Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - What is your favorite food right now?




problysewin
02-18-2007, 06:30 PM
I was wondering what everyone's favorite food is right now. I love all the different ideas everyone has for snacks and meals.

I have been really into peppers lately. Yellow, red and green. Also Mott's no sugar added peach flavored applesauce.

I've also switched from skim milk to 2% because it's not that big a difference in calories and to me it tastes sooo much better. I like a glass of milk with ice cubes in it.

I also like Hormel Turkey pepperoni right now. It's a good salty, spicy snack. 17 pepperonies have 80 calories. That's a lot of pepperoni.

Celery and peanut butter is one of my all-time faves.

So what's everyone else eating?


Suzanne 3FC
02-18-2007, 07:05 PM
I'm into hummus right now :) I make my own, and spread it on Kavli light crackers, for a low cal yet very satisfying snack.

I'm also loving butternut squash and spinach, though not together :)

Meg
02-18-2007, 07:07 PM
Right now my favorite treat is a thin sliced Cameo apple with a carefully measured tablespoon of natural PB. I'm an apple snob and it has to be really crunchy apple!

Suzanne, how do you make your hummus? I've been wondering if there's a way to cut down on the fat and calories?


cupcake84
02-18-2007, 07:13 PM
string cheese has been a lifesaver for me, since i love love love cheese, and its already portion controlled for me

fat free sugar free pudding, love them

also frozen fruits, just take them out and let them thaw at room temp for 1/2 an hour and eat them partially frozen, yum-o

Ash15+
02-18-2007, 07:34 PM
Natural peanut butter for sure, and eggs, I am on an egg kick now.
Goat cheese, right now i'm trying to stay away from cow dairy so goat cheese is my big thing right now.

Get n healthy
02-18-2007, 07:58 PM
Snack size light popcorn. I like that is takes me a while to eat it, and it makes me feel like i am getting a lot.

Light string cheese, like someone else said, is a wonderful lifesaver for me.

Sugar free hot apple cidar...warms my belly, makes me feel full, and counts as a water.

Christina7806
02-18-2007, 08:15 PM
I LOVE Smucker's Organic Natural Peanut Butter and it is used on Saturdays for my treat meal of PBJ :)

My other new obsession...which is really not too great for you but not too horrible either...is McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait! These things are awesome.

I also love Kashi Original 7 grain crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese.

I love ANYTHING Kashi actually. :)

Oh, and Lay's Lightly salted chips are also a splurge for me...made with Sunflower oil they have only 1 gram of saturated fat and lots of Mono and Polys. They are completely natural and pretty dang low in sodium. But, on Saturdays it is the PBJ on Whole White Bread (Made with whole wheat but white) and these chips. The jelly is Polander all fruit. It is a high fat, calorie meal but it is what gets me through the week. :)

sophia123
02-18-2007, 09:16 PM
Cupcake--I have been wanting to try the frozen fruit. How does the taste compare to fresh? Are the berries sweet, etc? Also, why does it need to be eaten partially frozen? Does it get mushy if it thaws totally? It is crunchy partially frozen? Sorry for all the questions! I've been dying to try it, but have been too scared to spend the money on it and waste it.

WindyCityChick
02-18-2007, 09:37 PM
I've been on a major sweet potato kick lately - must be the lousy winter weather, but it feels like such a great comfort food. I love to just bake one and eat it with a little (very little) butter and brown sugar. I also made an awesome soup, and I've been thinking about roasting them as wedges in the oven, although I haven't gotten around to it yet.

cupcake84
02-19-2007, 09:01 AM
Cupcake--I have been wanting to try the frozen fruit. How does the taste compare to fresh? Are the berries sweet, etc? Also, why does it need to be eaten partially frozen? Does it get mushy if it thaws totally? It is crunchy partially frozen? Sorry for all the questions! I've been dying to try it, but have been too scared to spend the money on it and waste it.

i think it holds up in taste in comparision to fresh, of course its not AS tasty, but for someone like me its worth it because it dosent go bad i can just take it out as i go, i find the strawberries are sometimes not as sweet, but the others are wonderful, the peaches especially. If you thaw it all the way it does get mushy, still tasty, but mushy and its sorta crunchy when its partially frozen.
Fresh fruit is better of course! but frozen is def not far behind, and i find it to be ALOT cheaper.
Hope that helps :)

rockinrobin
02-19-2007, 09:29 AM
I just discovered asparagus - YUMMY. 3.6 calories a stalk and 1 gram of fiber. I roast in the oven with some cooking spray or a little olive oil, garlic and onion powder. Fantastic and get this my kids and DH love it as well. We've had it 3 times in the past week.

I am also really, really into almost all veggies, spaghetti squash, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, big time into spinach. Cauliflower. I am so fortunate to like vegetables as much as I do.

jtammy
02-19-2007, 09:43 AM
Robin, roasted asparagus is one of my favorites too! In fact, it was one of my Valentine's Day presents from DH this year. He cooked supper for me and bought two big batches of asparagus for us.

My current favorite food is oatmeal. The Supreme Comfort Food. Oatmeal with a little smart balance spread, skim milk, splenda, cinnamon, and raisins. I have eaten it almost every day for breakfast for the last 6 months, and I'm still looking forward to it for breakfast today.

canadian mom
02-19-2007, 10:33 AM
Salsa for me if I could eat it for everymeal I would....wait if everyone in my house would eat it everymeal I would. I tink I will some chicken fajhitas tonight now. lol

trekkiegirl
02-19-2007, 12:11 PM
I eat a couple of sandwiches a day so being able to go lo-cal with bread, turkey, lettuce and mayo has helped me. I'm also a salty-snack fiend so my choices lately have been the 100-calorie snack packs...love those Cheez Nips, lol. And it's great portion control for me. I usually have a pack with my sandwich and I'm good for a few hours. I also like the Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzels. They're 110 calories for 8 pretzels. They're hard and take me longer to eat than the cans of Pringles I used to go through. I still have Pringles on the brain sometimes but these alternatives have definitely helped with the salt cravings, lol. :D I also love seedless grapes. I'm buying them even when they're not on sale, lol. I've also tried a lot of the lo-cal frozen dinners the past 6-7 weeks and trying to narrow down which kinds are my favorites.

baffled111
02-19-2007, 12:50 PM
Meg, RE: Hummus. One way to cut down on the calories is to reserve the liquid from the garbanzo beans, and to use that instead of all that oil. If you use one or two tablespoons of olive oil and then use bean juice for the rest, the hummus still tastes delicious and has the right texture, but itís much lower in fat.

(Extra bonus tip: I sometimes roast garlic by peeling all the cloves, putting them in a ramekin and covering them in olive oil, instead of drizzling oil over the top of a head of garlic. Once the garlic has been roasted, I save the oil which is now infused with delicious roasted garlic flavor for other uses. When I make hummus, I used the roasted garlic oil instead of regular oil for extra yumminess. You donít need to use a ton of the garlic oil to get the flavor either, which makes it perfect.)

Katz3
02-19-2007, 01:05 PM
When I feel like I really need some junk food, I treat myself to a 100 cal. snack pack. I love the grass hopper cookies and sun chips. Any kind of snack that is already measured is quick, especially when you are about to go over board.

Mel
02-19-2007, 01:28 PM
I'm discovering alternative grains: quinoa right now. (But I really miss oatmeal!)
Aso, branching out in the fresh herb department has livened up my meals. Lately I've been chopping fresh cilantro into almost everything, with some lemon juice.
My previous herb kick was rosemary and garlic.

Mel

Meg
02-19-2007, 01:57 PM
Thank you, Baffled, those are terrific ideas! I especially want to try roasting garlic. I'm nuts about roasted green beans but never thought about garlic. :)

Mel, do you think that cilantro tastes a bit like soap?

jtammy
02-19-2007, 03:01 PM
Meg, my son says that about cilantro also. :lol: I love it, and so does DH, but DS hates it. I think that cilantro is one of those herbs that you either love or hate. Very few people are ambivalent about it.

Mel
02-19-2007, 04:00 PM
:rofl: why would I eat it if I thought it tasted like soap? I'm :crazy:, but not that :crazy:

Wildfyre
02-19-2007, 04:56 PM
Apples! I can seriously make a meal off of a big juicy Granny Smith apple and a Jif peanut butter To-Go cup.

Cottage cheese has also found it's way into my fridge a lot recently. It's a nice substitute when I get tired of yogurt or Jello.

I've also gotten into making homemade Baba Ghanouj and keeping it stashed in the fridge. We bake off sweet potato chips and use those instead of regular chips. So yummy.

Glory87
02-19-2007, 09:44 PM
Whole grain toast with natural chunky peanut butter.

Low fat Greek yogurt with fresh blackberries.

2 tbs maple pumpkin butter with a banana.

Baked sweet potatoes.

Red wine.

Dark chocolate.

Almonds and dried blueberries eaten together.

Granola with low fat maple yogurt.

Sugar snap peas.

Fabulous blueberry protein pancakes sold at the gym cafe - too expensive for everyday, sadly.

I like roasted garlic too, I have a little ceramic garlic roaster, I should definitely use it more often, thanks for the suggestion! I'm going to pick up a big head tomorrow.

Glory87
02-19-2007, 09:49 PM
I have been wanting to try the frozen fruit. How does the taste compare to fresh? Are the berries sweet, etc? Also, why does it need to be eaten partially frozen? Does it get mushy if it thaws totally? It is crunchy partially frozen? Sorry for all the questions! I've been dying to try it, but have been too scared to spend the money on it and waste it.

I prefer fresh, of course, but at 4.99 a pint, I just can't afford fresh blueberries everyday in the winter. I think frozen fruit tastes just as good, but it does have a different texture. Some frozen fruit I can eat frozen - especially frozen dark cherries, which I adore. Frozen mangos are also good to me straight out of the freezer bag (it's such a treat to get relatively inexpensive tasty mangos in the winter). Other kinds of frozen fruit I prefer in a smoothie - especially frozen strawberries, which are tasty, but too hard and too cold when frozen and too smushy when defrosted). Frozen pineapple is also great in smoothies.

I like to use frozen blueberries with plain yogurt. I nuke the blueberries for 30 seconds or so, to defrost them, and then stir them into yogurt. They are so juicy they turn the yogurt a great purple color. I also like to add them to apples that I microwave (cut up apple into cubes, microwave for 4 minutes, add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, cover with saran wrap - it will splash - nuke for 1 more minute). I also use frozen blueberries to make a sauce for waffles.

Giovanni Bubby
02-20-2007, 01:28 AM
My favorite breakfast at the moment is:
2 whole wheat waffles
1/2 cup of plain organic yogurt
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons of chopped almonds

It is way better than syrup and you don't even notice the waffles are whole wheat!

yogachick30
02-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Right now I am totally in love with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk in Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. 1 cup only has 40 calories, 3g fat and 20% of your daily calcium. I have to be very careful since one of my trigger binge foods is cereal. I buy the Kashi 7 grain puffed cereal that has 70 calories for 1 cup. Instead of putting sugar on top of the cereal I like to sprinkle stevia. This is my evening snack after a small dinner...

At trader joes in the frozen section they sell green garbonzo beans! I have never seen these before and let me tell you how convient they are to throw into a dish. The problem I've had in the past is not wanting to use a whole can of the beans in a dish or the pain of soaking the dried beans. This makes things a lot less complicated!

For breakfast I have pre-made steel cut oats. I make a pot of it on the weekend, then store it in the fridge so in the morning before work I just measure out 1/3c, mix some of the almond milk, some frozen fruit and sprinke some stevia and I'm good to go!

yogachick30
02-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Right now I am totally in love with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk in Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. 1 cup only has 40 calories, 3g fat and 20% of your daily calcium. I have to be very careful since one of my trigger binge foods is cereal. I buy the Kashi 7 grain puffed cereal that has 70 calories for 1 cup. Instead of putting sugar on top of the cereal I like to sprinkle stevia. This is my evening snack after a small dinner...

At trader joes in the frozen section they sell green garbonzo beans! I have never seen these before and let me tell you how convient they are to throw into a dish. The problem I've had in the past is not wanting to use a whole can of the beans in a dish or the pain of soaking the dried beans. This makes things a lot less complicated!

For breakfast I have pre-made steel cut oats. I make a pot of it on the weekend, then store it in the fridge so in the morning before work I just measure out 1/3c, mix some of the almond milk, some frozen fruit and sprinke some stevia and I'm good to go!

yogachick30
02-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Right now I am totally in love with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk in Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. 1 cup only has 40 calories, 3g fat and 20% of your daily calcium. I have to be very careful since one of my trigger binge foods is cereal. I buy the Kashi 7 grain puffed cereal that has 70 calories for 1 cup. Instead of putting sugar on top of the cereal I like to sprinkle stevia. This is my evening snack after a small dinner...

At trader joes in the frozen section they sell green garbonzo beans! I have never seen these before and let me tell you how convient they are to throw into a dish. The problem I've had in the past is not wanting to use a whole can of the beans in a dish or the pain of soaking the dried beans. This makes things a lot less complicated!

For breakfast I have pre-made steel cut oats. I make a pot of it on the weekend, then store it in the fridge so in the morning before work I just measure out 1/3c, mix some of the almond milk, some frozen fruit and sprinke some stevia and I'm good to go!

yogachick30
02-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Right now I am totally in love with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk in Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. 1 cup only has 40 calories, 3g fat and 20% of your daily calcium. I have to be very careful since one of my trigger binge foods is cereal. I buy the Kashi 7 grain puffed cereal that has 70 calories for 1 cup. Instead of putting sugar on top of the cereal I like to sprinkle stevia. This is my evening snack after a small dinner...

At trader joes in the frozen section they sell green garbonzo beans! I have never seen these before and let me tell you how convient they are to throw into a dish. The problem I've had in the past is not wanting to use a whole can of the beans in a dish or the pain of soaking the dried beans. This makes things a lot less complicated!

For breakfast I have pre-made steel cut oats. I make a pot of it on the weekend, then store it in the fridge so in the morning before work I just measure out 1/3c, mix some of the almond milk, some frozen fruit and sprinke some stevia and I'm good to go!

yogachick30
02-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Right now I am totally in love with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk in Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. 1 cup only has 40 calories, 3g fat and 20% of your daily calcium. I have to be very careful since one of my trigger binge foods is cereal. I buy the Kashi 7 grain puffed cereal that has 70 calories for 1 cup. Instead of putting sugar on top of the cereal I like to sprinkle stevia. This is my evening snack after a small dinner...

At trader joes in the frozen section they sell green garbonzo beans! I have never seen these before and let me tell you how convient they are to throw into a dish. The problem I've had in the past is not wanting to use a whole can of the beans in a dish or the pain of soaking the dried beans. This makes things a lot less complicated!

For breakfast I have pre-made steel cut oats. I make a pot of it on the weekend, then store it in the fridge so in the morning before work I just measure out 1/3c, mix some of the almond milk, some frozen fruit and sprinke some stevia and I'm good to go!

problysewin
02-20-2007, 02:16 PM
Wow, lots of good ideas.

I'm adding more carbs back into my life and I really like frozen blueberries blended with milk.

I also like to take zuchinni and run it length wise along this kitchen slicer thing I have (forgot it's name, I call it the knuckle buster) and use the zuchinni instead of pasta or spaghetti squash.

I also have to say that I had cut out sugar and flour etc. and it worked great for a while, but the last few days I was feeling a bit slugish and off. I have increased my good carbs (fruits, whole grains more veggies) and I'm feeling pretty good. I may even incorporate a little sugar/flour once in a while but that will be a slow process, because I have to find the right balance for me as to not get cravings.

VermontMom
02-22-2007, 07:50 PM
Cooked carrots! Tonight's dinner was four ravioli, carefully measured sauce, and then I cooked a bunch of baby carrots and diced them and mixed them into the sauce. They made the meal alot more filling.

Can someone clue me in on the sweet potato (YAM!) thing? I did read the sticky on them, but are they NOT all starchy and full of carbs the way white potatoes are?

Meg - 'apple snob' - heehee :D Do Galas measure up for you?