies, fruit, lean protein and a lot of water and herbal tea.



JUDITHWITHROW
Posts: 1,119
5/31/12 8:25 P

Whole foods in their most original form.

Apples are more filling and take longer to eat than apple sauce.

Walnut in the shell take longer to crack and eat than popping a handful already shelled.

Corn on the cob is more satisfying than a cup of kernels.

A wide variety of fruits and veggies keeps it interesting.

Meals planned around the veggies. Pick the veggie than chose a lean meat to go with it n



DARWHOHOO
Posts: 3,459
5/31/12 8:23 P

i've just discovered grapes!

Dar



SEANSMOM99
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Posts: 44
5/31/12 8:19 P

2 cups of raisin bran w/ 1 cup milk for breakfast and I am good for several hours.



MOINSDEMOI
Posts: 1,162
5/31/12 6:41 P

air-popped popcorn
carrots
nonfat milk
tuna fish
chicken
old-fashioned oatmeal
brown rice



KDYLOSE
Posts: 742
5/31/12 6:18 P

For staying full without spending calories, I'd have to say poultry and fish.



IAMLOVEDBYYOU
Posts: 369
5/31/12 6:15 P

My go-to lunch is a green smoothie (2 cups spinach, 1 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 6 oz fat free vanilla yogurt, and 2 oz of orange juice).



RSLEYS
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Posts: 8
5/31/12 5:56 P

Organic black beans (or any other kind of bean you like) cooked at home in the pressure cooker. Takes only 20 minutes to do a whole pot full and then you can use them all week for lunch or dinner. Season any way you like; serve hot or cold.



SSIMON74
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Posts: 15
5/31/12 5:24 P

Yes! That is sooo good. Yet I always forget to buy some.



LOPEZKSD
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Posts: 45
5/31/12 5:21 P

High Fiber cereal, low calorie and very filling.



TMACOOGAN
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Posts: 62
5/31/12 4:12 P

SARDINES & WHEAT CRACKERS. TUNA FISH, EGGS AND KALE. LOTS OF PROTEIN.



LATTISHAREED777
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Fitness Minutes: (4,610)
Posts: 23
5/31/12 3:08 P

fruits ..veges...nuts...yogurt...crystal light!..ha!ha! i just love the stuff



KB8277
Posts: 17
5/31/12 3:04 P

Kefir - 11g of protein, 30% calcium for 140 cals



MEGCJONES
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Posts: 134
5/31/12 2:53 P

beans! fruits and veggies, chicken breast, fish, hummus...love it all.



JMOUSE99
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Posts: 4,388
5/31/12 2:23 P

potatoes. bananas



SHUFFMAN126
Posts: 205
5/31/12 2:11 P

Tuna fish, black beans, baby spinach, salsa, eggs, reduced fat shredded cheese, strawberries and apples.

Not all together though.



CHOCOLATIER_T
Posts: 168
5/31/12 1:47 P

For "feeling full per cals", chicken breast "tenders" (not fried, of course) and cheese.

For taste? highest quality dark chocolate i can find, nibbled on at night!

For overall? "lettuce". i can have 2 bowls for ten or 20 cals. My mind tells me I "have to eat so little", that this trick of a huge salad (normal dinner plus lots and lots of lettus) helps me mentally. Even though I know it's just a game, it FEELS like more. :-)



HUMBLEHOPEFUL
Posts: 12
5/31/12 1:44 P

Yummy!!!



HUMBLEHOPEFUL
Posts: 12
5/31/12 1:43 P

Do you ever make your own Hummus? I have been looking for a good receipe



LADYMISSD
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Posts: 2
5/31/12 1:27 P

One of my go-tos is edamame.



MOUNTAINGIRL41
Posts: 139
5/31/12 12:19 P

Defintely agree with fruits and veggies! So filling for the calories!

For a salty fix -- air popped popcorn with a little no-calorie butter spray and a little salt. Fairly low calorie but high in fiber and very filling!



BEACHY_
Posts: 102
5/31/12 12:09 P

Big bags of pre-cut/cleaned greens (collards and kale are my favs. lately!). I cook them up w/ a big onion, lots of garlic, plus other seasonings. Very easy, makes enough to last a few days, and so satisfying with a protein for dinner. mmmmm!! Something in those greens---super good!



HEALTHFORLIFE1
Posts: 234
5/31/12 11:59 A

Fruits and veggies!!!!
Homemade smoothies for breakfast or mid afternoon snack
Hummus
Oatmeal
Homemade whole grain bread



VANILLANNE
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Posts: 162
5/31/12 11:26 A

I like a big bowl oforganic super greens (dark greens, lots of varieties of greens I've never heard of before). I put a couple slices of turkey, a tablespoon of chopped walnuts, 1/4 c.raisins, large cucumber, 10 baby carrots, half an apple, diced and a very small amount of vidalia onion dressing. This keeps me satisfied and I have much more energy on days when I eat lots of greens.



JESSJESSB
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Posts: 46
5/31/12 11:13 A

I've also found deconstructing things helps the meal last longer, and gives me more time to be satisfied. So instead of a sandwich with turkey, peppers, tomato & cheese on bread, I'll have a plate with turkey on it, next to that peppers, next to that a cube of feta, and maybe some whole wheat crackers or baked doritos instead of the bread.

A sandwich would be done completely in a minute or two, but if I deconstruct it and enjoy each taste separately I can get more out of the experience. Plus, if I'm going to eat the calories in cheese, I want to be able to focus specifically on the cheese- I never just toss a slice or two on something else. Cheese is a treat, and I want to savor it.



JESSJESSB
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5/31/12 11:09 A

Boar's Head Cracked Pepper Turkey lunchmeat
Boar's Head Chipotle Chicken lunchmeat
Broccoli slaw- I use it in place of lettuce in salads
Sweet Red Peppers
Snow Peas
Hummus (I use it instead of salad dressing)
Green Grapes (the more sour, the better)
Diet Coke (I know it's bad for me, but I love it so much I don't care)
Baby Goldfish Crackers (they're half the size of the standard ones, so I can get twice as many in an ounce)
Frozen shrimp- just thaw and eat with a tbsp of cocktail sauce
Cauliflower roasted with a little olive oil, salt, pepper & curry powder




JESSEATSTWEETS
Posts: 420
5/31/12 10:58 A

Plain nonfat greek yogurt with frozen berries. I'm always surprised when I'm actually FULL after a 100 calorie portion.



RIET69
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Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
Posts: 3,116
5/31/12 10:44 A

a big salad with lots of veggies, some chick peas and some cheese. That is a meal for me and keeps me going a long time. I make my own dressing with good seasons italian.



JAOTTO
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Fitness Minutes: (51,665)
Posts: 1,470
5/31/12 10:34 A

Grits plus anything will give you a large quantity meal with low calorie count.



DEBPRE16
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Fitness Minutes: (18,428)
Posts: 1,183
5/31/12 10:19 A

If I have a salad with my meal and then a vegetable with it too I stay full longer and feel better too.

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Debbie



CRAZYCATLADY40
Posts: 137
5/31/12 9:43 A

tuna, crabmeat or salmon (with a 1 tsp of mayo, lemon juice, chives or dill and malt vinegar) with celery or cucumber or carrots. I only end up eating half a can as my cats want the rest:)

Sometimes I get hungry after on the nights I do a extra 90 minute dance class so it keeps me full for the rest of the nite.

Steamed spinach with lemon juice is great to add with supper, almost no caloires but it helps to keep you full.



CORTNEY-LEE
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Fitness Minutes: (45,694)
Posts: 3,064
5/31/12 9:39 A

fruit




DANNIELLEMARIE
Posts: 1,416
5/31/12 9:17 A

leafy greens are the hands down winner for me...whether in a salad or turned into a snack foods (kale chips or kale/flax crackers for instance). And then non-starchy veggies (I love snacking on raw colored peppers, zucchini/yellow squash, grape tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms). Then fruit (I always have a giant bowl of cut melon or fruit salad in my fridge).



LUANN_IN_PA
Posts: 16,017
5/31/12 9:17 A

chicken, broccoli, apples



SPOORK
Posts: 1,193
5/31/12 8:57 A

Fruits and vegetables.



NLONGENECKER
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Fitness Minutes: (963)
Posts: 28
5/31/12 8:51 A

What foods do you eat that you think are the "best bang for the buck" when it comes to calorie spending? What are your favorites that keep you full or satisfy cravings that are low calorie?



 
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