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What’s your best Snack Idea?

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question of the week

I’m a HUGE proponent of the creative snack. I truly believe a snack (or a meal for that matter) is ultimately more satisfying when you prepare it yourself. There’s something about the process, it’s rewarding. Think about it…

You have a case of the munchies.

You want… "something", anything but your not sure what.

You can either…

  1. Open the pantry, grab a bag of chips, go to town and blow your points/calories for the day.
  2. Get a controlled portion of your favorite snack in a 100 calorie pack and be ultimately unsatisfied because it’s so freakin’ small. OR
  3. Whip up an English Muffin Tomato Pizza or Baked Zucchini Fries. Maybe a Quick Quesadilla or even a Brownie Sundae!

Choice C may take more time but it can give you a healthier, lighter, more satisfying snack. Plus it makes you slow down and appreciate the food. I don’t know about you but I can eat an AWFUL lot of chips in 10 minutes. I’d rather take that 10 minutes, prepare something fun and enjoy a mini meal instead of being pi$$ed that a chocolate chip cookies is 200 calories.

So I’m here to ask what YOUR favorite snack creations are. Whether you use a product like laughing cow cheese or keep it simple with fresh ingredients like my Simply Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms, we are ready to be inspired! :)

P.S. I post all my snack ideas here on RonisWeigh or over on GreenLieBites Snack pages.



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Discussion

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    kelly

    January 14, 2009

    Great idea! I love little tasty snacks like this…

    My favorite snack right now is to take my No Pudge Brownie Mix and take two dry tablespoons of that and mix in 1 tablespoon of fat free vanilla yogurt and then take a mini dark chocolate Toblerone bar and break it up into the batter. Then microwave for 45 second to 60 seconds and *bam* little mini chocolate lava cake – it comes out to just about 3 points!

    Sheila

    January 14, 2009

    I like my meals and snacks to satisfy not only my savory, salty and sweet cravings but my need for different textures – creamy, chewy, crunchy, etc. Right now I’m craving “ants on a log”. Celery and 1 TBSP peanut butter and 1/4 cup raisins but we’re out of celery. I’m dying to try Roni’s kettle corn recipe.

    Emily

    January 14, 2009

    Light Multi-Grain Eng. Muffin w/ Light Garlic & herb Laughing cow and either roasted red peppers, tomato & sprouts or sliced cucumber (can sub. in an onion Alternative Bagel and onion laughing cow for different taste/texture) (if I’m counting right, either way is 2 pts)

    Loving the yelatin (Thanks Roni!) with a tad bit of Fat Free Cool Whip or a sliced banana on top.

    Any sort of roasted veggies (especially red peppers, zucchini and sweet potatoes)…I have been known to eat a whole cookie sheet of them over the course of dinner and evening snacking…

    Hanlie

    January 14, 2009

    I try to only snack on fruit or green smoothies, but in reality I rarely snack. My body has lost its addiction to processed foods, so I don’t get those false hunger pangs anymore. I get hungry at meal times and that’s that!

    Rachel

    January 14, 2009

    Awesome idea for a blog post! When I don’t have the energy to put together something, well, thought-out, I do either:

    – a giant salad (always have spinach or other greens on hand for this!) with everything I can find, even unusual stuff. Not too overboard with the caloric add-ins, but lots of veggies, beans, fruit, cheese, crushed-up crackers, salsa, hummus, canned whatever… anything I can find! I’ve had a lot of fun with this.

    – a Wasa cracker topped with SOMETHING. Usually a spread like cream cheese, peanut butter, hummus and a topping like chopped veggies or fruit. Very easy and you can go almost anywhere with flavor combos.

    Little Warrior's Mom

    January 14, 2009

    Right now, I’m loving the Athena Phyllo Shells. (Next to the phyllo in the freezer section.) 1 point for 2 shells! Run ’em in the oven, get them nice and crispy, and use for sweet or savory. Low-cal pudding for crunchy little pies, or a triangle of Laughing Cow divided between two, yum. Shredded chicken with Frank’s Red Hot sauce and a dot of blue cheese dressing …

    jennscookin

    January 14, 2009

    I am really a creature of habit. So, when I find a snack I like, I will eat it for about 6 months. I eat Chex Toasted Honey Nut cereal every single day. I buy a box and as soon as I get home, I divide the whole box up into 3/4 cup servings and put it into ziploc baggies. Then, I eat it with my lunch instead of chips or crackers. My husband thought I was nuts at first, but now he takes a baggie of ceral to work or just eats it as a snack too. Okay, so that’s probably too easy to be considered a “creative snack”, so I’ll give one more.

    My other favorite “treat” doesn’t really have a name since I made em’ up. I bake wonton wrappers for about 2-3 minutes at 325 degrees. Then I take them out of the oven and stack them and put something heavy (but not heavy enough to crush them). This helps them to cool very flat, otherwise they curl. I make a whole package of wontons at once, then when I want a quick snack, they are ready to go. Once they are cool, I mix up sugar-free pudding and Cool-Whip. Then I smear the pudding mixture onto the wontons and put them in the fridge for about an hour or two. They get a little soft in the middle and still crispy around the edges. I don’t know the actual calories right now, but I like to eat them because I know they are really, really low in calories, sugar and fat and taste yummy. I think I usually call them “Wonton Sandwiches”.

    Ashley

    January 14, 2009

    Ooh, perfect timing, as I have been eating FiberOne Bars ALL. DAY. LONG. Delish, but so not filling at all.

    I like to make Parmesan Zucchini slices. Pretty much you just have to slice up a zuke, drizzle just a little melted butter (or butter spray) over them, and then sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese. Pop ’em in the oven on broil for a few minutes, and they’re delicious! And it’s weird, but broling them under zuchinni sprinkles really changes the flavor–it’s not so “vegetably” as you might expect. I posted a more detailed recipe here: http://sexybitch150.blogspot.com/2008/03/snack-time.html but

    Michelle

    January 14, 2009

    One of my fave snacks lately is 0% Greek Yogurt (sweetened with stevia or Splenda), fruit (blueberries, pomegranate seeds, blackberries, raspberries) and about 1/4c. of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola (it’s not pumpkin flavored – there are just some pumpkin seeds in it here and there) sprinkled over the top.

    Another combo I like is Hapi-brand Wasabi Peas and a Light String Cheese. They just taste so good together for some reason.

    I just bought a bunch of zucchini and am going to make those Parmesan Zucchini slices tomorrow (dipped in marinara – yummy).

    Love this post Roni!

    christy

    January 14, 2009

    In the summer I like to take a 1 pt Chocolate WW cake and make a parfait with it. I layer the cake, strawberries, fat free whip cream and tops with some sugar free chocolate syrup! Oh yum!

    Another thing I like it so take a low fat tortilla and dip it in sugar free apple sauce…if you have the points you can also bake a tortilla for about 1-2 minutes, top with 1-2 tbsp sugar free apple sauce, bake again and then top with 1-2 tbsp cheddar cheese…sounds weird…but it is really good.

    Krista

    January 14, 2009

    I take two small wheat flour tortillas from trader joes. Put them on a skillet on medium. Take a tablespoon of semi sweet chocolate chips and put them on the tortillas (divided evenly as you can). Sprinkle the chocolate with cinnamon sugar or cinnamon and splenda. Fold in skillet (making chocolate quesadillas). Cook until a little brown on both sides. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and serve. I love love love this as a low point dessert!

    Joanne

    January 14, 2009

    My favorite snack of the moment is 1/2 cup fat free french vanilla or fat free Greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup of either no sugar added applesauce or canned pumpking, 1 splenda pack, and some cinnamon.

    I also really like popping those 100 cal popcorn packs and then mixing them with a bit of parmesan cheese or cinnamon sugar for some added flavor.

    MaryB

    January 14, 2009

    My favorite snack is actually one of Roni’s ideas…Popcorn in a Bag. She has a great video on it (with Ryan!)
    Just throw 2 T of popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag and microwave for 2 minutes. That’s it! Top as desired
    Frozen grapes are fav #2

    Laura

    January 14, 2009

    I have two favorite snacks right now…One is a date smoothie – milk, 3-4 medjool dates (chopped), optional vanilla protein powder, a scant teaspoon of natural peanut butter, and ice. Blend and serve – Delish!!! The other is a fruit salad type of snack – Sectioned orange and grapefruit (in season and yummy right now), blueberries, pineapple, and banana topped with 2 Tbsp of vanilla yogurt, ground flax, and 1Tbsp unsweetened coconut.

    Oh, one more – of those little 100-calorie whole wheat bagels toasted and smeared with 1Tbsp natual PB and tiny chocolate chips – also a great dessert!!

    Annalisa

    January 14, 2009

    I’m a terrible snacker — I have found drinking either sparking water or all varieties of tea have helped me cut down on snacking when I feel like munching.

    I also love carrots and almond butter (I make my own almond butter in the food processor which is a lot less expensive and tastier than what I find in the grocery store). I have 2 big carrots and a tablespoon of almond butter – SO GOOD!

    My runner up snack is a banana and tbsp. of honey.

    Amanda

    January 14, 2009

    Great ideas! My snack is always the same: 1 yogurt (whatever flavor I’m craving and/or is available at the time) and 0.5-1 oz of nuts (honey roasted peanuts and smoked almonds are my favorites). Filling and gives me a protein boost to get through the afternoon!

    Laura

    January 14, 2009

    I have a few faves:

    1. In the morning, I’ll mix plain ff yogurt with some splenda and vanilla extract and add frozen berries. I leave it in the fridge at work and it’s thawed in time for afternoon break.

    2. Mix Multigrain Life cereal with some unsalted almonds and plain M&Ms OR raisins OR craisins. It’s kind of like GORP or trail mix.

    3. If I’m not in the mood for ff plain yogurt, then I’ll use ff vanilla yogurt and mix it with crushed up 100 calorie pack Oreo. Voila! Cookies and cream. :)

    Saucy Wench

    January 14, 2009

    NUTS NUTS NUTS! Alot of the time I want that crunch, something substantial that’s going to last until the next meal. I go to our local Whole Foods, HEB, or Central Market, the stores that have nuts and granola, etc. in bulk. I fill four or five bags with different kinds of nuts. Then I go home and take a HUGE plastic container, pour all of them inside, and mix them up with shaking and turning and rocking. I then divide the nuts into ziplock snack-size bags so I can just grab one whenever I want! I always pack one of these in my lunch and it usually lasts all day when I need snacks at work. If you need that sweet crunch, add honey-roasted (unsalted) nuts! If you like the crispy crunch, add pretzel sticks (unsalted if you can!).

    Just a note, when I see the word “snack” to me it means “grab and eat right then” as in, cooking it would take too long :P

    I’m also good with a piece of fruit, a small can of no-sugar-added fruit, or even a snack-size yogurt or cottage cheese that I mix with a can of the fruit and a little honey.

    FYI, if things like cottage cheese or plain yogurt are things you hate to eat because of the lack of sweetness, try adding a little honey into the mix! I can’t eat the flavored yogurts or cottage cheese because of the High Fructose Corn Syrup and possible sugar involved, so I just get the plain ones and add the fruit and honey myself! Works wonders!

    Sabrina

    January 14, 2009

    Right now I’m on a cinnamon toast kick. Spray butter on 35 calorie a slice bread, sprinkled with cinnamon and splenda. An apple is always good too!

    SMK

    January 14, 2009

    Great Question! Since I work in an office I am chained to my desk most days and I often get hungry because I am bored or I’m actually hungry and I need to eat something. I am slightly limited because I am an adult with braces (which is as attractive as it sounds ;))

    I used to handle this the wrong way and hit up the over-priced vending machine where there is nothing that is low points.

    So far this year, I have really been trying to increase my fruit and veggie intake. So I bought one of those BIG boxes of cherry tomatoes and since I usually don’t eat them all before they go bad, I decided to bring a little baggie to work with me. They were an awesome and satisfying snack when I just needed to be eating ‘something’.

    After the tomatoes were gone, I had some leftover grapes from making sangria for a potluck. They were also another satisfying low point snack that was easy to bring to work.

    Other fall backs are popcorn, 100 calorie packs and FiberOne Bars.

    Marisa

    January 14, 2009

    Wow, I love all these snack ideas! I have been stuck using prepackaged/unfulfilling snacky stuff lately that is just causing me to crave more and more. I’m inspired by these healthier, real food options. Thanks for sharing:)

    Jennifer

    January 14, 2009

    I’m not usually very creative with snacks, but I do have a favorite that I LOVE!! I take 4 Ritz crackers, spread each with about 1/2 tsp of peanut butter, and then put just a small dollop of grape jelly on each. YUM!! I usually add a piece of fruit, and it is more like a mini meal! I calculate about 1 point each for the PBJ crackers.

    Brittany

    January 14, 2009

    A snack that I have recently started having is a “2pt Shake”. Normally when I am hungry I want substance and not liquid but the shake is actually very filling and it craves my sweet tooth. Not to mention it helps get my dairy in for the day. 2 tbs any flavor sugar-free fat-free pudding powder mix, 1 tbsp cool whip, 1 tsp vanilla, 8 ice cubes, 1 cup skim milk…combine all in a blender and blend. So far I have had both chocolate and French Vanilla.

    Christie

    January 14, 2009

    I like to eat a toasted mini bagel with some laughing cow cheese, a little lean deli meat, and maybe mustard. I sometimes do the toasted mini bagel with strawberry jam (you can use sugar free or regular if regular just use less) and peanut butter.

    Hummus is a good snack and quick to make in the food processor. Use carrots and celery and a few crackers.

    I also tend to fall back a lot on little packaged foods – little jars of applesauce (the flavored kind and the unsweetened kind), string cheese, yogurt, pudding cups, and microwave popcorn.

    Ami

    January 14, 2009

    My favorite snack right now is a mix of whole grain cereal, dried fruit like craisins, and about 10 semi-sweet chocolate chips. Little square cereals that are lightly sweetened work well. There’s lots of fun stuff I could add to the mix! For some reason I can’t enjoy the chocolate chips unless I eat them slowly, so it slows the whole pace of eating the snack down. And I can make it different every time. The kids love it, everyone can make theirs a little different, and it’s really fun to munch on while grocery shopping!

    I like to snack on an orange in the afternoon when I start to slump. It’s kind of hard to feel lethargic after eating an orange!

    Becki

    January 14, 2009

    My favorite snack is making a smoothie. The combinations are endless and you can easily add additional things in small amounts to add to the nutritional value like peanut butter or protein powder so you feel full longer. It’s also a great way to use up over ripe fruit. I have a commercial grade blender so I’ll just add a few ice cubes and blend until frozen. So yummy!

    Becky

    January 14, 2009

    My favorite snack is definately the ww fudge bars, those just do everything for me. But other than that my new thing is lowfat yogurt with mixed frozen fruit mixed in it. and I don’t thaw the fruit I just mix it in frozen and it is really yummy.

    Brandi

    January 14, 2009

    I really havn’t been all that creative but I absolutely love that you asked cause I’m gonna steal all those ideas from above :)

    THANKS EVERYONE!!

    Carol

    January 14, 2009

    Right now, I love having clementines for a snack. For some reason, peeling them is almost as satisfying as eating them. Weird, I know.

    Something that I used to make all the time in the evening was to toast two of the Van’s Mini Homestyle Waffle sheets (8 mini waffles). I top each with a little smear of PB and a slice of banana. This gave me something savory and sweet and had lots of texture. I think the points ended up being 4, so you sort of have to plan ahead and have some points left for this one.

    Donna

    January 14, 2009

    Here’s a fun snack I like to make when I have a sweet tooth craving: Peanut Butter and Banana Quesadilla! Small, one point tortilla (high fiber kind), 1/2 banana and I use PB2 but you could use any nut butter you like. Spray small skillet, warm tortilla a bit, smear on nut butter, place banana slices on half. Fold, warm a bit more, then flip and warm some more. I do this on med-low heat. Another variation is to toss in 3-4 chocolate chips with the banana. My version is about 2 points and round up to 3 if I use chocolate chips.

    Also, gotta love Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffin cereal!

    Krista S.

    January 14, 2009

    I love making roasted chickpeas. I take a can of chickpeas, rinse and dry them thoroughly then place on a cookie sheet and roast at 375 degrees for an hour (or till completely dried out), shaking the pan every 10-15 minutes. After they are done, I spritz with olive oil spray and then sprinkle whatever spices I want on them. They remind me of corn nuts! My favorite flavoring is Ranch popcorn powder.

    My other go-to favorite is 100 cal popcorn. I spray it with non-stick butter flavored cooking spray and sprinkle on Parma! (vegan Parmesan sub, which is raw walnuts and nutritional yeast).

    If I’m craving sweet, I love eating frozen blueberries really slowly, one at a time. Orange sections dipped in Hershey’s Lite syrup is great, too.

    Jen

    January 14, 2009

    One good snack idea is to take some ff greek yogurt, put a tiny bit of honey in it and dip apple wedges in it. You can use the same idea for a ranch dip, just mix a little of the ranch seasoning mix into some plain greek yogurt and dip veggies in it.

    lynne

    January 14, 2009

    I forgot about the roasted chickpeas..they take some patience but they last forever. One of my favoites is home-made hummus. Can of garbanzo’s,drain but save the liquid. Into the food processor w/fresh garlic,1 Tbs. good olive oil,squeeze of lemon,and salt. Process,adding some liquid from the beans to the consistancy yo like. You can eat the whole thing for 3pts and get your “heallthy fat”.I dip any veg I have…a good way to get them in or Ak-Mak crackers…or smear on a tortilla,etc.

    Jamie

    January 14, 2009

    Lately it has been laughing cow cheese, crackers (either kashi fire roasted vegetable or the NEW Special K ones), laughing cow cheese, and this Chipotle Mustard I found at Harris teeter. LOVE IT. THe mustard is spicy so it makes me drink A LOT of water..lol..

    Brandy

    January 14, 2009

    I like to take a tbsp. of Better N Peanut Butter, a single serve sugar free choc. pudding, a few slices of banana, and a handful of cheerios or cornflakes, layer each thing in a bowl, and eat it. MMM….

    Frozen grapes dipped in yogurt

    Oh, and if anyone has tried the caramel apple Jolly Time popcorn, let me know if it is any good!

    Kathy

    January 14, 2009

    I have a huge sweet tooth, so I tend to eat fruit and yogurt for lunch…
    DANNON no sugar added vanilla yogurt…..1 1/2 cups of mixed fresh fruit….1 tbls (or 2) of Cool whip free and lots of cinnamon…..the cool whip fluffs it up nice….like a dessert but its lunch….
    then…in the evening when salty kicks in…its simple….salsa and ff sour cream mixed together with veggies…or if I have points then pretzels…..

    Ann

    January 15, 2009

    A favorite snack lately has been plain fat free yogurt with chocolate raspberry Sweetleaf stevia mixed in and topped with low fat granola or kashi go lean crunch. It’s way healthier and more satisfying than my old standby– Ice Cream.

    Nicole

    January 15, 2009

    I too get frustrated with the 100 calorie snack packs, so I went on a hunt for 2 point snacks and found this at my local whole foods for my afternoon sweet craving: http://www.snackaisle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=LE200&Category_Code=P&Store_Code=S

    The chocolate is really sweet and the vanilla has a little salt to it. It is sooo good! And the 2 point serving satisfies my craving and is a lot more food! I too went straight home and divided the servings in baggies.

    Kristen's Raw

    January 15, 2009

    I love plain, organic, fresh medjool dates!

    And, I love green smoothies :)

    Cheers,
    Kristen

    Foodiegymmie

    January 15, 2009

    here’s my snack i made recently after my gym workout…

    http://eatandtrain.blogspot.com/2009/01/training-program-of-foodiegymmie.html

    baked chicken breast wrapped in fresh lettuce and eaten as it is!

    healthy, no oil was used, low carbs, very high protein

    cheers!

    Maranda

    January 15, 2009

    My favorite snack: Slice up an apple or banana, spead peanut butter on it and top with semi-sweet mini chocolate chips.

    Becci

    January 16, 2009

    My favorite treat is 1 cup of Kashi no sugar added 7 whole grain puffs with 1 T. of Better n peanut butter, zap it in the micro fro about 25-30 sec, add a spash of skim milk and stir it up…. sooooooo good. It comes to about 3 ww pt’s
    If I have enough pt’s left from the day I will have this for a treat. I love it!

    gottahavefaith

    January 16, 2009

    When I want crunchy/salty:

    –Spicy whole grain pita chips with hummus…spices make my mouth happy quicker and the fiber keeps me full forever.
    –Spicy roasted chickpeas.

    When I want sweet:
    –Homemade mango lassi with frozen mango chunks, nonfat yogurt, a splash of milk and just enough agave nectar to make it sweet.
    –grilled pineapple
    –one square of extra dark chocolate with a dab of peanut butter on top

    4. Whole grain cinnamon toast. Just a little sugar and butter go a long way.

    Debbie

    January 16, 2009

    We usually have the 84% FF popcorn or Skinny Cow ice cream bars….both are 2 pt snacks. Im afraid if I got into anything else I wouldnt know how to calculate the points.

    Debbie

    January 16, 2009

    Hmmm that should have been 94% FF popcorn sorry!!!

    Nancy

    January 16, 2009

    I can’t wait to try Krista S’s roasted chickpea recipe! I’m draining the beans now! THANKS, KRISTA S!

    Jessica

    January 26, 2012

    OK! Time to revive this column!
    I take that poor, almost too ripe banana, cut it up, dip in some melted chocolate chips and stick it in the freezer. When I’m hunting for something sweet, I have a piece. They are frozen solid and since I have sensitive teeth, one piece takes forever to eat. You get a chocolate fix ( REAL chocolate. Pudding just won’t hack it sometimes!) with the added benefit of some fruit.
    ( and how much do we pay for the SAME deal, on a stick, available only for a short time during Fair week?)

    Another sweet ( and filling!) treat is:
    A container of Light and Fit Vanilla, a serving of Fiber One Cereal and a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. Combine in bowl and dig in! For some reason, Fiber One and Chocolate chips cure my chocolate chip cookie craving. ( well, at least quiet it)
    Mini chocolate chips are great! They fall under the ‘Shredded Cheese’ equation. Smaller pieces look like a larger serving for the same nutritional value.