These are some great ideas. I just can't get down with the packaged snacks and protein bars, though. They don't seem to satisfy my cravings and don't make me feel full, and they're pretty expensive both in terms of money and calories. Please feel freel to tell me I'm wrong about this, and introduce me to the magical brand of protein bar/granola invention/fiberous yummy that will change my mind! I haven't given up the search yet (Mini Clif bars have come the closest so far). I haven't heard of Earth Summit but will be on the lookout for those.
Anyway . . . for snacks I like to incorporate both carbs/fiber and protein. I'm always low on my protein intake it seems, so if I don't get it in my snacks I don't stand a chance of making my goal. My favorites are 10 baby carrots with either 2 Tbs hummus or a mini babybel light cheese (or both, which is still well under 200 calories), an apple with 2 oz of deli turkey, a serving of reduced fat Triscuits and a wedge of laughing cow (I like garlic and herb flavor), an ounce of Emerald cocoa roast almonds, by themselves or with 2 Sunsweet Ones prunes, or a small banana with one Tbs of peanut butter (especially if it's Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter . . . it will change your life).
2 oz turkey breast, ½ Green Apple and 1 Tbs Natural Peanut Butter. Light Provolone, 3 whole grain crackers, 2 oz roast beef Low Carb Yogurt (Kroger brand has 8grams protein and 4g carbs @ 60cals- LOVE IT), 20 Raw Almonds ½ cup Cottage Cheese, 3 Whole Grain Crackers Whey Protein Shake with ½ Skim Milk and 4 Strawberries Plate full of veggies (mushrooms, celery, cucumber, baby carrots) 1 Tbs reduced fat chive & Onion Cream Cheese, 2 oz Turkey Breast
All around or under 200 calories. I could keep going… :)
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6 reduced fat triscuits. 1 mini babybel lite and 20 grapes, 5 strawberries or 1/4 cup of blueberries. Yum!
Costco has the mini babybels and they make your snacks feel so elegant.
1) a small banana with 1 tbsp almond butter (Justin's Maple AB is so tasty) 2) a greek yogurt parfait! 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt with blueberries and 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, sweetened with 1/2 tbsp agave nectar (or stevia, or whatever you want). I water down the yogurt and it thickens back up because of the flax! it makes a huuge serving if you add water, the let it sit a few minutes to thicken. yumm protein and dessert all in one!
huge tip: if you don't have a food scale yet, GET ONE! mine was only $25 from amazon. it makes measuring sooo much easier to just throw 100g yogurt, 50g blueberries, 7g flax and 10g agave nectar in a bowl, rather than measuring and washing each thing!
Edited by: ALBERTINE58 at: 3/2/2012 (01:40)
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I love the SparkPeople Easy Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookies. 80 calories each and oh so rich and chocolatey!!! The recipe is 1 box of chocolate cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin and chocolate chips. You can have 1 cookie and a glass of 1 % milk and your chocolate craving is satisfied!!!
I love to take a few celery stick, divide a wedge or two of laughing cow between them and then wrap each one in a 98% fat free thin sliced deli meat, great protein snack and crunchy enough to stop the cravings...and super yummy! I make up a bunch of them and have them in a container in the fridge for when the "I want something now" urge happens :)
2 Ryvita crackers (80 calories) and two triangles of low fat Laughing Cow (45 calories)
I'll have a small apple or half a large apple if I want add more to my snack.
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Banana Smoothie: Medium Banana 1 Cup Spinach 1 Cup Silk Soymilk - Light - Vanilla Blend!
I like bananas, so I don't mind this basic smoothie. :) Easy, filling, and only about 185 calories. (Two easy servings of fruits/veggies....you don't even taste the spinach!)
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yellow corn tortillas with 1/2 slice Kraft/Kroger 2% cheese slices, toasted grated onion on top is even better grated onion and chopped jalapeño is even better Goodness! There's no onion emoticon. What's that about?
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I've got a wicked sweet tooth, lately my go to snack has been berries with greek yogurt and honey dip: 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, a few large strawberries sliced, 2 TBSP non-fat plain greek yogurt and 1 tsp honey. It comes out to under 100 cal. and makes a very large snack. If I've been really good, I add a little dark chocolate.
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I ADORE a lender's thin whole wheat bagel spread with neufchatel cheese. That's 174 calories, and a serving of whole grain!
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Almonds, they fill me up
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Anytime I need something a little on the salty side, I always go for a dill pickle spear. Only 5 calories and full of crunchy, cool refreshment- woo hoo!
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Amen to the FiberOne brownies. Love 'em, and at 90 calories its a great way to curb a craving for sweets or chocolate!
Mine seems to be fruit and 10 grams of almonds or walnuts
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I just had this last night and loved it. I'm an ice cream addict so I'm always looking for alternatives that are good. I took a low fat, reduced sugar chocolate "fudgy" (100 calories from Aldi's store), took it off the stick and put it in a small sundae bowl. I added low fat whipped topping.It came to about 130 calories and was so yummy. It looked like a sundae and tasted just as good.
I also like sugar free chocolate pudding and fiber one brownies.
Lately, my go-to snack of choice has been either a low-fat cheese stick (1 oz.) or a half-ounce of almonds (about 10-12), plus a piece of fruit (I'm obsessed with Cara Cara oranges right now--they are amazing!). It comes to about 150-200 calories, and is very satisfying. All of the components are also easily packed and portable, quick to throw in my work bag and go.
If I'm home, my standby is an apple with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter. So good!
1 cup of Lowfat strawberry kefir (140 cal) blended with 10 slightly frozen strawberries (37ish cals). Mega protein from the kefir and a serving of fruit in a delicious smoothie all for less than 200 cals. Can't beat it!
I'm a sweets junkie so I usually have either a Fiber One with 90 calories or a Vitalicious mini or muffin top for 50 or 100 pts. PNB on a graham cracker is a good one too. When I'm being good, I will eat grapes for something sweet.......A cup of coffee with a little unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk works for me too. 1 Cup of the Almond Milk is only 40 calories......
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I love crunchy and sweet snacks (which is how I got here). I love Nature Valley Granola Thins; they satisfy my sweet craving and are only 90 calories. Skinny Cow has great ice cream and they also have a fairly new line of candy bars that are outstanding.
An apple and a piece of string cheese (I currently like the mozzarella/cheddar swirl kind)
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Hi, Congratulations to every one for doing a great job!! Even if you slip, like I did (quit smoking cigarettes) which added 16lbs back to the pounds I lost. Not to worry, lost 16lbs + I am addicted to Skinny Cow Ice-Cream cones. I love all of Skinny Cows products. The draw back, it's so expensive. This luxury I wait till it goes on sale
I like 2 tbs of hummus (about 50 calories), 6 baby carrots (30) and an ounce of part skim mozzarella (70)
Total is 150 calories. I dip the carrots in the hummus.
Also I love Larabars. They are all around 200 calories each.
2 graham crackers with 1 tbs peanut butter is just over 200 calories.
A bowl of quick oats oatmeal and a half a banana is about 200 calories.
A small green salad with light salad dressing and 1/2 cup chick peas is about 200 calories depending on the salad dressing used and how much. I use litehouse balsamic vinegarette (1 tbs is 50 calories).
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