bored. CHEAP healthy easy foods

brootalbarbi...

Joined: Jan 13
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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 09:16
Being the only one dieting its hard to cook real meals
And since only I eat it only I buy it
Just a list of different cheap easy foods I can buy would be great
Breakfast
Snacks
Lunch
Dinner
mmpearce

Joined: May 11
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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:20
I am in a family with another adult who isn't dieting specifically, but is happy to eat whatever I cook and 2 picky little kids. One thing I do (at dinner at least) is steam some veggies in the microwave in a glass container (glass bowl with a plate over it or an all glass container). Then we have whatever main dinner course that is acceptable to the little kids (lasagna, chicken, etc) and I fill half my plate with steamed veggies to cut the calories.

For breakfast, we usually all have oatmeal (plain rolled oats cooked with half water, half lowfat milk) with frozen berries and some toasted nuts. That's easy enough to make for one.

For lunch, sometimes I have prepared salads from Trader Joe's which aren't super low calorie, but aren't off the charts. You could make yourself something similar: salad greens with some of whatever protein is leftover from last night's dinner.
selenap20

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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 14:05
I get the deli turkey that comes in the little pre packaged tupperware containers (possibly sara lee?) but it's about 60 calories for 6 slices and they are perfectly sliced and hold up well, so i put a leaf of romaine lettuce a quarter piece of string cheese (stripped the long way) alfalfa sprouts and maybe a bit of dressing and roll them up and keep them in the fridge in a ziploc baggie. its a light lunch paired with a heaping helping of steamed veggies or some fruit and a handful of almonds, or a quick go-to snack when you're hungry, just one or two rolls.

Edit: its oscar meyer "deli fresh" and its 50cal a serving
selenap20

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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 14:24
On a side note pertaining to cheap healthy foods, I made this fruit tart on Sunday and I'm EXTREMELY proud of myself (I don't make desserts), i did a rough estimate on the calories dividing the ingredients by 16 as i serve this in slivers and it came to about 108cal a slice! or 217 for a full "pie sized" slice. I didn't include the fruit cals but I'm happy with it overall.

DairyKing

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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 14:25
I like the idea of the romaine lettuce wrap. It's the bread that is my downfall. Think I'll try that. You can have the alfalfa sprouts though. Smile
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Wyattj99

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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 14:54
brootalbarbiegirl wrote:
Being the only one dieting its hard to cook real meals
And since only I eat it only I buy it
Just a list of different cheap easy foods I can buy would be great
Breakfast
Snacks
Lunch
Dinner


I too am the only one eating better, not a diet. I still eat what my family eats at dinner I just do smaller portions and drink my water. I for one won't do a diet cause it has to come to an end so it is easier to learn now to balance out my eating habits for life. I have my own breakfast and lunch plus snacks without my family but dinner with them. Now there has been times where hubby wants something I really don't want so I have back up for those nights, I currently have WW chick breast in the freezer so I can make one of my own, have a salad with fruit or cottage cheese but these nights don't happen very often.
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FullaBella

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Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 19:09
Like the lettuce wrap sand too - great idea.


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Seamlus

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Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:46
Do yourself a favor and don't buy any foods that are processed (i.e. already prepared, already cooked, not fresh, etc.). Learn to cook. Even prepare your own condiments. It's tedious at first, but it becomes fun once you start to discover all the different combinations you can prepare. Also, learn spices. Worse thing than healthy food is bland healthy food.
bugcakes

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Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 14:28
Yeah I think I will try the lettuce wrap... the alpha sprouts sound good too, reminds me of an "unwich" they'd have at jj or something Razz super good idea
stmueller

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Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 14:37
A quick question - why are you the only one trying to eat better?
The first and the best victory is to conquer self. - Plato
selenap20

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Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 17:36
bugcakes wrote:
Yeah I think I will try the lettuce wrap... the alpha sprouts sound good too, reminds me of an "unwich" they'd have at jj or something Razz super good idea


That was my inspiration! a little onion or spinach instead. I do something different everytime. I just like the convenience and they are tasty and filling.
FullaBella

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Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 18:38
WOW - everyone in my town must have read this post - the romaine hearts were flying off the shelf at the grocer! Got some though - great crunchy clean tasting snack! Just used cheese and salsa but can so see me incorporating this a lot!


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
JayeElle

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 09:49
My daily Breakfast..2 of these are about 250 cal..great breakfast.. I love it and it's so tasty

Rice Cake
Slice Onion
Slice Tomato
Slice Canadian Bacon
One Fried egg...,
Theo166

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 11:47
Breakfast - egg omelets with salsa, some bacon for flavor

Any meal
- Costco 'Premier' protein bars and 11 oz shakes. Affordable for quick meal replacement, and to keep in car or office desk.
- Protein powder mixed with soy/almond milk, plus some peanut butter or frozen berries.

Lunch/Dinner
- big bags of Costco frozen veggies. For work, just pack a couple servings in Tupperware and microwave to steam, really fast. Put on some salad dressing for flavor
- Buy a roasted chicken when on sale. divide up into 5oz piles and store in zip lock bags to use over the next couple days. You can also freeze them for later. Having them split into a meal portion really helps me.
- Make something you like on the weekend and divide it up. I made a big pot of pulled pork and have been eating it past week. Pork is cheap.
- Buy frozen chicken breasts and cook a bunch at same time, then zip lock in 5oz bags for lunch/dinner.

Frozen meat and veggies keep and can be thawed quickly
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Posted: 15 Feb 2013, 18:08
in england the powers that be are pushing www.change4life.co.uk i have to admit i have looked at it today and lots of cheap low meals are on the site especially breakfasts ( which will double up as home cooked lunches
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Kimberley76

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Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 15:09
i wrap anything i can in lettuce! lol it's wonderful! i get a lot of my meal ideas from Atkins website and i've found some yummy stuff on here too! people with the good recipes i look at thier food diary! Wink i am also the only one who has changed eating habits in my house! looking recipes up is inspiring as well as wonderful to not get bored!
greateastern...

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Posted: 20 Feb 2013, 02:28
Thanks for all the interesting tips!! Smile
texas chic

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Posted: 20 Feb 2013, 15:21
Hello this is all new to me, I need to loose 50lbs by Oct. I need ideas for meals-breakfast, lunch and dinner.
eKatherine

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Posted: 20 Feb 2013, 15:47
texas chic wrote:
Hello this is all new to me, I need to loose 50lbs by Oct. I need ideas for meals-breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Eat real foods. Eliminate processed foods from your diet. Eat in moderate portions only when you are hungry.
sharmony

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Posted: 21 Feb 2013, 03:10
I live alone and am retired so have lots of time to cook for myself. I am on low carbs high fat eating to help manage diabetes and i don't use any procesed foods. I want a slow weight loss as preciously I was always dieting and lost quicky but always regained more than I lost. I look out for good offers on veg (local market) and cook lots of veggie dishes and soups in batches and I freeze things for days I'm busy or tired. I don't eat anything with any sort of flour or sugar in it and that can make things tricky but if I'm taking food out with me that I can't warm up, chicken and sald veg and herbs in a lettuce wrap is easy and tastes really fresh



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