I need healthy real-food snack ideas!!

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    Jul 16, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    I'm trying seriously to put on some muscle. It's going well, bit by bit, and I'm not worried too much about the actual gain, but rather about just keeping myself sated. I already have yogurt, cheese and crackers, hummus and a fruit and protein shake at some point almost every day, and I'm sick of these.

    ANY suggestions? I'm trying not to eat non-processed foods...trying to keep it healthy and sustainable.

    [For those interested, I currently eat 6 meals a day. I know, my metabolism is sick. but I have breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. This is fine, except the snack between lunch and dinner is a post workout snack and I need SOMETHING to get me energy for the gym (not to mention, I shouldn't be working out while I'm hungry). ]

  • calibro

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    Jul 16, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    there's a billion of these threads... just search for your answer
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    meat and potatoes
  • Greygull

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    Jul 17, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
    After gym i am very fond of a high protein Greek yogurt and a 100% juice cranberry juice
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    Jul 17, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    I like to forage the wilderness for Atkins Advantage bars. Don't you dare tell me those don't come straight from nature ya hear!
  • Jerebear

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    Jul 17, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    I think regular cottage cheese is swill, but I love love love paneer tikka, which is Indian cottage cheese rolled in spices and baked. I usually get an order a week, seperate it into portions in tupperware and take it to work for snacking on. Like regular cottage cheese its mostly protein, very little fat. At my favorite restaurant they cook it in the tandoor (clay oven) with onions and red and green peppers on the skewer for even more flavor. Here's a video on how to make it if you are at all interested. Note that paneer tikka is not the same as paneer tikka masala.

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    Jul 17, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    For quick snacks I usually eat;

    - Yogurt
    - Fruits; strawberries, watermelon (gives you the same satisfaction of "chewing" something with flavor & making you feel "full" because of how juicy they are....substitute it for when you really don't want to eat like late nights, makes me full & works every time)
    - Tuna (portion size with crackers)
    - Cup of jello
    - Banana with peanut butter or just the banana

    I have lots, I'll post them up as I remember. I'm studying for my NASM- I can't wait to be a personal trainer icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 17, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
    peanut butter sandwiches and protein shakes
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    Jul 17, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
    i am also a 6 meal a day person. Here are some of mine:

    *cottage cheese and an apple
    Chobani yogurt - nuff said
    *Handful of Almonds or walnuts and cubes of meats and/ or cheese, string cheese
    the only grain that has complete proteins
    (morning mix with fruits, evenings veggies) (I cook two batches at a time, morning batch and evening batch cooked differently, morning with water, evening with broth)

    Great Shakes -

    (scoop choc whey powder, coconut kefir, almond milk, frozen dark cherries, banana)
    (or skip the cherries and add almond butter for nut butter/ banana)

    Lentils with rice and herbs- Pilaf

    (The Near East brand gave me the idea, but if you want lower sodium you can easily blend your own ideas (i.e. brown rice) and spices make it your own) high fiber and complete proteins! low fat

    Canned Wild Alaskan Salmon Salad-
    Mix up:
    1 can Wild Alaskan Salmon
    2 tsps capers
    1/2 tsp thyme
    1 tblsp brown mustard
    1 tblsp mayo (I use vegannaise, but not because I am a vegan)
    salt pepper
    I tsp. chopped shallot
    salt and peppa

    mix just like tuna salad, scoop onto bed of baby green lettuce with halved cherry tomatoes and squeeze lime juice over it.
    High in protein, good fats (Omegas), and good calcium

    or with triscuit

    Chicken breast-
    I grill about 10 halved cherry tomatoes in olive oil and garlic then grill a chicken breast in the same oil with rosemary, do 1/2 the Chicken Breast, save the other half for later. You could even make kebabs if you wish

    Italian Sausage -
    1 link browned and saute with olive oil, garlic, and then add sliced peppers and squeeze a little tomato paste (get the tomato paste in a tube)

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    Jul 17, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    cut a chicken breast in half down the middle so you end up with two thin ones, rub in cumin, char grill or dry fry (put in non stick frying pan with no oil). Serve with beans: baked, kidney, curried, salad whatever. I like it and your carbs are protein carbs icon_smile.gif