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Snack Ideas

kitchengoddess's picture

Well, I am feeling like I am running out of snack ideas.  Every day at around 3:30pm or so I need to have a small snack but I am running out of new and exciting choices so I thought I would reach out and see if there is anything you would/could suggest to get my out of my rut.  I am looking for something that is approx 100-150calories.

Here are some of the things that are staples and need shaken up:

-apple with PB

- oatmeal

- tomatoe/feta salad (sometimes cucumber too)

- cup of soup (typically in the winter more so than now

- rice crackers and dip

- toast with PB

- Baby Bell cheese with veggies

Any ideas?

ICDOCEAN1's picture

Snack ideas (post #71371, reply #1 of 10)

I stopped at a vegetable stand yesterday and there are several melon and berry choices, still some peaches and now plums.  I cut up a whole seedless melon and will add another melon and berries for a fruit salad.

Pistachios, hummus and veggies, pico de gallo and chips?  I have a ton of peppers so I have been making pepper and olive salad good alone or two ounces of whole grain artisan baguette is 130 calories (the bread).  Olives are about 15-20 calories for three large, but in the pepper salad they are cut into small pieces.  That is what I've been snacking on lately.

kitchengoddess's picture

Nice! (post #71371, reply #2 of 10)

that sounds so yummy, thanks for the ideas.  We haven't seen peaches yet and just saw the first harvest of Ontario strawberries 2 weeks ago.  As for the melon I think the watermelon is starting to come out now.  We are further to the north so sometimes I can't try some of the recipes until much later in order to use local produce.

Hummus and veggies sounds like a good option.  There are very few foods I do not like but olives are one of them, no matter how hard I have tried I just cannot get used to the taste and I have tried several varieties. :(  but hey, that saves me on the calories! YAY! :)

Pielove's picture

snacks! (post #71371, reply #3 of 10)

Hey kitchengoddess!

Great topic, I need snack ideas too!  WIthout that afternoon snack, I am totally grumpy by the time dinner rolls around!

How about homemade granola, with or without yogurt?  ICD mentioned pistachios-- I like a handful of almonds too.  

pie

kitchengoddess's picture

True! (post #71371, reply #4 of 10)

See, I just need to be reminded.  I have a great recipe.  I love the one from FC from a few years ago.  Do you have one that makes a clumpy granola, DH would really like that and I can't get the one I have to be more clumpy.

Pielove's picture

clumpy granola (post #71371, reply #5 of 10)

Hey kg-- 

No, my granola is not clumpy at all-- I would like that too.  How is it done? I use the "Almond coconut granola" recipe from epicurious, but I use whatever ingredients I have on hand and way more oats than it calls for.  One granola tip-- the Saveur 100 had an entry for granola and their recipe used puffed rice.  Now I add a few handfuls of Rice Krispies to my granola-- it really lightens up the texture.

Another thing I do for snacks is to bake muffins, then package them in pairs in sandwich bags in the freezer, then defrost as needed.  A frozen muffin packed with my lunch can sometimes subsitute for an ice pack-- and much tastier too.

Have you had edamame?  Even my kid likes that-- and it's fun to eat.  

pie

Pielove's picture

oatmeal shake (post #71371, reply #6 of 10)

kitchengoddess--

Have you had an oatmeal (Avena) shake?  There is a Costa Rican restaurant here in Chicago that is well-known for them.  Here is a thread from our local food chat about replicating this shake:

 http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=7308

I've had this shake and it is really good-- similar to horchata with more texture from the blended oats.  Perfect for hot weather.  

pie

kitchengoddess's picture

Will do (post #71371, reply #7 of 10)

I haven't read the whole thread but I do love horchata!!! one of my favourite drinks as a child.  I will give this a try.

heading to the cottage next week and won't be back for 2 weeks, YAY! I'll report on any new recipes I tried and will post photos too.

Pielove's picture

cottage... (post #71371, reply #8 of 10)

...Have a great time!  

pie

kitchengoddess's picture

I did! (post #71371, reply #9 of 10)

Sadly I forgot all about photographing my food! I guess I was in relaxing mode.  I did make some lovely chicken in a coconut sauce http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/saucy_coconut_chicken_stir_fry.html which was very yummy and rack of lamb for our anniversary.

And now trying to get back to reality is tough :(

Pielove's picture

Hey! (post #71371, reply #10 of 10)

Welcome back and Happy Anniversary!!  Sounds like you had a great vacation!

pie