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KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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8/2/13 6:33 P

I'm not sure if you noticed, but in both your posts you didn't mention a single veggie snack (not counting the lunch salad). It's easy to lump fruits and veg into one category, but veggies are much lower in calories and the bulk really fills you up. It's hard to eat too many calories of veg, if you can skip/limit the dips. You could easily add carrot sticks, celery, radishes, and snap peas. Even broccoli and cauliflower are great raw. Just make sure at least half of your daily fruits and veg are, in fact, veg.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,091
8/2/13 10:54 A

I'm one of those people that do best with 5 or 6 "mini meals" or "big snacks" each day. so what others may see as snacking, are actually my meals.

I would say that as long as you are losing, keep doing what you are doing. if you find yourself not losing, then change things up.

some of the other snacks I like, are veggies with hummus, apple with peanut butter,

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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8/2/13 7:13 A

I would aim for 8/day of veggies. I consider fruits to be a different category.

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8/1/13 12:45 P

My work snacks are : either, 20 almonds, banana, hard boiled egg, or have avocado. .. These are my most filling in between lunch and dinner snacks..

KATHRYNLOVELY SparkPoints: (872)
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8/1/13 4:33 A

And an apple!

Spirit of accountability and all... emoticon

KATHRYNLOVELY SparkPoints: (872)
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8/1/13 4:19 A

Granola bar is gone, guys! I'm releasing my attachment to it! As are the fruit and nuts.
So, snackage today is pomegranate seeds, banana, Clementine and a mini babybel.

I always have breakfast (after a LONG period of NEVER having breakfast- naughty!) and it's usually a bowl of muesli with soy yoghurt. Or occasionally it's 2 slices of whole grain bread with organic peanut butter and a cup of coffee (always!)

MICHELLEXXXX- I always try to get my minimum fruit and veg, there's always five, usually between 8-10 on a good day. I try to have low fat cheese, avocado (my favourite thing everrrr) and beans/ chickpeas. I'll have a portion of oily fish a week and a portion of lean meat a week. And poached/ scrambled eggs for breakfast of a weekend. That's my veg/ protein/fat profile generally in the week.

And- BUNNYKICKS- thanks for the tracker advice. I was wondering how I could change that so I wasn't showing as 204KGs! Wowza! Thank you :)

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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8/1/13 12:42 A

That's a part of your day. Are you including 8 servings veggies and adequate protein and healthy fats in your remaining calories?

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/31/13 1:51 P

You mention snacks, and a salad for lunch... but you didn't mention breakfast (or lack thereof)... are you also eating breakfast?

I find if I have a decent breakfast (either at home, or packed and brought to eat at my desk early in the day), then I don't feel as "snacky" as I might, if I'd skipped the morning meal. Then again, there's some days that I DO feel "snacky" and start pillaging my lunch bag at 10:30 lol. I think what you need to do is look at the overall calories - is it fitting in your daily range? If yes, then it's just a matter of "timing" and if you prefer to eat a few bites every hours instead of a larger meal every 5 hours, that's a personal-preference thing, if it is working for you and keeping your hunger and craving levels manageable, then hurrah! But if it's consistantly putting you over your ranges, you might wish to reassess, and perhaps swap out some of the more calorie-dense or less-sustaining items (granola bar, i'm looking at you!) for something more nutritious and sustaining.

Edit: by the way, if you want to fix your signature-line tracker, go to Start, from there click the link to account/email preferences. Under Account Preferences, look for the little checkbox called "use the metric system." Uncheck that box. Then your weight loss ticker will show the proper weights.

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 7/31/2013 (13:54)
WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/31/13 1:09 P

For me, that's about 1/3 of my daily calories - which is a lot for snacking.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,252
7/31/13 12:44 P

I don't touch granola bars...sugar and calories...instead maybe try these, they are great on hot days.....

A refreshing low calorie snack, nibble on 1/2 cup of sliced cucumbers for just 8 calories and 2 grams of carb or you can enjoy a snack of 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes for just 13 calories and 2 grams of carb.

Pair the fruit with 0& Fage plain Greek yogurt

Radishes are about as guilt-free as food can get. Each medium-size radish has just 1 calorie and well under half a gram of carb and a 3 inch carrot stick has only 3 calories and less than 1 gram of carb.

1/4 cup of blueberries which has 20 calories and 5 grams of carb.

Kavli Crispy Thin Whole Grain Crispbread...17 calories and 4 grams of carb...add low-fat spreads, salsas, or hummus

Wasa Crisp'n Light 7 Grains cracker bread with 20 calories and 4.5 grams of carb per slice, try reduced fat cream cheese by Laughing Cow with apple slices.

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7/30/13 9:46 A

Thanks for the advice all.

I'll give you an example of my mid-day fooding today!
Pot of pomegranate seeds (100g)= 100 calories
Mini Babybel Light cheese= 43 calories
Banana= 89 calories
Granola Bar= 139 calories
Fruit & Nut pot= 184 calories (I buy these pots pre-made so I know the exact calories! Don't trust myself to dish them out myself!)

Which comes to 555 calories in total... but that's grazing across 4 hours so that I don't eat that amount of calories in chocolate on the bus ride home. Admittedly, I'm not much of a calorie counter, I find it really hard and it tends to make me super-obsessive about food. I like to have a general idea, so this has been a good exercise!

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/30/13 9:41 A

Especially with nuts and dried fruit, you need to measure as they can be quite calorie dense.

Measure and track for a few days and adjust from there.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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7/30/13 9:35 A

Are you staying within your calorie range? Have you considered replacing the bar with some veggies, protein, and/or healthy fat? Are you getting in 8 servings (minimum) veggies daily?

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,267
7/30/13 7:30 A

I'd have to agree, that you'd really need to weigh / measure those snacks at least once, to get an idea of how many calories you're consuming. And then you'd know if it all fits into your meal plan for the day. Just with rough estimates-- your snacks could be at least 850 calories, and could easily be a lot more, depending on what you mean by "a little pot of fruit and nuts" as dried fruit and nuts are calorie dense. A half cup doesn't look like all that much, but it's a LOT of calories.

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7/30/13 4:28 A

Have you measured and added up the total calories of those snacks? If it fits into your calorie needs for the day then it is not too much. Some things such as nuts and dried fruit can add up quick in calories. Have you tried having a more satisfying lunch and less snacks? Does your salad have protein and do you have complex carbs in your diet? You don't want to forget any important nutrients.

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7/30/13 4:01 A

It sounds like you are choosing good snacks to have, but remember, even tho' we may eat very healthily, it can still be too much. That is in fact what happened with me, and the calories weren't even excessive - around 1650-1850 per day, but I still put on weight. I generally eat a few snacks in a day, myself. Others seem to work better on the 3 meals and no snacks. It really comes down to what works best for us as an individual. The think to remember to to ensure that you are within your calorie range and are also in the ranges for carbs/fats/protein.


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7/30/13 3:38 A

Hi everyone,

I wanted to scope some opinions about snacks.

I arm myself with healthy snacks for the day, especially when I'm at my desk in work because that's when I seem to get hungriest/ start day dreaming about food!
I tend to keep 3 servings of fruit, a smoothie, a granola bar and a little pot of fruit & nuts. I basically graze from 11- 3 with a salad for lunch.i do this partly so I get my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and so that I'm never starving and so at risk of going to the vending machine and making an ill informed choice at 2pm!

My question is, is this too much? Am I eating too much, even though they're healthy snacks? I tend not to worry because its fruit and nuts and I'd rather go over my cals on healthy food that be starving or risk eating sh*t. I exercise 3x a week and walk for my lunch break.

Any thoughts? Thanks all :)

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