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heather_dw
10-09-2007, 09:35 PM
Since I"m trying to get back on track and will be going to the grocery store Thursday, I thought I would ask you gals what you buy to snack on.

what do you eat when you get a craving for sweet stuff, or salty,etc?
I've done a few of the 100 calorie packs before. Any other suggestions?

I think I need all the help I can get, and snacking always was my biggest hurdle.


Pita09
10-09-2007, 09:42 PM
Low fat yogurt with a little Kashi cereal sprinkled on for crunch is good

I also love all sorts of fruits or sliced raw veggies dipped in a plain yogurt dip.

For a sweet crunchy treat I eat low fat popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon and Splenda and a spray of butter flavored oil.

The Kashi and Fiber One bars are excellent snack choices as well.

I try to stick with things that are nutritious and have fiber.

heather_dw
10-09-2007, 09:57 PM
As far as fruit goes, is there a certain amount you have to limit to? I know fruit has lots of sugar. I know it's natural sugar, but I was never sure on that. I loooove fruit. Strawberries, bananas, apples, raspberries, etc etc. Are there certain ones that are better for you than others?


Shy Moment
10-09-2007, 10:02 PM
Heather
There are a few things I have for snacks. Depending on what I have for the day can depend on which snack I choose. I love green olives lol. I have those for snacks 4 or 5 are only 2 grams of fat. Weight watchers fudge bars are wonderful and only 1 gram of fat. I eat a banana everyday, doc says every woman should have one unless a medical problems stops them.

BattleAx
10-09-2007, 10:08 PM
-a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese on a Ak Mak cracker (or Ryvita or other whole grain flatbread/cracker)

-An apple with 1 tblsp peanut butter

-low fat popcorn

Lovely
10-09-2007, 10:28 PM
I love apples and fiber one bars as snacks. I don't really limit myself on fruits that much... I don't overdo it on fruits or anything, but I've always rationalized it by saying that fruit is going to be a better choice than crackers or most other snacky foods. Sure it has sugars, but it also has plenty of healthy nutrients & fiber to fill you up.

Oh but I do limit the number of dried fruits I eat. They don't fill you up very much, so you can end up eating way more calories than if you just had the regular fruit.

WindyCityChick
10-09-2007, 10:34 PM
When I have that salty craving, I will turn to the 100 calorie popcorn bags...they satisfy the itch without too much damage. Sweets - well, I've really learned to use fruit as my daily way to satisfy my sweet tooth craving. When I have that chocolate urge, I'll have some fat free jello pudidng, a fudgsicle, etc...and I do regularly treat myself to the individually sized Dove dark chocolates. One has only 40 calories, and it hits the chocolate craving.

Heather
10-09-2007, 11:21 PM
My new favorite fruit snack is frozen grapes!!!

Idealmuse
10-09-2007, 11:32 PM
Since I'm trying to cut back on sweet I've been trying these things:

- String Cheese (Light)
- Peanutbutter on Celery or 1 slice whole grain bread
- Almonds 1/2 oz
- Sugar free popsicles
- Lattes (Non-fat w/ less then tablespoon of syrup)
- Frozen Cherries
- Kashi Bars (The glycemic balanced kind)

Cuter w Curves
10-09-2007, 11:37 PM
If I am feeling snack-ish as I call it... I will eat anything without a corn product in it.

1. Allergy
2. Corn is just really bad for you if you are trying to lose weight.

Try some soda crackers and fruit...
A slice of cheese and apple sliced up.
Frozen grapes are good... Crunch with sweet!

Oh and try drinking a glass of water and letting it sit for 10 min first. You won't want or need as much to snack on.

Rhighlan86
10-09-2007, 11:37 PM
I snack on trail mix from Walmart, for a big bag its $5 and it has cashews, m&m's, peanuts, almonds, and raisins. I love all of that stuff so it works for me.

Also, I stick to strawberries with Cool Whip Free or Apples with PB

FreeSpirit
10-09-2007, 11:57 PM
I love baking some high protien, high fiber muffins to snack on during the day.

Obviously fresh fruits and veggies are a good idea!

Trail mix and granola bars are good idea too... just watch out for the calorie content. I like to make my own granola bars so that I can add extra protien and fiber into them.

Popcorn. There's tons of stuff that you can add ontop of it depending on what kind of mood you're in. If you want something sweet, then you could have kettle corn. You can add cheese powder, or, bbq flavoring onto it if you're wanting something that tastes like chips.

If you don't want to spend the money to buy 100 cal packs, you can always make your own! Just measure out 100 calories of any snack, and put them in ziploc bags. I like to put the ziploc bags back in the original container afterwards, that way I still have all of the nutrition information.

xJox
10-10-2007, 12:02 AM
Fruit, Fiber One Bars, Yogurt, 60 calorie puddings or fudge pops.

mandalinn82
10-10-2007, 12:54 AM
There are lots of corn products that can fit into a healthy plan...popcorn is actually a whole grain! I use the 100-cal popcorn bags, as well as small yellow corn tortillas...I also use small amounts of corn in soups or on salads. There is nothing about corn that makes it a "bad" food for weight loss or any other time, IMO, unless you are trying to keep carbs at very low levels.

My favorite snacks:

Fine wafer crackers (40cal for 6) and a laughing cow wedge
Protein shake made from a powdered mix with almond milk
100 cal popcorn bags
a 50 cal wholewheat/lowcarb tortilla with a tablespoon of peanut butter
Cut up veggies with dip (my favorites - ff sour cream with chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne, or homemade yogurt/cucumber/garlic dip)
Cucumber slices spread with a laughing cow wedge and topped with folded turkey breast slices.

Robin41
10-10-2007, 01:25 AM
I'm big on apples or reduced fat string cheese for snacks. They both fill me up and seem like "real" foods.

I don't worry at all about getting too much fruit. I'm working under the "nobody ever got fat eating too many apples" theory.

I'd love to have the Fibre One bars for snacks but find that I can only eat them in groups of six. They call to me from the pantry.

mandalinn82
10-10-2007, 01:38 AM
I am digging the Kashi granola bars right now, too. A little dry, but great with a cup of coffee.

There are a TON of great ideas in this thread. I had forgotten about the frozen grapes until I read about them.

I'm glad you found something that worked for you, Cuter w Curves, and congratulations on the great losses so far! The fabulous thing about 3FC is that it is full of people who are succeeding or have succeeded on so many different plans with different goals...its a big part of why I love it so much.

BillBlueEyes
10-10-2007, 05:03 AM
During the day:

1) Roasted soy nuts, 1/4 cup, all time favorite
2) Trader O's, 1 cup, feels like I've eaten big time. Better than Cheerios.
3) Apple - Ginger Gold is my favorite this week. That changes often during apple season.
4) Quaker oat squares cereal, 1/2 cup, just love them.
5) Two corn tortillas, thoroughly toasted, cut into wedges like chips, with salsa. Mango salsa is current favorite.

Evenings after dinner:

6) Half a mango.
7) Half a grapefruit.
8) California navel orange.
9) Black seedless grapes (not as easy for me to bound the volume consumed)
10) Quarter of a melon - cantaloupe, honeydew, mini watermelon

sweetnsassyfied
10-10-2007, 06:24 AM
My favorite snacks are..

Jello Fruit passion's with a Tblsp of FF Coolwhip

7 reduced fat Triscuits, topped with a 1/4 tsp of salsa and a monteray jack cheese stick that I sliced into 7 equal portions. :lol:

A Thomas 100 calorie 5gr. of fiber english muffin toasted and topped with peanut butter and jelly.

Those 3 cover my sweet, salty, and comfort food. ;)

hellokitty81668
10-10-2007, 07:08 AM
My snacks:
Fat free Stonyfield vanilla yogurt mixed with frozen or fresh fruit and a little Kashi go lean crunch on top.
Fruit......... figs, bananas, berries, pears, mango, papaya, apple with peanut butter
Dried cranberries, cherries or strawberries with some walnuts or pecans
Kashi tlc bar, or Fiber one bar
Skinny cow ice cream
low fat gramham crackers with fresh fruit spread or peanut butter
Sun chips
pretzels with mustard
Dried dates( I love this)

cheryl

rockinrobin
10-10-2007, 07:22 AM
Some of my favorite snacks

-An egg white omlette with a sliced broiled zucchini. Very filling and satisfying
-Hard boiled egg whites with a little salt
-Measured out cereal, Fiber One with a few raisins
-FF/SF Danon Lite and Fit yogurt with 1/4 cup of Fiber One Cereal. I partially freeze the yogurt. It is EXCELLENT.
-Gala apple
-Homemade cucumber salad. No oil. I love this.
-3 oz. can of tuna in water, romaine lettuce. Sometimes I'll have a whole big salad with it, no dressing
-Salad, with balsamic vinegar
-Grape tomatoes, baby carrots and celery.
-Grapes, I forgot all about freezing them - thanks Heather
-Sugar Free Jello

Suzanne 3FC
10-10-2007, 11:07 AM
I've moved the corn posts to the food and nutrition forum since it was pointed out that it should have it's own thread. It should make for an interesting debate :)

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=124739

nelie
10-10-2007, 11:07 AM
Heather, thanks for reminding me about frozen grapes, I just bought some grapes yesterday ($1/lb for seedless black)

I am changing up my diet a bit so my snacks have changed a bit as well.

- Raw veggies (celery, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, snap peas)
- Veggies with hummus
- Fruit (tangerines, peaches, plums, apples, etc)
- Nuts (portioned)
- Different type of "salads" such as bean salad (beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, spices) or beet salad (shredded beets, carrots, apples, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, ginger, salt, pepper)

Sandi
10-10-2007, 11:13 AM
I'd love to have the Fibre One bars for snacks but find that I can only eat them in groups of six.

:lol: they are good aren't they!!

rockinrobin
10-10-2007, 11:25 AM
I'd love to have the Fibre One bars for snacks but find that I can only eat them in groups of six. They call to me from the pantry.


And that my dear is why I avoid all of those bar type foods and those 100 calorie packs.

mandalinn82
10-10-2007, 11:31 AM
The -only- bars/100 cal packs that don't give me the "eat all 6" effect are the Kashi ones, I think because they are less candy-like and more oats-dried fruit-nuts stuck together without a lot of additional sweetness.

Stick me in front of a 100 cal pack (except popcorn) and it becomes a 600 cal pack REALLY quickly.

nelie
10-10-2007, 12:06 PM
Oh I do love the 100 calorie pack popcorns, they are great! I keep them at work. I am trying to give up dairy and although I don't think I need to be entirely strict about it, I was surprised to find that every 100 calorie pack of popcorn I looked at contained milk. Yes I know its minimal but still, I was surprised.

mandalinn82
10-10-2007, 12:09 PM
I'd almost rather it had milk to make up the "butter flavor" than "imitation butter flavor". My package only has milk as part of the list of "butter" ingredients. I am actually surprised to see that real butter is used, rather than "natural and artificial flavors".

boaterswife
10-10-2007, 12:09 PM
Baby carrots
Yoplait FF yogurt
94% FF micro popcorn
Any fresh fruit in the house!
Whatever leftover veggies I have from the previous night's dinner...zap in the micro for a minute and I feel like I'm eating a meal, but it's either 0 or 1 ww point!

nelie
10-10-2007, 12:18 PM
I'd almost rather it had milk to make up the "butter flavor" than "imitation butter flavor". My package only has milk as part of the list of "butter" ingredients. I am actually surprised to see that real butter is used, rather than "natural and artificial flavors".

True! I live in an imaginary world though where if you don't want butter flavoring on your popcorn then that is what you get. My plan is to check whole foods and see if they have other options and also limit it to a homemade snack. My imaginary world also contains lots of no sugar/no sweetener added foods.

SuchAPrettyFace
10-10-2007, 01:29 PM
apples, love the yellow & green the best
100 calorie packs of unsalted almonds
pitted dates, i shove the almonds in there sometimes
string cheese & low sodium wheat thins
smart balance peanut butter and healthy life bread
a box of raisins, Dole is the best
a pre-measured package (I make my own baggies) of Puffins cereal (I like the cinnamon flavored)

mandalinn82
10-10-2007, 01:41 PM
Nelie,

I've heard you can pop popcorn in the microwave in a folded over and stapled paper lunch sack...might be cheaper AND dairy free. You could buy a stack of paper bags and a bag of plain popcorn, add maybe a little salt, assemble 100 cals or however much you want worth of popcorn in the bag, and stow them in your desk. No additives/no dairy. I haven't tried it, but they supposedly pop up like regular popcorn microwave bags.
ETA - this Alton Brown recipe has olive oil, but I know people have done this with just cooking spray or no oil in the bags...just wanted to give you a recipe for technique!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_11374,00.html

Glory87
10-10-2007, 01:49 PM
I never buy the 100 calorie snack packs, I don't find that kind of food very filling and it's likely to trigger bingy feelings.

My common snacks:


yogurt (especially Fage 2% Greek yogurt with fresh blackberries)
string cheese
1/4 cup nuts or trailmix
fruit (particularly berries, tangelos)
soy chips
cut up veggies (I have this everyday - grape tomatoes, baby carrots, orange pepper strips, sugar snap peas)
herbal tea
cottage cheese (especially with mandarin oranges or pineapple)
Whole wheat tortilla, smeared with a little peanut butter, heated and wrapped around a banana (decadent)
Chopped apple, nuked for 4 minutes, add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, cover, nuke 1 more minute, top with a little bit of crunchy granola
Cliff Nectar Bars (only fruit and nuts, all organic - the chocolate/walnut ones are DIVINE)
tall non fat sugar free latte (sometimes with a 100 calorie biscotti)
roasted squash (especially butternut, I roast a big squash for nearly 2 hours, until it is soft, then I mash it with a fork. I love it heated, with a tbs of maple pumpkin butter stirred in)
smart pop Kettle corn - 100 calorie snack bag

Lovely
10-10-2007, 01:50 PM
Wow, these are all some great snack ideas. I'd never even thought about putting grapes in the freezer! I'm going through what everyone's said & making a short list of new or different things I should try >.< Thanks for all these neat ideas everyone!

Marseille
10-10-2007, 01:59 PM
I love the string cheese and the pre-cut cheese cubes. They are spendy when compared to cutting it up myself but very easy to count out a 110 calorie portion of 7 pieces. I have pretty much weaned myself off of sweets and sugar so I don't typically crave it anymore. I also love nuts but I have a tendency to overdo them. I do have a handful of baked chips with salsa every now and then if I really want a treat.

Glory87
10-10-2007, 02:03 PM
As far as fruit goes, is there a certain amount you have to limit to? I know fruit has lots of sugar. I know it's natural sugar, but I was never sure on that. I loooove fruit. Strawberries, bananas, apples, raspberries, etc etc. Are there certain ones that are better for you than others?

I never limited fruit in any way - my rule was always as much fruit/vegetables as I wanted (the exception was dried fruit - it's just too easy for me to eat a lot of dried fruit). My favorite fruits are: berries, cherries, oranges, watermelon, mango and pomegranates (so messy, so worth it!).

nelie
10-10-2007, 03:39 PM
Mandalinn,
I had heard of that method before but I had been afraid to try it, imagining a bag exploding and popcorn kernels everywhere. I might though :) DH makes me popcorn with either water or water and a little oil on the stove and it is pretty good.

LaurieDawn
10-10-2007, 03:43 PM
I have used that method of making popcorn. It's easy and effective. My kids don't like the plain stuff, though, and I haven't yet made an effort to buy healthy additives, so they just add the butter, etc., and it's just like the garbage I can buy in a box - but much cheaper!

rockinrobin
10-10-2007, 05:15 PM
Nelie,

I've heard you can pop popcorn in the microwave in a folded over and stapled paper lunch sack...might be cheaper AND dairy free. You could buy a stack of paper bags and a bag of plain popcorn, add maybe a little salt, assemble 100 cals or however much you want worth of popcorn in the bag, and stow them in your desk. No additives/no dairy. I haven't tried it, but they supposedly pop up like regular popcorn microwave bags.
ETA - this Alton Brown recipe has olive oil, but I know people have done this with just cooking spray or no oil in the bags...just wanted to give you a recipe for technique!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_11374,00.html

Yes, I've done this, though it was quite some time ago. It came out great. Only don't staple it. You shouldn't put metal in a microwave. You can just fold it down.

SuchAPrettyFace
10-10-2007, 05:18 PM
This is what I use:

http://www.amazon.com/NordicWare-Microwave-Popcorn-Popper-3-qt/dp/B0000DE2T7

mandalinn82
10-10-2007, 05:41 PM
Alton uses staples, and the man has never steered me wrong. Still, if you are concerned about the metal in the microwave thing, just fold over (some people even use tape!)