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So what kind of Christmas cookies are you making???

Need creative ideas for healthy snack foods. 
 
Jan. 5, 2011 3:09 pm 
Updated: Jan. 10, 2011 5:34 pm
I want to start eating healthier and have been watching what I make and eat. I'm hoping that you can give me some new or creative ways to eat healthy esp snack foods. I am particularly interested in low calorie ideas. When you are eating healthy what do you like to munch on in between meals?
 
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Jan. 5, 2011 3:22 pm
This question I am still answering but I find myself gravitating more and more to carrots and celery. No dips or spreads. I've given up most commercial snacks- including my much loved jalapeno Cheetoes- and all soft drinks and after several months I no longer miss them. On this site you will find many healthy snacks and snacking advice on the Recipe Buzz.
 
NA 
Jan. 5, 2011 4:37 pm
Apples and Peanut Butter is a simple but good snack. Just cut apple wedges and spread with PB It's such a good combo of sweet, salty,and creamy, that you don't miss the "bad" foods while eating it.
 
NA 
Jan. 5, 2011 4:38 pm
Also, what works for me is to clean the fridge of sodas and just fill up with milk and juices. Just be sure they are 100% juice, and not a juice cocktail, as much as possible.
 
Jan. 5, 2011 5:11 pm
Thanks or the suggestions. I am not overly crazy about celery but I do have lots of baby carrots and apples in the fridge. I have made some fat free ranch dip for the carrots and am careful not to use to much when I eat it. I also love the peanut butter but it does have a tendency to cause me to start the salty sweet cycle so I only use a little from time to time. I am currently drinking lots of regular and flavored water as well as coffee. I do get a little stuck on the snacks though. Right now I am eating pretzels, fruit, carrots, etc but I am running out of new ideas or snacks and can't keep eating the same thing. :(
 
Jan. 5, 2011 5:21 pm
I like to do a smoothie for a snack, or air popped popcorn drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with paprika, coriander and hickory salt. Also roasted chick peas, low fat yogurt with chopped fruit mixed in, cottage cheese with chopped onion, red pepper and cucumers seasoned to taste, whole wheat baked pita chips and hummus. Not so low cal but my favorite is dates and peanuts.
 
Jan. 5, 2011 5:49 pm
Sarah-Mae has some great ideas. A few others would be hummus, muffins, and items you will find at a health food store.
 
NA 
Jan. 5, 2011 7:56 pm
I like Sarah-May's ideas, too, and here is a recipe on site for the chickpeas:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Simple-Roasted-Chickpea-Snack/Detail.aspx
 
Jan. 6, 2011 1:45 am
I am trying to be more aware of health/weight, too. I am reading food package labels like crazy now. I make my own "100 calorie" snack packs using the small snack baggies. I'll portion the food into the bags such as 17 triscuit crakers equal about 100-120 calories. That way I'll know each bag is a sensible portion size.
 
Jan. 6, 2011 3:04 am
I love blueberries, strawberries, or grape tomatoes for snacks - a serving of them are satisfying and tasty all on their own! Getting away from processed food is the best way to go - I am trying to do that this year =)
 
Jan. 6, 2011 5:59 am
Popcorn is a good one. I often like to just put some seasoning on it rather than butter or salt. I make veggie dip with plain fat free light yogurt. I also package snacks like Seattle Baker and it's very good to have the portion already measured so you don't have "just one more".
 
Jan. 6, 2011 9:38 am
Sliced Apples and dip ( stir organic peanut butter with a bit of local honey) Almonds dipped in honey. Raw veggies with homemade vinegarete. Fresh Fruit If its processed, don't buy it, make your own bread,(there are quick easy and delicious recipes on here, if you can't find them just ask me) Make your own soups and homecooked meals. the more satisfying your actual mea is the less likely you will be to want to snack between meals....
 
Kel 
Jan. 7, 2011 10:34 am
Caution on fruit juices! They are all LOADED w/sugar (even 100% juices) and are high in calories. Read your labels. Don't drink your calories.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 10:38 am
well I have tried so new things. Low calorie pizza bagels, cooked oatmeal with peanut butter (high in protein and fills you up), air popped popcorn with seasonings and more. Thankfully I am a stay at home mom and can cook my meals or I would be in big trouble.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 2:40 pm
I have fallen in love with Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)~I buy a bag and cook 1/2 of it and it makes 4 cups. I eat them plain and on salads. They are cheap and easy. You can also make hummus with them! Good luck!
 
Jan. 7, 2011 9:53 pm
I like fresh cut veggies with fresh-made hummus or baked corn chips with fresh-made salsa. I agree with the other posters on apples and peanut butter, but make sure it is natural peanut butter; You don't need additives when you are trying to eat better. I buy peanut butter with as few ingredients as possible. And try other nut butters like almond or sunflower for a change. You said you aren't crazy for celery; I liked it better once I started removing those strings. I eat it with a little neufchatel cream cheese or a nut butter. Check out different varieties of fresh fruits-I hadn't eaten a pear or plum in a long time but then I remembered how much I like them and started buying them again. Going to a farmers market (when in season) is a great experience because you are surrounded with fresh, organic, vibrant, local, flavor-packed foods; it can be a good inspiration for adding more fresh and/or raw foods into your eating habits, and those folks know their foods-they grow them themselves! another great snack is a handful of nuts. They may seem fatty, but they are generally good fats in the right quantities. Enjoy them naked so you don't get extra salt or additives. Or if that's too boring, mix a handful of nuts with a handful of dried fruit like cranberries. You could also try no-fat Greek yogurt drizzled with honey and ground flax seeds, or fresh berries. Sometimes I shred a carrot and mix it with a dab of yogurt, honey and raisins for a snack. I hope you get some great new ideas that work for you!
 
Jan. 10, 2011 5:34 pm
When I need a guilt free super treat I have a root beer float! Fat free sugar, free vanilla ice cream and diet root beer. It tastes great, very satisfying for a sweet treat. Not necessarily healthy but it not too bad.
 
 
 
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