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kaebea
09-23-2008, 08:14 PM
Hi,
i've been away from the forum for a while, but thought i needed another boost in my dietary habits.
I tend to feel drained at the end of the work day and find myself stopping for a treat or and easy meal on the way home from work.

I think it's just gotten hard for me to prepare meals in the evenings when i just want a break.

I was trying to think up some easy whole food ideas or recipes to keep me interested in eating right.

I don't eat alot of carbs of the grain type. I don't seem to digest them well, but i am open to fruits and veggies and other real foods.

one thing i was thinking of trying was slicing bananas and freezing them. anyone tried this?

any other ideas or quick recipes?

thanks,
kb.


zenor77
09-24-2008, 01:33 AM
one thing i was thinking of trying was slicing bananas and freezing them. anyone tried this?


Frozen bananas are yummy as long as you eat them still frozen. Bananas get really mushy once they thaw (as in liquid banana.)

Grapes are great frozen too.

For snacks I like 2T hummus with veggies to dip, an apple and an oz of cheese or 1T of peanut butter, a boiled egg, a small handful of nuts or seeds, 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries and 1t honey or agave syrup, or celery with peanut butter and raisins (ants on a log.)

modkittn
09-24-2008, 03:14 PM
I like frozen blueberries and raspberries too... yum!


ladybugnessa
09-24-2008, 03:17 PM
veggies and hummus is an after work fav for me.

PhotoChick
09-24-2008, 03:27 PM
Some of my favorite snacks are:

boiled eggs
cheese and apple slices
hummus and carrots/celery
peanut butter on celery
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds (unsalted)

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ladybugnessa
09-24-2008, 03:30 PM
oh greek yogurt mixed with dried fruit and nuts... sweet, crunchy and filling.

LindseyLouWho
09-24-2008, 04:00 PM
How about cottage cheese? You can make it savory by stirring in herbs, salt, pepper and some veggies like tomatoes or onions. You can also make it sweet by stirring in some fruit, like pineapple.

How about dried fruits, like figs or prunes? Figs are especially high in iron.

JulieJ08
09-24-2008, 05:38 PM
My current snacks are:

AM - 1/4c each of 2% Greek yogurt, frozen blueberries, banana and granola; I usually add some vanilla and cinnamon too, but no sugar

PM - 1/4c hummus w veggies (pepper, carrot, celery, cucumber)

I am also having fruit first thing in the morning (before my workout, which is before breakfast) and after dinner. I sometimes also have a square of dark chocolate after dinner.

tigerchic89
10-01-2008, 09:42 PM
I usually eat my snack in teh car, usually before or after working out. Some staples for me are:

An apple with a (previously) frozen cheese stick or some nuts
A banana with a (previously) frozen cheese stick or some nuts
V8 juice
Some trail mix (I buy at Costco, mainly for teh kids... raisins, peanuts, cashews, almonds and MM's)
A Luna, Balance or Zone bar (this is not a daily thing, only if I need a more substantial snack.. better than hitting a drive thru.. or If I'm dying for chocolate)
A zipperbag w/sliced cucumber, triscuit type crackers, cheese
Powdered instant meal drink than water can be added to (I have not done this in a while)

I actually keep a plastic tote/bin in my car with a few water bottles, apples, packages of nuts, balance bars, V8 cans, and the big bag of Costco trail mix with paper bags to fill and pass out to the kids

kaebea
10-02-2008, 09:04 PM
thanks for all the suggestions.
my frozen nana's worked out well...um, except when i absentmindedly placed the container back in the fridge, instead of the freezer....yeah, they don't thaw out well :)

my challenging time is the p.m., as it is for alot of folks. the after work time.
i think i like the idea of grapes, or other small berry type fruits, and yogurt or something called Friendship farmer cheese.
I also make my own yogurt, but it comes down to a matter of taking the time to prepare stuff , doesn't it?

I used to cook all the time. then i hit a bad spell. I was on this birth control pill that just destroyed me over time and made me really unhealthy in so many ways. I was on it for years, but i'm so glad i found out what was making me so unwell.
Now i can focus on getting healthy and happy again :)
So, in trying to rebuild myself from that, i'm having to relearn how to have healthy habits again. I guess that means thinking ahead for meals, rather than stopping somewhere to eat.

I made some stew today (free range organic beef from TJ's) and a shrimp salad from my grain-free cook book. both turned out yummy.

I have a recipe in the grain-free book for a cucumber yogurt dip, that i thought might go well with veggies.
I like to snack on veggies, but after work when i'm stressed, veggies just aren't what i'm craving. maybe it's all in the dip...

thanks for the suggestions, keep em coming!
kb

InnerChild
10-04-2008, 08:48 AM
Here is part of a list I've put together over the years.

100 Calories Whole Food Snacks


Fruits
1 cup (or 25) grapes
1 cup blueberries
2 cups strawberries
2 cups raspberries
2 cups watermelon
medium orange
medium banana
medium pear
medium peach
medium apple
medium apricot
medium nectarine
2 mandarin oranges
2 kiwis
2 plums
25 cherries
1/2 cantaloupe
1-cup applesauce (unsweetened)
3 Tablespoons raisins
1-cup pineapple (75 calories)
1/2 cup canned pineapple
Most 4-ounce snack cups of fruit in their own juice are 70 to 100 calories
Try freezing fruits, especially bananas or grapes, for a refreshing treat
15 strawberries dipped in 1⁄4 cup Cool Whip Lite

Veggies
1 cup celery
1 cup carrots
1 cup sugar snap peas (25 calories)
1 cup cherry (or grape) tomatoes
1 cup zucchini, butternut or acorn squash
1/4 avocado
1 ear of corn
1 dill pickle (10 calories)
4 medium tomatoes
4 cups cauliflower
12 oz. V-8 or other vegetable juice (80 calories)
½ red bell pepper dipped in 3 tablespoons hummus

girl81
10-17-2008, 02:28 PM
thanks for all the suggestions.
my frozen nana's worked out well...um, except when i absentmindedly placed the container back in the fridge, instead of the freezer....yeah, they don't thaw out well :)

my challenging time is the p.m., as it is for alot of folks. the after work time.
i think i like the idea of grapes, or other small berry type fruits, and yogurt or something called Friendship farmer cheese.
I also make my own yogurt, but it comes down to a matter of taking the time to prepare stuff , doesn't it?

I used to cook all the time. then i hit a bad spell. I was on this birth control pill that just destroyed me over time and made me really unhealthy in so many ways. I was on it for years, but i'm so glad i found out what was making me so unwell.
Now i can focus on getting healthy and happy again :)
So, in trying to rebuild myself from that, i'm having to relearn how to have healthy habits again. I guess that means thinking ahead for meals, rather than stopping somewhere to eat.

I made some stew today (free range organic beef from TJ's) and a shrimp salad from my grain-free cook book. both turned out yummy.

I have a recipe in the grain-free book for a cucumber yogurt dip, that i thought might go well with veggies.
I like to snack on veggies, but after work when i'm stressed, veggies just aren't what i'm craving. maybe it's all in the dip...

thanks for the suggestions, keep em coming!
kb
what are you having for lunches?

kaebea
12-10-2008, 08:20 PM
Hi girl81!

lately for lunches now that they are in season, i've been mashing a super ripe avocado and mixing it with some chopped baby greens and flat leaf parsley, a favorite of mine!
I also have been packing a grapefruit, an apple or bannana and some homemade yogurt.

lunch is sort of tricky if i dont preplan.
pbj is easy, but i never felt good when i ate that way, now i understand why.

I'm still having problems with sugar bingeing. i just posted something on sugar busters. maybe i will get some support and help.
I love sugar, but i simply cannot be satisfied with a sane amount. i feel compelled to eat it untill i'm sick of it. I wish i could just never eat it again, but there is a party for work tommorrow p.m. and i already said i would attend. I'm sort of scared....:?:

IngridonWW
12-11-2008, 08:57 AM
Quite simply, I would keep a can of nuts in your car, for snacking on the way home, and don't just go for peanuts -- although those are good -- get some roasted pecans or pistachios or almonds. So many diet programs discourage nuts because they are high in fat, but they are an original whole food, and a big help to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. They will give you some protein-fat-carb, and will help you stave off hunger until you can get yourself something healthier to eat.

KristasMom
12-11-2008, 11:37 AM
I have some Kashi whole grain and nut bars - ridiculously expensive, but they do kill any hunger pang known to man, and they feel like a treat.

girl81
12-15-2008, 06:39 AM
1. I would plan for veggies and more protein at lunch; tuna salad, turkey rollups, hb eggs, veggie quiche in tupperware, etc.
2. I would read up on l-glutamine's ability to fight sugar cravings.

JulieJ08
12-15-2008, 11:40 AM
I have some Kashi whole grain and nut bars - ridiculously expensive, but they do kill any hunger pang known to man, and they feel like a treat.

I may try that for my next TOM starvation torture day :^:

bluejay
12-19-2008, 01:01 PM
I like to keep some flour tortillas in the frig (espec. whole grain ones). Add some lettuce, maybe FF refried beans and salsa. Eat it as a wrap, either hot beans or cold. Very quick and filling. Depending on your eating plan you could add LF cheese, or substitute canned beans instead of the FF refried beans, add other veggies, etc.

rocket pop
12-30-2008, 04:36 AM
or celery with peanut butter and raisins (ants on a log.)

I thought that Ants on a Log was a name my Mum made up!! Oooooh, it's delicious.

michelle7
01-15-2009, 04:48 PM
My usuals are:
-- Greek Yogurt, Nature's Path Granola and Berries (I tried canned pumpkin the other day instead of berries, added some stevia to sweeten and cinnamon - so good!)
-- A slice of Ezequiel Bread toasted w/ a smear of nut butter and all-fruit spread
-- Cottage Cheese, Nuts and Fruit
-- String Cheese and an Apple

JulieJ08
01-15-2009, 06:41 PM
My usuals are:
-- Greek Yogurt, Nature's Path Granola and Berries (I tried canned pumpkin the other day instead of berries, added some stevia to sweeten and cinnamon - so good!)

Oh yeah. The first one, I have all the time, often daily. And the second ... mmm, my favorite treat lately is Greek yogurt with a bit of pumpkin butter (maybe 1/2 T or so) - I like it just barely sweet and still a touch sour. My pumpkin butter is gone and I've been debating with myself whether I should get anymore :dizzy:

michelle7
01-15-2009, 10:28 PM
Oh yeah. The first one, I have all the time, often daily. And the second ... mmm, my favorite treat lately is Greek yogurt with a bit of pumpkin butter (maybe 1/2 T or so) - I like it just barely sweet and still a touch sour. My pumpkin butter is gone and I've been debating with myself whether I should get anymore :dizzy:

Pumpkin butter is a great idea!!! I eat the yogurt/granola/fruit EVERY DAY too. Today's fruit was pomegranate seeds (I buy them ready to go so no de-seeding necessary LOL! Really tasty!

RN BSN 2009
01-15-2009, 10:47 PM
Oh I LOVE trader joes!!

nelie
01-16-2009, 09:29 AM
I'd like pumpkin butter but I don't like the added sugar they put into it. I think Cracker Barrel actually has no sugar added pumpkin and apple butter. I found it there before. Also there is this place in Julian, CA (outside of San Diego) that has tons of fruit 'butters' with no added sugar or sweetened with juice, can't remember which. I forget their name though.

RitzyFritz
01-16-2009, 11:17 AM
High Desert Farms has All Natural Sugar Free & Salt Free Pumpkin Butter (12 oz. jar). I found it on Amazon - of all places (in my mind that is supposed to be books not food! :lol: ) I'm not sure of where else it can be purchased.

JulieJ08
01-16-2009, 02:00 PM
I'd like pumpkin butter but I don't like the added sugar they put into it. I think Cracker Barrel actually has no sugar added pumpkin and apple butter. I found it there before. Also there is this place in Julian, CA (outside of San Diego) that has tons of fruit 'butters' with no added sugar or sweetened with juice, can't remember which. I forget their name though.

Oh, I would prefer that too. That's why I was debating whether to get any more.

Hyacinth
01-17-2009, 06:41 PM
My snacks are:

-a simple tuna salad of tuna, celery, onion, spices, and a dab of yogurt just to hold it all together. This can be eaten on celery sticks or crackers.

-tomato soup with crackers, croutons, or a handful of kale

-smoothie (yogurt + fruit)

-GORP (aka trail mix) made of raisins, peanuts, carob chips, and dehydrated raspberries (or whatever gorp-like stuff you have on hand)

Rif
01-18-2009, 04:38 PM
My current afternoon snack is:

1/3 - 1/2 can refried beans (organic black beans with roasted red peppers is my favorite) mixed with 2T fresh salsa (I use the fresh stuff you get in the produce section of the market). Mix together and heat in the microwave for about a minute. Use as a dip for baby carrots or other veggies.

ProteinGal
01-20-2009, 01:33 AM
I love my Walnuts, I eat about an ounce every day, an excellent source of omega-3 too.

kaebea
01-20-2009, 08:43 AM
i love my walnuts too! i have a glass dish sitting on the counter of unshelled walnuts and a nut cracker on top!
It reminds me of christmas's when i was a kid. I can't set out a dish of candy because i would never be able to leave it alone, so it's somehow neat to me to have this dish of nuts sitting on the counter. Homey i guess.

I also filled a ceramic jar with bags of tea:) The jar was a gift, and my first thought was "oh, a candy jar!" but i never wanted to have candy in the house, so the jar sat empty for a while. So it's nice to have my green tea (Trader Joe's brand!) on the counter in easy reach, and in a pretty jar.

beachpotato
01-21-2009, 05:37 PM
refried beans (organic black beans with roasted red peppers is my favorite).

where do you get this? :drool:

beachpotato
01-21-2009, 05:46 PM
I'd like pumpkin butter but I don't like the added sugar they put into it. I think Cracker Barrel actually has no sugar added pumpkin and apple butter. I found it there before. Also there is this place in Julian, CA (outside of San Diego) that has tons of fruit 'butters' with no added sugar or sweetened with juice, can't remember which. I forget their name though.

would that be the julian cider mill? :love:
how do you know julian?

nelie
01-21-2009, 05:54 PM
where do you get this? :drool:

Whole Foods has refried beans with red peppers. They are really good. I also like bearitos refried beans but they are usually a bit pricey for me.

I grew up in San Diego and visit twice a year. My mom likes Julian although really Santa Ysabel and Dudley's bakery is where its at...

beachpotato
01-21-2009, 06:07 PM
yesss!!! dudley's cheese bread is to die for. tastes just like cheez-its. i must keep away.

i was going to make a pilgrimage to julian this weekend to get some manna from heaven bread (julian bakery, not dudley's) that is mentioned in the superfoods book and found they moved to la jolla!!! what??? that's just wrong. :faint:

shrinkingviolet
03-04-2009, 05:23 PM
I love cherry tomatoes w/garlic salt on them for a snack, also some kiwis or some ruby red grapefruit w/a little sugar on it. I just had some pumpkin seeds and a chamomile tea, that was good.

shrinkingviolet
03-04-2009, 05:25 PM
I'm waiting for Julian to get some snow again. :snow4:

Umberto
03-06-2009, 06:03 AM
easiest snack for me as a hard boiled egg, i generally keep a couple cooked in the fridge. Its quite filling and only around 100 cals, depending on the size of the egg

tdiprincess
03-07-2009, 09:59 PM
I enjoy sliced banana with about 1T PB... makes me think of PB banana sandwiches, without the bread, although, at times I still enjoy that! :)

I also will make a bigger meal one night that will last for lunches and dinners through out the week. Just heat up and enjoy! Tonight I made baked brown rice and beans, with some broth, spices and some cheese, oh it came out absolutely DELISH! DH loved it too!! :)

bobblefrog
04-21-2009, 10:58 PM
I like organic carrots - then I don't have to peel them. Just scrub and chop the ends off. I always keep a bag of apples on hand, too and I like navel oranges (I get organic too so I can eat the peel). I also like GTs Synergy Kombucha (it gives you a full feeling and a little feel good rush - but man are they an acquired taste - if you try start with Strawberry). They are expensive too unless you can find them on sale. My favorite treat though (also when I can afford it) is to pour frozen blueberries in a dessert dish (maybe half a cup - a cup if I'm feeling gluttonous) and add skim milk to cover. It all freezes to a sort of blueberry slushy that is very satisfying as you can't eat it very fast. Trick is to get good frozen blueberries. I can't remember the name - but my favs come in a brown paper packaging. Stahlsomething. They are the cheapest and have never gotten a bad bag of blueberries yet!

Cinnamon
05-05-2009, 10:16 PM
thanks for all these great snack ideas.

blueridgegirl
05-28-2009, 09:57 AM
I try to limit my carbs and boost protein, so I am a big fan of pumpkin seeds (raw, unsalted). Raw almonds or walnuts are good too - with a few prunes or other dried fruit to make it sweet.

ohfaithful
06-11-2009, 04:46 AM
Thanks for all of the snack ideas...I can definitely use these!

One thing that is helping me get rid of the sweet cravings is a tablespoon full of Black Strap Molasses, Unsulfured a day... I put it in my breakfast smoothie in the morning and it has literally killed my cravings...I use it for a sweetner in tea or coffee sometimes as well... I think the brand I have is called Plantation...

Another thing since I started the green breakfast smoothies, I seem to have an aversion to meat...or some forms...

MorningStar721
06-19-2009, 04:10 PM
That's one of my favorites! I cook a bag of pinto beans in the crock pot and puree them in the food processor with olive oil and taco seasoning. I use it either for burritos or quesadillas! YUM!

paperSkin
06-24-2009, 06:07 PM
If you're into avocado, i make my own guacamole with lemon, cilantro, onion, tomato and garlic and eat it with crackers. Once I just mixed some corn into it and it was amazing.

ladyblades
02-26-2010, 01:45 PM
I have 4 or 5 different nuts in the door of my freezer for variety and freshness. Always have some on hand to snack on or add to a salad, cereal or yogurt.

fruitlady
02-26-2010, 05:10 PM
I only eat natural peanut butter. No salt or anything added. Just peanuts made creamy. It's so good I usually can't stop when I start eating it. So I try to limit it to once or twice a week. It does stick with you for a while. I refuse to eat anything processed, so if they didn't sell this, I wouldn't eat it peanut butter at all. I like to snack on strawberries or grapes at night if I need to.

Hyacinth
02-27-2010, 09:25 AM
I made hummus this week, which is ground chickpeas and tahini. I added a green pepper and some onion to the blender, so it gave it a nutritional boost.

Baba ganouj is also another way to get a vegetable in ... it's an eggplant dip with tahini.

Both recipes can be found with a google search. I eat both dips with sliced vegetables or sometimes pita or homemade corn chips (corn tortillas cut into wedges and baked).

Harbor
03-04-2010, 11:26 AM
I have never been a nut eater but have recently been taking almonds and dried plantain chips for snacks at work. I have found I don't get drowsy like I used to and no longer have a need for coffee to stay awake. I work graveyard so staying awake was always an issue for me.