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So i seen a few threads about going to gym, keeping fit and so forth, but not one on eating healthy. If there is one already out, can someone delete this and apologies in advance. So I'm sitting here… Read More
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8m, 6d agoPosted 8 months, 6 days ago
So i seen a few threads about going to gym, keeping fit and so forth, but not one on eating healthy. If there is one already out, can someone delete this and apologies in advance.
So I'm sitting here on my laptop and I want to munch on a packet of crisp with a can of coke. However I am on a healthy flex for now. So decided to munch on a packet of cashew nuts [need to find cheap source of cashew nuts... way to expensive].
So I was wondering, what do you guys snack on instead of the bad/unhealthy options?
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8m, 6d agoPosted 8 months, 6 days ago
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Nuts contain healthy fats so are a good snack but it's way too easy to overdo it - a small handful should be your limit.

Instead snack on seeds, raw veggies and proteins such as boiled eggs, chicken or prawns.

Fruit is great but again, limit your intake as they're high in sugars which your body stores as fat.

Instead of coke maybe try carbonated water with lemon juice? This helps kerb my fizzy drink craving.
Although a can of Diet Coke every once in a while wouldn't do much harm!

Shabbird is right though - if your meals are well balanced you shouldn't need to snack.
The evening munchies are the worst to kill off though!!

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#1
I snack on Cashew flavour crisps
#2
The secret is if you dont buy them in the first place then they are not around to graze on and drink lots of water
#3
There's more fat in cashew nuts than Walkers crisps.
#4
Instead of
Gollywood
I snack on Cashew flavour crisps
What are cashew flavoured crisps instead grab some sticks of celery etc if you want to snack on
#5
i used to drink quite a lot of pepsi but now i just buy apple juice from lidl in bulk so i always have some in
#6
Eat properly so you don't need snacks. Have a good breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you need to snack
on fruits (bananas) or even carrots.

Cashew nuts are not good for snacking. 100g is 553 calories. and don't forget the high salt which
makes you have some more.
#7
poopcorn.
#8
Cashew nuts , both raw and roasted and salted are very reasonable at Lidl - but to be fair although I love them I never thought they were healthier than other nuts (yes I know technically they aren't a nut ).


Edited By: rogparki on Aug 21, 2016 23:46
#9
Nuts contain healthy fats so are a good snack but it's way too easy to overdo it - a small handful should be your limit.

Instead snack on seeds, raw veggies and proteins such as boiled eggs, chicken or prawns.

Fruit is great but again, limit your intake as they're high in sugars which your body stores as fat.

Instead of coke maybe try carbonated water with lemon juice? This helps kerb my fizzy drink craving.
Although a can of Diet Coke every once in a while wouldn't do much harm!

Shabbird is right though - if your meals are well balanced you shouldn't need to snack.
The evening munchies are the worst to kill off though!!
#10
Often people eat when they're thirsty, so when you feel that hunger pang you should try having a glass of water.

Chop up some carrots and keep them in the fridge so they're on hand as easy to eat snacks. I love tomatoes and would rather eat them than sweets so always have loads in the house.

Try pistachios instead of cashews, they have less fat content and the faffing about opening them takes time and effort so you may find you eat less of them.

Put less food on your plate. You probably don't need the whole lot to actually feel full, you are just in the habit of cooking and eating that quantity of food.
#11
my brother in law lost a few stone, just by changing what he was eating and drinking. instead of ordinary crisps he had oven baked crisps. coke changed to diet coke. beer and cider changed to vodka and his preferred diet juice. that was all he done, the weight didn't fall off super fast, but eventually and you could see a big difference. and it was easier to keep the weight off.
#12
Let yourself go completely and get yourself on the sick! It's called the beneFIT diet. :D

https://tstoaddicts.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/kingsizehomervictory.png?w=500
#13
Space Raiders 63kcal a pack. Beacon of health I am X)
#14
WATERMELONNNNNN !!!
banned#15
#16
Eat natural.
You are what you eat.

Stop eating anything man-made like pastries, cakes, crisps, chips, etc.
Replace them with fruits. There are so many fruits available - choose as many as you can.
#17
zworld
Eat natural.
You are what you eat.
Stop eating anything man-made like pastries, cakes, crisps, chips, etc.
Replace them with fruits. There are so many fruits available - choose as many as you can.
This, but limit fruit. Eat veg, tonnes of veg.
#18
Cake, cake, cake, burgers, chocolate, cake, cake, cake
#19
Cashew nuts contain a huge amount of calories. I try not to eat them as i put on weight when i do. So easy to stuff a whole bag in me face for lunch. :)
#20
mutley1
Cashew nuts contain a huge amount of calories. I try not to eat them as i put on weight when i do. So easy to stuff a whole bag in me face for lunch. :)

Caviar has half the calories of cashews anyway, right Mutters? :D
#21
moneysavingkitten
mutley1
Cashew nuts contain a huge amount of calories. I try not to eat them as i put on weight when i do. So easy to stuff a whole bag in me face for lunch. :)
Caviar has half the calories of cashews anyway, right Mutters? :D

Yuck. Caviar sounds disgusting, salted fish eggs. I just know, i won't like it, especially as it is extortionate in price :)
#22
Also, avoid fruit juices UNLESS it's freshly squeezed juice. The others have fructose or are made from concentrate and have high levels of sugar
#23
Healthy are fruits, salads and vegetables. Avoid red meat, fat.

Avoid sugar like cakes and sweets. Pretty depressing to go healthy though :(
#24
sickly sweet
You probably don't need the whole lot to actually feel full, you are just in the habit of cooking and eating that quantity of food.

This. Eating healthier is good of course, but really for most people the key to losing weight is to just eat less. Everyone points to Big Mac and fries being the peak of unhealthiness, but most people don't eat McDonalds every day - the problem is that people try to eat homecooked, natural, organic, whatever, you name it - but they just eat shedloads of it. When you go to a restaurant, especially as a group, you're almost expected to have a starter, main course, dessert and of course drinks - which is way, way too much, far more "too much" than a McDonald's meal. Even most restaurants' main courses alone are more than a person should be eating at a mealtime.

We need to get away from the idea that you must "feel full" after a meal, or that being stuffed is a good outcome or a sign that it was a good meal. Having the odd kebab is far less bad for you than having Granny force her organic homemade recipes on you until you're ready to burst.
#25
mutley1
Healthy are fruits, salads and vegetables. Avoid red meat, fat.
Avoid sugar like cakes and sweets. Pretty depressing to go healthy though :(
Thank you all for the replies. And as you said, trying to go healthy is a bit depressing.
The coke and soft drinks is not a issue to be honest, I only have it here and there. Water seems to do just fine. It’s just the chocolate and crisp to be honest. Most people recommending fruit and veg, and as good as that is, it just doesn’t have the same kick.
The best substitute I found for crisps so far are cashew nuts/nuts. And can’t think of anything to help me with chocolate. You know that feeling when you are low on energy and need a little boost, it is for gym or whatever, and so far nothing comes close to a remedy other than a chocolate.
#26
I would download myFitnessPal to your phone and use it religiously - it contains a massive database of foods, and you can add pretty much anything you eat to it (things as specific as my local pub chain are on it!).

Every time you eat, add. This will allow you to see an overview of your eating habits. Are you overdoing it on calories during lunch? Are you eating way too many fats? Are you overloading on sugar?

After doing this for a week or two, I started identifying areas where I could improve - and then kept on adding to the app. It kind of became like a competition with myself, where I would strive to stay 'under' my limit. And do you know what - I succeeded. :)

Best of all, if you want a 'day off' for Dominos, you can add the details in advance and see what you have left calorie-wise for things like lunch and snacks, so you can then adjust your day's plans accordingly.
#27
qwertymz
I would download myFitnessPal to your phone and use it religiously - it contains a massive database of foods, and you can add pretty much anything you eat to it (things as specific as my local pub chain are on it!).
Every time you eat, add. This will allow you to see an overview of your eating habits. Are you overdoing it on calories during lunch? Are you eating way too many fats? Are you overloading on sugar?
After doing this for a week or two, I started identifying areas where I could improve - and then kept on adding to the app. It kind of became like a competition with myself, where I would strive to stay 'under' my limit. And do you know what - I succeeded. :)
Best of all, if you want a 'day off' for Dominos, you can add the details in advance and see what you have left calorie-wise for things like lunch and snacks, so you can then adjust your day's plans accordingly.
You know what, I will have to give that a look, sounds really good.
I find setting my self targets always helps ;]
#28
iSpy2016
qwertymz
I would download myFitnessPal to your phone and use it religiously - it contains a massive database of foods, and you can add pretty much anything you eat to it (things as specific as my local pub chain are on it!).
Every time you eat, add. This will allow you to see an overview of your eating habits. Are you overdoing it on calories during lunch? Are you eating way too many fats? Are you overloading on sugar?
After doing this for a week or two, I started identifying areas where I could improve - and then kept on adding to the app. It kind of became like a competition with myself, where I would strive to stay 'under' my limit. And do you know what - I succeeded. :)
Best of all, if you want a 'day off' for Dominos, you can add the details in advance and see what you have left calorie-wise for things like lunch and snacks, so you can then adjust your day's plans accordingly.
You know what, I will have to give that a look, sounds really good.
I find setting my self targets always helps ;]

Good luck! The best bit is that if you really want chocolate (I'm partial to Milka's hazelnut one!) you can find it there, and add it by square. So if you need a pick me up, you can add it in, eat it, and then the rest of your day can be planned accordingly. :)
#29
iSpy2016
mutley1
Healthy are fruits, salads and vegetables. Avoid red meat, fat.
Avoid sugar like cakes and sweets. Pretty depressing to go healthy though :(
Thank you all for the replies. And as you said, trying to go healthy is a bit depressing.
The coke and soft drinks is not a issue to be honest, I only have it here and there. Water seems to do just fine. It’s just the chocolate and crisp to be honest. Most people recommending fruit and veg, and as good as that is, it just doesn’t have the same kick.
The best substitute I found for crisps so far are cashew nuts/nuts. And can’t think of anything to help me with chocolate. You know that feeling when you are low on energy and need a little boost, it is for gym or whatever, and so far nothing comes close to a remedy other than a chocolate.


You can make your own chocolate with just 4 ingredients and about 15 - 20 minutes of time.

It's staggeringly easy.

1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup cacao butter
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Boil a little water in a saucepan and then put a bowl ontop so that it's not touching the water.
Melt the cacao butter in the bowl.
Once the cacao butter is properly melted, add the cacao powder and stir well.
Add the vanilla extract and honey (3 tablespoons of runny honey (cheap-ish Rowse stuff from the supermarket is what I use) is just right for me).

Stir well and remove from the heat.

Don't bother faffing and tempering the chocolate properly. I pop it in another bowl (one that isn't hot from the water) and just stir for a little while until it starts to thicken and then pour it all onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or baking parchment. You could put it in moulds if you have them and can be bothered!

Delicious!!!! Even my nephews (4 and 6 years old) adored it and they aren't massive chocolate fans. Tbh I didn't expect them to like it, but it probably helped that I used LEGO moulds and it looked awesome.

I buy the cacao powder and cacao butter from Amazon.

I've made it a few times and have started to add things. Try adding (either ontop or mixed in):

- toasted almonds
- hazelnuts
- dried/toasted coconut
- candied orange peel
- candied ginger
- crushed pistachios

I'm going to try peppermint one day.



Edited By: sickly sweet on Aug 22, 2016 15:47: Edit
#30
My LEGO chocolate!

The recipe made twice this amount.

It doesn't last more than a few days as everyone enjoys it so much.

You don't need a lot to get that chocolate 'hit', it's not packed full of sugar and you know exactly what has gone into it.

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r485/sicklysweetphotos/JHT/9D5FA6A5-C9B7-4EC5-9747-7E9788762BF5_zps0l0fupsx.jpg

If I had bothered tempering the chocolate (faffing about to make sure it's the right temperature when poured into the mould etc) it would be all perfectly shiny, but life's too short and honestly I wouldn't bother, it's still great.

Edited By: sickly sweet on Aug 22, 2016 15:46
#32
Olive Oil

OK, this isn't a useful snack, but after watching a programme on the BBC a few months ago that reported a new study had found consuming 2 tablespoons of raw olive oil (any type, doesn't need to be posh/expensive - just not used for frying) significantly reduced the chance of a heart-attack I've been consuming that amount every day (I add it to my cereal in the morning - it's a bit strange for the first few days, but now I quite like it). It's very unscientific, but I do feel noticeably healthier as a result, and that's despite being on crutches for 5 months at the beginning of the year following a leg injury. Yesterday on a whim I happened to measured my resting heart rate (I never do that) and it was 53, and that was while I was watching the active combat section of Ross Kemp: Fighting ISIS. Before my leg injury I was pretty physically active, but I'm sure my resting heart rate was not that low. I've been so impressed by how improved I have felt that I have even started giving a tablespoon to the dog in his evening dinner - no complaints from him 8-)

Anyway, not sure if that will help your specific dilemma, but some might find it interesting/useful. Personally, I would recommend anyone giving it a go and seeing how they feel after a couple of months. Tesco Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1l = ~£3.50.
#33
sickly sweet
My LEGO chocolate!
The recipe made twice this amount.
It doesn't last more than a few days as everyone enjoys it so much.
You don't need a lot to get that chocolate 'hit', it's not packed full of sugar and you know exactly what has gone into it. http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r485/sicklysweetphotos/JHT/9D5FA6A5-C9B7-4EC5-9747-7E9788762BF5_zps0l0fupsx.jpg
If I had bothered tempering the chocolate (faffing about to make sure it's the right temperature when poured into the mould etc) it would be all perfectly shiny, but life's too short and honestly I wouldn't bother, it's still great.

awesome mate. Thanks for the pic and info.
#34
sickly sweet
My LEGO chocolate!
The recipe made twice this amount.
It doesn't last more than a few days as everyone enjoys it so much.
You don't need a lot to get that chocolate 'hit', it's not packed full of sugar and you know exactly what has gone into it. http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r485/sicklysweetphotos/JHT/9D5FA6A5-C9B7-4EC5-9747-7E9788762BF5_zps0l0fupsx.jpg
If I had bothered tempering the chocolate (faffing about to make sure it's the right temperature when poured into the mould etc) it would be all perfectly shiny, but life's too short and honestly I wouldn't bother, it's still great.

awesome mate. Thanks for the pic and info.
#35
3guesses
Olive Oil

OK, this isn't a useful snack, but after watching a programme on the BBC a few months ago that reported a new study had found consuming 2 tablespoons of raw olive oil (any type, doesn't need to be posh/expensive - just not used for frying) significantly reduced the chance of a heart-attack I've been consuming that amount every day (I add it to my cereal in the morning - it's a bit strange for the first few days, but now I quite like it). It's very unscientific, but I do feel noticeably healthier as a result, and that's despite being on crutches for 5 months at the beginning of the year following a leg injury. Yesterday on a whim I happened to measured my resting heart rate (I never do that) and it was 53, and that was while I was watching the active combat section of Ross Kemp: Fighting ISIS. Before my leg injury I was pretty physically active, but I'm sure my resting heart rate was not that low. I've been so impressed by how improved I have felt that I have even started giving a tablespoon to the dog in his evening dinner - no complaints from him 8-)

Anyway, not sure if that will help your specific dilemma, but some might find it interesting/useful. Personally, I would recommend anyone giving it a go and seeing how they feel after a couple of months. Tesco Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1l = ~£3.50.


Interesting. Not herd about this before but is something I will look in to. After all wouldn't want to have a heart attack. But don't think i will be mixing it with my cereal, probly just take it raw.

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