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LADYCJM SparkPoints: (38,489)
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12/17/13 11:50 P

Milly as long as you are happy and your guys are happy then don't sweat the negatives. The fact that you are willing to help them and you get a break on the rent is terrific!
There are always one or two people who have to see the worst in every situation.

There are some good ideas that might help you. It's great that the guys want to eat healthier and that you get to take care of people you love and who love you!

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 8,266
12/17/13 10:46 P

I would think that to be very difficult--unless they are the same type of eater that you are.

VEGIBIKER Posts: 9,348
12/17/13 10:14 P

fresh fruit and veggies are the original fast-food ... regardless of who you live with. If you're trying to get them to share the snacks with you - fruit-and-ice smoothies or spinach smoothies are surprisingly delicious

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (80,164)
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12/17/13 7:21 P

You had me after saying you loved with 3 guys.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (70,387)
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12/17/13 12:16 P

popcorn is a good one - you can put it in a metal container and it will stay fresh for weeks and weeks

make your own trail mix (although that's really easy to consume LOTS of calories very quickly)

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
12/17/13 11:36 A

I have a 13 year old dd and my dh is 33 years old.
My dh likes hummus and it is super easy to make. You can have it as a dip with pita chips or vegetables or use it as a sandwich spread.
My dh loves deviled eggs.
Bean burritos are very quick and easy to make. You could assemble and freeze some burritos and then people could heat them in the oven (about 15 min at 350F) or microwave (about 2 min).
Smoothies are easy.
What about good ol' celery and peanut butter?

Other snacks we often have in our house:
fresh fruit, dried fruit, cheese, muffins, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, trail mix, granola, whole grain crackers, pretzels, olives, salsa & tortilla chips, pickles, nuts, applesauce, popcorn, cottage cheese vegetable salad, oatmeal/cereal, sliced turkey or chicken


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MILLYDALLY Posts: 435
12/17/13 9:32 A

So I officially wish there was a way to close a forum post that I started.

I am so frustrated by some of these responses. I have no ideas how to write this so that people understand...I love my living situation, that is not what I was asking advice about. I was asking advice on snacks that some guys who are almost 30 would like.

I know it is easier to just remove myself from the situation, but I am not looking for an 'easy way out'. I like working towards a better life- isn't that what life is all about? Being happy, living harmoniously, and making life generally better?

SLIM153 Posts: 789
12/16/13 10:18 A

WHAT TO DO????
MY HUSBAND IS 47 AND ONLY JUST STARTING TO FEEL THE PAUNCH FROM THE YEARS OF EATING ANY AND EVERYTHING IN REACH. AND REACHING PRIMARILY FOR FAST CALORIES.
AS MOM OF TWO TEENAGERS AND FRIENDS, I USED TO KEEP INSTANT BETTER CHOICES IN THE CUPBOARD AND THE FREEZER.
THIS INCLUDED, ESP VEGE FROZEN AND CANNED, SAME WITH FRUIT. ALSO FROZEN PIZZA, FROZEN BURGERS, FROZEN CHICKEN BREAST OR PATTIES.
STUFF THEY CAN SPOON OR QUICK COOK. AND LOAF OF WHOLE WHEAT BREAD. AND LOW FAT MILK AND LEMON AND LIME JUICE IN THE FRIDGE TO ADD TO WATER.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,925)
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12/16/13 8:55 A

Have they asked you to intervene in there diet?
If so, I would discuss with them nutrition and ask what healthy snacks they enjoy then provide them. The rest is their free will.
My interventions only extend as far as a person invites and as far as I am able. Beyond that, I can only lead by example and provide positive reinforcement.



Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 12/16/2013 (09:26)
NIRERIN Posts: 12,279
12/16/13 7:53 A

there are two kinds of wanting to do things. the kind where you say "oh, i'd like to do that" and the kind where you actually work towards that goal. i'd be interested in climbing mt. everest, but the fact of the matter is that florida winters are too cold for me.
nearly every person you ask "wants" to be healthier. but the great divider is what the person chooses to do. the fact of the matter is that the people who aren't willing to put the time and effort in aren't ready to do it. that's okay, everyone is at the point for some time. and it's great that you love to cook and they love your food and you get a break on your rent for it. but until they are the ones seeking out snack ideas and tips they don't want it enough to not run out for fast food or saltines or what have you. it's great that you learn from teaching and they are open to being shared to, but it's quite unlikely that they are going to actually change their behavior. everyone gets to that place at a different time and in their own way. the good news is that whatever you put in now will likely be in the back of their minds so that when they hit that point they will have a nice reserve of knowledge. but this is a classic you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink scenario. you can put all the water troughs you want around the house, if they want mountain dew that's what they'll go off to drink.

that being said if plain fruits and veggies aren't appetizing enough to grab perhaps you could try:
- fruit and pb wraps. take a wrap, add some pb, then some sliced fruit and wrap up. they keep for a day or two.
-chili or a hearty stew that all they need to do is reheat.
-vegetable chips. thinly slice root veggies, lightly toss with olive oil [and spices if you'd like], and bake, turning once, til crispy. you can keep salsa on hand for dipping them in as well.
-dips like baba ganoush which are heavily vegetable.
-enchiladas or flautas. tweak the recipe you use to make it better and it's another heat and eat option. lasagna rolls are another variant and easy to load with veggies and spices. and if you're good with asian food then spring rolls or egg rolls or sushi could be an option. basically whatever you can get into a long roll that they might like to eat.

basically any meal that they really like and that keeps well, keep a few extra servings of that on hand for them to heat and eat.

GAMEDUTCHESS SparkPoints: (781)
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12/16/13 1:50 A

Carrots and hummus are really good.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,856
12/15/13 11:48 P

apple and peanut butter.... I bought some marble pound cake each slice is 140 calories then I sliced 3 strawberries and put a little redi whip on it like 2 tsps that was so good almost like a sundae and it was low cal

MILLYDALLY Posts: 435
12/15/13 11:15 P

Oh yeah.. so the guys I live with have all expressed interest in being healthier and we try to make healthy changes in our home. A couple of them want to lose weight, but mostly they just want more energy. Like me! And helping them helps me. I learn best by teaching,so sharing what I learn on here is something I love to do that I find helpful.
Thanks guys!

Edited by: MILLYDALLY at: 12/15/2013 (23:16)
MILLYDALLY Posts: 435
12/15/13 11:01 P

They want to eat healthy, they just get fixated on their favorite foods like peanut butter and saltines. We live as a family, share groceries and food and all that. I am a natural nurturer, and I like cooking for them. I pay less rent and provide meals, and everyone really enjoys it and it works smoothly for us.

I forgot about hummus! I will have to look up some good recipes. Thanks!

Also... my honey and I have our own bathroom and he is super clean which is awesome! I don't ever even have to see the other one! Haha!

Edited by: MILLYDALLY at: 12/15/2013 (23:16)
HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (76,107)
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12/13/13 12:58 P

Celery and carrots w/ hummus.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (70,387)
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12/13/13 12:49 P

there are some healthy protein bar type recipes on Spark

also - I hide a jar of peanut butter for me. DH will eat the last of the peanut butter and not tell me!

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12/13/13 12:46 P

Well, you can't make them eat healthy if they don't want to, and it shouldn't be your job to act as their mother and take care of all of the cooking and food prep.

Sorry to sound pessimistic...but based on my experiences...I would recommend keeping your food separate from theirs.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (70,387)
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12/13/13 12:31 P

I agree about the bathroom - I won't share a bathroom with DH.
*3* guys? NO WAY! emoticon



healthy snacks - fruit is always good, pre-sliced cheese, Canadian bacon, hummus to go with your veggies, make them some pasta salad

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (38,489)
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12/13/13 12:14 P

I really hope you have your own bathroom emoticon

You didn't mention if they are trying to lose weight or just eat healthier or if you want them to eat healthier and they don't really care, they just want FOOD.
So basing this on my guess of everyone wants to be healthy....

It sounds like you already do a lot for them which is really nice of you. Keeping fruits and veggies on hand and ready to go is really helpful. It sounds like you are a baker so enlist their help in the shopping, prep and clean up and make the lower calorie cookies and breads. You get the fun of baking and they do the clean up ....my fav way to bake.

Ditch the saltines for whole grain crackers, have everyone buy a jar of peanut butter....

If you want to you could make a plate of healthy sandwiches, whole grain, veggies, lt mayo or hummus and low fat chicken or turkey and have them in the fridge ready to go with a plate of veggies and hummus. (lots of good hummus recipes on site).

MILLYDALLY Posts: 435
12/13/13 11:45 A

As much as that sounds like the tagline for a sitcom, it is actually my life. They are all in their late 20's (I am 26). I live with my honey, his cousin, and his best friend. I love it- it's like our own little family.

I'll pose my question first, then give you a lengthy explanation. How do you help make it easy for the people you live with to eat healthy? What are some good, quick, easy things to grab? (This question, I guess, is for you parents out there, haha)


Anyway, this has been one of my struggles that I've been having with losing weight, especially because one has the hugest sweet tooth and always asks me to bake cookies or banana bread... I try to cook healthy recipes, but when I don't cook they devour certain things, like the peanut butter and saltines. And peanut butter is one of my expensive protein items!! They want to eat healthy, but when it's not easy, they won't do it. They love when I cook healthy meals, though.

When I grocery shop, I even clean and separate the veggies into serving sizes... but they still think there's nothing in the cupboard when it's only stuff you would have to make, like pasta or rice, so they go buy fast food or eat the 'easy' stuff. Seriously. I go to bed early, and when I wake up, there are saltine wrappers and knives coated in peanut butter. They are basically 8-year-old boys.

Thanks for the help/ideas!

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