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Old 03-13-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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I need healthy snacks!

I need to loose a few pounds so I am looking fo rhealthy snacks to eat at work.

I will generally take a small bag of chips to work and eat the whole bag during the work day. ( well, maybe its a large bag)

Anyway, I need something to munch on at work that will curb my appitite yet not carry so many calories!

Any ides would be SO helpful!!!!



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Old 03-13-2008, 12:45 AM   #2
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popcorn is great to much on. get some Molly McButter in either the 5 calorie butter flavor or the 5 calorie cheese flavor. You can get an air popcorn popper for around $25 and sprinkle the Molly McButter on your popcorn. It will only be about 36 calories per cup, it's very low in saturated fat, has no cholesterol, very low in sodium, very low in sugar, and high in fiber.

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Old 03-13-2008, 04:53 AM   #3
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You can do popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave without butter. Add your low fat condiments after cooking. I use a bit of icing sugar over mine, no butter. I also used to keep some unshelled lychees by my computer and eat them. Used to slow me down a bit with the unshelling but they were sweet and moist and if it is a bit of boredom making you want to snack, taking the shells off is a distraction. Would never have more than a small handful in a bag and I seldom ate more than four or five during a day. Vegemite on puffed rice cakes were also at my side for a more substantial snack but I doubt you'd like that!! I would also drink more rather than eat.

If it is bordom and/or habit driving your snacking, try doing something else at that time if at all possible. Maybe you are more suited to having small intakes of food a few times during the day rather than eating lunch in one hit. If so, why not make/buy lunch and have it in smaller portions, so you can have a little bit mid-am, have a piece of fruit at lunch (during your designated break) and then finish your lunch mid-pm? You might find it more satisfying overall.

Look at what you are eating for breakfast and lunch. Are they satisfying you? Is the snacking compensating diet choices that don't suit your needs?

Another suggestion, stop taking a snack with you. If it is at your side, you will more likely eat it, irrespective of whether you truly want it. Leave the snacks at home and if you want something go out and buy it. Sure it will cost you more but you might also discover that some of your snacking is habit rather than need, and therefore you will save money in the long run by not supplying snacks every day.

Best advice I can give really, is to look at WHY you snack before you find a new snack.
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:04 AM   #4
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Try having some oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast. Or a bowl of muesli with fruit, both are filling. Breakfast is very important, especially in losing weight!

For some great tasting snacks:

Apples, pears, grapes, bananas... have them with some almonds (but measure the almonds before leaving the house, they are calorie dense but good for you in small quantities)

My favorite snacks are dried fruit with seeds or nuts. Very filling.

Hummus is easy to make and you can measure it out into small containers. Bring fresh chopped veggies for dipping...red bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery. I also hard boil 2 eggs, remove the yolk and put a spoonful of hummus in each half. Great tasty snack with lots of protein!

Luna bars are tasty, not too high in sugar and have a decent amount of protein.

If you like cheese, low-fat mozzarella cheese sticks with some grapes or other piece of fruit is good.

Also make sure to drink at least 64oz of water during the day. I sometimes drink decaf herbal teas if I feel hungry but know I don't need food.
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:55 AM   #5
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Anything high in fiber would be good to snack on because its going to fill you up.
Like others have said popcorn woud be good. Redkitty mentioned hummus, that is a great snack with some chopped veggies. I like it with a little chopped cucumber and a sprinkle of feta, maybe a whole wheat pita cut into triangles.

Other good snacks would include:
bowl of strawberries or blueberries (any fruit would work)
low fat cheese
boiled eggs
smoothie w/ fat free yogurt and fruit
Nuts, especially almonds or walnuts (only about 1/4 C.)
whole wheat tortilla smeared with low fat refried beans and cheese, microwave it and slice it up.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:22 AM   #6
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Fresh veggies, cut in bite size.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:42 AM   #7
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I bring an orange, peeled and segmented in a container almost every day. Bananas are great for you, and easy to eat at your desk.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:56 AM   #8
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Another vote for the veggies! Not just carrot and celery, but radish, cucumber, bell peppers. You can make small wraps using Boston lettuce for the wrap instead of a tortilla. Granola bars. Kellogs has some good tips on the back of their boxes.

The DW and I just need to shed 5-10 pounds, but it's been nagging the crap out of us. We both love to cook AND eat. Not junk food, good food...but maybe not the healthiest. i.e pastas, breaded foods, BBQ. We're trying Alli now to see if it helps. We also started eating larger salads with dinner (from my salad threads) You can get pretty creative with salads and they are very filling. Just pay attention to the amount of dressing and the calories of it. Creamy dressings are higher in fat. We ABSOLUTELY LOVE Ellie Krieger's show on FN. Not only is it a good show, she has some pretty good ideas for substitutes and tips. Some eye-poping facts too, like how chiken wings have more fat than a 1/2 stick of butter.

Good luck. It's hard making the change at first, but the longer you stick with it, the easier and more fun it will be.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:57 AM   #9
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I always bring a banana to work for my mid-morning snack.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:53 AM   #10
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Wow! Thanks for the great ideas!

I think I will hit up the store on the way home tonight and see what I can find.

Is there anyway to dry out fruits without buying a dehydrator?

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