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Small, Healthy Snacks to Get Me Through the Day?


#1 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 07:46 PM

Here's the situation: due to work and a class this summer, I'm out of the house for 10 hours a day (I come home once for 2-3 hours between things) and commute more than 80 miles a day.

This sucks dick.

I can cut over 15 miles off my commute and get a few hours of research work done each day if I change up my route and go to my lab instead of home between things. The only problem with this is that I'll be out of the house from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm, and I need to eat.

I prefer snacking to eating big meals, so I was hoping to get some suggestions for small, healthy things that I could make somewhat easily and take with me that would be good all day. Variety is good, of course; I don't want to get sick of what I'm eating!

#2 Moxio   Supervillain CAGiversary!   35394 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 07:58 PM

Do you have access to a refridgerator or microwave?

#3 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 07:59 PM

Not until around 2 pm, but from then on, yeah.

#4 MusicNoteLess   empty CAGiversary!   8883 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:03 PM

This was my snacking during my diet, so I'm not sure if this would work out for you.

Chop up some fruits and vegetables in a ziplock bag and you can snack on a bag about every 2 hours. You hunger is suppressed but not satisfied. Maybe you can have like a granola bar or some nuts. Usually that'll do the trick.

#5 crystalklear64   Ded CAGiversary!   13619 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:04 PM

trail mix do it

#6 mtxbass1   This space for rent. CAGiversary!   11092 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:06 PM

trail mix, any kind of nuts, most any fruit, yogurt (not with fruit on the bottom) if you have a fridge.

#7 SneakyPenguin  

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:06 PM

I hate em, but I always see people munching on carrots.

#8 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:08 PM

Do you have access to a refridgerator or microwave?


trail mix, any kind of nuts, most any fruit, yogurt (not with fruit on the bottom) if you have a fridge.


This is the second time refridgeration has been mentioned.


Things can last outside the fridge for a few hours, so if y'all have anything that requires a fridge, suggest away, and I'll just make sure to eat whatever of them I choose to take that particular day in the morning.

#9 Koggit   almost sorry CAGiversary!   3886 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:09 PM

high protein fights off hunger

do a high protein shake, beef jerky, etc.

it'd also help if in the morning you had high protein stuff (GoLean cereal, eggs, etc)

bodybuilder's energy bars might also be good but maybe too many calories if you're not being active (most are 200+ cal, but 20g+ protein)

#10 Moxio   Supervillain CAGiversary!   35394 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:09 PM

I'm no health expert, so take this with a grain of salt.

- Cottage cheese (just maybe half a cup or so, good source of calcium and protein)
- Fruit (great snacks, especially whole apples and bananas which require no "preparation" like slicing or peeling)
- Get some deli meat and bread (turkey, ham), quick sandwich. If you can get away with keeping lettuce and cheese in your fridge at work, then you have a quick 3-minute meal
- Mixed nuts (especially almonds and walnuts, avoid junk like pecans). Kinda expensive, but it'll keep you off of chips and other garbage
- Cut, washed veggies (I like to keep a ziplock of baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and various bell pepers) and light ranch dressing
- Granola bars, especially those high in fiber. Fibers helps keep you feeling fuller longer, and of course has digestive benefits

I hope that helps.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:11 PM

Smoothies: Hamilton Beach makes a great single serving blender that's about $15 at Walmart, and that thing is great for breakfast you can drink in the car. Yogurt, eggs, and fruit are all you need.
Apples
Granola bars(check labels and go for lower sugar and higher protein and fiber)
Carrots(baby or fat old school)
Cheese(they have single serving snack types that are good for you next to the string cheese)
Nuts(almonds, peanuts, and Nutrition Snack Mixes are all good)
Strawberries
Grapefruit
Oranges
Pears
Bananas
Cereal in a bag(try a few ounces of any Kashi cereal for a good snack)
Yogurt and cottage cheese(if you have a lunch bag and eat these within a few hours of your day it's doable. Both of these are really cheap, have lots of protein, and are good for you.)
Flavored oatmeal(again cheap and healthy, try mixing in frozen berries for a 2 minute breakfast.)
That's all I can think of right now. Also, if you don't already have one, a cheap insulated lunch bag will make your situation easier than lugging everything around in a grocery bag.

#12 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:12 PM

high protein fights off hunger

do a high protein shake, beef jerky, etc.

it'd also help if in the morning you had high protein stuff (GoLean cereal, eggs, etc)

bodybuilder's energy bars might also be good but maybe too many calories if you're not being active (most are 200+ cal, but 20g+ protein)

A protein/fruit shake in the morning might be a great idea (since I usually skip breakfast).

As for being active, I'm trying to figure out when I can fit that into my schedule. :lol:
If I adopt the new plan to save me on commuting, that I won't have any time at all other than before 7 am (:puke:) or after 10:30 pm (my downtime).

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:13 PM

- Cut, washed veggies (I like to keep a ziplock of baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and various bell pepers) and light ranch dressing


Substitute Ranch dressing for lemon or Lime for something more healthy. Maybe add some sea salt. Everything else is pretty spot on.

#14 Darrith   The Lion King CAGiversary!   443 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:19 PM

Fruit & nuts are obvious choices, though already mentioned. When I'm gonna be away from food for a long time I take cans of boneless skinless salmon and a can opener. Protein & Omega-3 right out of the can, yum.

No tingling of the extremities yet!

#15 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:29 PM

Moxio and Dingo's posts:
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Fantastic; thanks, both of y'all. :)

Substitute Ranch dressing for lemon or Lime for something more healthy. Maybe add some sea salt. Everything else is pretty spot on.

Good call. I am partial to lemon vinagrettes.

Fruit & nuts are obvious choices, though already mentioned. When I'm gonna be away from food for a long time I take cans of boneless skinless salmon and a can opener. Protein & Omega-3 right out of the can, yum.

No tingling of the extremities yet!

Canned salmon? Interesting.

Is canned seafood not bad for you? Taking tuna (or the salmon like you suggested) might be a good idea.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:30 PM

I bring raw cooking almonds as a snack.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:32 PM

That reminds me - if you soak nuts in water overnight and let it dry in the day, their nutrition value goes through the roof. It's a lengthy process, but far better for you and less bitter tasting in the end.

#18 Moxio   Supervillain CAGiversary!   35394 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:33 PM

I bring raw cooking almonds as a snack.

Yes, make sure they are raw: no salted, baked, cooked, honey-glazed bullshit.

#19 SneakyPenguin  

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:35 PM

That reminds me - if you soak nuts in water overnight and let it dry in the day, their nutrition value goes through the roof. It's a lengthy process, but far better for you and less bitter tasting in the end.


Interesting. Does that work for all varieties of nuts? And I'm assuming they need to be removed from the shells, right?

Is canned seafood not bad for you? Taking tuna (or the salmon like you suggested) might be a good idea.


Super high in sodium, but most of the fat is good fat, and the calories aren't bad. They're also fairly filling.

#20 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:36 PM

I definitely would have been eating the saltiest of nuts out there. :lol:
I'll make sure whatever I get will be raw.

Making trail mix should be pretty easy. I probably won't be able to resist throwing some M&Ms in though (I can have one vice!).

That reminds me - if you soak nuts in water overnight and let it dry in the day, their nutrition value goes through the roof. It's a lengthy process, but far better for you and less bitter tasting in the end.

Interesting. Do you have a link to anywhere that explains why that is?

And is it all nuts, or just certain, specific types?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:38 PM

Interesting. Does that work for all varieties of nuts? And I'm assuming they need to be removed from the shells, right?


Right. I've tried it on raw walnuts and almonds and it works.

http://www.thenouris...aking-nuts.html

apparently its good on all nuts, and you can speed up the process by adding salt to the water and then baking them.

#22 Javery   Drug-Dealer-Keeper-Awayer CAGiversary!   22425 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:38 PM

Carrots FTW. Nuts in moderation are OK too but don't get them salted and only eat an ounce or two every few hours (don't munch on them all day). That's what she said.

I also eat egg whites with some fruit for breakfast every day. Eating right at the office is easy - it's the weekends that kill me.

#23 Darrith   The Lion King CAGiversary!   443 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:41 PM

Canned salmon? Interesting.

Is canned seafood not bad for you? Taking tuna (or the salmon like you suggested) might be a good idea.


Actually it's extremely lean & healthy and one of the few natural sources of Omega-3. On the flip side, it is fairly high in sodium if you have blood pressure issues, and if you're a wuss you might be scared of eventual mercury poisoning. If that's the case, I'd recommend salmon over tuna, as the mercury is negligible in comparison.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:49 PM

Also remember: canned salmon != salmon filets.

you'll have to get used to spine bones in most canned salmon.

#25 Darrith   The Lion King CAGiversary!   443 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:51 PM

Also remember: canned salmon != salmon filets.

you'll have to get used to spine bones in most canned salmon.


Which is why I recommended the boneless skinless cans. I think Starkist and Chicken of the Sea both make them. The spines gross me out!

#26 manthing   etc, etc, etc, etc, CAGiversary!   18149 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:57 PM

Which is why I recommended the boneless skinless cans. I think Starkist and Chicken of the Sea both make them. The spines gross me out!


Didn't know they had boneless varieties

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:18 PM

you can also freeze your yogurt, make it last a couple more hours in your lunch sack. Plus keep everything else cool.

use ice packs and a good lunch sack.

Plenty of breads that offer double protein or fiber.

you can wrap any moise veggie in a wet paper towel (carrots and celery) to keep them from getting too dried out.

A few reduced fat triscuits are great anytime and provide plenty of fiber for snacking.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:20 PM

Fruits--apples, oranges, grapes, bananas etc.

Carrots are good, can dip them in hummus as well. Or could go with some low-fat multi-grain crackers, or some whole wheat bread.

Some low fat chips and salsa.

Those are some ideas, and some that I eat pretty regularly.

#29 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:30 PM

How're dried fruits like apricots and figs?

#30 RAMSTORIA   fate is inexorable CAGiversary!   11980 Posts   Joined 17.2 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:33 PM

check what youre getting, a lot of dried fruits have extra sugar on them