100 lb. Club - High Volume/Low Cal Healthy food Ideas
01-13-2010, 01:19 PM
I am the type of girl that likes to EAT. I want ideas of filling foods that are good for me and tasty but still healthy.
I love big salads with ridiculously low calories. More ideas like that, please! Your help is appreciated. :hug:
01-13-2010, 01:24 PM
You might want to go check out the Weight Watchers forum.There is a thread called filling foods I think.
01-13-2010, 01:48 PM
Fiber muffins like the ones from zen bakery or trader joes are really filling. I have one every morning. Egg whites from a carton can make you a filling omelet, but they cut the calories in half and taste the same to me ! Oh and my biggest favorite is clear broth soups. I always make these with miso or other asian recipes because they are so huge and filling.. but maybe around a couple hundred calories depending on ingredient.
01-13-2010, 02:16 PM
It might depend on the person. I'm not sure. I find to be really filling:
1 serving of steal cut oats
Tons of broccoli with a serving of protein
Tea also fills me up and it's 0 calories...I think.
01-13-2010, 02:20 PM
200 cals of various foods (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calories-look-like.htm). :D
01-13-2010, 02:59 PM
I love big eating. I stir fry just about every veggie... with a little soy sauce or curry seasoning. I even stir fry veggies and put them over a bed of lettuce.
Also, soups - split pea or veggie are great.
And add beans to things - very filling, low in calorie and high in protein.
But I must admit, I sometimes have a problem with eating too much veggies! It doesn't result in weight gain, but it does result in a very bloated belly!
Apples are very filling to me... I usually have a hard time eating an entire apple.
Also asparagus... I eat a TON of asparagus and it is really low cal for the nice big bunch you can eat.
01-13-2010, 03:17 PM
I agree about broth based soups. Very filling and delicious.
Here's one of my favorites-- totally simple and quick. Few ingredients. Very filling.
1 quart vegetable broth
1 bunch scallions
1 box sliced brown mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 box extra firm tofu chunks
1 lb frozen shrimp or scallops.
Saute onions, mushrooms and garlic in PAM.
Add broth and bring to low boil
Toss in tofu and shrimp, cook until heated through.
Add a dash of soy sauce or a TBS of fresh miso if desired.
01-13-2010, 04:02 PM
Most of my big filling foods start with a wok heated with a bit of olive oil, garlic, shallots and sweet onions then I add as many different "colors" of veggies as I can and fill the pan. It feeds all 4 of us pretty well. Add a lean protein and you have a filling, low calorie meal.
I like strawberries a lot and find they fill me up before I have eaten more than 120 calories.
I love watermelon when it's in season.
Make an egg white omelet - a recipe I saw in Tosca Reno's book said to place diced green and red peppers, diced onion, and 3 egg whites in a sprayed ziploc bag. Firmly close it and place in boiling water for just a few minutes. It will slide right out of the bag in perfect omelet form.
I have found that when I season foods so they are spicy, I eat less also.
When my tummy is warm, I tend to eat less. I sometimes drink hot tea with dinner - or any other time of day when I am feeling hungry.
Oatmeal with blueberries and ground flaxseed is a great filling food! I have been known to eat it for dinner on grab night.
And of course, use the hunger scale - As we all know, if hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the answer.
01-13-2010, 05:31 PM
I sautee onion, zucchini, tomato and bell pepper and garlic in pam or a little bit of broth, and add red pepper flakes, basil and cilantro then serve in a whole wheat tortilla and it fills me up so full that I wonder if I'm cheating. Gawd that sounds good right now. I think I'm making it for dinner tonight.
01-13-2010, 07:14 PM
Green peppers. My goodness, when I cut a whole one up it just seems like SO MUCH food ... but so few cals.
Roasted portabella mushrooms bulk up lots of salads and meals and have only 30 cal per large mushroom cap.
01-13-2010, 08:53 PM
I basically take anything I make and add a ton of vegetables to it.
For example - spaghetti. Pasta, meat, sauce. Relatively small portion. Add 2 cups of sauteed peppers, onions, and zucchini strips, toss with the sauce, and wham - giant plate of stuff that all tastes like spaghetti goodness, with only a limited amount of extra calories from the veggies.
Another example - stir fry. Small amount of brown rice, small-ish amount of protein, giant pile of stir-fried veggie. Add a sauce to coat all of the meat/veggies and again - giant pile o' food.
Fajitas are easy - grill a ton of peppers, onions, zucchini, and if you're adventurous, nopales (cactus leaves). slice up and serve in low-cal tortillas or over a salad.
Soups lend well to a good veggi-fying. Just add whatever you have on hand and simmer until tender.
01-13-2010, 08:59 PM
mmmmmmm i loooooooove veggies! :D
i stir fry and roast and steam em
also, every morning that i am off work i make my scrambled egg beaters (120 cals for a big plate of eggs) and fry up some slices of ham (100 cals worth) and toast an alternative bagel (110 cals) and have this huge breakfast. I mean, my plate is overflowing. for only 330 cals. throw in a pot of coffee and i am set!
traci in training
01-14-2010, 03:36 AM
Mandalinn - you cook like me! We had friends over and I had made spaghetti squash to put all that veggie goodness on (in homemade marinara oh man when is summer coming back!) and I had also made a "regular mac and cheese. Their littlest girl tried both and asked why the spaghetti tasted funny. I told her it was spaghetti squash I grew in my garden. She says, "I'm sure glad you didn't grow any macaroni squash!"
Another thing I eat a lot of is popcorn. When the snack attack hits it's something I can let myself eat mindlessly. 100 calorie pack X 2 is still pretty good for a binge.
01-14-2010, 05:23 AM
Something I eat at least once a week is a head of cabbage, sliced thinly, and stir-fried with a thinly sliced onion (and I'm flexible as to variety here, last night it was a red onion and red cabbage, but often it's a yellow onion and green cabbage) and garlic in about 2 teaspoons of oil or ghee, with black onion seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds (roughly a teaspoon of each). I toss in some garam masala, a bit of cayenne pepper and the juice of 1/2 lemon near the end. I love this dish very much, you get a huge amount for relatively few calories, and it is just loaded with fibre. I usually get two big servings out of this, and the leftovers keep really well.
01-14-2010, 09:40 AM
Something I eat at least once a week is a head of cabbage, sliced thinly, and stir-fried with a thinly sliced onion
Mmm, I love stir-fried cabbage. It and celery are my 2 favorites. Thos are the ones I always add even when I am lazy and use a frozen mix of veggies.
01-14-2010, 10:28 AM
I always have some sort of soup around in the winter...very low fat with lots of veggies and a bit of barley and beef or beans. I try to eat vegetables at every meal...omelets , stirfry, roasting, steaming..it all works for me. Today I am trying to keep to one serving of bread because it uses up alot of my calorie budget (and I think it is also making me hungry)... So thanks for the timely thread !
01-14-2010, 11:14 AM
I like to dice a ton of veggies (peppers, olives, onion, squash, etc), slice a tomato, and then do this:
tbsp of Ken's Lite Northern Italian dressing spread on pita
thin layer of ricotta
cover with huge amount of diced veggies
you can add a little shredded mozz to the top if you want, but it's totally unnecessary. Bake for about 10 minutes on 350. I can rarely finish the whole thing and it's hardly any calories.
traci in training
01-14-2010, 11:19 AM
Count me in on the cabbage! I only cook half a head at a time or I overeat. Not that the calories are bad, but the atmosphere in my general vicinity takes on a slightly green tinge. But oh, so yummy!
01-14-2010, 02:55 PM
yummm...cabbage ...forgot I had some... ok broiled porkchop, braised cabbage, and sauteed apple....sounds like dinner to me....
01-14-2010, 02:57 PM
I like shredded cabbage salads. I have a low calorie, asian style dressing. I slice the cabbage really thin, add the dressing and eat. You can add shredded carrots, daikon or other things as well.
01-20-2010, 01:06 PM
Thank you so much for your ideas. Sorry for the late reply to the thread, I'm without a computer at home, so I can only access the 'net occasionally from work. :-)
I'm really thinking about yummy eating now. I am looking forward to the farmer's market opening in the spring just down the road from my work. They have the best seasonal veggies at super cheap prices! but until then, I'm hitting the produce department on the way home today.
01-20-2010, 02:10 PM
I LOVE soups...especially when I am looking for something satisfying without bread (somehow soup seems like a complete meal to me rather than a dish of chicken and veggies...weird)
My favorite is Pacific Natural Foods Organic Soup, Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. Oddly enough, I'm not even a fan of tomato soup usually but this soup is so creamy and extremely filling. It's only 110 cals/cup (2 WW points).
01-20-2010, 03:38 PM
I love a large garden salad with nutritional yeast and feta and Fat free ranch. And grilled lemon pepper chicken. Yum!