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Healthy snacks

ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
edited June 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm looking to replace regular snack foods like gold fish and cheez-its for something healthier. I was thinking nuts, pistachios or almonds, but other than that I don't really know what would keep my tastes buds busy. I'm willing to try just about anything, trail mixes or grapes or something that I can eat over a decent period of time while watching TV or surfing the net that won't make me tighter around the belt. Thanks!

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    FofamitFofamit Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Veggies and Fruit would be best; I'd advise getting out of the habit of eating/snaking while watching tv or on the computer since a study has shown most people tend to lose track of how much/what they ate. (So you will over eat). Also, drinking water helps too.

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    Fig-DFig-D Tustin, CA, USRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I'm quite fond of grapes. The "Nutritional Value" is almost nonexistent, but certainly healthier than Cheez-Its. Remember that many varieties of nuts are pretty high in fats as well, and while salted nuts may taste better they really are pretty high in sodium. Carrots are usually a pretty good option for me. You get the crunch out of them and they aren't fatty/salty like nuts.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Fofamit wrote: »
    Veggies and Fruit would be best; I'd advise getting out of the habit of eating/snaking while watching tv or on the computer since a study has shown most people tend to lose track of how much/what they ate. (So you will over eat). Also, drinking water helps too.

    Yeah I've heard about this, so what I do is put it in a bowl and keep track of how many bowls I've had (I try to keep it to one, two at the most), so portions usually aren't a problem. Any fruits or veggies you would recommend?

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    FofamitFofamit Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Fofamit wrote: »
    Veggies and Fruit would be best; I'd advise getting out of the habit of eating/snaking while watching tv or on the computer since a study has shown most people tend to lose track of how much/what they ate. (So you will over eat). Also, drinking water helps too.

    Yeah I've heard about this, so what I do is put it in a bowl and keep track of how many bowls I've had (I try to keep it to one, two at the most), so portions usually aren't a problem. Any fruits or veggies you would recommend?

    Um.. personally I've cut out junk food almost entirely... um hmmm... if you don't want to be stuck with just fruits and veggies I would look into how many calories you should roughly need.. I am going to guess around.. roughly... 2400? to maintain your weight (look into it yourself .. since I am just guessing) and just make sure you eat the proper proportions.

    As for my favorite veggie/fruit snacks, personally I love berries, any berries would make me happy. As for veggies.. um.. carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber.

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    PotemkinVillagePotemkinVillage Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I really like to sip on juice or fruit smoothies while I'm watching tv. The best juice (my favourite) is freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and then if you are still hungry afterwards you can eat the pulp with a spoon.

    Fruit smoothies are delicious, just make them in a blender. And if you want them to be really filling you can add some peanut butter in the mix (just be sure to watch your calorie intake if you are trying to loose/maintain your weight).

    Dried fruit is also a good snack (just don't get any that has added sugar) or unsalted nuts (just a lot of nuts are extremely high in calories... I mean... like 300 for not even a cup... ya know?)

    Also, instead of using oily or creamy dressings to dip your veggies in (because plain ol' raw veggies can be a drag after a while...), you can use salsa. ^^

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    DalbozDalboz Resident Puppy Eater Right behind you...Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Nuts would be good, but you really have to watch how much you eat, because while they have good fats in most of them, they're still fats and you can overindulge easily. I would recommend dried fruit. Yogurt makes a good snack. Fresh fruits and vegetables are pretty obvious, I think.

    There are also substitutions for things like Goldfish. Whole grain crackers are usually not too bad. Check the ingredients labels and the nutrition labels to see if they fit the bill. I really like Annie's Whole Wheat Bunnies. Reasonably healthy, but as long as you don't overindulge again. If you like cookies, try slightly healthier ones like oatmeal raisin. It's not the best thing for you, but it is better than the alternative, and a little treat now and then isn't going to kill you.

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    supabeastsupabeast Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Snow peas and sugar snap peas are both pretty good. Just rinse a pound at once, dry them, and eat them by the handful. Same goes for slices of bell pepper. Almonds are nice, and come roasted in many flavors so its hard not to find something likable.

    Limit your fruit intake if you aren’t exercising a lot. Most fruits contains lots of simple sugars on top of all the other nutrients, so they have as much potential to fatten you up as junk foods.

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    pinenut_canarypinenut_canary Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Slices of avocado with a little salt and lime juice sprinkled on them. A can of tuna (watch out for mercury), a boiled egg.

    A slice of low fat cheese with apple slices.

    I like to make my own salsa, and then get multi/whole grain tortillas and cook them until they're crispy on a frying pan (no butter or any other oil), and then have a healthy form of chips and dip. It doesn't taste as good, but I like it.

    Also, this is a Korean kind of snack that I really like. I cut sweet potatoes (which are really good for you) into french fry like sizes, except a bit thinner, and then throw them in the oven until they're crispy. Sprinkle some salt on them if you want.

    I don't know though. I eat about 5 small meals a day, and those things I mentioned are usually my meals, except a little more. They can be considered snacks though.

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    SaniusSanius Registered User regular
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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Sanius wrote: »
    peanut butter

    Clarification: Peanut butter without icing sugar in it. Chances are you'll have to buy "organic" or "natural" peanut butter to get it, but it's definitely worth it. Read the ingredients label. You'll notice a big change in texture and flavour, but once you've become accustomed to real peanut butter the icing peanut butter will taste terrible.

    Peanut butter isn't actually a great regular snack, as it's fairly calorically dense and full of saturated fats, but certainly a lot better than gold fish or cheez-its if had on a good, whole grain bread.

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    mimizumimizu Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    according to the box, "Coca-cola" is a healthy bevarage now :mrgreen:

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    isaac17isaac17 Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Generally, snacking is bad, but you should be having small healthy meals every 2-3 hours to keep your blood sugar levels stable/keep your metabolism up. Veggies are generally the best thing you can be snacking on if it's eating for the sake of eating.

    Honestly, if you try to eat natural foods, in moderation, you should be good. Stay away from eating fruits too often because they're generally just simple sugars that will digest in a half an hour and leave you running dry.

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    oncelingonceling Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    To make sure you stay in reasonable amounts with the nuts, I recommend putting them in little ziploc snack bags in comfortable handfuls (that is, not like the handful of popcorn you take at the movies when you know your friends are gonna hog the bucket for the next 20 minutes so you spread your hand out and take a frankenstein handful with popcorn hanging on desperately wedged between 2 fingers) - something that you can close your fist over without bits sticking out! As you get into healthy eating/snacking a small handful will fill you up in between meals just fine. If you want more, its probably psychological - wanting something to eat constantly, and you shouldn't be snacking for that reason.

    Veggies like broccoli, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery can keep a couple days in the fridge if you again use air tight containers. Peppers you might want to just cut fresh. I think you should keep some stuff pre-cut though because if you're like me, there will be plenty of days where you just can't be bothered and if there's nothing prepped, you'll be tempted to stray. Veggies can be really great with some hummus. Check for one with no added sugars or garbage or make your own. It helps you feel full.

    Grapes, cherries, berries are the fruits that I like for snacking because you can prepare them ahead of time and leave them for easy-grabbing. As someone else said though, fruits do have a lot of natural sugars (grapes esp). I recommend eating them with something else if you find they are making you hungry again quickly. Plain yogurt is good for this.

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    endlesswaltzendlesswaltz Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Edamame. (They're the steamed soybeans you can get with your sushi at restaurants. ) They're tasty and healthy. You can get them in frozen packs almost ready to eat. Just don't put much salt. (If they're already salted, rinse them gently)

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Q: I assume hummus is relatively healthy, yes? Just wondering. Hummus and carrots is good.

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    MayGodHaveMercyMayGodHaveMercy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Snack Bars are surprisingly tasty.

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    spookymuffinspookymuffin ( ° ʖ ° ) Puyallup WA Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Are Slimfast drinks a good snack type of thing? I'd always assumed they were, based on calorie content and nutritional information.

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    NoffNoff Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Slices of avocado with a little salt and lime juice sprinkled on them. A can of tuna (watch out for mercury), a boiled egg.

    Both avocados and eggs (if you eat the yolk) have lots of fat. They also have lots of vitamins and other good stuff, so it's good to have some but don't go chowing down on them all day. The same goes for peanut butter and any nuts really.

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    JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Salsa and low salt corn chips is actually pretty healthy. You get your veggies or fruits and its tasty. Maybe make your own fresh salsa, it would have less salt and no preservatives.

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    JigrahJigrah Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    My favorite snack is a Banana, and when its available beef jerky (super high in sodium but other then that I don't think they are too bad for ya, depending on what kind you get).

    I would also suggest apple chips, banana chips, those kinds of dehydrated fruit are really good for snaking while at the same time I imagine are healthy.

    Raisins are also good snacking food, I do love me some raisins

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    Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Noff wrote: »
    Slices of avocado with a little salt and lime juice sprinkled on them. A can of tuna (watch out for mercury), a boiled egg.

    Both avocados and eggs (if you eat the yolk) have lots of fat. They also have lots of vitamins and other good stuff, so it's good to have some but don't go chowing down on them all day. The same goes for peanut butter and any nuts really.

    Lies and slander.

    Eggs are pretty much the best thing you could ever eat ever. Some fats are good.

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    MayGodHaveMercyMayGodHaveMercy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Man, didn't we go through this a few years back?

    Eggs are good, guys.

    NO. No, eggs are bad.

    Okay wait they're good now.

    Ah shit, sorry. Bad. Don't eat them.

    Eggs make dreams come true.

    Eggs cause cancer.

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    JigrahJigrah Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I would hate for eggs to be bad for health, I eat three of those suckers a day.

    I love eggs, so delicious.

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    Nitsuj82Nitsuj82 Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I would say...banana chips, baby carrots, grapes, raisins, rice/soy chips and salsa, apples with peanut butter, celery with peanut butter (NOT reduced fat peanut butter, since it contains cake icing sugar).

    Stay away from trail mix and nuts, as has already been said, they're not great for you in large quantities.

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    corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I'd avoid constantly sipping smoothies. It may seem good for you because you know, it's fruit, but it's also acidic and sugar-laden. So it'll destroy your teeth and is a bad snack.

    Go for something not full of sugar instead.

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    supabeastsupabeast Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Are Slimfast drinks a good snack type of thing? I'd always assumed they were, based on calorie content and nutritional information.

    I don’t know about you, but I know a lot of women who tried that, and they’re all still fat and have bad skin and dried-out hair. Slimfast isn’t good for anything other than giving dieters something to waste money on.

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    mimizumimizu Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
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    NoffNoff Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    Some fats are good.

    Yeah, I know. Everything I said is still true though. If you just sat around eating hard boiled eggs constantly you'd still get fat and have the worst smelling farts ever (sulphur fumes anyone?), so the key is moderation and a balanced diet.

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    pinenut_canarypinenut_canary Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Noff wrote: »
    Slices of avocado with a little salt and lime juice sprinkled on them. A can of tuna (watch out for mercury), a boiled egg.

    Both avocados and eggs (if you eat the yolk) have lots of fat. They also have lots of vitamins and other good stuff, so it's good to have some but don't go chowing down on them all day. The same goes for peanut butter and any nuts really.

    Yes I agree. I should have mentioned that. The fats in eggs and avocado are better for a person instead of fat you'll find in say... oreos though. And also, we're talking snacks, so just a hand full or something, of whatever. Just because it is low in fat or calories or it is very good for you, doesn't mean you should eat 3 boxes of it.

    I'm not defending myself from your comment, I just wanted to explain things further. Thanks for pointing it out.

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    Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Avocados do have saturated fat, but I mean unless you eat them by the bushel (I don't know what you'd call a bunch of avocados), you're fine.

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    TrillianTrillian Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Eat celery or something bland and low low calorie like cucumber.
    This might help to get out of the habit of eating when you're doing nothing.
    Get up and do something active every once in awhile to keep yourself from over eating and burn some calories.
    Just clean up or take your plate to the kitchen, do some dishes, walk the dog.
    It'll keep you busy and away from food for that period of time.

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    spookymuffinspookymuffin ( ° ʖ ° ) Puyallup WA Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    supabeast wrote: »
    Are Slimfast drinks a good snack type of thing? I'd always assumed they were, based on calorie content and nutritional information.

    I don’t know about you, but I know a lot of women who tried that, and they’re all still fat and have bad skin and dried-out hair. Slimfast isn’t good for anything other than giving dieters something to waste money on.

    I'm not using them 100% as intended, like "a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, etc". I'm just having one as a snack between meals, instead of running for the chips or whatever. According to the label, they have 180 calories, not that much bad stuff, and a ton of vitamins, etc. I searched the label:

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    LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Another vote for grapes.

    Also, frozen raspberries are cheap and you can only eat one at a time (unless you defrost them), so they last for ages.

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    pinenut_canarypinenut_canary Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I also second the frozen raspberries! And other berries! You can throw them on some low fat yogurt.

    This is a happy post!

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Plain, nonfat yogurt + good granola = winfest

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    By the way, I'm an active person, I go outdoors and work out at the gym and I'm trying to lose a few more pounds before I hit my 'ideal' weight. I try not to snack, but it's better to snack than to eat an entire meal because I'm bored and can't stop thinking about food. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    noobertnoobert Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    By the way, I'm an active person, I go outdoors and work out at the gym and I'm trying to lose a few more pounds before I hit my 'ideal' weight. I try not to snack, but it's better to snack than to eat an entire meal because I'm bored and can't stop thinking about food. Thanks for the suggestions!

    One of those small tins of tuna. Shit is like 15 grams Protein, 1 gram Fat, 3 grams Carbs per 100 grams.

    Throw it on some bread, Omnomnom.

    Mixed fruit and nuts is also good.

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    TiemlerTiemler Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I keep pickles around. Kind of an acquired taste, but roughly zero calories, and little sodium. Good crunch to them. Fantastic with a sandwich or burger as an alternative to chips or fries.

    Bananas are great, and if you want a way to keep them around without spoiling and without getting the sugary dried banana chips, then try slicing them up and freezing them. The flavor and consistency calls to mind vanilla ice cream. Perfect for hot weather.

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    LocklockLocklock Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Raisins are motherfucking delicious.

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    What's your healthy way to make tuna salad? Instead of mayo
    I used half miracle whip and half brown mustard
    Opinions?

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