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        12-15-2013, 11:42 AM
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    If too much weight is a problem and you love to snack on chips and such, try making apple chips with a dehydrator. Just made my first batch. They're not crispy but a little chewy (very thin). Sprinkled a very light touch of cinnamon. Awesome. Healthy and low calorie. If you get the munchies try these or other fruits.
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        12-15-2013, 12:21 PM
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    Green Broke
    ^How interesting! They don't sound too bad! I will say that I am a fan of good ol' fashioned apples, though xD
         
        12-15-2013, 12:34 PM
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    Foal
    I enjoy shrimp or cut up veggies... usually have a plate ready to eat :)
         
        12-15-2013, 01:06 PM
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    Trained
    I quite fancy trying drying some stuff, what sort of dehydrator do you need, I wouldn't want to spend a lot straight off, I know cheapskate.
         
        12-15-2013, 01:36 PM
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    Yearling
    You can also make kale chips. They are crunchy like chips but hardly any calories, and you can use the oven so no special equipment needed. Below is the recipe I follow, but I don't have a salad spinner so I use a paper towel to dry the kale, and I put the kale in a bowl and toss with the oil.

    1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

    2.With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
    3.Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

    I think they will keep in a container or zip lock for a few days, but my kids eat them so fast I have never gotten to find out.
         
        12-15-2013, 01:46 PM
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    I quite fancy trying drying some stuff, what sort of dehydrator do you need, I wouldn't want to spend a lot straight off, I know cheapskate.
    You can start off trying some things in a warm oven on cookie sheets. Apple chips, apple rolls ups, (or any other fruit you can think of) Kale chips, etc..can all be done in an oven and recipes are easy to find on the internet.

    I can tell you from experience that the cheap ones really are not worth it. I started off with a smaller round one, and yeah..it dried some herbs ok...but you had to constantly restack the trays because of uneven drying, and there was no way to set the temp.
    Veggies need different temps than fruit, and herbs need different temps than jerky. After a season of fiddling with the little ones and being dissappointed in the results, but knowing I wanted to keep drying stuff, I got one of these-
    http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/d...n-timer-models

    Worth. Every. Single. Penny.

    I dry tons of stuff from the garden and will never run out of food, even if I run out of money to buy food.
    (they can be found cheaper if you look around the web)
         
        12-15-2013, 01:59 PM
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    I adore dried fruit. However, it is not a good idea for weight loss. I can snarf down 8 apricot halves as if they are nothing, forgetting that I just ate 4 apricots. The calories are still there, but the bulk and water , things that help you feel full, are not.
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        12-15-2013, 06:20 PM
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    Yearling
    My go to snack is good ol fashioned carrots. I can't get enough of them. It works out nicely because there is always a bag sitting around the barn!
         
        12-16-2013, 08:23 AM
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    I adore dried fruit. However, it is not a good idea for weight loss. I can snarf down 8 apricot halves as if they are nothing, forgetting that I just ate 4 apricots. The calories are still there, but the bulk and water , things that help you feel full, are not.
    I have to say I agree.

    BTW I read the study from NIH (Natl Institute of Health) while back, and for example munching on fresh apples brings the weight down, because the digesting takes more calories than apple offers. I bet it should be even better for greens (like kale etc.).
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        12-16-2013, 09:51 AM
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I have to say I agree.

    BTW I read the study from NIH (Natl Institute of Health) while back, and for example munching on fresh apples brings the weight down, because the digesting takes more calories than apple offers. I bet it should be even better for greens (like kale etc.).
    A long time ago when I was very seriously overweight, I went on an "apple diet". I had to eat one large apple before every meal. The apple helped me to feel less hungry so I are whatever I wanted - just not nearly as much. I only found it difficult to keep up with because I really hate apple skins but overall I did lose weight!

    Probably a good habit to get into. If I could find a way to conveniently skin apples or a way to keep them from browning I would do it again.
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