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fun veggie snacks?

looking to incorporate more healthy veggies into my daily eating habits, other than at dinner. i love all sorts of veggies, but eating them plain is pretty boring, but i want to stay low cal. any thoughts?

Mon. Mar 12, 12:14pm

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Roast the hell out of them - until they're crispy around the edges but still a little mushy in the middle. Works really well with vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, etc. Just use cooking spray for the foil-lined tray and whatever blend of spices you like (e.g. Mrs Dash). I'm a reformed vegetable-hater, and now I eat these the way I used to eat chips.

Monday, March 12, 2007, 12:39 PM

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slice and wash up a bunch of veggies at the begining of the week (bell peppers, carrots, celery, zuchini, peapods, etc and keep them in plastic storage bags and either buy some hummus or make your own and grab a bag and some hummus everytime you need a snack.

Monday, March 12, 2007, 1:00 PM

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great alternative to the old run-of-the-mill pizzeria lunch is to order a calzone with lots of veggies, no cheese. get the sauce on the side. the veggies get steamed up beautifully in the pizza dough, which is not so high in fat. i usually sprinkle a little grated parmesean on top. delicious & nutritious!

Monday, March 12, 2007, 1:25 PM

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This evening I'm making spring rolls which are wonderful. I have a julienne peeler that makes short work of making matchsticks of anything and I use carrots, cucumbers (which I soak in rice venegar), water chestnuts, butter lettuce, peppers, pear, mango, artichoke hearts, and mint leaves. Now that's a lot of ingredients, but you only use a little of each. Roll them up 'burrito' style in a rice paper spring roll wrapper (that's been soaked in cold water for 15-30 secs) and serve with your fave low cal dipping sauce or lite vinegarette. I add a few pieces of shrimp, crab, chicken or tofu to make it part of a meal instead of a snack. They are really easy to make if you keep a few chopped up ingredients on hand

Monday, March 12, 2007, 1:40 PM

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I buy those pre-cut veggie trays in the produce section of the grocery store. They are a little on the expensive side, but because they are ready-to-eat, there is almost no spoilage in my refrigerator. I can grab a handful of ready-to-eat broccoli or cauliflower or baby carrots or cherry tomatoes as easily as I can grab an apple. And there is something about raw broccoli that takes away my hunger.

Monday, March 12, 2007, 1:48 PM

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I really like chopped salads. I dice up a bunch of veggies, usually tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, carrots, broccoli, and through in some beans , usually black beans, chick peas, or red beans, with some nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. I then toss them with some adobo, cumin and lime.

If you prefer cooked, I find sauted veggies make a great lunch. Throw them in a pan with a little garlic and oil and they can be very tasty. I recommed getting to know some new spices that go well with veggies as you seem new to them.

Monday, March 12, 2007, 2:15 PM

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