Calorie Counters - Higher calorie HEALTHY snacks?

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01-26-2010, 12:16 PM
I was having trouble reaching 1300 cals when I started this new change in food. I feel like I have enough energy and I'm not starving but I wanna bump up my calorie intake to around 1500-1600 so when I hit a plateau I can go lower. However I'm barely passing 1300! I dont wanna eat candy bars to fill in those missing calories. I did pick up some peanuts because they are healthy fats and a little thing of those is 160 calories! However last night I had 3 servings and it added up to 480! That cant be goo either. I think I may up my calories at breakfast sine i usually dont go over 200 cals then. So what higher calories snacks do you eat?

01-26-2010, 12:36 PM
Nuts! I also prefer full fat dairy and real butter.

01-26-2010, 12:41 PM
Maybe choose a higher calorie nut? A serving of walnuts is 200 calories. A glass of 2% milk is 140 calories, so a serving of walnuts and a glass of milk will bring you up to 340.

You could also have an apple with peanut butter, among other things.

01-26-2010, 01:07 PM
Well, I have the opposite problem, but I can tell you what healthy things I have to limit because the calories add up quickly :)

I love whole wheat bread and tend to avoid it because I eat too much of it. When I have it around, I make up excuses for things to eat on bread. Peanut butter, almond butter, lowfat cream cheese, fruit spread, tuna salad, etc etc.

Same with whole grain tortillas. For me, one tortilla (150 cal) with a slice of lowfat cheese (the kind I get is 90 cal) = a delicious ~250-calorie quesadilla.

Actually, lowfat cheese of all kinds is a good way to pack some calories in. I love sharp cheddar with a crisp apple or pear. That could be around 200 cal.

Fruit in general can add up quickly. Bananas are an especially easy way to add calories, more than 100 cal each.

Avocados! More than 100 cal for half of one.

Dark chocolate squares @ 40-60 cal each.

Honey @ ~65 cal/tablespoon.

Protein powder can easily add more than 100 cal. I've been adding it to hot chocolate recently (but the whole serving does NOT mix into 1 cup, I have found. Turns it to a chalky sludge).

Flaxseed oil added to salad dressing or oatmeal (yes, the taste is a little odd but I've done it!) - 120 cal if you use a whole tablespoon.

For a treat, I like Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches (which may or may not be considered healthy; they're definitely a processed food) = 140 cal. I usually eat them with an orange, so that's another 35-85 cal, depending on the size.

mmmm... must leave this thread as it's making me hungry!

01-26-2010, 01:45 PM
Dried fruit has a lot of calories, but it is full of fiber and other nutrients. I like to snack on dried plums (formerly known as prunes until some PR person decided to change it) but each one has 20 calories. A handful would add up quickly. Dried apricots, craisins, raisins, etc. would be equally caloriffic but delicious.

01-26-2010, 02:46 PM
emma - all those foods sound so good! thanks! i always forget about peanut butter because i dont usually eat it on bread because it makes my mouth stick together. Ill have to try it with the apples!

gardendiva - i was actually gonna pick up some dried fruit from the store the other day and totally forgot! I will have to pick them up on my next venture!

01-26-2010, 05:13 PM
Nuts, peanut butter, eggs, avocado, coconut milk in a smoothie, pita chips.

01-26-2010, 05:34 PM
I second avocado and nuts.

I especially like to get the whole, mixed nuts and open them one at a time with big nut crackers. Makes the snack an event and makes it last!

01-26-2010, 09:38 PM
dolphinea, your nutcracking event would even burn a few calories, making the nuts almost into "diet food", LOL!