Healthier Food Alternatives to a Healthier Me

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kcook323

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 17:25
I just wanted to start a post for healthier food alternatives, and suggestions. Post what you eat now and maybe others will share a healthier alternative.

I personally count calories and try to reduce fat, when I can. Today, I wanted real peanut butter (blasted! why didn't I use the PB2?!?) and graham crackers. My kids got into the graham crackers and left an empty box. I ended up eating 7 reduced fat vanilla wafers. Not the best choice either, but probably more substantial than a candy bar or sugar laden 90 calorie granola bar.

So, how can I make this snack healthier? Even with my Jif peanut butter, is there a better for me "sweet cracker" out there?
~*~Kendra~*~
ellyfranklin

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 17:33
Simple things like...

Whole wheat bread instead of white bread
Brown rice instead of white rice
Corn tortillas instead of flour
Fresh veggies instead of canned
Oatmeal instead of Frosted Flakes

Can you tell I LOVE carbs? I just made some minor changes so I get more from the carbs I eat.
ellyfranklin

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 17:35
Oh and one more...

Natural Skippy and Natural Jif peanut butter. There are still loads of calories, but I feel better about the fact that there aren't any hydrogenated oils in it. I can't do without my PB!

Maybe put it on celery instead of a cracker. It's still delicious if you ask me!
kcook323

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 18:00
Great ideas! I thought about peanut butter and celery, but I wanted something with a cup of coffee. I don't usually have coffee this late in the day, but hubby is working outside and he wanted some. lol I was wondering if there was a cracker in the health food aisle at the grocery store that I haven't heard about. I haven't thought about switching from my Jif yet. I'm a PB Snob. lol I think subconsciously I didn't want to remember the PB2. lol
~*~Kendra~*~
paulanater

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 18:44
I'm super picky about PB .. the all natural jif & skippy still have added palm oil. Its not hyrogenated oil but still not that great for you. Try the smuckers, only peanuts and sea salt Smile
melonhead-06

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 19:21
I love crackers. Sigh.

I usually end up making whole wheat pita chips. Although there is a box of reduced fat Triscut in the cabinet calling my name....

I count out single servings in advance and put them in baggies so when I need a cracker fix I can pull out a baggie and SHUT the CABINET (to hush the calling).
ellyfranklin

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 19:23
Thanks Paulanater! I will try it.
Mona Aamons

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 20:14
One of my fsvorite things to eat after I work out and I'm hungry but it's not quite meal time is a small apple sliced and 1 oz of reduced fat cheese. It has enough protein and fiber to keep me going for about an hour or two.
kcook323

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Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 20:44
That sounds good! Especially since I just tried Feta and liked it. The sweet and salty is a good combination!
~*~Kendra~*~
radiochick

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Posted: 12 Mar 2011, 14:28
I really dislike green salads... I think its the "cold" part. I want my food warm. So, today I decided to try making a salad, but with cooked broccoli slaw and it was awesome!

I just cooked the broccoli slaw in a pan for 5 minutes or so, so it was tender, then tossed in all the usual salad fixings... green onions, dressing, pea pods, and chopped turkey. It really hit the spot... and that slaw is filling! I'm stuffed.
ubertrim

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 18:02
I'm looking for healthier substitutes to replace sugar in recipes. I've read a bit about using Stevia or Xylitol but are there others? Has anyone used Stevia or Xylitol? If so, do you replace sugar with the same amount of these?
Ceebee

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 19:38
I love apples and peanut butter. I will say this again.. and I know Kendra must be tired of hearing it.. EGG WHITE OMELETS!!! with feta and black olives.. maybe some tomato and spinach if you have it. huge 3 egg white omelet for less than 200 calories.. maybe even less than 150 depending on how many olives you use.. so good.
Z'sMama

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 19:47
I like peanut butter on apples too - also on brown rice crackers or cakes. I have switched to whole wheat pasta and brown basmati rice. And I'm experimenting with cauliflower as a replacement for potatoes (mashed) or white rice (grated and fried).
pixidaisy

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 19:55
beans!!! I eat beans all the time, I add chickpeas to one of the salads I eat. I have switched my ranch dressing for a balasamic vineagrette. I switched from eating chips to nuts and from regular yogurt to Greek yogurt because of the protein.

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AmyCoulon

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 21:58
I always scour the organic aisle for Kashi products. They tend to incorporate more protein and more fiber than their counterparts. They have a great line of breakfast choices and the crackers are yummy also. Happy exploring!
"Kharma is a powerful thing..."
vackerman

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 22:38
I agree with the recommendation about Smucker's natural peanut butter. I LOVE it. The oil settles to the top, just stir when you open it. Then I store it in the fridg so it won't separate again, if it's too stiff I warm it a few seconds in the microwave..love Kashi products, only use whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole wheat bread. The biggy for me is more fruits and veggies.
kcook323

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 01:55
ubertrim wrote:
I'm looking for healthier substitutes to replace sugar in recipes. I've read a bit about using Stevia or Xylitol but are there others? Has anyone used Stevia or Xylitol? If so, do you replace sugar with the same amount of these?


I haven't really made anything that I needed to add sugar. I know people that have used Splenda, I'm not sure about Stevia or Xylitol when you bake though. I've also heard of people using honey, or agave nectar.
~*~Kendra~*~
Hoser

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 02:11
You kind of have to define what you mean by healthy.

For me, anything that means that I'm ingesting chemicals and processed foods is inherently unhealthy. I'll generally choose to eat a small amount of real sugar rather than some chemical, nasty, artificial sweetener.

For me, the healthier alternatives involve shopping in the produce section rather than buying things that have brands on them. Making soup is healthier than buying soup-- I know exactly what's in it, I control things like sodium, and I don't get preservatives. Plus, the process of cooking everything that I eat is a tremendous tool for paying attention to what I put into my body.
AmyCoulon

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 20:31
Oh absolutely Hoser, couldn't agree more. I would love if I only ever had to steer my shopping cart thru the perimter of the grocery store, where all the "love" is. However, (deep sigh), I work 50 hrs a week outside of the home and have 2 young boys. So unfortunately our life at times requires processed food to keep the household running. Some veggies are fresh, but some are canned. I only have time to go grocery shopping every 2 wks, and fresh veggies don't keep that long. But one day, I dream of cooking all meals from scratch, I love to cook so much, just no time...
"Kharma is a powerful thing..."
herennow

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Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 23:26
Somewhere above you asked about good crackers - I like Ak-mak Crackers, which are whole wheat. They're thin, and I think delicious. [One of the few I'd consider healthy.] Once you get used to that type, they beat any others! Great plain, with an apple and cheese stick. Also, great with the peanutbutter you talked about, of course!



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