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Note to Self…

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When you’re hungry EAT but eat something worthwhile: Fruit, yogurt, veggies, nuts, etc. The crap just makes you feel crappy (coincidence? I think not!) and unsatisfied.

Oh! and don’t forget yesterday’s note…

Note to self… Dried fruit, nuts and popcorn are better pantry snacks then pretzels, graham crackers and fudge stripe cookies. der.



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    Anne

    October 18, 2011

    I am right there with you…thanks for the reminder!

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    October 18, 2011

    We recently stocked up on s’mores supplies, and for awhile now I have been in the mindset that 1-2 large marshmallows (only 25 calories each!) make a great after-work snack. Doh! So stupid… only leads to more crap later in the evening.

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    October 18, 2011

    Hey Roni… your example grocery lists are some of my favorite things (like the Trader Joe’s one). Would it be possible for you to maybe give us a quick rundown of a few quick-grab-and-go snacks that you pick up at the store? For some reason I feel at a loss lately… pretty much the only quick-grab snack I buy are the Stretch Island fruit leathers, which I LOVE, but I need more suggestions. Like, what kind of nuts do you get? Are they salted?

    Marissa

    October 18, 2011

    I’ve been snacking out of control. It usually starts with stuff that my husband and kiddo have as snack foods. Chips, 100 calorie snacks, cookies… It never stops with a little snack or few bites though. I could eat 2-3 100 calorie bags!:-o
    I’m going to try and keep in my mind your little words of wisdom- “crap food just makes you feel crappy.”

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    October 18, 2011

    Okay, hold up. I just came up with a list for myself of stuff to buy, and I figure all of us could do the same… maybe if a bunch of us post what we like to buy for “quick snacks,” (the good stuff, not the fudge stripe cook-ays) we can all help each other out. Here’s mine:

    Stretch Island Fruit
    Veggies to cut up (gr peppers, cukes, broccoli)
    Snow Peas
    Fruit
    Nuts (my favorite are Blue Diamond flavored almonds)
    Dried Apricots
    Yogurt
    Vitatops

    but I need more! What do you all buy…?

    Mehgann

    October 18, 2011

    I love the combination of pretzels with red grapes. Something about the sweet-salty, and I never feel the urge to overeat when I eat them together.

    Doritos, on the other hand… :)

    Stephanie

    October 18, 2011

    I load up on…
    Light string cheese, 1pt
    Archer Farms all fruit bars (Target), 3pts
    Light popcorn, 1/2 bag, 3pts

    I also made Ronis Berry Oatmeal cups from Green Lite Bites this week and they are YUMMY! I have been having one (2pts) with a fruit to eat with my morning coffee. Its not enough for a breakfast for me, but gets me a couple hours into the day.

    wendy

    October 18, 2011

    I have a craving for crunch when I come home from work. Fritos and tortilla chips need to go! I like:
    Roni’s popcorn in a bag (less salt and additives)
    Veggies w hummus
    hard boiled egg (going for protein)
    string cheese

    Kate

    October 18, 2011

    Good point. I thought of you the other day when my husband and I were grocery shopping and he went for the Tostitos like they were staple. We typically don’t keep chips in the house, but the last few weekends, I’ve been away and he bought a bag. Then we’ve both finished it during the week. I needed to stop the madness, and we found some salty, crunchy substitutes – Pirate’s Booty and 100 Calorie Baked Cheetos. Not health food, but better than Tostitos!

    Roz@weightingfor50

    October 18, 2011

    I love Laura’s idea. My “go to” snacks are hummus with veg or crunchmaster crackers, individual bags of pop chips (if they’re on sale) and individual portions of cheese. Hmm…I apparently prefer salty snacks over sweet. Have a great day Roni! Love the note to self!

    Tami

    October 18, 2011

    That mindless munching is such a bad habit! It is apple and pear season so enjoy one of those with a little nut butter or a string cheese and a handful of nuts. Delicious and it won’t send you looking for more.

    I read once that we crave the foods we eat on a regular basis and I have found that to be true. If I am eating the healthy stuff then that is what I think of to eat when I get hungry. When I throw in some junk here and there then that is what I crave.

    RunTheLine

    October 18, 2011

    I have run an entire marathon on fudge and flapjack so don’t put yourself down lol

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    RG

    October 18, 2011

    Not to be argumentative, but I’m not sure this is the big deal you’re making it into. If you binge on certain foods then, no, you should find alternatives. But “fruits are healthy” absolutely, but at some point it’s overkill. There’s only so much vitamin whatever that you can absorb in one day. At that point, whether you’re getting your calories from an apple or a pretzel, who cares? You might disagree with me on this, but I doubt anyone got fat on graham crackers and pretzels. Especially if they keep you away from the doritos and fudge things. Just my opinion.

    roni

    October 18, 2011

    It’s a big deal to me and that’s all that matters since it is a “note to self.” :)

    When I eat pretzels and graham crackers (processed carby stuff) I feel off. Eating those things don’t work for me. I’m much better off skipping them and choosing a piece of fruit. Again, that’s what works for me. I agree with you a calorie is a calorie but I simply eat more and am less satisfied when I eat something like pretzels.

    Rhiannon

    October 18, 2011

    Have you thought about making your own veggie chips? Slice up veggies very thin (potatoes obviously, but also sweet potato, beetroot, turnip, parsnip, fennel, carrot – any hard veggie), turn the oven on as low as you can, put the veggies in a tray with a tiny bit of spray oil and whatever spices/flavouring you want (or can add salt etc afterward) and dehydrate them in the oven. You can either leave them in for an hour or so (I think, check on this) or after a while turn the oven off and let them gradually dehydrate in the remaining warm, usually overnight. And that was a terrible sentence, but oh well. I think you’d like them.

    Tracy aka Tiny Tank

    October 18, 2011

    Recently I’ve changed my between meal approach. I either have something to drink. Or a protein/fat item. That seems to hold me better then the carbs. Carbs just make me want more. What got me through the summer was my iced chai tea latte. With the dairy in it it seemed to hold me. Between meal snacks are tough

    s

    October 19, 2011

    um, yeah. i need to lay off the carbs too. i just threw away a box of half-eaten pastries that were really carby and not even filling. that way i won’t eat half a day’s worth of points at breakfast time before i’m even awake. sugar dependence is the worst, and the only way i’ve found that works for me is to wean myself off of large amounts of sugar … which i think i will have to do again this fall.

    Liporidex

    October 19, 2011

    I always keep some low cal, high fiber foods on hand for mindless munching. if I’m stressed I try and understand where its coming from. Emotional eating is no fun!

    Shellery

    January 6, 2012

    The hardest time i have is after work, before dinner or when dinner is cooking.. I want to eat everything!!