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THE BEST snack?

What are some of the best, low-calorie snacks to munch on? I find myself craving tostitos chips with salsa and cheese whenever i'm sitting down to watch a movie with my boyfriend! And thats bad! I know fruit is a really good choice, but sometimes i get tired of eating it all the time! And i love carrot sticks, but don't know any low-calorie dips to dip them in! any great ideas out there?

Sun. Aug 19, 7:57pm

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How about hummus to dip your veggies in or low fat plain yogurt with some herbs. if you are craving chips, the baked corn chips aren't bad abd salsa is low in calories. Grapes are good to munch on with some low fat cheese.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 8:01 PM

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someone on one of my teams makes amazing things with air-popped popcorn... he had a quest to replicate all his favorite snacks. i'll see if i can get him to post.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 8:30 PM

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celery and salsa is almost negative calories with lots of taste

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 9:20 PM

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I love fruit, it is so delicious, but unfortunately, it does contain calories, so i can't indulge that much. Also, sugar.

Overall, I don't think snacking is a good option. It just tells your brain that whenever you feel the need to eat, you will atisfy that need. You have to fight it. Suck on a hard sugar-free candy to fill your mouth. Drink hot tea with lemon and splenda. Drink water. Don't give in.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 10:11 PM

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Snacking is good for you and healthy. By eating every three to four hours for a total of four or five meals a day, you are telling your body that it is not starving, hence encouraging a higher fat-burning metabolism. Several diets, including Weight Watchers, South Beach and Fat Smashers encourage frequent, low calorie meals and snacks.

Some of my favorite snacks are high protein, low fat, because I've discovered I lose better on this kind of diet, and I am less hungry.

For example,
1 cup non-fat yogurt, 120 calories
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 80 calories
1 peach or 1/2 cup mixed berries, 50 calories
Slice the peach and mix together all ingredients.
Calories=250, protein= 25 grams, calcium=46 mg

For even fewer calories, try non-fat yogurt with a few almonds, 150 calories.

Another good snack is about 100 calories of cheese on high-fiber crackers. The fiber in the crackers helps you feel full longer. About 150 calories.

You can also try scramling an egg with sprayed on oil. Total calories, less then 100.

Then there's the veggie route. Good dips include non-fat sour cream with herbs and garlic powder, low-fat salad dressing and even salsa. But my favorite is non-fat refried beans mixed with some with Rotel tomatoes. Yum. It's so high in fiber that that half a can of beans only counts for 2 points, Weight Watchers--the equivalent of about 100 calories. It's also high in protein and filling. Mix it with 1/2 cup rice and you have a very filling lunch, equivaltent to about 200 calories.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 11:04 PM

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Tortilla chips and salsa are not a terrible choice, but eating in front of the TV usually leads to the mindless consumption of more calories than intended.

I recommend Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips. They taste great and their calorie content is lower than the 130 listed on the label because they forgot to subtract fiber calories, which the body doesn't absorb. I think an ounce comes to 90-110 instead of 120-130 as listed on the label if you "do the math" and remember to subtract fiber. They come in some GREAT flavors too. I think regular tortilla chips come in around 150-170 calories per ounce, so this is significant. And unlike Doritos, I'm always surprised how big a pile I get for an ounce. Now add 1/4 cup of most salsa for just 20 calories. This is a totally doable "diet" snack with minimal sacrifice.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 1:37 AM

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The salsa is a great choice - alas it's the chips that sneak up on you. I can pretty easily fit in a serving of Tostitos when the mood hits, but I have to be very careful to measure them out into a bowl or the whole bag will be gone. And I find that I am just as satisfied with the smaller portion, but if they are there I will munch.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 8:40 AM

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1/2 cup of 1% cottage cheese mixed with 1 tsp cocoa and a packet of sweetener. Tastes like lumpy chocolate cheese cake with ~90 cal, 14 g. of protein and 1 g of fat. This tastes like cheating, but it actually good for you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 9:31 AM

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edamame -- nice and crunchy, can be salted

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 11:33 AM

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raw veggies dipped in homemade salsa or hummus

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:18 PM

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