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Filling low calorie foods

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I am always searching for low calorie but very satisfying low calorie food. I don't snack anymore so that is a good thing but I do look for meals I can eat that are high volume and satisfying. I was eating a lot of egg whites but got tired of them. And of course down here they don't sell the great egg whites in cartons that are so easy to prepare......we have to separate the eggs....I know it's not that big of a deal. And here I am so very lucky as we have these wonderful Nopal Tortillas that are like 5 inches and only 24 calories each. They aren't good unless you crisp them up but they are really tasty when crisp. Anyway, just sitting here this morning thinking of new ideas for some meals. I think I will go back to having some more salads with grilled veggies. I used to really like them.
Anyway, looking to get out of my rut of eating the same thing.
So what's your favorite high volume low calorie meal?

I definately need to eat light today as long as no "surprises" come up as we ended up eating out again yesterday with friends that stopped over so I am a half pound over goal....110.5...working to get under goal again so that I can go out to eat and spluge on my birthday.
Hope you all are doing great today.
Make it a great day.
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  • IRP1114
    Good for you in looking to keep it fresh and interesting. Hm. Well aside from greens. I think my favorite lower calorie foods to use would be things like radishes they make salads very big with hardly any calories. You mentioned you can get greek yogurt now. Maybe you can experiment with that option? I am sure spark has lots of recipes using it :-)
    1346 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks for the info!!!! emoticon
    1347 days ago
    An egg with a slice of whole grain (high fiber) toast will keep me full for a long time. Don't forget beans. I add kidney and/or black beans to a lot of stuff, salad, soups, stews, omelettes. Great protein and fiber.
    1348 days ago
    the veggie suggestions are great & do have a whole egg
    1348 days ago
    U got this Sallie!!! I am on a Boca burger over load, they are soy Burgers and tatste so good! I also have some soup with them and it hits the spot! Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m
    1348 days ago
    You've still got a week togo and you will get
    under goal by then. Vegetables are very good
    and if you have red bell peppers and eggplant,
    (roasted or grilled), left over put them in a salad. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1349 days ago
    1349 days ago
    I've come to the conclusion that the major benefit of vegetables is that they're filling for not very many calories. The filling power is greater if you eat them with a little bit of protein and/or fat, but the veggies provide bulk. Not that I eat a lot of veggies; I'm more into fruits, which have more sugar and more calories than veggies. But I need to eat a lot of calories to support my running habit, so getting my fiber from fruit isn't a problem.

    If you're tired of egg whites, why not eat the whole egg? A large egg is only 70 calories, and on your calorie limit you won't be eating enough eggs for the cholesterol to be a problem. That, and most of the fat in the egg is unsaturated fats. Eggs are one of the things I go to when the nutrition tracker tells me I need to eat more fat, as most of the stuff I eat other than eggs, almonds, and my Taco Bell indulgence is pretty low fat.
    1349 days ago
    It's a good idea changing it up. You don't want to get in a rut.
    1349 days ago
    I just started this & it is very very filling !!

    1 6 oz. fat free Greek yogurt ( there are different flavors )
    1 cup of cold water
    1 cup of frozen fruit
    1 banana
    2 tablespoons if chia seeds
    sprinkle some cinnamon in mixture
    put in blender & put on whip
    this is so filling because of the chia seeds makes you stay full for sometime.

    I also take vegetables ,plus whole sweet potatoes mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil on the vegetables & bake at 250 for 6 hours .When they are done they are so caramelized & oh so sweet. I use every imaginable vegetable parsnips, chunks of cabbage also. I have this all week in between when I am hungry or want to nibble I put some on a plate & microwave for a couple minutes.
    Take care
    1349 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2013 6:51:03 PM
    Happy Birthday.
    1349 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    If you do find other alternatives please share. I am always on the lookout for filling low-calorie foods. BTW, I am so jealous of your nopal tortillas. I have looked everywhere for these and have yet to find them! :(
    But I will keep looking!
    1349 days ago
    I hear ya, Sallie! I, too, am trying to get a pound or two under goal, so that I can go out for Mexican food on my birthday, the 21st of Feb.! In advance, Happy Birthday!!! :) xo

    1349 days ago
  • LIS193
    You have a great plan that works for you but sometimes it's nice to have a change...
    I love my vegetable dishes, stir fries, roasted or grilled veggies and lots of salads, avoid wheat and eat natural foods - nothing out of a box or that needs a label to tell you what is in it. I love the recipes on
    On a side note: it is not just about the calories, it is what works for you body.
    The last 3 weeks I have been eating twice as many calories a I used to (scary!) and I am losing weight (6 pounds since I started The Plan) I would never have believed it!
    1349 days ago
    Any kinda squash. My favorite is spaghetti squash. You can "dress it up" or eat it with a vinagerette. However you like it.

    I love roasted veggies too. Season 'em up however you like. I use worcestershire, onion and garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Use whatever you like. It changes the taste of the veggies.

    1349 days ago
    Great question!! Yep, the veggie omlet with egg whites is a favorite of mine, but there are others. Veggie soup can be great especially with low sodium broth and fresh basil. I often put the peas, corn, potatoes, and beans in a separate pot so I measure them carefully, but eat pretty much all I want of green beans, carrots, tomato, zuccini, cabbage, onion, fresh garlic, and low cal veggies. I also cook broccoli and cauliflower in some broth, add a can of Rotel tomatoes (or better yet low sodium tomatoes and chilis). Sometimes I puree it and sometimes I want firm food and sometimes I do half and half. Then I measure low fat cheese to sprinkle on top. I used to use low fat Velveeta - it melts pretty nicely, but is terribly processed. Salads can be great fillers, too. I also like white beans (navy, cannelini, etc.) mixed with tuna and heated. Sometimes I add bell peppers and onions - grilled is good. Sometimes I put it on romaine lettuce. Yesterday I had an original vegan Boca burger and about one cup of green beans with half a cup of sliced water chestnuts. That is very filling. I love grilling veggies on my foreman grill. Grilled eggplant is very fillling. Grilled bell pepper and onions are yummy. Together, wow! When I'm craving protein, cod is my favorite. Just broil or foreman grill it with or without lemon or Old Bay seasoning or my own mix of spices. When I'm starving and wanting protein my old standby was a rotisserie chicken that they have ready almost all day long at my grocery store. Now that I'm retired I'm more likely to cook my own. Sometimes when I'm just hungry having a tablespoon of olive oil seems to work so that I don't have to eat a whole pot of veggies, but a reasonable serving of veggies with the oil and some protein. Best wishes for your continued success!
    1349 days ago
    This might inspire some ideas, total calories 1234, This was a good day for me!

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Cheerios Cereal , 1 cup
    Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
    Strawberries, fresh, 1 cup,

    Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 3 ounces
    Romaine Lettuce (salad), 0.5 cup,
    Cucumber (peeled), 0.5 cup,
    Green Peppers (bell peppers), 0.25 cup
    Kraft Mayo Light Mayonnaise (Mayo), 2 tbsp
    Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
    Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal (3/4 cup)

    Mushrooms, fresh, 1 cup
    Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 3 ounces
    Onions, raw, 0.25 cup, chopped
    Couscous, 0.3 cup, dry,
    Bread sticks, plain, 3 stick, small (approx 4-1/4" long)
    Becel - Olive Oil Margarine , 3 tsp

    Dannon Activia Peach Yogurt, 4 oz.

    1349 days ago
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