The Ultimate Snack & Mini Meal Thread for dieters
Lets hear your favorite low cal (under 150 calorie) snacks and mini meals (under let's say 400 calories). I need more ideas for nibbles and noms during the workday. I will research a bit as time allows and post my findings.
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Chex mix! I fill up 1/2 cup of it and snack on it. 120-150 calories.
Then I drink a capri sun. That is 60 calories.
Sometimes I'm very thirsty on hot days, so I drink 2 capri suns =]
I am about to be 21 and no one can ever tell me I'm too old for capri suns haha. They are a great snack and easy to carry around (especially if ur riding on a trail). People are missing out! lol
Caprisun is delicious BUT it is loaded with sugar.
Some of my favorite snacks are :
cup of Greek yogurt
Low fat mozz string cheese
serving of unsalted almonds (1 oz) or cashews
Piece of fruit with nuts or peanut butter (the fats help keep your blood sugar from spiking)
I absolutely love Greek Yogurt! It is so versatile and delicious.
I also enjoy protein pancakes for an energy boost in the morning or right before I ride! Here's the recipe for the protein pancake...
Almonds! I have to control myself though, because I could easily devour pounds of them. Frozen grapes and small chunks of cheese are also a fantastic snack.
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Snack packs of cheerios (95 cals), chocolate rice krispy bar (157 cals) and caffeine so diet coke of course! :) I always have a nice big fat dinner later in the evening though. :)
I love greek yogurt - but it has to be chobani.
low-fat Cottage cheese & peaches
Sliced apple and a small amount of cheese
Homemade beef Jerky or dried fruit - when you make it homemade you can keep a lot of the extra stuff out of it.
A low calorie meal that I love is Chicken cooked in olive oil & garlic and then add just 1/4 cup black beans per person (from a can), some salsa, and a really large handful of fresh spinach. Cook until the spinach is cooked down. My husband does not like spinach but he will eat it this way because the salsa covers a lot of the flavor. Very tasty dish and quick. Non-dieters tend to put this on a tortilla. I will let myself have a portion of a toritalla to get the feel but its not needed.
I also do lots of soups and slow cooker meals with a lean protein and whatever veggies I'm in the mood for. Always healthy and delicious. Just add whatever seasonings - I use a lot of Cajun seasoning for slow cooker meals as it tends to go over well. And a great filler in soups is the grated cabage they sell for making cole slaw in the bagged lettuce area. I just add it to my soup and it adds bulk and filler and a tasty flavor with no hassle of cutting anything extra up.
I have no idea what sort of calories it has or anything, but one of my favourite healthy snacks is a stick of celery with peanut butter.
I LOVE my nutribullet juice extractor. I fill it with half greens (kale, baby spinach and swiss chard), frozen blueberries or mixed berries, acai (one ounce), half a banana, some goji berries, add water to the line indicated, blend, and have a healthy, delicious filling drink. You can use fruits, berries, most leafy greens, in any combination. I take one to work with me and feel smug that I'm getting more greens and fruit in my diet. And its pretty all low calorie.
I'm also a fan of nuts as a snack. I don't limit myself to almonds. I also enjoy pistachios, pecans, cashews, walnuts, etc. If they are a leaner nut (almonds, pistachios) I'll have an ounce. If they are fattier, I'll have 1/2 ounce.
String cheese has been mentioned numerous times and I like that one too. I also like the occasional wedge of Laughing cow cheese. Greek yogurt with fresh fruit is yummy.
Another fave of mine is dry roasted and lightly salted pumpkin seeds.
There are a few nutrition bars that I like--but be aware that many of them are just disguised candy bars and not really nutritious at all. This is probably one of the more processed meals/snacks that I eat.
For dinner, I usually just do a lean protein (chicken, beef, fish, lamb, vegetarian, eggs, etc.) with a veggie. I've learned to enjoy the way food tastes so I don't use many seasonings, salt, condiments, gravies, etc.
I basically only drink coffee and water. I put half and half in my coffee and nothing in my water.
I try to stay hydrated by drinking half my weight in ounces of water a day. So a 150lb person would drink 75 ounces of water/day. A 200lb person would drink 100 ounces, etc.
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