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MICHELLEXXXX
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11/4/12 12:29 A

How would you feel about preparing a few things sunday afternoon so that you have some things you like all week that benefits your health?



JHISEROTE
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11/3/12 1:39 P

The reason I want to find a way to eat veggies raw is because I want snacks to be easy, grab and eat, treats. Haha. I don't want snacks to take hardly any preparation time! Just like fruits...you just grab them, you might have to cut them up, but that's it. I find that if I am tired and hungry, I will grab the easiest thing to eat (even if it's unhealthy) so I need easy healthy snacks!



ATHENA1966
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11/3/12 11:09 A

I agree with HOLISTICDETOXER. I know you heard Hummus about five times already. It is so good and lots of varieties. Sprinkle goat or feta cheese in a little low cal/low sugar sald dressing and dip. But go light on the cheese it can add up quick.



HOLISTICDETOXER
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11/3/12 11:03 A

Why are you so passionate about eating the vegetables raw? Other cooking methods maintain many of the nutrients and facilitate digestion, not to mention a cooked vegetable eaten is better than a raw vegetable uneaten.



NOTTOOLATEJUDY
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11/3/12 10:11 A

I rarely eat veggies as a snack. I find I get a lot of servings in just eating them as part of a meal. I'm trying the 1/4 protein, 1/4 starch, and 1/2 veggies plate, and getting in the veggies is so easy. Also salads with added protein is great too.



CHESAPEAKE60
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11/3/12 9:32 A

I agree hummus on celery is really good. And I love the low fat roasted red pepper hummus recipe on the Spark Recipe site. I have some in my frig at all times. If it runs out, I make more. Really easy to do and so good to always have on hand.



MICHELLEXXXX
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11/3/12 8:25 A

suggestions:

plain salsa (with just a fork)
spinach/carrot brownies (make ahead of time for quick access. not raw)
green smoothies (many variations if you google recipes)
kale chips (can be made in your oven if you don't have a food dehydrator)
zucchini chips (again, food dehydrator or oven)

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/3/2012 (08:56)


KKKAREN
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11/3/12 8:20 A

Spend a few minutes on the weekend boiling a bag of green beans and steaming a head of broccoli. Then use them as snacks dipped in hummus. I cook mine so they are slighty crunchy.



LOVESTOWALK49
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11/3/12 7:57 A

I love raw veggies. I find that it's hard to get fruit in my diet. I buy it, but I want to eat more servings of it. I need the calories. I want to eat at least two servings of fruit a day. I would like to eat three or more eventually, but two servings of fruit is my current goal.



JENNILACEY
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11/3/12 7:32 A

Plain veggies are boring. I dip mine in hummus.

I always have cooked cauli or broc, sometimes green beans with dinner. Sometimes I put it into dishes, sometimes I eat it plain. I usually have half a sweet potato with lunch or dinner. My wraps or sandwiches always have veg in them and a little bit of fruit.

Salads are a great option. Just put in a protein, a small amount of fruit (mandarin, grapes, dried fruit, apple, pear), a nut or a cheese and 2 extra veg (snap peas are nice chopped up, finely shredded broccoli, shredded carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes).

Soups.

I definitely love fruit more than veg. So I try to keep my fruit servings small (half a serving) because they always seem to find a way into my foods. I pump up the veg by just finding ways to sneak them into other foods or using hummus for snacks with a sweeter veggies like snap peas or carrots.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/3/2012 (07:33)


SLIMMERKIWI
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11/3/12 6:37 A

If you eat plenty of fruit/veges then there is no rule which says that your snacks HAVE to be veges! BUT if you want to try them raw, you have celery with peanut butter, but your could try a medley of carrots/celery/cucumber etc. etc. with a variety of hummus for dips, or have bean salad and puree it so that it is like a dip and dip the vege sticks into it. You could use plain unsweetened yoghurt as a dip - try putting some lemon pepper or something in it for added flavour. I sometimes have a cold baked potato - no dressings or anything - just on it's own. They are lower GI therefore more filling than hot ones. If you have baked potatoes one night, do extra for a snack the following day.

If yo want you can have a look at my Nutrition Tracker. Go back over a few days. Fruit USED to be the bulk of my nutritional intake - altho' I did eat meat and veges and some bread. The fruit servings were often 14 in a day. Because I had to cut calories, even tho' I wasn't eating a lot, the fruit was the bulk of what suffered. What I do now is rather than have a whole apple, or whole Pear or banana, I cut off SOME. I might have 1/4 apple and keep the rest in the fridge for later. The same for the banana or pear. Sometimes I might have a piece of wholegrain toast with a bit of mashed banana on it (no butter or marg) and sprinkle some cinnamon onto it. That is YUMMMM and is quite filling.

Having a few nuts and dried fruits like a fig, dried apricot or a few raisins etc. make good snacks - make sure that they aren't salted tho'. I also sometimes have a healthy cracker (high fibre, lot fat/sodium/sugar) with cottage cheese and couple slices of tomato or pickled gherkin on it. Another good snack is a hard boiled egg. That aren't high in calories and help to keep you full for longer.

To my mind calories is calories and regardless of where they came from will generally have the same effect, as in, put weight on, take it off or maintain. However, SOME people who eat a real high carb diet seem to suffer from abdominal bloating. It isn't so much the sugars from fruit that is the problem, because fruit has loads of essential nutrients, but rather that it is the processed, refined stuff that causes the problems.

I don't know if you are using your Nutrition Tracker, but if you weigh all of your food for increased accuracy, you will be able to tweak your intake as and when necessary.

I hope that you find some ideas.

Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/3/2012 (06:37)


SUNSHINE6442
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11/3/12 6:27 A

Laughing cow Reduced Fat Cream Cheese wedges are good and 35 calories each...on celery, slather onto raw califlower, radishes, cucumbers...whatever.

Eat only low carb fruits are pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, kiwi, all kinds of berries

How about Grape tomatoes as a snack...just pop them into your mouth...or try to slice the grape tomatoes in half add mozerella balls and a little vinegar and oil....

1/2 avacado with crabmeat...an avocado is loaded with vitamins and nutrients


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GINGERVISTA
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11/3/12 12:12 A

Hopefully you'll get responses from people who know more than I do, including one of the nutrition experts.
I swear, everybody I have a question about something, I wind up Goggling it & 99 times out of 100 I find an answer. www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en
&q=healthy+snack+ideas&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF
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or else look through SparkPeople & find answers there, but mostly Google.
Good luck. emoticon



JHISEROTE
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11/2/12 11:58 P

Ok, so I eat A LOT of different kinds of fruit as snacks. I get way more fruit in my diet than veggies. I try to incorporate veggies into meals but my main thing is I do NOT like raw veggies AT ALL!!! Without cooking the veggies, how can I get more servings in as snacks! How can I eat them or what can I dip them in that will make them taste better??? I can eat any veggie cooked but raw is just yuck! The thing is, I don't want to cook them as a snack, I want snacks to be easy, no fuss, no thinking...I only want to cook my meals, not snacks. I don't like ranch dressing...so what else does veggies taste good with? I do like celery and peanut butter...but then again, I can only have so much peanut butter, that stuff is high in calories.
Also, I read somewhere that too much fruit in the diet is not good because of the sugar...and if you want to get rid of belly fat, you should limit fruit to a couple servings of berries daily. Is this true...because if it is, I am sabotaging myself because that is mostly all I eat for snacks!
Also, I need more suggestions for snacks..I mainly eat fruits (as I told you already), yogurt, peanut butter sandwiches and popcorn. I try to stay away from sugar and white flour. Any suggestions? They need to be quick and easy..something I can grab and go.
P.S. My food tracker is open to public if you want to check it out to see how I'm doing or if I need to change anything. Lately I have been low on calories because I get so frustrated trying to find new things to eat, I either don't have anything on hand or I just don't feel like eating.



 
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