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11/18/08 5:50 P

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SOUP has been my food hero these past few weeks. I make a biiig batch every sunday, and I pack that for my lunches every day during the work week (I am one of those people who will eat the same meal every day for months at a time). My lunch is a 1.5 cup serving of my soup, a whole wheat roll, a piece of fruit, and a kashi cookie (I just... can't end a meal without something dessert-y) for just 430 calories -- and I am full and satisfied for the rest of my workday. emoticon

AnandaGirl, Putting extra veggies into my pasta dishes and my fried rice (brown fried rice without the pork) is one of my favorite ways to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/18/08 12:12 P

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Sweet potatoes are better for you than regular potatoes, and beans are good too, even though they can pack on some calories - white kidney beans and black beans seem to have the best nutrition and I can throw a 1/2 cup on a salad or in with steamed veggies. I also sometimes make a pasta primavera with very little pasta and a lot of veggies - that way the calories are down and I still feel like I am getting a tummy italian dish - you can lower the calories even more by not using commercial pasta sauce, but make your own with canned crushed tomatoes and seasonings like oregano and garlic powder :)

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11/18/08 11:54 A

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I've been tracking my food for 2.5 weeks now. I've found a few surprises along the way - things I didn't think were as many calories as they actually are. For example, tortilla chips - even the low-fat kind, are TONS of calories!

I've also found a few foods that have a lot of bang for their calorie buck. For example, baked potatoes can go a long way to filling me up for not too many calories (as long as I lay off the butter, lol).

I'm a vegetarian, so feeling full on minimal calories and fat can be a problem as I don't get as much protien as my meat-eating friends. But I'm trying new combinations of things to see what works.

Any surprises for you? Any good food tips you've discovered?

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