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Snack ideas? Anyone?

Friday, October 25, 2013

I usually work out in the morning which sort of stunts my appetite so I eat a small breakfast and lunch and then by the time evening rolls around I’m so hungry I can’t wait for dinner. I end up snacking (usually peanut butter on ‘something’) then eating hugely for dinner, too. My food tracker (when used, which is another issue) shows this to be the truth—my calories are ‘banked’ until the late afternoon and evening. In an effort to change this bad habit, I think I need to plan on some healthy snacks.

Anybody have some good ideas beyond the yogurt, apple or celery thing?

P.S. I miss my old Spark sign-on page *sniff*

P.P.S Have a terrific Friday!
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GEMINISUE 10/27/2013 5:03PM

    ground flax seed, almonds ground, olive oil, cinnamon and sweetener of choice, mixed together ( I use spoon) than make either little balls, of log and slice and enjoy slowly with a cup of green tea (I save tea to drink after I finish treat, so great taste does not lead me to make more)


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CATHYGETSFIT 10/26/2013 6:10PM

    Vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with some fruit like blueberries that were frozen and then thawed out. Nuts are good too such as almonds. An apple cut in half and spread some peanut butter on it. Homemade protein bars are good too.

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MOBYCARP 10/26/2013 3:05PM

    When I work at home, I like fresh fruits for snack - grapes are calorie cheap, as are strawberries. Apples aren't bad. But you said no apples, and transporting grapes or strawberries can be a bit of a nuisance.

On the go, I can pack almonds, raisins, and hard boiled eggs easily enough. I weigh out 28 grams of almonds and put them in a ziplock sandwich bag. This works for me, because controlling calories while aiming at enough protein for satiety requires that I have a source of fat to hit the fat ranges, and almonds have that good fat. Eggs give a mix of fat and protein, and are helpful with satiety. Raisins are less effective, being mostly a source of carbs - natural sugars and fiber, predominantly.

For being really, really on the go, the almonds work best. I can put a bag of almonds in a pocket and it travels everywhere. They're not heat sensitive, and I think the only thing that would make them go bad is getting them wet.

I also pack carrot strips for work in the office days, and they end up being snack rather than lunch; but I think that's the same category as celery for your purposes.

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CBUDACK 10/25/2013 9:51PM

    I pair a protien with a fruit/veg or carb. My favorites lately:

String cheese & grapes or apple
1 Tbsp PB on one slice of whole wheat bread & 2 clementines
almonds with banana (sometimes add 1 serv choc chips)
cherry tomatoes & slice of ham/turkey
celery & 1 laughing cow cheese
red pepper & 2 Tbsp Hummus
1 cup soup (beef barley, chili, chicken tortilla, etc.) no crackers.
(I'm wierd and don't eat saltine crackers in my soup.)

I loosely follow the South Beach way of eating. Hope this gives you some ideas.



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2BDYNAMIC 10/25/2013 9:23PM

    I know Sparks has the best info ever .......... as today they have a lengthy blog about foods, meals and snacks ................ (I didn't have time to make notes, but am going back to it tomorrow for some new ideas. I know I have to have protein, cos I have low blood sugar and the protein helps stave off the jitters ............... Protein powder in my morning drinks help a lot too! .................... emoticon for the goodie and the good words too! ............. emoticon

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MEDEAREBORN 10/25/2013 8:15PM

  I've been eating a lot of carrots lately because they're cheap right now. But I also like to buy a bag of babybels and savour one or two of them with a piece of fruit (apple, orange, whatever - I'll eat one and then the other, usually). I make my own trail mix & preportion small bags of it to take with me. Also I like to bake my own muffins and suchlike, and they're pretty portable.

Since you like peanut butter with things, maybe you should just try to shift that snack earlier?

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BLITZEN44 10/25/2013 6:41PM

    String cheese. Quick, cheap and easy with a good calorie to protein ratio. I know you didn't want to hear about an apple for a snack, but string cheese paired with an apple is a great combo! Good luck finding what works for you. Sounds like you've got a good thing going with the peanut butter. emoticon



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LADYBUG546 10/25/2013 8:35AM

    Some snacks I have used in the past are cheese and a few crackers. I have put yogurt on the dried bread crackers with some fresh fruit on side from raspberries to strawberries. Other fun snacks for me are nuts(no salt), baby cucumbers, homemade protein balls, homemade organic muffins and I make mini ones too.

The other thing is try to have yogurt and granola in the morning too.

Most of my snacks or food do not contain much salt as I find things over salted. Just me.

Good luck

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