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So I have *finally* gotten myself together regarding fitness and losing my "baby" weight (DS is 3!!!) and I am very motivated. I have already lost about 6 pounds in the past 2 weeks!<br><br>
Anyway, in addition to exercising daily I am finding that mini meals are working best for me. I have a small meal/snack every couple hours and it is really helping to keep my cravings under control plus it is keeping my energy levels up.<br><br>
Anyway, I’ll get to the point now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> What are your favorite mini meals/snacks? What is tasty and leaves you satisfied?<br><br>
Here are a some of my favorites-<br><br>
Luna bars<br>
Peanut butter on a banana<br>
WW English muffin pizza<br>
Lowfat cheese and wheat thins<br>
Soups<br>
Hummus and pita<br>
Half a bagel with yogurt cream cheese spread<br>
Huge veggie salad with egg, low fat cheese & Newman’s light balsamic vinagarette. ( Awesome dressing!)<br>
Yogurt & fruit smoothies
 

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i agree, healthy snacks keep my blood sugar up in between meals. some of my favorites:<br><br>
* <span>Fruit Smoothie</span><br>
(i toss in a few of these: bananas, melons, frozen berries, green juice, soy milk, yogurt, peaches, nectarines, fresh strawberries, flax seed oil... I put the ingredients in the blender bowl at night, stick it in the fridge and blend it in the morning so I can have my smoothie before i'm mentally awake!)<br><br>
* <span>water</span>- fills the tummy, keeps me hydrated<br><br>
* a ziplock baggie filled with <span>raisins and nuts</span> (play around with different types of each)<br><br>
* <span>baby carrots</span> out of the bag<br><br>
* <span>baked tofu</span> -- pour out the water and place tofu on a plate. cover with another plate and set something heavy on it for 10-15 min to drain the remaining juice. cut into strips. spread on a cookie sheet and cover with nutritional yeast flakes and then a bit of honey. cook at 350 for about 40 minutes. I make up a large batch, keep them in the fridge and snack on them when I need a little boost.
 

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What about a cold bean salad. You could eat a half cup portion, give or take and I think it would be quite filling.<br><br>
I just made these two today.<br><br>
Fennel & White Bean Salad<br><br>
1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed<br>
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar<br>
1 table spoon olive oil<br>
2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced<br>
1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled<br>
salt and pepper to taste<br><br>
Mix together and eat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Black Bean & Corn Salad<br><br>
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed<br>
2 ears of corn, grilled with the kernels removed<br>
1/2 of a sweet red pepper, chopped finely<br>
8 green onion, sliced<br>
1 tablespoon canola oil<br>
The juice of one lime<br>
1 teapsoon cumin<br>
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder<br>
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (can be omitted)<br>
salt and pepper to taste<br><br>
Mix and chill a couple of hours before serving
 

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My new favorite snack is an All-Bran bar. I love it and it keeps me from snacking on junk food.<br>
I started taking off my extra baby weight when my baby was 5 so you've got me beat there! :LOL
 

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I try to do this too - my favorites:<br><br>
ff plain yogurt with sliced almonds<br><br>
a sweet potato with ff cottage cheese and salsa<br><br>
ff cottage cheese and fruit<br><br>
hummus, tabouli and spinach - either on a wrap or as a salad<br><br>
veggie burgers (tuna, sliced chicken other protein source) with salad<br><br>
soups or chilis (try plain popcorn for crunch!!)<br><br><br>
I think the trick is to get protein, good fiber and a little fat @ about 200-300 cal per meal. I'm not a super counter, but I think you can intuitively feel how full that is. Lots of flavor, minimal processing, lots of texture and action. I've lost 50 lbs in the last year, though I stepped on the scale and I was back up 10 over the last 3 months. Time to follow my own advice!!<br><br>
Leah
 
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