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JFREDERICK11 Posts: 800
8/19/11 6:24 A

almonds, walnuts, cashews and cereal

LENOREMM SparkPoints: (10,790)
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Posts: 72
8/19/11 3:47 A

carrots, yogurt, canned fish, chicken stock, frozen spinach, canned beans, canned tomatoes, almonds, bananas, crisp bread, peanut butter. Lemons, chilis, parsley. Oatmeal!

XIUXIE SparkPoints: (0)
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8/19/11 3:31 A

Spinach, bell peppers, oats, bananas, apples, peanut butter, cottage cheese, olive oil, garlic, cashews, chicken breasts, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, quinoa, coffee, skim milk, fresh basil

Plenty of things taste as good as being skinny feels. :)
DHALYIA Posts: 374
8/19/11 2:06 A

Bananas, apples, lite canned peaches, decaf tea, quinoa, chicken, and spinach

TEDRALEW Posts: 318
8/19/11 12:22 A

Eggs, peanut butter, wheat bread, apples, flax and...........crystal light

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KTERRY75 SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 61
8/19/11 12:14 A

soy milk,dark chocolate minis,chicken salad,greek salads

8/18/11 9:30 P


SCORPIOLILY16 SparkPoints: (14,101)
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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

ASTROSHEIL SparkPoints: (13,641)
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Posts: 757
8/18/11 7:33 P

tuna cups, bagged romaine, cherry tomatoes, laughing cow cheese, yogurt, bananas, apples, country light bread. fat free milk,

8/18/11 7:03 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.

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REAL5211 Posts: 195
8/18/11 6:47 P

energy bars
protein bars
center cut bacon

TANGLEDBELLE SparkPoints: (6,987)
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8/18/11 6:33 P

Breakstone's 100 Calorie Cottage Doubles
skim milk
almond milk
reduced fat peanut butter
Luna bars
Lean Cuisines
reduced fat cheese
Wonder Smart Whole Wheat bread
dark chocolate chips
Yoplait light
baby spinach

4AMAZINGME Posts: 3,653
8/18/11 6:32 P

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DUSTEDB SparkPoints: (0)
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8/18/11 6:04 P

fresh fruits and veggies

BASTET2 Posts: 2,461
8/18/11 6:03 P

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".

FRAGILEWRITER SparkPoints: (5,132)
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8/18/11 5:08 P

Spices, Herbs
Onions-Mushrooms-Red Peppers
Tofu-Tempeh-Soya Milk
Nuts, Beans
Decaffeinated Espresso-Green Tea
Caramel Rice Cakes
Peanut Butter
Red Wine!!!!

Fairy Tidbits and Dewdrops
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8/18/11 5:08 P

Canned beans
canned tomatoes
olive or canola oil
Whole wheat bread product (english muffins or bread) - I store this frozen
Whatever veggies are on sale that week
Chicken (I will skin it, but I like thighs more than boneless skinless breasts)

MOVINGON45 Posts: 53
8/18/11 4:49 P

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.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (295,410)
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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.

Edited by: REBCCA at: 8/18/2011 (21:36)
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WILLBTHIN6 Posts: 25
8/18/11 3:51 P

2% cottage cheese, cheese sticks, smoked almonds, fresh fruit, wheat thins, lean cuisine meals, mints and gum

JRG208 Posts: 954
8/18/11 3:50 P


AMFETZ21 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/18/11 3:46 P

quinoa, chicken, spinach, tomatoes, garlic and lots of fresh fruit

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LAETU5 Posts: 1,405
8/18/11 2:34 P

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

frozen fish and 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)

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ICEBOYKOLD SparkPoints: (27,664)
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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.

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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.

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8/18/11 2:15 P

Frozen veggies for quick meals, homemade granola bars, rice, and green tea are things I always have on hand

SHRINKINMAMMA SparkPoints: (2,487)
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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.

Good luck!

Edited by: SHRINKINMAMMA at: 8/18/2011 (14:02)
HAPPYDUTCH SparkPoints: (1,165)
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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.

Plain Yoghurt

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.

Good luck!

LIVINGPROOF006 Posts: 918
8/18/11 1:03 P

I always keep greek yogurt on hand. And fresh fruits and melons. I love melons!!! Oh and steel cut oatmeal

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8/18/11 12:48 P

Oh! I always keep broccoli, greek yogurt, tortillas (la tortilla factory 100 calorie!), eggs, 2% mozzarella

8/18/11 12:48 P

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.

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DEE0973 Posts: 1,517
8/18/11 12:44 P

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

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VINTAGEMISS SparkPoints: (0)
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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.

Thats all I got for now.

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JDB1601 Posts: 3,711
8/18/11 12:20 P

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!


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SOXYINMO Posts: 1,979
8/18/11 12:02 P

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!

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HAPPYFATTY2 SparkPoints: (6,650)
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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.

8/18/11 11:51 A

Carrots and low fat string cheese. I love Sargento string cheese. 50 calories and 6 grams protein

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HIKELUV Posts: 177
8/18/11 11:32 A

Staples for cooking and salads: canned beans, canned diced tomatoes, chicken breasts, fresh veggies, brown rice, quinoa, limes/lemons, purple onions, fresh fruit, eggs, reduced fat cheese

Quick meal builders: favorite salads (carrot/cashew, beet/apple, quinoa tabouleh, black bean fiesta), savory waffles (recipe from Cooking for Isaiah), turkey meatballs, GF pasta, turkey breakfast sausage, chicken breasts, canned tuna, peanut butter (for spicy peanut sauce - good over veg, tofu, chicken, etc.)

Quick grab and go protein/snacks: hardboiled eggs, Greek yogurt, quinoa salad, Two Moms in the Raw bars and nut truffles, soy joy bars, Kind nut bars

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8/18/11 11:16 A

I always have fresh fruit, greek yogurt and raw vegetables in the house.

SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
8/18/11 11:13 A

I keep cottage cheese and unsweetened applesauce !

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MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (148,803)
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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.

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FITJANE6 SparkPoints: (14,609)
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8/18/11 10:54 A

Whatever fruits and veggies you know you'll grab when you open the fridge.

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!

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8/18/11 10:45 A

For snacking, I like to keep baby carrots and strawberries at home.

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MSGNOME Posts: 555
8/18/11 10:42 A

I always try to have salad, granola bars, yogourt and fruit around.

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8/18/11 10:22 A


Dehydrated coconut flakes (amazing with some dark chocolate)
Spicy pumpkin seeds
Unsalted nuts
Popcorn kernels
85% Dark Chocolate
Cocoa Powder (for frozen hot chocolate...yummmm)
Chunky and Smooth unsalted Peanut Butter
Sunflower seeds
Salad fixins' -

Roasted chick peas

Ya, I'm a total snack FIEND lol... emoticon

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GINGERBREAD22 Posts: 283
8/18/11 10:11 A

Special K Protein Bars, Cow Pal Twirl cheese sticks, fresh pears, Cinnamon Blast Cheerios, extra-lean ground turkey, sandwich thins, Crystal Lite, red seedless grapes, skim milk.

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YISMET Posts: 364
8/18/11 9:41 A

My snacks are normally some combination of :
Cottage Cheese (pref. low sodium)
Greek Yogurt
Unsalted pretzels
Natural Peanut Butter
Chocolate Powder for chocolate milk (great for after hard workouts!)
Popcorn kernels for air-popping

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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.

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8/18/11 9:21 A

Here are my staples:

Eggs (quick, easy and yummy a number of different ways)
Lettuce (varying kinds)
Chicken breast
Cottage Cheese (low fat or fat free)
Snow peas, sugar peas or snap
Bell Peppers
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.

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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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