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Help me list some healthy snacks for on the go!

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

OK, so up until very recently I feel that I've been doing a pretty good job of watching what I eat and making sure that I'm not overdoing it, or consuming too much sugar/carbs, and focusing on making my choices nutritionally dense. But over the past few weeks the carbo-cravings have been out of control and I've started giving in to them. For example, I usually avoid cereal and opt for oatmeal with bananas,strawberries, and blueberries on top when the cereal craving hits (sometimes I put a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder in it if I'm craving chocolate.) Well, last week while grocery shopping DD asked for Honey Bunches of Oats instead of her usual Kix (which DH actually eats more than anyone in the house, lol) so I bought the HBoO and then found myself having multiple bowls a day! I couldn't seem to stop myself, and the more I ate the more I craved, both the cereal and other "junky" type foods. I was majorly craving soft-batch cookies so I I tried making lactation cookies (http://www.drmomma.org/2010/08/lactation-cookies-recipe-increasing.html) as a healthier option, but still found myself reaching for them more than I probably should have. Ditto for the black-bean brownies (http://www.mmmisformommy.com/2011/05/legendary-black-bean-brownie.html )

 

So all of a sudden I feel like my brain just doesn't work anymore and I'm having a tough time coming up with easy, quick, portable snacks that aren't carb heavy. Any suggestions?

 

So far I've got:

*string cheese

*sliced apples with peanut butter

*broccoli florets with hummus dip

*hard boiled eggs

*clementines

 

 

Anyone have some more suggestions?

post #2 of 25

Nuts! Cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, maybe some dried fruit or a little bit of chocolate all thrown into a sack.  Nuts are one my favorite go to snacks (you've already got the apple and nut butter option, which is pretty much my number one!).  This website has a bunch of links to home made lara bar type snacks.... http://forthemommas.com/featured-r/homemade-larabar-recipes

 

If you have a blender, making a smoothie on your way out the door is always a plus.  Banana, fruits, some nut milk or nut butter, maybe some yogurt.  Yum!  I have tons of frozen fruit in the freezer that I keep using for smoothies (since I need to clear out the freezer before June when DP and I start freezing meals for ease once Baby is here). 

 

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I like the idea of this no cook overnight oatmeal.... http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

 

You have most of my go to snacks, the apples, the hardboiled eggs (yum! So glad I have chickens!), citrus.  I keep eating Ants on a Log (celery with almond butter and craisins), but that isn't so portable (although you probably could make it portable, just don't spread the nut butter on the celery until you are ready to eat).

post #3 of 25

Rae, I read "Ants on a Log" and almost gagged, then read the entire sentence LOL.  I do love hard boiled eggs but I can't stand the smell of them cooking so I don't let anyone eat them LOL.

 

I love the suggestions here, and it REALLY makes me want some pumpkin seeds but knowing my luck I'd swell from the salt HAHA

 

Broccoli and hummus sounds divine too !!

 

Sounded so good in fact, I sent my teenager into the kitchen to find something I could dip in spicy hummus LOL
 

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 

Ooh, yes trail mix! For some reason I completely forgot about that. I really like Trader Joe's Almonds, cashews, and dried cranberries. Though it would probably be cheaper and fairly easy to mix my own.

 

Anyone like Greek yogurt? I've heard lots of good things about it but never tried any (unless you count the frozewn greek yogurt at Yogurtland, hahah) I used to eat a lot of yogurt with brewer's yeast, flax meal, and wheat germ mixed in, but it was always the fruity individually packaged ones like Activia. Then one day I actually glanced at the sugar content and I haven't really eaten much since then. But maybe I ought to get back into the habit? I'm not sure if Greek yogurt would be a good substitute for the fruity sweet yogurts I'm used to though.

 

I've also been meaning to try making Kale chips, roasted edamame with cajun or curry powder, and those home made larabars (thanks for the link RaeRae!) though I don't have an electric food processor.

post #5 of 25

I love greek yogurt. I get the Wallaby brand and its seems creamier than the others I've tried. I eat mine with a little maple syrup and vanilla when I need some sweet. Last night I defrosted some frozen peaches and added those with some cinnamon and it was amazing!! The protein per serving is really high and as a vegetarian I really appreciate that.

post #6 of 25
when it comes to my snacking, it try and find something that is protein dense so it will satisfy me and take the edge off my hunger. kale chips are super easy, yummy, and a great way to get your greens..... but they won't satisfy a hungry tummy....at least not mine.

Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, peanut butter on veggie sticks or apple slices.....these are some of my go-tos. I also keep sliced chicken breasts in the fridge and will have a portion of chicken as a heavy protein snack. I love the homemade larabars, too, but don't make them that often! I do keep a few kashi bars stashed in my car or purse in case I'm out and about and get desperate. Roasted nuts, seeds, and trail mixes are great, but I try to limit them.....too easy for me to eat fistful after fistful! or for DH to eat them like that, too....

i also really love jicama with lime juice, salt, and chile powder. this is a central/south American snack....and I find itso crunchy and refreshing!!!
post #7 of 25
I found a great recepie on Pintrest that we love with Greek yogurt.

1 c Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 small handful chocolate chips
I tbsp of nut butter (I like mine with almond maple)

You can add more or less to your taste but it tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough but without the calories and guilt. Hubs even likes it alot!! I also use vanilla bean Greek yogurt so I don't have to add the vanilla.
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Oh I am totally trying that! Thanks!

As for the kale chips, it makes sense that they won't be very filling. I'm just trying to think of ways to increase my veggie consumption. I used to wash my prenatal down with a glass of v8 but we ran out and i keep forgetting to restock. I keep chopped spinach and bell pepper slices in the freezer and mix those into a lot of meals, and we eat a lot of fresh spinach too. Roasted asparagus is another favorite. I also love Brussels sprouts, but dh merely tolerates them so i dont make them as often as I'd like.
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Also, Omg...http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/ I think I love you. Run away with me, we could be so happy together, you and me.
post #10 of 25

Oh holy peanut butter goodness!  Thank you for that site Kitteh.  My taste buds are going crazy just looking at some of these recipes!  Damn it, I ate all the peanut butter last night!  Must get more!!

post #11 of 25

WOW!  I am so going to try the refrigerator oatmeal ... pronto!  I will mix one up tonight and try it in the morning and let you all know how it goes.

 

As for Greek yogurt, I used to like it until I found a local creamery's organic (regular) yogurt.  Its runnier and I really really like it.  Its also full fat so its less processed which is a plus for me.  Either way, I'm a huge fan of plain yogurt.  I mix stuff in it much like Tenk does.  Every day I have a cup of yogurt w/ the following mix-ins: 

blueberries

cinnamon

flax seed meal

cocoa nibs

shredded (unsweetened) coconut

 

I love ants on a log.  I've always done it w/ raisins but I like the craisins idea, too.  I need to get back into that snack.  Pregnancy has turned me off to celery. :-(

 

Just today I had a mozzarella caprese salad.  That was fantastic.  Its a few slices of fresh mozzarella (like the ball packaged in water), a few slices of fresh tomato, fresh basil leaves, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.  

 

Keep the good food / snack ideas coming!

post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
Ooh, I've been craving tomatoes but couldn't figure out ways to eat them besides sliced on my sandwiches and tuna melts. Imma pick up some mozzarella and basil today!

EDIT TO ADD: Just got back from the grocery store and I got the tomatoes! ... but I forgot the mozzarella and the basil. D'OH!

ugh, this pregnancy brain is killing me.
Edited by kitteh - 4/7/13 at 5:22pm
post #13 of 25

I'm pretty sure that craving carbs as we approach delivery is normal and natural. We need to fuel up! I'll admit that I've been caving in too often to the cravings also, though - and need to work harder at eating the healthy/high protein snacks FIRST before giving into the sweets craving.

 

Babybel cheese and apple slices are my go to.

post #14 of 25

I just ate an apple w/ some cheddar cheese!  Nom!

 

So I tried the cold overnight oatmeal.  Its a hit!  I will be doing this again and again throughout the summer, me thinks!  I mixed into my mason jar the following:

 

oats

regular (non-greek) full-fat plain yogurt

splash of almond milk (since regular yogurt is already runnier than greek yogurt)

flax seed meal

cinnamon

maple syrup

blueberries

 

I just kind of eyeballed amounts and I got lucky b/c the combination was delicious!  I highly recommend this snack/breakfast idea.

post #15 of 25

Spotty- so glad that overnight oatmeal was as good as I keep hoping it will be!  I need to pull out some canning jars (I know I have a million empty ones somewhere around here!!  If only I had been able to eat my pickled carrots all winter as I had intended, but unfortunately they gave me terrible heartburn first trimester and I haven't opened a jar since).

 

I keep noticing that I go to "kid snacks" and I found this link with some good ideas..... http://www.mommypotamus.com/20-healthy-grab-and-go-snacks-your-kids-will-love/

 

And I love mommypotamus, she rocks.

post #16 of 25

I like putting chia seeds in my overnight oatmeal. i'll have to try flax seeds next time. Aslo I use coconut milk instead of yogurt (or did when I wasn't eating dairy), though I'm thinking the yogurt at this point would be better because of the protein. Oh right and I put in a whole lot of nut butter (cashew or almond usually).

 

I first read about them here

 

http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2010/12/recipe-overnight-oats-in-a-jar/

 

I also really like her kale chip recipe though I make mine at a higher temp for less time.\

 

this week our go to snack is carrots with hummus. My son loves it and it's easy to take with us. This and our ever-present bag of nuts and dry fruit. 

 

oh and if you have some prep time nori rolls are great as well. I usually make a big bunch of rice (I don't use sushi rice, I do however sometimes use other grains instead). Then I keep a bunch of thinly sliced crunchy veggies in the fridge. This way when it's time to eat I can just pull out the ingredients and make a few rolls. you can put all sorts of stuff in there for protein. I've made them with fish, hummus slices of tofu etc. 

post #17 of 25

ugh. I am REALLY struggling with eating right now and making good food choices. My will power feels non-existant! I am normally gluten and sugar free and find this is the best lifestyle way of eating for me. I've also noticed that this pregnancy while not eating gluten and sugar I am having a much easier time with 'normal' pregnancy complications that I previously had with my last two pregnancies. Notably the heartburn, constipation, and restless leg syndrom all of which in prior pregnancies started in the early second tri and plagued me throughout.

 

However, lately my eating has been bad and i've been feeling the effects!! Yesterday while taking a client out to lunch I ate an entire basket of breadsticks and today found myself munching on a pastry at a work meeting. I even had Taco Bell a few days ago for lunch irked.gif which I am embarresed to even admit and probably wouldn't do so if I actually knew anyone on this board as I am such a real, whole food advocate. And of course what comes back?? The constipation and heartburn right on cue!! Not to mention I feel gross and icky and disapointed in myself for my lack of will power. and people seem to think it's SO CUTE to see a pregnant women eating all this crap... just this morning a co-worker and friend nudged me to have another pastry because 'the baby wanted one'.

 

I already know the key to stopping this impulse eating is to carry healthy snacks with me AT ALL TIMES so when I do get tempted in my pregnant hormonal bliss to eat something I usually wouldn't I can substitute it with something else. I guess I just needed to rant about how hard it is.

 

Great suggestions btw for snacks everyone! Hopefully I can pull my shit together and make some of all your yummy food options.

post #18 of 25
I find that when I crave lots of sweet thing (like multiple bowls of sweet cereal that I had yesterday!) it's bc I'm not getting enough calories earlier in the day...having a bigger protein-ier breakfast (eggs or cottage cheese + fruit) and lunch seems to help...your snack list sounds very similar to mine though!
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by shanna-cat View Post
 and people seem to think it's SO CUTE to see a pregnant women eating all this crap... just this morning a co-worker and friend nudged me to have another pastry because 'the baby wanted one'.

 

Yeah, what is up with this?! I feel like I get a lot of "peer pressure" from people to "relax, go ahead, indulge! The baby wants a doughnut! Treat yourself!" And they almost seem annoyed when you resist! I don't need any help growing these thighs, people!

 

I've also found that upping my protein seems to help with the cravings for sweets. And just plain old cutting them out cold turkey. The first day or two are excruciating, my brain just calls out for pastries and sweets and junk. But after the first two days it quiets back down and the little occasional craving is much easier to ignore after that. And when I get a particularly strong one, I've found that a square of dark chocolate is enough to shut it up, whereas before when I was giving in to my junky cravings more (sweetened cereals are my weakness too!) a little square of dk chocolate wouldn't even take the edge off the urge.

 

Hang in there mamas. Believe me, I have a mean sweet tooth and I know how hard it is to resist!

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by kitteh View Post

 

Yeah, what is up with this?! I feel like I get a lot of "peer pressure" from people to "relax, go ahead, indulge! The baby wants a doughnut! Treat yourself!" And they almost seem annoyed when you resist! I don't need any help growing these thighs, people!

 

I've also found that upping my protein seems to help with the cravings for sweets. And just plain old cutting them out cold turkey. The first day or two are excruciating, my brain just calls out for pastries and sweets and junk. But after the first two days it quiets back down and the little occasional craving is much easier to ignore after that. And when I get a particularly strong one, I've found that a square of dark chocolate is enough to shut it up, whereas before when I was giving in to my junky cravings more (sweetened cereals are my weakness too!) a little square of dk chocolate wouldn't even take the edge off the urge.

 

Hang in there mamas. Believe me, I have a mean sweet tooth and I know how hard it is to resist!

I actually made a batch of dark chocolate honey sweetened goat milk pudding last night and put it into very small serving bowls so I can have one when I get 'the craving' and hopefully it will satisfy me. I find it especially hard after my kids have gone to bed in the evening and I want a late night snack.  

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