Calorie Counters - Looking for some healthy, calorie-dense foods

02-10-2010, 05:08 PM
ok, this sounds really silly, but there are days when I'm finding it really hard to eat my recommended amount of calories.

There are a lot of days when I'll have anywhere from 200-300 calories left over. I never go have an issue with going over.

I'm not feeling hungry or deprived.

Sure, it would be easy to have a chocolate bar or something to meet my calories, but I don't want to fall back into the trap of having junk food on a regular basis. That's what got me fat in the first place.

For breakfast I almost always have a bowl of cereal or oatmeal.
Lunch is usually a chicken burger or soup & sandwich, and fruit.
Afternoon snack is a usually a granola bar or a Skinny Cow ice cream treat.
Supper is a meat/veggies/carb side almost every night. Heavy on the veggies.
Evening snack is usually popcorn or pretzels or fruit & cheese.

I'd love some ideas for healthy items I can add to my meals, or maybe substitutes? Thanks!

02-10-2010, 05:57 PM
Avocados and nuts are my favorites.

02-10-2010, 06:01 PM
Julie beat me to it. :)

Nuts, all the way. Nutritional powerhouses.

02-10-2010, 06:05 PM
Yes, nuts! This reminds me that I should buy more almonds.

02-10-2010, 06:09 PM
I was asking a co-worker about this yesterday. They suggested natural peanut butter or almond butter. Just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter will run you around 200 calories depending on the brand.

02-10-2010, 06:13 PM
Ditto on the suggestions of avocado and nuts - I try to have at least one of those every day for their nutritional value, in addition to being a good snack or part of a meal.

But I am curious what your calorie target is, the amount of food you are eating doesn't seem all that low to me, unless you are having pretty small portions?