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I mash banana into almond butter and add some powdered nutritional stuff. Sweet, and tasty.

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Here is a snack I LOVE.....
Take a banana and cut in circle form, like for cereal topping
Then spread peanut butter on tops of banana slices and
dip in crushed corn flakes! Good healthy after school snack for kids too!


YUMMY!

I also LOVE grapefruit and other kinds of fruits for snacks and also I like hummus
with fresh veggies!

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6/17/13 5:53 P

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I've used that philosophy with lots of my regular foods; smaller amounts, cutting back. Like cheese; I started using tastier cheeses, you don't need as much. Then I started using less and less cheese until I stopped altogether (we're talking in omelettes, burritos, etc). Now when I add cheese I don't even notice it being that much better. So I just don't add it anymore. But for snacks, I love chocolate so I think I will try the dark with peanut butter somtime. My favorite snack is greek yogurt with Kashi Go Lean added to it. And for on-the-go, I love Open Nature fruit and nut bars; so convenient and only good ingredients.

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Amen! I switched to minis for my husband's cookies, he doesn't miss the bigger chips, and it cuts down on the calories because you can use like half the amount...as you said as long as it's not a mainstay of your diet, and you don't have any allergies or medical reasons to avoid...a treat is a lovely thing!

Speaking of healthy snacks, does tea count as a snack? I have discovered Stash Licorice Spice caffeine free and Good Earth original sweet and spicy, also caffeine free. I know the Stash doesn't contain anything artificial. I checked on the Good Earth, it has something artificial to flavor it, but it says no sugar..I have to contact them company on that..but..both taste sweet and yummy with no calories or caffeine!

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6/17/13 10:18 A

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Mini chocolate chips is a great way to get a dose of chocolate and not go overboard!
Great idea... good things come in small packages.
My thoughts...

One of the joys of being alive, particularly in this age of abundance... is food.
If you're not allergic to something you love, eating it on occasionally in small quantities isn't a sin... its good for your soul... keeps you appreciative of the variety of taste sensations.

Of course the key is "small quantities, occasionally as a treat"... NOT as dietary staples.

Just to update my golden berry experience... I saw some at Sprouts, different packer and bought them.
Whereas they weren't heavenly, they were a lot better than the ones I bought mail order.
They weren't as dried out... they were soft and kinda gooey (in a nice way) in the center.

Still ridiculously priced for a dried fruit with no magical properties like the ability to jump tall buildings in a single bound... ha

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I like it! May try that one! I buy dark chocolate chip, mini chips...hmmmm...could work!

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Does a teaspoon of Almond Butter w/ three choc chips count?

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6/16/13 5:31 P

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I also like an apple with some sort of aged cheese like Jarlsburg or Gouda!
Nom!

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Love! Like peanut butter on celery with raisins on top!

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Haha! Love it!

Anyways, another snack I like is a banana dipped in chia seeds.
The chia seeds add additional fiber and Omega 3s and crunch.

And just to be controversial, the name I've given it in the past (this works great with kids, particularly boys) is "bugs on the banana".

EEEEEEeeeee uuuuuuuuu!

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I think you are right! Probably some debate!

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Y'all are making me hungry!!

I think we should have a topic on "Controversial Foods". That could really stir things up!

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JC lites:
Happy to help, but remember moderation is key!

Sherio~
Haven't tried Spark's chocolate macaroons, but I bet they'd be tasty.

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6/14/13 1:09 P

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Macaroons? Oh my this is my place of heaven for me. I did not know they were healthy. Boy is that good to know for me...thank you MzzChief emoticon emoticon emoticon

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6/14/13 10:47 A

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I think I tried a cocoa version of those, I think the recipe was here on Spark. I liked them, husband, not so much!

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6/14/13 10:36 A

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My pleasure...
My thoughts here are that the Sea Buckthorn may have herbal benefits (see Elisa's post here with its like to Terry Talks Nutrition topic: Sea Buckthorn),
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and that Golden Berries do have nutritional and folk medicine value:

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Also that any of these may be from inferior/old stock... perhaps another seller might offer a better version of this product? Dunno.

Just reporting the facts as I taste em, ma'am!

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As for healthy cookies, I like macaroons I make from almonds, eggs... a bit of sugar.
But this is my taste, one man's delight is another's O GROSS moment!
Here's a link to that recipe... the calories have been loaded into the members input Spark library:

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Anyone know of a healthy, lo-cal cookie??

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MzzChief, great description to keep me from trying any of these which I was going to..so..thanks for the warning of "buyer beware"...LOL

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Thanks for the report!

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Okay, so I'm back with my report on cocoa nibs and the various goodies that came along with them.

Anyone who was laughing at me when I ordered cocoa nibs as an alternative to Dove Dark... you go girl!
They in no manner shape or form (or taste) resemble chocolate anything.
I have had them before... in a chocolate BAR, where they were petite and provided crunch.
Stripped of their chocolate bar cloak, they're more like an over- roasted brittle coffee bean, only I'm pretty sure the coffee bean is more delicious AND flavorful than the cocoa nibs.

What do they look like ? Burnt pecan pieces.

The Sea Buckthorn berries,um...why beat around the bush? Thumbs down on those too. Not much flavor, somewhat citrus-y with a peppery aftertaste. I put a bunch of them in my small coffee grinder and made a coarse, moist powder from them and thought while I was grinding them, "there, take that YOU! Grrrrrr" Its prolly the most satisfaction I'll be getting out of these "berries" that only a starving porcupine would love.
I will prolly hide this mix in smoothies and tea for their nutrition, since it would definitely not be for their taste.

What do they look like? They're slightly smaller than a peppercorn with a small amount of dried flesh clinging a hard seed. Which is why they were ground... I wasn't going to risk breaking a tooth on these. Nevermind the thorn that was packed in the bag along with them.
Unless that's a porcupine quill.


The Golden Berries were the best of the lot, taste wise. They bear a resemblance to a large golden raisin... only slightly more ruddy. As for the taste... I'd stay tart and citrus-y... they remind me of calamondins. Old ones.REALLY old ones.

So that's the report from the wild and wonderful world of weird foods!
Adventure on!

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Well my snacks may not be healthy as in veggies, fruits or nuts but I only eat baked or popped snacks and I count out the serving. I cannot eat fried foods as I have gallbladder issues and grease makes it act up. So I have baked chips, pretzels, rice cakes, pop chips pop corners (they are popcorn chips) or triscuits. I do love cheese so I stick to string cheese and low fat versions of cheese. I also love cottage cheese with applesauce and wheat germ sprinkled over top. I simply make sure I am having what the serving size is. emoticon



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I admit to a Dove Dark chocolate with my cuppa tea and organic milk some afternoons.

Recently I ordered some chocolate nibs... which is raw unprocessed chocolate... no sugar or chemicals added.

I was feeling guilty about the Dove Dark, was looking for a healthier alternative.

I also ordered some golden berries while I was at it, and some Sea Buckthorn berries which Elisa commented on in another thread. They're both supposed to be super for your skin and overall constitution blah blah blah. ha.

We'll see about that as well... I'm the eternal skeptic but hope loosens my wallet from time to time.

I'll letchall know about the chocolate nibs when they get here... which according to the postal tracker will be late tomorrow afternoon. NOM.

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Reese's are healthy in my own personal opinion. They are dark chocolate and peanut butter and like I said that is the ONLY thing that I snack on so what is unhealthy about them?

Open up your mind after all everything in moderation.

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Healthy?? Key word, eh?

Hmmm..... Almond butter on Ezekiel bread.

snap peas
carrots

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I snack very seldom.

Every two to three days I will eat a tiny Reese's peanut butter cup twice a day and they are 22 calories each.

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Laura that sounds like the Jello pie, but much better for you Thanks will need to try emoticon

I like string cheese with a serving of whole natural almonds

Rice cakes

Greek yogurt with sunflower seeds(might sound funny a friends idea, but was really good) on any flavor

Any fresh emoticon emoticon or emoticon emoticon

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GREAT idea for a thread.

Nom that all sounds delicious!

I have to watch ALL grains, including rice cakes, but I do make a snack with them that I love and has health benefits.

The base of it is a Rice Cake, to which I put a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste, a few drops of a good quality olive oil and cracked pepper.

The toppings can be, singly or in combination:
olives,
a slice of avocado,
mozzarella cheese,
a couple fresh basil leaves,
a thin slice of chicken.

Aw jeez now I'm hungry... better get to yoga before I act on that impulse...
Namaste!
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Sound yummy!

I like Apple slices with a bit of peanut butter or Almond butter, or nutella.

I also like like hummus or Greek yogurt dip with veggies.

Instead of ice cream, I do frozen fruit (love raspberries!) With a squirt of whip cream, or Greek yogurt.

Rice cakes

dried fruit and nuts, fools my cookie craving!

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I like to make popcorn and sprinkle parmesan cheese on it.

I also like yogurt pie. Here's the recipe.

1 tube reduced fat cool whip
2 containers yogurt...fruit on the bottom flavor of your choice
1 gram cracker pie crust


mix yogurt and cool whip until well blended and pour into crust....chill until set.

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What is your favorite healthy snack? PLZ share all fave's & all idea's! This is something we can all benefit from hearing. Plz be specific & share simple recipe's, if necessary..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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