CMKACK1211 many years ago I heard an idea that I've always wanted to try but never did. take a can of italian green beans, drain well. lay them in a single layer on a baking tray and bake at 250 til crisp. salt them and eat like chips. now this was many years ago so I might have forgotten some steps.
to start with, I'd probably spray the pan with pam, and maybe spray it on the beans after baking, so the salt will stick. or toss with oil before starting to bake them possibly.
Great ideas here! Does anyone have any natural non-processed snack ideas that don't contain dairy, raw fruits or vegetables (cooked and canned are fine), or nuts? I have a stomach issue so snacking natural has been challenging. I also can't have artificial sugars.
Lately I like fat free lunch meat wrapped in provolone cheese, sometimes with craisins in it. So yummy! Always fruit or yogurt, but right now I'm going low-carb, so I've been eating low-fat protein snacks. Eggs are great too.
Ditto what others have said, but I also make real food my snacks: 1/2 of a roasted sweet potatoe, leftover chicken or veggies from the previous night, brown rice and beans w/ avocado and tomatoes, raw veggies prepped days in advance: cucumbers, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, etc. I think I have switched from "snacking" to eating 6 mini meals a day. That's just what works for me. I don't necessarily eat more during the "regular" meals.
I also can't abide the cost of those snack packs, etc so I stick to what I've been snacking on since I was a kid: cut up fruits and veggies, hardboiled eggs, bread with a smidge of butter, air popped popcorn, and string cheese. I never really get bored of fruit, though. I rotate the fruits pretty frequently depending on what's on sale. Also as far as hummus, my farmer's market makes about 10 different kinds so by the time I'm eating a particular combo it's usually been several weeks since I've eaten the exact same combo.
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Hard boiled eggs Cheese sticks Nuts berries and yogurt fresh fruit laughing cow cheese on celery apples or banana w/a little pb cucumbers (w/ or without feta), marinated in vinegar. Egg white w/spinach and cheese on whole wheat toast Kashi Cereal
My favorite snacks are sweet cherries, celery with organic peanut butter with a sprinkling of splenda, homemade guacamole on whole grain crackers, baby carrots and dark ( more than 70% cocoa ) chocolate.
When I used to work 10-12 hour days in retail (where taking a lunch break meant losing money), I would snack all day instead of siting down for a meal. I know a lot of diet gurus don't agree with this (sit down, enjoy every bite for 20 mins), but that's not always possible in the real world. I would pack my entire day's worth of food in my lunchbox (usually the same everyday) and eat every 1-2 hours when I had a few minutes. I lost 30+ pounds this way (before I had a baby and gained it back by re-adopting old eating habits):
-a Lara, Pria, or Clif bar (breakfast driving to work - processed, but no HFCS) -1 or 2 hardboiled eggs -sliced tomatoes or cucumbers w/feta, or 1/3 avocado -greek yogurt or plain Dannon with stevia -garbanzo beans (chickpeas) with lemon juice -string cheese -high-fiber crackers (measured) -an apple or orange -a Lean Cuisine (dinner on evening shifts) -30 seasoned almonds -sugar-free jello (processed, yes, but sometimes we need dessert!)
If I wanted a snack at night when I came home, I'd usually eat 1 cup of dry Kashi GoLean cereal.
If you're into mini-meals as snacks, I find an easy one is to take a small skinless/boneless chicken breast and microwave it on a plate for 5 mins, take it out, add frozen vegetables, then microwave for 2 more minutes. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and a little butter for the veggies. Easy and healthy!
Fruit (all kinds) and dipping sauce. Dipping Sauce (can be adjusted to suit palette): 8 oz. plain yogurt 2 oz. brown sugar 2 tbls. orange juice Mix well to blend and dissolve sugar. Refrigerate. Keeps for about one week.
There's a fruit dip I just made that is delicious and it is "adjustable" depending on how far your want to extend your definition of "processed"... You take 2/3 c of nonfat cream cheese, 1 cup of pumpkin puree (I make my own each fall with the pie pumpkins you can buy then, and then freeze it in 1 cup containers...It's perfect to use all year in recipes like this) OR you can use canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup of maple syrup (the REAL thing!! or else you can substitute 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar), 1 tsp cinnamon and you mix it all up til it's kind of fluffy with a hand mixer...it has 30 calories per tbsp...I find that to slather it generously on the slices of a good sized apple it takes about 2 Tbsp's but you could get away with one. It's also great on pears. I have a thousand different whole food snacks I make...I collect recipes like that....But this is one I've just discovered and it's great when you want something sweet.
Spice up your fruits with a chocolate fruit smoothie. 1 part frozen sliced banana, 1 part frozen cherries, 1 Tbsp (10 calories) cocoa powder, and just enough milk to blend the mix. Talk about feeling spoiled :)
1 Tbsp natural peanut butter on a plain salt-free rice cracker (35 calories) or a slice of whole wheat bread. Or just plain almonds.
Fage 0% yogurt and flaxmeal with slivered almonds. Ezekial cereal also contributes a nice crunch and is pretty wholesome, even though it comes in a box.
Beans. Make a batch in the crockpot over the weekend and grate a little cheese over the top. Mixing these with salsa or chopped veggies is a great way to add even more nutrition.
A slice of chicken or tuna with cheese on a cracker. Again, you can up the nutrition with baby spinach.
I could probably sit here and throw out ideas all day :)
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Fresh fruit and veggies cottage cheese hard boiled eggs tuna (I know most people probably dont eat that as a snack) I too try to cut back on the processed crap food that doesnt really do much for my body but I also try and enjoy a small portion of these kind of goodies a day. Thats my treat!
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I do my own chips, cutting pieces of pita bread previously wet with a little extra virgin olive oil and sparkled some yummy spices like turmeric, cumin, cilantro, paprika over them. Bake 7 min at 350F in oven and enjoy with homemade dip : light mayo, yogurt with fresh cut scallop... mmmm! Hot air popcorn does it also for me.
Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt - I like the Fage brand best - with diced fruit. Delicious! I also like a banana with 1 tablespoon almond butter on it. If you like 100-calorie packs, get the natural almond 100-cal packs. And how about Lara bars? Yes, they're processed, but they usually have only two or three ingredients, and all of them are food - no artificial preservatives, etc. I also like fruit smoothies. There are a lot of good, healthy snack options out there!
Hmm - I'd say yogurt, but isn't that processed, unless you make your own? I do enjoy yogurt, hummus, other bean dips, lots of cut-up veggies. I am not all that fond of fruit myself (no sweet tooth), so for me the snacks have to be savoury. I wind up with chips way too often, so to mitigate that, I've been eating corn chips with the salsas and dips, or carrots or celery sticks.
Oatmeal can be a go-to snack if it's a cool/cold day, but I find it's too much for summer.
Hmm - I'll be watching this space - looks like I need some better suggestions myself! :)
I'm not much of a snacker but some of my go to things when I need to snack are hard boiled eggs, small pieces of fruit (clementines, 1/2 an apple), 1 oz of nuts, low-fat cheese, Wasa crispbreads with hummus is great for a crunch & low sodium, nitrate free lunch meat.
I really love sliced apples, pears or peaches with a tablespoon of almond butter. Elegant and satisfying!
And here's an interesting combo I just learned about: watermelon cubes and feta cheese, little chunks. I love the sweet and salty combination. You get all the good minerals and fluids of watermelon and a little dose of protein and calcium with the feta. It's easy to make, easy to carry in a container, and people always ask what you're eating!
I've just started, but a few things I like are; hard boiled eggs (I do a big batch and keep them in the fridge peeled in a covered bowl of water-the kids like them too). Those cocoa roasted almonds are so yummy. I also like dates with an almond or two stuffed into it. I too like hummus with veggies or pita bread. Frozen grapes. Yogurt frozen into those plastic popsicle molds. Sometimes even pretzels sticks dipped into natural peanut butter and Nutella.
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Fruit! I love the "portable" stuff - bananas, pears, apples, oranges....as well as berries.
I also like the 100 calorie packs of almonds - they keep me full but provide a good dose of healthy fats.
Oooh, and greek yogurt. So much protein! Try the kind by Chobani (peach, specifically).
Okay. So I decided I needed to cut down on processed foods. That includes my snacks! I am good about eating wholesome meals, but snacks are usually processed foods. 100 Calorie Snack Packs, Pretzels, Chex Mix, Skinny Cow Ice Cream, Bagel Chips, etc.
Sure, they're better for you than chips and cookies. Sure, I stay in my calorie ranges. However, what do they do for my body? Not much! I want to cut back on my empty calories.
However, I am having a hard time snacking! I don't want to slave over snacks. I want grab and go. I cook 3 meals a day. That's enough for me. Fruit and veggies get old.
So, what do you snack on? What are your wholesome snack foods?
Some of my favorites are dry roasted edamame, hummus and veggies, and air popped popcorn. I need more variety! There's a ton of variety in convenience food snacking, but what about wholesome snacking?
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