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I am normally not much of a juice person - but I really like tomato juice when I am dieting. A big glass of tomato juice and some nuts or a piece of low-fat mozzarella cheese makes a nice lunch/snack. (And I can get large cans for 99 cents at the dollar store, too.)
By Pam from Los Angeles
Popcorn is a great inexpensive snack. You can cook it in a hot air popper and have a low calorie snack for very little money. The calories go on when you use oil, butter, or margarine on it. If calories aren't a problem, then you can dressing it with melted butter, Parmesan cheese, or brewers yeast.
Another fairly inexpensive but nutritious snack is a trail mix made from sunflower seed kernels, raisins, raw almonds, or cashews. Nuts and raisins can be found inexpensively at Costco or Sam's Club.
An easy low fat snack is to cut up your favorite fruit(s) to be dipped into your favorite flavored fruit yogurt.
By LRP from Lowell, MA.
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I've been dieting for almost a year (in June), and I have run out of ideas for snacks for the dieter. I am the mom, but, my son, who is 15, is also watching what he eats. We keep fruit and munchy crunchy "Go Lean Crunch" cereal to munch on. And, also, low fat popcorn. We really need some new ideas for snacks for the dieter!
What about air popped pop corn? You can leave the butter off and add spices to zest it up!
A great snack that fills me up at work is unsalted almonds and dried cranberries- high in protein and can fill you up quick.
Another snack I love is baby carrots in cilantro dressing- less calories than ranch but still a ton of flavor :)
Reduced fat crackers, apples (you can put pb on them if you like for protein), a handful of cashews or almonds, Granola bars, Kashi TLC Crackers and/or cookies, Yoplait Whips are a favorite (like mousse consistency) yogurt, baby carrots and/or broccoli dipped in a tad of low-fat dip, string cheese, bananas, low-cal jello cups, sugar-free pudding cups, fat free cool whip between graham crackers then frozen i heard is good, Special K bars are only 90 calories, i've heard frozen grapes are good, Nabisco 100 calorie snack packs, raisins, low-fat cottage cheese, betty crocker fruit snacks (they are not gummy), meringue cookies, dole fruit gelitain cups, mott's applesauce cups, hershey's kisses are 25 cals each limit yourself to 2-4 per day and let them melt in your mouth, mini bagel, animal crackers, toast, 20 mini jellybeans are about 100 cals, fruit juice, baked potato
I like to mix apple slices, bananas, strawberries, grapes, fresh black cherries (you can use melons or any other fruit you like also) mix with low fat plain or vanilla flavor yogurt and let chill. You can use as a snack or dessert.
Another one is Banana Shake:
1 banana - cut in to slices
2 cups low fat yogurt
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup skimmed milk
Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass.
Honey, just go to hungrygirl.com. They have plenty of ideas & they "taste test" all the new low cal things on the market & let you know which are good & which are yucky. You save money by not wasting money on things that don't taste good or taste like cardboard!!
If you like the seedless white and red grapes, freeze them. Then when you want a snack just pop them in your mouth.
One Hundred 100-Calorie Snacks
High-fat, high-calorie snacks can sabotage weight-loss efforts. Next time you can't resist those midmorning or late-night munchies, reach for one of the snacks listed below. The following list contains 100 low-fat, low-calorie snacks that will satisfy your hunger without sacrificing your figure.
The number of calories and fat grams are based on averages of the brands available. Please check individual labels because some products may be higher or lower than these averages.
Food Portion Calories Fat (g.) from Fat
Animal crackers 5 56 1.2 19
Apple 1 med. 81 0.5 6
Applesauce, 1/2 cup 53 0.1 2
Apricots 3 med. 51 0.4 7
Bagel, plain 1/2 82 0.7 8
Banana 1/2 med. 53 0.3 5
Bean salad 1/2 cup 90 0.3 3
Beets, pickled, 1/2 cup 75 0.1 1
Blackberries 1/2 cup 37 0.3 7
Blueberries 1 cup 82 0.6 7
Bran cereal 1/2 cup 60 0.5 8
Breadsticks 2 77 0.6 7
Broccoli 1/2 cup 12 0.2 15
Candy corn 10 pieces 51 0.3 5
Cantaloupe, cubed 1 cup 57 0.4 6
Carambola 1 med. 42 0.4 9
Carrot 1 med. 31 0.1 3
Cauliflower 1/2 cup 12 0.1 8
Celery 1 stalk 6 0.1 15
Cheese, nonfat 1 oz. 40 0 0
Chestnuts, roasted 34 (1 oz.) 70 0.6 8
Chewing gum 1 stick 5 0 0
Chicken noodle soup, 1 cup 75 2.5 30
Food Portion Calories Fat (g.) from Fat
Chocolate pudding, 1/2 cup 92 2.7 26
Carrot Cake - Low Fat Version
Original recipe yield:
PREP TIME 20 Min
COOK TIME 40 Min
READY IN 1 Hr
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups SPLENDA
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice (or unsweetened applesauce may be substituted)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup egg substitute
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups finely grated carrots
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 9x13 inch pan with canola cooking spray. Whip egg whites in mixing bowl until stiff. Spoon into another bowl and set aside.
Cream SPLENDA, oil, syrup, and crushed pineapple with juice in mixing bowl. Beat in egg yolks and egg substitute. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt to mixing bowl, and beat on low speed until blended. Fold in whipped egg whites. Stir in grated carrots and spoon mixture into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
Servings Per Recipe: 18
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 183 (This is when it was made with sugar; now it is much less made with the SPLENDA)
Total Fat: 4g
Total Carbs: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 1.4g
BEST WISHES AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ON STAYING HEALTHY WITH YOUR SON.
some good information and many natural snack options.
Apples and peanuts are really good together. Another good combination is Cheerios, raisins or dried cranberries, peanuts, and a few chocolate chips. Put it in a little zip bag to eat on the run. And if you freeze candy, it takes longer to eat it.
You are both doing well-- congrats. One way I keep my snacking under control is I don't buy snacks. We buy an enormous amount of fruit-- whatever is in season. Stay away from nuts (fat) and dried fruits (sugars) and read labels. Anything that ends in -ose has sugar in it. Eats lots of fruits and raw veggies.
I love carrot sticks and brocolli nibbles, but I blanch them first. Cut into nibble size pieces, dump them into boiing water. As soon as the color is bright, dump them into a bowl of ice water. Drain well and put a snack's worth into zip-top snack size bags (use the cheap ones from WalMart).
check out quakerricesnacks.com Tried a few of them and they are without a doubt delicious as well as low in calories and in fat!
Hey try Sparkrecipes.com.....
part of Sparkpeople.com which a free web site for anyone looking to get in shape or stay in shape.
They have awesome excercise and food tips!
Three words: Fiber One Bars. They are excellent. Chewy, chocolately, and have somewhere around 9 g fiber per bar (which are generously sized). I can find them at my local Wal-Mart for about $2 to $2.50. In fact, they can't stay on the shelves around here.