I thought it would be good to have a thread about what we eat to satisfy a craving without going completely off the rails. Here's a few of mine:
Bored snacking: cup of hot tea, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, pomegranates in season. Cut em in half, pick out the seeds, takes forever to eat one . Red grapefruit, peeled like an orange and then peel the segments one at a time. Can you tell I eat out of boredom a lot? lol
Salty snack: Claussen garlic dill spears (the refrigerated pickles by the lunchmeat)
I could go for a snack right now. Man I'm starving. My fave snacks are:
Pudding cups, I usually get the Kozy Shack "no sugar added" variety, chocolate is my absolute favorite, but I generally eat the tapioca, because it has 30 fewer calories (70-100 calories depending on the flavor).
Carrot sticks dipped in veggie dip made out of Greek yogurt (150 calories).
Apple slices dipped in caramel flavored Greek yogurt, this is a great pick-me-up and around 200 calories, with a whopping 14 grams of protein to boot.
Micro popcorn, Act II 94% fat free - usually the whole bag unless I'm forced to share it (105 calories).
Frozen blueberries in vanilla honey yogurt (132 calories).
Small handful of nuts, usually almonds, but sometimes cashews (I like cashews better, but sometimes eating them makes the cravings worse). What I really want is to eat the whole can, so I have to be careful with them. First I measure out the amount (usually 1 oz), then close the can and put it back into the far back of the pantry cupboard and get a giant glass of water. Then I eat the nuts 1 at a time and take big gulps of water in between, and I won't let myself eat the last nut until the whole glass is gone (172 calories).
Tuna with a little squeeze of ff ranch salad dressing stuffed into fresh mushroom caps, sometimes broiled, sometimes cold - it's an acquired taste (approx 200 calories depending on the salad dressing).
Oranges, I usually go for an orange when I'm really hungry and craving something sweet. There are days I could eat it peel and all, but so far I've resisted that urge and managed to get the peel off beforehand (62 calories).
Can you tell I'm perpetually trying to get protein into my carb heavy life?
I try not to snack too much to keep my calorie count within my "budget" but if I am really craving a snack, I will eat Baked Kettle Chips. 170 calories for about 30 chips. You can eat half the large bag for 250 calories. For me chips and salty foods are what I crave and these are really good. They are real baked potatoe chips. Yummy.
I eat hummus or salsa with veggies (nix the pita/tortilla chips to keep the calories down). I also like a slice of lunchmeat (just watch the sodium content) and a piece of low fat cheese with some mustard. Hard-boiled eggs are great too.
Coffee or hot tea are great fillers for me when I'm feeling snacky and don't have calories to play with.
Jello Sugar Free puddings are about 60 cals per serving.
I also eat one square or mini bar of Vosges chocolate. It's good, and VERY expensive, so you don't need much. They have a Sugar Free Barcelona Bar (almonds and sea salt) that is wonderful.
Hot tea is a good one to stave off an attack.
Light cheese sticks, Jerky of some kind. Almond butter w/ apple slices.
Caramel yogurt with apple slices dipped in sounds great, will try that. Must try the dark choc too to see if it's true that you need less to satisfy your craving as chocolate is my downfall (along with wine). I do have a low-cal hot chocolate drink to try and resist.
My snacks are, apples, grapes, almonds, sugar free jello, yogurt, a couple of wheat crackers with an extra-light laughing cow cheese triangle (about 60 cals). I also do the hot tea/diet soda thing if I'm struggling for cals. Not very exciting, sorry! :/
Soon to be 133lb
almeeker, tuna in mushroom caps sounds delicious to me.
-I drink a lot of herbal tea in the winter
-high fiber low cal crackers--certain Wasa brands
-any kind of veggie
-I generally bake 2 small sweet potatoes per week and use them as snacks
-glass of milk with vanilla and fake sugar in it--makes a great milk shake
-fat free yogurt mixed with fruit, cocoa powder, or vanilla--and maybe some splenda although I'm trying to cut back on my fake sugar intake
-25 calorie hot cocoa from swiss miss
-meat cold cuts--turkey breast, ham, or roast beef
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current weight: 125.6 on April 13, 2011
goal weight: 120.6 in 6 weeks
Last edited by blackrhino2; 05-12-2010 at 07:53 PM.