Chia seeds. When added to liquid they form a gel like coating after they set in the liquid a while. They are low in calories and fill you up. I think they have 11 grams of fiber in one tablespoon. You can eat them in the gel and add some lemon or lime juice (that's called chia fresca), put them in cereal or a smoothie. You Tube had lots of videos with information about chia seeds and their benefits. They can also lower blood pressure and blood sugar. Many people take them for weight loss because they fill you up. They contain omega 3's and 6's. I have a spark friend that wrote to me and she said that she added 1 and a half tablespoons a day to cottage cheese and she lost 5 pounds in the first week. A word to the wise - be careful when adding fiber to your diet. They can cause bloating and when I politely say bloating I really mean gas. It is my hope that this information could be of some help to you or anyone else. Blessings
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A glass of milk, a hard boiled egg, cheese, yogurt, yogurt with raisins, or other fruit, with slivered almonds, and even a teaspoon of sugar, if you like, mixed in. Fruit, veggies, veggies & a low cal. dip made with yogurt. If you're out and about and can't fix anything, something like a Balance Bar works.
Nuts are good, but you can't eat many, maybe an ounce, or else you'll pack on the calories. Drink a glass of water with your snack to fill up your tummy, too. I like half a peanut butter, or almond butter, or cashew butter sandwich. Sometimes I put sliced banana, raisins, or pineapple on them, too. You have to watch the calories with the peanut butter sandwiches, though, as well.
Any leftovers from meals are fine, also. The big thing is just to know how many calories you're eating. Otherwise, anything you want to eat is OK to eat for a snack. ( I even like baked bean sandwiches. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.)
For a take-with snack, I really love the Pure Organic bars. They come in chocolate brownie, cherry, or blueberry. These bars are whole food, raw vegan bars. Range 190 to 200 calories, with wholesome ingredients: dates, nuts, rice protein, cashew butter, almonds, walnuts, cocoa, cherries, blueberries.
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I'm not a fan of avocados (to say the least), and the only nut butter I've liked is peanut butter, but it's been a while since I've tried them so I'll give some a go. My problem is the tiny portion sizes. I have a hard time feeling full on them. I'll also look into your other suggestions. Thanks!
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If fat is not an issue for you, what about nut butters, nuts, seeds, avocados? For me, protein as well as fat oriented foods help me to feel satiated. Hemp protein powder can be used in many ways. I make a bar with hemp powder and seeds along with nuts, seeds, ground flax, dried fruit...helps me along. I formulated my concoction around the idea of protein rather than carb/sugar. I also make hummus and baba ghanougi with plenty of tahini. Just a few ideas. Good luck.
Does anyone have suggestions for filling, low-calorie vegetarian snacks? I've crept a little above my goal weight and am having trouble feeling full as I try to get those five pounds back off. So far, I've been alternating between soy nuts and low-fat Greek yogurt (both about 140 calories a serving). Any other suggestions? Like most vegetarians, fat is actually not an issue for me, just calories. Thanks!
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