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Old 04-17-2002, 08:47 PM
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Lightbulb Quick Meal/snack Ideas

It seems that so many people I "talk" to have trouble keeping on track when life gets busy.
What are your quick meals/snacks that get you through the tough spots? Breakfast, lunch and dinner!!
How about the best options at popular restaurants/fast food?
And how about "on the road" snacks?

Brainstorm time, ladies!
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Old 04-18-2002, 02:57 AM
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Fruit and raw vegetables are always a good choice. But here are a few that I use.


Applesauce and muffins for breakfast.

Salads are a quick meal idea (ie, taco and chef)

Snacks I use cheese.


Take a look at my Journal and you can get some quick meal ideas. All my meals are very easy to make.


Hope it helps a little.
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I've been enjoying different frozen things like those Healthy Bowls....the penne chicken alfredo is fantastic! I try to keep a little baggie of snackie things with me...crackers and peanut butter (okay the pb is fattening, but it's filling for me!)...cereal bars...tortilla chips and salsa, pretzels. etc. These all help tie me over. If I have to fast food it, I'll skip the fries and cheese on the burger! If I know I'm having a hectic day or two ahead I'll cook extra of whatever we're having for dinner to grab the leftovers for lunch, or dinner like stir-fry, chicken for sandwhiches etc. Or throw dinner in a crockpot that I've prepared the nightbefore.
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Well some of the low-fat snacks I have are:

-carrots, celery in a yogurt dip with herbs
-jello
-frozen yogurt
-slim fast snack bar
-fruit
-light popcorn


and keep drinking that water!!!!!!!!
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My absolute favorite snack it a cut up apple dipped in peanut butter (chuncky of course) and lite chocolate syrup. I use a tablespoon or so of the pb and a couple tblspoons of the syrup and heat it up in the microwave for about 35 seconds. Even though the pb is high in fat, it is the "good" kind of fat. It also helps to make me feel like I'm not eating diet food all the time!
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Old 07-13-2002, 08:19 AM
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It was getting really expensive buying frozen meals (smart ones, lean cuisine...) so now I will cook a meal and freeze portions in ziplock containers I just label the calories (masking tape comes off easy when your done) and they work great for lunches, quick meals... just 3 minutes in the microwave.
some of our favorites are turkey breast (cooked in the crockpot, it takes no effort at all) with stuffing and gravy. spaghetti, I make my own sauce in the crockpot it is 55 calories vs. 140 for prego. also I make a big pot of chili and it makes about 12 1 cup servings, add some crackers and it is a great quick meal.

Most fast food places have their nutrition information on their websites. I will take my boys to Mcdonalds occasionally and I get a happymeal too...with a diet soda it is 540 calories and I get a toy!! Wendy's chili is low in calories, high in fiber. and KFC chicken strips meal is good for calories too...would you believe their mac n cheese is less calories than their coleslaw!

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Old 09-26-2002, 01:36 PM
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snacking

I try to eat real food when I have the urge for snacking. I cook & freeze ahead and freeze in small portions so I just microwave and eat. Of course fruit, veggies and slimfast powder in milk (skim) work well too. I have found those energy bars have more calories & fat than some candy bars or even granola bars. Best wishes.

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I'm diabetic so have to watch carbs and sugars but a favorite snack in the evening is Peter Pan Reduced Fat (The ONLY kind I'll buy) spread on some saltine crackers. Low carb and the peanut butter is a good source of protein.

For a quick and easy dinner when a simple meal will do: baked potato and a salad. This is one of my and dh's favortie meals. If the potato is big we'll even split one.

Yum yum, we haven't had this in some time. Now I need to go buy some potatoes! :p

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Old 03-31-2003, 08:37 AM
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I just received this in a newsletter. Hope it helps!
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Fun & Healthy Snacks for Kids
by Deborah Shelton

Looking for a quick and healthy snack for the kids? Here
are a few tasty ideas that you can surprise them with, or
let them make on their own.

1. Bugs On A Log: They'll love it just for the name! Simply
spread peanut butter onto celery stalks, and then top with
raisins (the bugs). Yummy.

2. Melon Balls: Show them that ice cream scoops can be used
for more than just ice cream. Scoop the "meat" out of
watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe and serve them on a
tray with colorful toothpicks in each one.

3. Quesadillas: You don't have to drive to a Mexican
restaurant to enjoy these melted treats. Simply sprinkle
shredded cheese onto a tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half
and microwave it until the cheese is gooey. Cut the
quesadilla into triangle-shaped wedges and dip in salsa.

4. Frozen Grapes: The entire family will enjoy this cool
treat once summer arrives. Place a washed bowl of grapes
into the freezer for an hour or so. Don't forget to cut the
grapes in half for smaller children and toddlers.

5. Peanut Butter Squares: Kids will eat just about anything
that's covered in yummy peanut butter! Spread peanut butter
onto a cracker (or a rice cake). Add a couple of apple
slices then top with another cracker to form a little
cracker sandwich.

6. Snackers Delight: Children change their minds with the
wind, so be prepared with a medley of their favorites! Fill
each cup of a muffin tin with different treats such as
nuts, raisins, cheese cubes, pretzels, carrot slices and
sunflower seeds.

About the Author:
Deborah Shelton is a mother, freelance writer, and author
of the brand new book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast
Activities for You and Your Little Ones." Visit Deborah's
website for more family-friendly ideas:
http://www.fiveminuteparent.com
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