One of my favorite go to foods is bagged Cole Slaw from the produce section of the market. It satisfies the need when you want something crunchy. It makes a great low calorie salad add tomatoes and shaved turkey. Try it with Seseme Ginger Dressing (I like Newman's Own Low Cal Version).
It also makes a great filler for wraps. Need a veggie for dinner? Using a frying pan heat the Cole Slaw Mix in some low sodium broth with diced apples and dried cranberries. Enjoy
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stock your pantry with "go to" foods..the kind of foods you can grab quickly to prepare a meal in a moments notice..
ALWAYS in my pantry: canned: pumpkin, beans, tomatoes, salsa, whole wheat pasta, brown rice & assorted packed in juice fruits..fiber-one cereal is great for a meal, and when crushed, is a GREAT substitute for (regular) bread crumbs.
Providing myself with the right support is what really keeps me committed to a healthy lifestyle. What I find incredibly helpful is to make sure that I have plenty of snacks at home. when I am feeling the urge of desperate hunger or I am feeling emotional and go to food, if I dont have healthy items available quickly then I turn to junk.
I make a point of having prepared snacks (pre-cut veggies, pita and hummus, fresh fruit) and also prepackaged snack size food available in a moment's notice.
Some of my favorites: trader joe's semi-sweet mini chocolate bars, 100 calorie snack packs, a handful of almonds, the cutest little ice cream dish that forces me to serve myself a small but satisfying portion, and fresh red peppers sliced the day I bring them home!
We know this, but prepare your lunch and snacks the night before, preferably when you're in the kitchen making dinner. You're more apt to grab healthier foods if you don't have to worry about morning rush. You won't be tempted to go fast food if it's right there. Just don't forget it in the morning.
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