100 lb. Club - The need to CRUNCH
01-17-2009, 04:57 PM
Hi all, Need some advice. I really like to CHEW my food. Crunching things is very satisfying to me. Anyway, I am looking for some healthy crunchy snacks. That type of food seems to get me past my cravings. I eat carrots with hummus and love the 100 calorie bags of popcorn along with soy chips. But I have been crunching these like crazy for the last 6 months and am now getting bored with it. I need some good ideas before the next craving hits. Thanks.
01-17-2009, 05:05 PM
I'm also a chewer. I like carrots dipped in doritos salsa - since both are low cal. You could even mix some LF natural yohurt in with that and it tastes delish.
01-17-2009, 05:08 PM
Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal is SO crunchy that by the time I finish a 1/2 cup with my yogurt in the morning, my jaw actually hurts.
01-17-2009, 05:22 PM
When I get the urge to *crunch* I eat celery dipped in low fat italian dressing or sweet/snap peas just plain. Yummy and sweet and satisfies the need to crunch.
I also munch on triscuts with slices of lowfat cheese slices. Low fat pretzels are a favorite also. Hope this helps. I look forward to reading everyone else's ideas! I need to change my snacks up a bit also :)
01-17-2009, 05:30 PM
wasa bread with:
laughing cow wedge
cheese melted and salsa
JUST ABOUT ANYTHING!
I just finished two with two LC wedges. Yum!
01-17-2009, 05:37 PM
ezekiel cereal is also REALLY crunchy. mixed with some yogurt, by the time your done you dont want to chew for along time.
01-17-2009, 05:51 PM
Any raw veggie is great for satisfying the need to "crunch." Carrots, celery, pepper strips (all colors), cucumbers, asparagus, green beans, radishes, and turnips are all yummy raw. Hummus, muhummara (another type of Middle Eastern dip), low cal dressings, and salsa are all good to dip in.
I also like Akmak crackers or an apple smeared with peanut butter. Crunchy pickles are always satisfying for me too.
01-17-2009, 05:58 PM
Those are all great ideas ... here are a few more:
* Wasabi peas
* Soy nuts
* Corn nuts
01-17-2009, 06:14 PM
Almonds are really awesome and have great nutritional value. I am also a HUGE fan of ants on a log(celery with peanut butter and raisins), which was my absolute fav when I was little
01-17-2009, 06:17 PM
That laughing cow cheese wedges are sooo good! There good on anything!
01-17-2009, 06:18 PM
Spoon sized shredded wheat
air popped popcorn
01-17-2009, 10:33 PM
I just made this recipe tonight:
01-18-2009, 12:04 AM
Granola bars or granola in yogurt -- mmmm good.
I also like the new thin Triscuits for a bit of crunch or a small bag of natural popcorn.
EDIT: OH and Fuji apples of course! One of my daily staples and nice and crunchy.
01-18-2009, 08:10 AM
I can SO relate. This is also my downfall. Since I've been doing Superfoods, (more or less :p) I've been having to eat more nuts and have found that adding a few nuts to things to be highly satisfying flavor/texture wise. And you don't really need to add much to get that crunchy flavor and still stay within calorie limits. Like today, I had a salad consisting of tuna, some cooked rice, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, orange bell pepper, chili garlic sauce/fat free ranch dressing. On top I added 6 walnut halves broken up. Though this doesn't seem like much, with all the rest it really made it crunchy and savory. Yay for nuts!:D
01-18-2009, 09:42 PM
Love this recipe! Thanks!
01-18-2009, 09:43 PM
hey...thanks everyone for the great ideas. They are so helpful....I am going to come back to this string again and again for ideas.
01-19-2009, 08:52 AM
Definitly nuts! And water chestnuts. You can add them to anything and they have almost no flavor (they take on the flavor of your food). Low in calories and all they do is crunch. :)
01-19-2009, 04:47 PM
I like soy nuts, roasted green peas, and roasted chick peas. I get these at my local farmers market. YUM-O
01-19-2009, 05:47 PM
My crunchiest crunchies;
celery and PB
Almonds-- 20 of them in a portion
Vanilla yogurt with honey bunches of oats on top (ice cream and crunch cravings both satisfied)----I also found some organic Whole grain cereal that is WAY crunchy--too much for me actually
Roasted chick peas---drain, rinse, season with EVOO and spices, roast about 45 minutes
Wasabi peas--they are dry roasted peas with wasabi seasoning, pretty green and white--I get them in bulk food section of grocery store
Ice Ice baby----thats my favorite crunch, but I am anemic and craving ice is a common symptom of anemia
01-19-2009, 06:01 PM
I went through a period where I thought I was starting to have increased hunger or cravings due to restriction. It took me a while :o, but I finally figured out that what I was missing was *crunch.* I added some back in and felt much more satisfied :). Nuts and carrots both help, but to a certain extent, at least for me, it has to be a carby/bready/cracker kind of crunch. So I include that at least a couple times a week. For example, I enjoy my pita pizza so much more just by baking the pita alone until it gets nice and crispy, before topping it and warming the toppings up in the oven too. Or I bake my own corn tortilla chips (from a tortilla, of course ;)) sometimes instead of making a burrito, and eat the filling nacho-style.