Fitness Minutes: (11,700)
66 8/18/11 7:35 P
I've found my problem has always been healthy snacking, so having some portion controled snack packs are great.. Planters NutRition Heart Healthy mix pks Lite Mini Baby Bell cheeses Ritz Crackerfuls granola bars "snackable" fruits - cherries; blueberries, grapes - frozen they make a great summer treat! mini shredded wheat Always on hand too... skim milk low- / non-fat greek yogurt & local honey peanut butter mini cans of tuna
Fitness Minutes: (638)
757 8/18/11 7:33 P
chicken, canned tuna in water, frozen veggies, brown rice, oats, corn tortillas, canned beans (always drain and rinse before using), frozen berries (no added sugar), natural peanut butter, ground cinnamon, and any fresh fruit that is in season. For emergencies (too tired to cook), healthy frozen dinners.
Lavash Bread Light wheat bread/ hamburger buns Reduced fat triscuits green olives Cooked sliced ham frozen chicken breasts fresh veggies and mushrooms fat free cheddar cheese and sour cream Reduced fat peanut butter skinny cow ice cream/ fun size candy bars (for occassional treats) almond milk minute rice cups (wild rice is my favorite) 93/7 lean ground beef all condiments are low fat or low sugar, including mayonnaise Chicken and beef broths Proscuito (for when I need a "luscious snack".
Fitness Minutes: (2,315)
510 8/18/11 5:08 P
Canned beans canned tomatoes garlic Onion olive or canola oil milk eggs Whole wheat bread product (english muffins or bread) - I store this frozen Carrots Whatever veggies are on sale that week Chicken (I will skin it, but I like thighs more than boneless skinless breasts) Potatoes
Metamucil free & clear (tasteless, and you can stir it into anything, hot or cold). Really important for me to get a lot of fiber, and this is so easy, and helps me when I'm running a little behind.
Fitness Minutes: (164,013)
20,875 8/18/11 4:46 P
nutritional yeast, jalapenos food processed with goat cheese, coffee, soy milk, plain yogurt, fresh and frozen organic produce, organic barley and brown rice, Kashi Good Friends and Go Lean cereals, Kavli rye crackers, walnuts, pistachios, olive oil, baslamic vinegar, organic dry beans, oatmeal, honey, almond butter, extreme dark chocolate, and lots of herbs and spices.
Snacks: Popcorn - air popped then spray it with vinegar, w/ a bit of salt and pepper (good if you like salt and vinegar chips)
Fruits/Berries both frozen and fresh
string cheese sticks
Edamame (soy beans) in shells - frozen in ready to microwave packages
Dinner: frozen fish and chicken...you can get is already frozen or freeze it yourself; to make it easy for dinner make sure it is separated into individual pieces rather than frozen into a block.
Frozen veggies; ready to steam bags cost a bit more but are fast; i get both kinds.
Misc Staples: Eggs, Potatoes, Whole Wheat Pasta, large assortment of herbs, tobasco sauce, plain greek yogurt, real cheese slices (some of the cheap cheese is not really cheese)
Fitness Minutes: (17,598)
253 8/18/11 2:25 P
Lettuce and non-fat dressing. It's filling and low cal (and hydrating), so you don't have to feel guilty. It's my between meal snack when I want to snack but shouldn't.
Fitness Minutes: (11,255)
592 8/18/11 2:19 P
Skim milk, eggs, frozen vegetables, bread, some kind of fruit (if possible), some kind of meat (either fresh or frozen lean ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken, tuna, etc), oats, low fat cheese. If I have this stuff, I can make breakfast, lunch, or dinner, no problem.
Frozen veggies for quick meals, homemade granola bars, rice, and green tea are things I always have on hand
Fitness Minutes: (1,523)
40 8/18/11 2:00 P
Oat bran cereal, berries of all kinds, tons of veggies (I always have a container of cut up veggies in the fridge), fruits, string cheese (great for portion control!), salsa, Ryvita whole grain crisp breads, yogurt, skim milk, tea, and ice...I love lots of ice in my water, it encourages me to drink it more often.
Edited by: SHRINKINMAMMA at: 8/18/2011 (14:02)
Fitness Minutes: (1,512)
15 8/18/11 1:15 P
Frozen Vegetables, but not stir-fry ones, all seperatly. I find that this way I keep my kids happy with variety everyday, and my self too!
Whole wheat bread and cheese.
Fruit as well, but be careful not to eat too much fruit as snacks, they contain lots of natural sugars. Pick fresh veggies instead to snack on. Celery, carrots etc.
I always have Pure Protein 100% whey protein shake mix and light chocolate silk soy milk on hand for an after gym shake or a quick smoothie mixed with a banana and/or peanut butter. I have fallen in love with pan steamed plantains (I don't cook them until the skin is mostly black, much sweeter this way)
Im a newbie of a "chef" so I am still getting used to experimenting with foods. I love the microwave steamed veggie bags, they are so quick, low in sodium, and come in so many different varieties. I have also perfected brown rice cooked in a rice cooker so I always have that cooked and ready to eat as leftovers with some lean protein. DELISH!!
Fiber one bars are so delicious and are a great filling snack.
fresh fruits, beans, frozen vegetables, whole wheat/grain pasta, brown rice, couscous, eggs, low fat cheeses, milk and yogurts, nuts, avacados, salsa, lean protein including (fish, turkey, chicken, pork, beef) if that's your thing. Hope this helped, good luck on your journey
Fitness Minutes: (6,952)
67 8/18/11 12:31 P
I always have oatmeal and yogurt (to make parfaits with some fruit or cheaters muesli: stir together half a cup of old fashioned oats, 1/2 a cup of plain nonfat yogurt, and 1/2 a cup of diced fruit. Keep in fridge overnight and bam, no fuss breakfast.)
I also like to make brown rice in bulk and store it in the fridge or freezer to use as needed.
Veggies and chicken for stirfrys.
Bananas, apples, and oranges. Skim milk. Whole wheat crackers. Peanut butter. Eggs. Frozen veggies. Beans (canned or dry: I make a batch of the dry ones then freeze for later). Lentils. Split peas. Cottage Cheese. Edamame.
String cheese and fresh fruit are must haves in my house! For a quick snack I grab a string cheese and an apple or some grapes. For cooking, I make sure I always have boneless skinless chicken.... I can make that into sooo much! Bbq chicken, chicken tacos, chicken parmesan, spicy salsa chicken..... my list goes on! I also like having couscous around, I have been using that more than rice!
I think snacks are the trickiest when you're getting started. Others have said it, but I'll concur : Strawberries & String Cheese are great! Strawberries are low in calories and string cheese is high in protein!
Another good thing is DRIED fruit! Brother's All Natural is good. Nice combination of low-cal and CRUNCH!
Good luck on your journey!
Fitness Minutes: (4,613)
13 8/18/11 11:55 A
I think having breakfast food ALWAYS available is really good, that way, even if you need to run to the store, you won't go on an empty stomach. So I'm never without: -wasa crackers -lowfat cottage cheese -fresh fruit -skim milk
And I always have lots of different teas around for the evening. Fresh vegetables are good to have as well, for quick sautee dinners or snacks, as long as they're something you'd eat raw (carrots, celery, cucumbers).
And leftovers! I save last night's dinner for today's lunch and it's an easy, guaranteed meal that I don't have to think about, plan or buy.
I keep cottage cheese and unsweetened applesauce !
Fitness Minutes: (74,991)
7,444 8/18/11 10:56 A
Great question! For me, I always have the following on hand...
Breakfast - all bran cereal, eggs or egg substitutes, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt
Lunch - low fat, low salt (in Canada, I use PC blue menu choices) cold cuts, ryevita or other whole wheat flatbreads, whole wheat pita, tomatoes, cucumber, low sodium canned fish, low sodium baked beans
Dinner - boneless, skinless chicken; salmon steaks or fillets, unbreaded frozen fish, pork chops or tenderloin with all visible fat removed, extra lean ground beef
Snacks - peppermint tea, lemon or lime juice to add to water sometimes, L'Arabars, dried apricots and prunes, almonds, walnuts, fresh fruit, baby carrots and hummus
Hope some of these suggestions help; we aren't big beef eaters, but do like an occasional meatloaf of shepherd's pie (using Chef Meg's recipes, which are great) from time to time. Good luck on your journey - SP really does work, and I've met some wonderful people online.
Fitness Minutes: (11,186)
301 8/18/11 10:54 A
Whatever fruits and veggies you know you'll grab when you open the fridge. Yogurt.
Also, I always plan out what we're having for dinner through the week before I go to the store, and make sure to have the ingredients I need before the day I need it so there aren't any excuses to go out to eat or order a pizza!
Fitness Minutes: (3,557)
3,539 8/18/11 10:45 A
For snacking, I like to keep baby carrots and strawberries at home.
My snacks are normally some combination of : Cottage Cheese (pref. low sodium) Greek Yogurt Unsalted pretzels Nuts Natural Peanut Butter Celery Chocolate Powder for chocolate milk (great for after hard workouts!) Popcorn kernels for air-popping
Fitness Minutes: (15,376)
1,939 8/18/11 9:33 A
When I think about foods to always have available, I think of emergency snacks or emergency cravings busters that I will not actually crave directly. And, they have to store well because I don't actually have cravings very often lately. Nuts! They keep well, they are generally good for me and they can be a complete meal in a pinch. And, I don't generally crave them enough to raid the nut stores. Yes, they are high in calories, but considering that they will kill a Ding Dong craving faster than lightning, well worth it.
Fitness Minutes: (80)
14 8/18/11 9:21 A
Here are my staples:
Eggs (quick, easy and yummy a number of different ways) Lettuce (varying kinds) Onions Potatoes Mushrooms Chicken breast Cottage Cheese (low fat or fat free) Snow peas, sugar peas or snap Broccoli Bell Peppers Garlic Better Than Bouillion Chicken Fruit and berries
With those ingredients, I can do omelets, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs over salad (or chicken over salad), stir fry (I eat a lot of stir fry), twice baked potatoes (using cottage cheese in them), quick veggie soup, cottage cheese with fruit or berries, etc. I also keep a wide variety of spices in my house, to jazz up my meals a numbr of ways.
Fitness Minutes: (52)
3 8/18/11 8:46 A
I started Spark on Tuesday and we are doing our shopping today so I was wondering what are some main foods to always keep on hand for quick meals and snacks?
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