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Favorite Healthy Snacks

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

What do you like to snack on that is healthy and high protein? I need some ideas, even something I can prepare a big batch ahead of time. Last pregnancy I made a lot of healthy fruit smoothies so maybe I'll whip up a giant vat of that soon. 

 

I just need to make a list of foods and put it on my fridge so I can easily pick something when hunger strikes!

post #2 of 21
We have a giant bag of roasted almonds in the kitchen and I grab a handful whenever I'm feeling hungry or borderline nauseous. Morning sickness hasn't hit in full force yet, so I'm not sure if the almonds will be appetizing still when it does.
post #3 of 21

I've been making berry-based fruit salads, juice mixed with Amazing Grass, almonds, string cheese, cottage cheese sprinkled with nutritional yeast, flax toast with mashed avocado sprinkled with nutritional yeast, popcorn with coconut oil and -you guessed it!- nutritional yeast!  Also beef jerky (after 12 years veg), and soup!.  I made a huge pot of butternut squash soup that is just pureed squash with cream, salt, pepper and tons of curry powder and it really hits the spot.  i also keep a bowl of hard boiled eggs handy in the fridge and make a weekly batch of hummus.  I am lucky enough to get weekly jar gallons of raw milk from a local farm and am thinking I'll experiment with making homemade yogurt out of what's left from last week.  My Greek yogurt habit is out of control expensive!

post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hotsauce- Tell me more about nutritional yeast. I've seen it and heard about it but don't know much about where and when to use it. I make yogurt from raw milk! It's so yum! Can't wait for some fresh strawberries and blueberries to mix in it but for now I eat it plain, w/ honey, or homemade chocolate syrup. It's easy to make too! Most important thing I've found is to have a good starter. Yogurt from a grocery doesn't always work well as a starter so I've started buying starter from here and have had wonderful results! 

post #5 of 21

That's awesome!  So far I've only made homemade paneer out of it and it turned out really great.  Next I think I'll make some raw mozzarella.  I'm sad we're leaving for the summer because home-grown tomatoes, basil, and raw milk mozzarella caprese salad sounds like heaven!  I basically buy nutritional yeast in bulk at my local co-op and sprinkle it on the aforementioned things as well as sometimes on pasta. Another AWESOME way to use it is in a tofu scramble.  I scramble tofu with garlic and onion, season with salt, pepper and tons of turmeric and then toss the whole thing in nutritional yeast.  SO good for breakfast tacos!  It has a bit of a nutty flavor.  I know a lot of vegans who use it with cashew butter to make a vegan cheese dip.  Since we are primarily vegetarians (I do eat a bit of fish and take fish oil, and imagine my vegetarianism will fly out the window with this pregnancy) I make sure to get some into my son several times a week since it has all the B vitamins.  Important thing to note is that you can't heat it up too much otherwise the nutrients will be destroyed so I always use it as a topping.  I discovered it because of it's nutritive content but honestly it's so tasty my kid asks me for avocado toast with 'nutritional east' nearly every day.

post #6 of 21

I am loving chia seeds at the moment.  Rich in protein and omega-3's.  I put in my Kombucha, although may stop drinking it, and also great as a tapioca-style pudding.  

 

post #7 of 21

My fav breakfast and snack right now is sourdough toast smeared with pastured butter, topped with chopped avocado and sprinkled with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Yum!!!

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Wow, after reading some of your posts, I really wish I had bought avocados at the grocery store today! They are on my list for the next trip!
post #9 of 21

lol.gif I love avocados! They are fresh and light, yet still so satisfying and creamy. I typically have pastured eggs in butter for breakfast every morning, it's just that lately eggs and meat are feeling too "heavy". Avocados are full of fat and protein, but easy to digest. They make me feel good! banana.gif

post #10 of 21

Yum! I love avocado on toast. With a little bit of salt and balsamic vinegar. It's good with tomato sliced on top of it too.

post #11 of 21

For those who use the avocado for snack, how do you store the remaining avocado without it turning brown?

post #12 of 21

My go-to snack for when I'm at work is almonds.  I can grab 'em quick and keep working (RN).  When I'm at home, I like popcorn, carrot sticks, cottage cheese, and I'm trying to fit in some more fruit.

 

For those who use the avocado for snack, how do you store the remaining avocado without it turning brown?

post #13 of 21

I usually just leave the stone in and wrap it firmly in Glad wrap. It still goes a bit brown but that doesn't really bother me. If you didn't want it to go brown you could rub a bit of lemon juice or vinegar on the cut surface.

post #14 of 21

I like

-a spoonful of peanut or almond butter  (almond butter is awesome spread on a pita)

-cheese and crackers -- I prefer muenster cheese

-an easy high-protein salad -- lettuce with a hard-boiled egg, cheese, and walnuts.

-hummus with Triscuits or pita chips

-quesadilla

-a nice warm bowl of baby lima beans (I buy them frozen), cooked in just water, salt, pepper, and olive oil


Edited by laurac5 - 3/8/12 at 1:06pm
post #15 of 21

Yum!  I have this a lot when I'm pregnant.  I had it today except used olive oil instead of butter.

 

I don't have to worry about saving the leftovers since I'll just eat the whole thing in one sitting.  LOL.

 

 

post #16 of 21

Gosh ya'll are making me hungry!  I love avocados too!  I eat them on the side with regular meals.  I snack on a lot of fruit, yogurt, and string cheese.

post #17 of 21

Our family is dairy-free (DH is lactose intolerant, like most other Asians, and DD has a milk protein sensitivity like I did as a baby), so unfortunately I never get to eat cheese. :-(  But I do enjoy hummus, guacamole, baby lima beans (just like Laura), a bowl of collard greens with a boiled egg, and peanut butter spread on a whole wheat cracker and topped with chocolate chips. And, ahem, I do try to convince myself that the chocolate chips are healthy, too. They at least aid in my mental health, and of course chocolate prevents miscarriages. :-)

post #18 of 21

We don't buy avocados regularly (although they're delicious) because we generally try to do local/seasonal produce and we live in the Mid-Atlantic smile.gif But all this talk of avocados is making me hungry!! I took a nap this afternoon and woke up craving avocado! Guess I'll have to make an exception to the local thing while I'm pregnant wink1.gif

post #19 of 21

For all its ills, importing food gives us the opportunity to get some nutrients we couldn't get otherwise.  If ever there were a time to make an exception, pregnancy is it. (jmho)

 

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Originally Posted by oikophile View Post

We don't buy avocados regularly (although they're delicious) because we generally try to do local/seasonal produce and we live in the Mid-Atlantic smile.gif But all this talk of avocados is making me hungry!! I took a nap this afternoon and woke up craving avocado! Guess I'll have to make an exception to the local thing while I'm pregnant wink1.gif



 

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by oikophile View Post

We don't buy avocados regularly (although they're delicious) because we generally try to do local/seasonal produce and we live in the Mid-Atlantic smile.gif But all this talk of avocados is making me hungry!! I took a nap this afternoon and woke up craving avocado! Guess I'll have to make an exception to the local thing while I'm pregnant wink1.gif

 



Us too! It's so hard to eat seasonal and local this time of year. Veggies and fruit especially are scarce. irked.gif Spring is just around the corner though and yummy and nutritious produce will be back soon! until then we've been living on oranges, apples, and other fruits like pineapple, bananas, and kiwi. Things that still taste decent though they aren't in season. 


 



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Originally Posted by laurac5 View Post

For all its ills, importing food gives us the opportunity to get some nutrients we couldn't get otherwise.  If ever there were a time to make an exception, pregnancy is it. (jmho)

 



 


Totally agree. In my life it's not all or nothing! It's just a pretty big goal since local and seasonal tastes better and is better for the environment. Tomatoes in the winter (around here) are pretty blah if you ask me!!

 

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