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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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6/26/13 6:32 P

I am going to try carrot strips. emoticon

I've made kale chips but never thought to try carrots.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,391
6/26/13 5:07 P

I like carrot chips. I've never tried the Special K ones, but I might in the future. Thanks for the suggestion. They might be a good thing to grab sometime.

Edited by: FTSOLK at: 6/26/2013 (17:08)
LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (82,174)
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6/26/13 12:14 P

SLIMMERKIWI...thanks for the tip about Parsnip and carrot strips!! I've never heard or thought about crisping them up in an oven! Both will be on this week's shopping trip..... I suppose I could strip up my mini-carrots, but suspect there wouldn't be much left!! :)
Have a great day!

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6/26/13 9:56 A

Have you tried the special k cracker chips? Not sure if the ingredient list would be ok for you. The entire box is 540 calories, so swapping a box for a bag of chips would cut calories.

They are ok-not quite the same as potato chips, (but what is?) but you do get that crunch.

Good Luck!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,391
6/25/13 12:05 P

Coffeequeen- I LOVE those Chobani tubes. They're amazing, though if I'm feeling really indulgent, I'll go for the peachy pistachio or raspberry/vanilla chocolate chunk Flips, the fig with orange zest or raspberry chocolate chunk Bites. or vanilla chocolate chunk with frozen berries. Mmmm. The last one really makes me feel like I'm being bad!

I haven't found a microwave popcorn I like that doesn't have hydrogenated oils, but there are some store-bought popcorns. To be honest, however, I'm not a huge popcorn fan. I'd rather have it a few times a year, max, at the movies and skip it the rest of the year.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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6/25/13 9:24 A

Air popped popcorn or microwave popcorn? There is a recipe on sparks for popcorn with parmesan cheese and chili powder that is pretty good.

For dessert-235 calories
dessert shells for strawberry short cake 80 calories. break it into cubes. fills up the bowl more and looks like more.
plain greek yogurt 5.3 oz cup 80 calories (adds protein)
sliced strawberries (1 cup) 50 calories
two tablespoons of cool whip. 25 calories

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (240,495)
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6/25/13 5:54 A

Parsnip - with the skin on, and peeled with a potato peeler in long, wide strips. Oven bake them with carrot strips, too! Little cherry tomatoes are always good to 'pop' into your mouth - some of them are lovely and sweet.


COFFEEQUEEEN SparkPoints: (17,057)
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6/25/13 4:27 A

I buy the greek yogurt in tubes sometimes (like Gogurt type of tubes) then throw them in the freezer. Yummy summer treat without all the guilt.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,391
6/25/13 3:13 A

I love hummus. My two go-to back to school lunch requests were hummus and pita bread or a fluffernutter sandwich. Of course my 20-25 calorie yogurt dip isn't half bad with crackers either. Heck, yogurt dip, crackers, raw veggies, a little fruit, maybe a hardboiled egg and/or some pistachios and I think that would be a nice snacky lunch (for days you are out during lunchtime and need to avoid fast food). I may even add a 6 oz Chobani cup (or a 3.5 oz Bite) for dessert!

ITSABSURD SparkPoints: (18,393)
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6/24/13 9:44 P

I second the hummus idea! I tend to do mine with crackers, which still pack quite a bit of calories, but it was a nice way to help break the addiction to much more sugary/salty snacks such as chips.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,391
6/24/13 7:56 P

I'll try. I do live in a single-serve chip family. That means one bag of chips is for one person, so that helps.

pb&c sounds really good actually. I can even put celery in a baggie and grab a packet of Justin's nut butter to go.

The yogurt idea sounds good, but I'd have to do it with Chobani. I can't eat anything with artificial sweeteners.

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6/24/13 7:23 P

I love peanut butter and celery for a snack. I cut up a bunch of celery all at once and put it in a big Ziplock in the fridge. I do measure my peanut butter. 2 Tbs is 190 cal, so it can get out of hand.

Also Hummus and red pepper strips.

And for the sweet, one of my favorites is a half cup Dannon light and fit Vanilla greek yogurt with a tsp of cocoa and a cut up banana. It just tastes so good and it's creamy and delicious.

And if it's possible, get those Zebra cakes and chips out of your house.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,391
6/24/13 6:40 P

I'm working on making some changes to conquer my two biggest addictions: sweets (like snack cakes) and barbecue potato chips.

1 box of Zebra cakes is around 1,600 calories (a box will last me 1-3 days)
1 bag of my favorite chips clocks in at around 1,200 (a bag will last 1 day)

I'm looking at some ideas for snacks that I can turn to instead of these (though I'm also including cookies and other sweets I eat at home).

For the sweets I have:

-Fresh/frozen fruit
-Freeze-dried fruit
-Chobani yogurt (especially half a cup of the vanilla chocolate chunk with frozen berries or the Flips varieties. Mmmm)
- Frosted mini wheats cereal dipped in milk

For the chips:

-Roasted chick peas (an entire can's worth of chick peas only comes to around 385 calories, and it's much more filling than the chips)
- Triscuts and greek yogurt dip (with veggies as well).
- Kale chips
- Roasted seaweed
- Pistachios (though, those can be dangerous. I can eat through a pound in a day if I'm not careful. Still, I have better control over pistachios than chips).
- Carrot chips

Any other ideas? I want to have options I can grab just in case I find myself in a position where I would normally pick up a bag of chips and a box of zebra cakes. I'm wondering if I have enough good alternatives, I'll be able to get some of the junk out of my diet.

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