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PEACENCARROTS SparkPoints: (13,689)
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2/22/13 1:08 P

Thank you fellow Sparkers for posting these tips. I too, get in a rut sometimes and will refer to this post for ideas! emoticon

DPOWERS042260 SparkPoints: (15,692)
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2/22/13 9:28 A

Laughing Cow cheese 35 calories per wedge and YUMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!, South Beach peanut butter snack bar (100 calories, 6g protein, 6g fiber, and GOOD!). And as you said, pickles of any kind. Congradulations on the new baby, and getting healthy.

GRACEMCC45 Posts: 1,134
2/22/13 8:23 A

Almonds - roasted or not. I buy in bulk and then take a few minutes a week to portion out into snack size baggies - 20g of almonds is a great serving - about 120 calories.

PINKYLEE123 SparkPoints: (21,524)
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2/21/13 9:29 P

-lebanese pita wrap with low fat hummus
-frozen vegetables
-0% fat, greek yogurt
-vegetable or bean based soups
-lentil chips and hummus, cucumber and/ peppers with hummus
-steel cut oatmeal or instant oatmeal with berries or slivered almonds
-skinless boneless chicken breasts used in wraps, soups, on top of a pita pizza etc...
-lots of salsa instead of pasta sauce or used as a condiment
-substituting skim milk and/ low sodium chicken stock in recipes to reduce fat/calories
-seedless grapes
-tuna in water with 1 tbsp of low calorie miracle whip - very filling especially if you add celery and or diced peppers
-mixed salad in a bag - no excuse way of eating a salad which I pair with low calorie dressing or vinegar
low fat frozen french fries - 110 calories for 14 fries - a lot healthier than restaurant or fast food fries
-quinoa - very filling, good substitute for rice or potatoes
-egg beaters - add vegetables and/spices - great breakfast choice - very filling

Edited by: PINKYLEE123 at: 2/21/2013 (21:37)
CUSH1932 SparkPoints: (66,825)
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2/21/13 8:38 P

peanut butter. I takes the edge off when I get home in the evening.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (158,110)
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2/21/13 11:47 A

Fruits, veggies & PASTA! Pasta keeps me full longer--so I don't give in to the evening munchies! :)

VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 2,275
2/21/13 9:27 A

Greek Yogurt - gets me totally full and gets me my protein boost!
Pickles - especially spicy ones - when I'm running low on calories and need a snack!
Carrots - soooo filling.
Spaghetti Squash - because sometimes I just need a heeping bowl of pasta without the calories and guilt!

DANAKA4 Posts: 841
2/21/13 8:55 A

Whole almonds.

2/21/13 8:39 A

Kettle Corn Pop corn in microwave always helps me. I am a snacker and when I eat it it can fill me up with out me mindless eating way too many calories. plus it has a sweetness so sweet and salty is both met.

Spinach. I put it in everything.

Frozen veggies.Always have some in the freezer. Stir fry and broccoli are my fave.

Adding veggies to eggs(mostly egg whites) in the morning helps a lot.


Non fat Greek yogurt!!!! My fav is making "cookie dough" yogurt. stevia, vanilla, peanut butter, and choc chips. I use chocolate I make my self (coconut oil, cocoa, vanilla, pb and honey.) You don't need much of the add ins so it is mostly plain yogurt. Great dessert snack!

MECHRISTINA SparkPoints: (45)
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2/21/13 1:35 A

first of nice discussion ...

some foods which needs focus because of its nutritive values
1) Egg whites
4) dairy products

above food contains high nutritive products having less calories !! I always used this foods for Brekfast and small meals !!

2/21/13 12:05 A

portable veggies - especially carrots and green beans.
brussel sprouts (my favorite veggie right now)
i recently re-discovered lima beans
any fresh fruit.
any Oskri bar - especially Fig and Dark Chocolate
whole grain breads
cottage cheese
lean meats

2/20/13 9:51 P

1% cottage cheese

These are a few of my go to's

SYDNEY_GAL Posts: 1,609
2/20/13 9:29 P

Mutligrain porrige - cooked in 1/2 skim milk and 1/2 water. With added cinnamon, banana, wheat germ, yoghurt and LSA

My version of dal, made with red lentils, brown onions, salt, pepper, paprika and curry powder
I make big batches of it & freeze it into single servings.
It's a good as a breakfast or lunch, with either an egg or some cheddar cheese on top. Alone, it makes a good starch component of dinner.

Sweet potato - either mashed or baked

Dessert - lite jelly and low-fat natural/greek yoghurt.

* Tuna chunks in springwater
* Sardines in springwater
* Natural almonds

Drink - Twinings herbal fruity tea bags

My easiyo yoghurt maker - I find the packets easy to use & cheaper than the premade kind, especially when they are brought on sale.

Edited by: SYDNEY_GAL at: 2/20/2013 (22:34)
SUNSHINE20001 Posts: 638
2/20/13 8:52 P

Love this topic!

Greek yogurt
protein bars
I also make a bug batch of veggie soup and freeze a bunch of single and family size containers to pull out in a pinch
Anything Fiber One
cameo apples-eat 1 bout every day

Edited by: SUNSHINE20001 at: 2/20/2013 (20:56)
2/20/13 8:43 P

1% cottage cheese

These are a few of my go to's

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (170,988)
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2/20/13 5:37 P

- celery with peanut butter
- greek yogurt with fresh fruit
- cottage cheese with fresh fruit
- blueberries
- grapes (I freeze them when they're on special)

BLONDIE218145 SparkPoints: (18,055)
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2/20/13 5:29 P

Any Progresso Light Soups

C-MERRIE11 Posts: 748
2/20/13 3:07 P

good topic!

*broccoli, either raw with hummus or lightly steamed topped with salt and pepper or bbq sauce
*baby carrots, same as with broccoli
*frozen grapes or mango chunks
*stove-top popcorn topped with yummy seasonings
*1/2 a banana mixed w/ 1 tbl sunflower seed butter (which is aaaamazing)
*oat bran!
*apples, sliced so you can eat it slice by slice
*dark chocolate chocolate chips over a frozen banana or over 1 tbl sunflower seed butter for a dessert or sweet treat
*sweet potatoes! you can bake them and eat them lightly salted, or add a touch of honey, or some vegan chocolate chips, or dipped in bbq sauce or ketchup or spicy mustard... etc...
*frozen peas and corn (I eat them frozen and they taste super sweet... guess I like frozen foods :) )
*giant salads with tons of spinach, pea shoots, shredded carrots, peas using either a couple tablespoons of hummus or a touch of spicy mustard as dressing
*chicken breast on whole wheat crackers
*chia seeds over anything
*baked kale (kale chips!)

these are some of my favorites!

LPPTOGO Posts: 94
2/20/13 2:30 P

An almond butter and sliced granny smith apple roll up, or a sliced banana/almond butter roll up. Yum! emoticon

Edited by: LPPTOGO at: 2/20/2013 (14:31)
RSKMOM Posts: 780
2/20/13 2:20 P

Those 100 calorie bags of microwave popcorn!

ICANDI4U SparkPoints: (18,785)
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2/20/13 2:20 P

steelcut oats
carrots cut up ready to go
couscous & veggies (measured and ziplock bagged)
quinoa & veggies (measured and ziplock bagged)

2/20/13 1:55 P

Chicken breast: I have it diced in the store, batch cook it in roasting bags with 0 oil and my own mix of spices, whatever I feel like, and then freeze it in 3.5 oz portions. Works great for a quick lunch/dinner!

Also, low-fat cheese as a protein snack.

CINCYDORA Posts: 3,505
2/20/13 1:49 P

Air-popped popcorn w/ various flavorings, beans, soy protein (TVP, tofu, tempeh, soy powder), nuts/nut butter, low sodium soy sauce, avocado, balsamic vinegar (in place of full fat salad dressing), high fiber flat breads.

CINDY_LU_WHO SparkPoints: (15,642)
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2/20/13 1:21 P

Green Smoothies for breakfast, 6 days a week.

Greek Yogurt

Steel Cut Oats

Rice chips w/Greek yogurt spinach and artichoke dip (1 serving of the dip is only 40 calories)

Tender crisp steamed green beans to munch on @ my desk when I get hungry.

Dry roasted almonds and some dried Concord Grape infused cranberries

2/20/13 1:10 P

*Greek Yogurt
*Campari Tomatoes
* Pop Chips
*Snap Peas

JANCARD SparkPoints: (92,122)
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2/20/13 12:39 P

Seasonal fruit and this time of year for me it's berries. I make up a big bowl of strawberries, blueberries & raspberries with something else (kiwi on the last batch, and pineapple before that) and put in the fridge for everyone to pack for lunches & snacks.

I also love oatmeal for breakfast with a few blueberries and crushed walnuts/almonds sprinkled on top (about a 100-calorie pack size or equivalent). Keeps me going until lunch.

2/20/13 11:09 A

Almonds and green tea for snacks! They seem to be very satisfying, and the almonds help increase HDL levels.

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
2/20/13 10:39 A

Egg whites! It helps me get the protein I need without the calories. I usually add some green peppers or a little avacado. It makes me feel full and gives me energy in the morning.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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2/20/13 10:33 A

carrots, herbal tea, yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal (I now make it on the stove with egg whites added), almonds, broccoli, dry beans, tofu, chicken breast

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/20/13 9:40 A

Hard-boiled eggs
pork rinds (great for dips, too)
veggie sticks...but I love carrots and I can go overboard with the sugars there if I'm not careful
small portions of nuts (a quarter cup or thereabouts)
sugarfree gelatin (I make my own - the pre-made SF is full of aspartame!)
cheese (I've recently discovered a mini-Jarlsberg at Sam's that's delectable!)
- Bonbel and Laughing Cow are good snack portions too

AIREEULL SparkPoints: (7,128)
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2/20/13 9:16 A

fresh pineapple. mmm so good. craisins, cheese sticks, turkey pepperoni, and oranges

KLURBAUER77 SparkPoints: (363)
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2/20/13 9:14 A

Cherry tomatoes! They are a great snack for me and I can kind of relax and munch on them without worrying so much about the calories like I would have to with so many other snack foods.

GORDONFREECHMAN SparkPoints: (32,829)
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2/20/13 9:07 A

-Bananas—or even better, my "famous" banana wrap: I take a thin, whole-wheat lavash wrap, put on some Better'n Peanut Butter or peanut butter powder reconstituted w/ water (both low-cal/fat peanut butter alternatives), and mash a banana on there. Roll up, and stick in a panini press or toast on a non-stick pan. It isn't the lowest calorie thing, but it makes an excellent, filling sweet breakfast that feels so decadent but isn't bad for you.

-Tea —Black or green in the morning; herbal afterwards—no sweetener, just plain. Helps with "hungry mouth" syndrome.

-Cottage cheese—I can never get enough; I put it in sandwiches, mix it with...everything, whatever.

-Bars—I always, ALWAYS make sure I have some sort of bar-form food (high protein, high fiber, low fat, minimally processed) in my pocket when I'm out and about. If I pass a store or stand or something with tempting food, or just get hungry, I tell myself "I already have a snack, so I don't need to waste calories/money on an impulse buy." I can get bars in bulk at club grocery warehouses, so it is cost effective.

-Veggies, especially with meals—whenever I'm eating a meal in a setting where there is encouragement to have seconds, I make sure my second helping is more salad or veggies before I reach for any of the higher-calorie options.

-Dates—high-sugar, so I enjoy them in moderation, but they truly are nature's candy. I eat them for dessert instead of processed sugars—you can even use pureed dates as a refined sugar substitute in recipes. They also have tons of fiber, so they satisfy.

-Greek yogurt—typically takes a backseat to cottage cheese, but I use it instead of sour cream or mayo or whipped cream anywhere where those three would be nice. I also eat it on its own with a little bit of honey, dried fruit, cereal, or jam to sweeten it.

Man, can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

AKASHA66 SparkPoints: (67,874)
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2/20/13 5:56 A

Homemade iced tea, fromage blanc, apples, tuna

MARYJOANNA Posts: 1,191
2/20/13 5:26 A

Whenever I don't know what I want to eat, I turn to eggs. They are pure protein and I love them!

BOPPY_ SparkPoints: (144,139)
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2/20/13 2:05 A

I'm always into veggies.

However, all the veggie posts, here, inspired me tonight.

I got done late from my workout. Threw together 8 oz of frozen cauliflower, 8oz of frozen broccoli, 16 oz of frozen spinach, 8 oz of frozen shelled shrimp, and some oyster sauce and had a great stir fry. It was so low in calories, I had allowance for snacks.

Thanks for the inspiration.

BTW, tried the Special K Baked Cheddar Chips, tonight -- Delish!

Edited by: BOPPY_ at: 2/20/2013 (02:05)
SHEENUH SparkPoints: (20,296)
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2/19/13 10:35 P

Some of my faves are low-fat greek yogurt for a protein boost
pork skins are low in carbs- if you don't eat too many the fat isn't bad and they have protein unlike potato chips (my FAVORITE indulgent snack!)
I also love frozen greek yogurt for the same reason
Nuts and nut butters
and roasted chick peas or roasted edamame seasoned correctly can be the yummiest crunchy snack- I don't even miss potato chips/snack crackers!
Jerky, again watch the sodium/fat
basically, lots of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and veggies! Learn to love it :)

COREY04 Posts: 80
2/19/13 9:33 P

For me it is a healthy breakfast that sets the stage for my day.
.5 cups of rolled oats. Cooked in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.
Top it off with .25 cups of skim milk, .5 tbsp of raw honey and a handful of berries. I feel like I can conquer the world after that.
If I have a active skiing, hiking kayaking or running day, I also put a Tbsp of flax seed in it.

YRBKREP74 SparkPoints: (3,667)
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2/19/13 8:22 P

100-calorie pack of guacamole w/deli-sliced turkey
hard-boiled eggs
12 almonds and an apple
12 almonds and a chobani non-fat yogurt
1 tbsp PNB and an apple or celery sticks

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,427
2/19/13 8:13 P

Greek Yogurt
Laughing Cow cheese wedges
Cheese sticks

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 7,110
2/19/13 6:48 P

i likev a handful of whatever nuts i currently have, plain cherrios. and lots of hot tea

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,410
2/19/13 6:47 P

Really good cheese (not grocery-store blocks of cheddar).

Sure, it's high in fat/calories but if you get a good flavourful cheese, a little goes a long way, either sprinkled on top of soup or pasta or an omelette, or by itself as a fancy little cheese-plate snack. I don't need much - a half-ounce or ounce at a time - to feel very satisfied.

POIROT123 SparkPoints: (17,564)
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2/19/13 6:43 P

Hummus and crackers or red bell pepper strips
Mashed avocado on whole grain toast (It's really good)
Chobani fat free yogurt and fruit, with chia seeds or ground flax seed meal
Almond or cashew butter and apple/banana/triscuits
Turkey Jerky
Hard-boiled egg and pepper
1/2 turkey sandwich with arugala and roasted peppers
Tuna salad and crackers

HEALTHY-SPARK SparkPoints: (43,079)
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2/19/13 6:27 P

There's some great ideas here -- here are some of my staples:
Cut up veggies and roasted red pepper hummus
Low fat cheese sticks
Boiled egg
Teddy grahams for when I just need something like a treat, without a lot of calories
Greek yogurt mixed with either PB or fruit
Oatmeal and PB or fruit.
I also try to work in a serving of fruit in the mid to late afternoon, just before heading home from work.

CHATHOMP Posts: 16
2/19/13 5:52 P

At the start of every week, I boil a bunch of small sweet potatoes and carry a couple with me to work. I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying these savory vegetables, and it fills me up nicely during that inevitable late-afternoon time when I find myself grazing for a snack.

AMYEBEE1924 SparkPoints: (13,117)
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2/19/13 3:15 P

I usually eat 1/4c of almonds every afternoon. They really do make you full and hold my hunger til dinner. I found that if I don't eat them in the afternoon, I am usually eating more than a single portion at dinner and that's not good. These are great alone or add in a serving of your favorite dried fruit to get that extra fruit & veggie serving in for the day. Yummy!

JACQUM01 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/19/13 12:45 P

SPINICH! Funny thing is i dont really like spinich plain but when you add it to things you can't even taste it. I add it to smoothies, pasta dishes, sandwiches(in place of lettuce), and i chop it up and add it to almost every chicken dish i make.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/19/13 11:45 A

I also love zucchini and broccoli, and also asparagus (when it's in season and cheap!) and red bell peppers, either mixed in my dinners (made a pasta last night with a red pepper pesto!) or just eaten by themselves. Also Fuji apples, I've had one almost every day since I started my journey. Nice and sweet, and very filling.

For snack foods, I really like the Kellogg's Fiber Plus bars. I know they're processed and have chemicals in them, but they've really been a lifesaver. They are only 120 calories. They make me feel like I'm eating a cookie or candy bar, so it helps to banish those cravings, while I'm getting in the fiber I need. They also just came out with a 170 calorie version that has 10 grams of protein.

My other new favorite is goat cheese. 1oz is only 70 calories, compared to 100+ of other cheeses, and spread on a few crackers with some fresh cracked pepper makes a really delicious snack. It also is great mixed with hot pasta and a bit of pasta water to make a creamy pasta sauce. Plus, it's great for people who are lactose intolerant as goats milk does not have lactose.

And, I don't eat these much anymore, but when I first started out, the frozen Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers were a godsend for me. My biggest issue was portion control, so these taught me how to feel full and satisfied on a normal portion. I was also working full time and going to school at night when I first started, so having a quick well-rounded meal option was great for me.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,681)
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2/19/13 9:37 A

Zucchini. :) Very versatile stuff, tasty, and can be used either mixed with or as a replacement for pasta for a low-calorie veggie spaghetti.

My other one is broccoli. SUPER filling (seriously, TRY to overeat on it) and any meal I have it with, I eat it FIRST (and go for seconds!) and generally can't go over my calories after.

BOPPY_ SparkPoints: (144,139)
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2/19/13 2:25 A

Do you have some foods that help you to stay within your calories allowances and yet satisfy you?

Some of mine are:

* Low Fat Cheese Sticks -- Metered calories in a easy self-serve package
* 100 Calorie PopSecret -- Metered calories in a fast, delicious, easy to prep package (nukeable)
* 35-calorie a slice bread -- good in a pinch with 9-17 grams of PB, or just plain
- whole wheat
- oatmeal
* Fruit: Grapes, Apples, Oranges, Peaches, Berries, Pears, Nectarines, etc.
* Bite-sized shredded wheat with or without fat-free milk
* Cheerios with or without fat-free milk
* Dried fruit or berries in plain oatmeal
* Nestles Low-Fat Cocoa mix
* Dill pickles (hi in salt, though)
* Pickled green tomatoes (hi in salt, though)

Looking for more. Got any?

Edited by: BOPPY_ at: 2/19/2013 (02:26)
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