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ddelicious Jan 4, 2007 06:28 PM

I need ideas for snacks to bring to work to sustain me between meals. Any ideas are appreciated, both healthy and not!


  1. Chew on That Jun 30, 2008 02:54 PM

    I often bring in:

    -fruit cups
    -Snyder's pretzel pieces (although not the least messy snack...)
    -Milano cookies
    -cereal (and milk)

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      smalt Jun 30, 2008 06:14 AM

      Time for an updated list of desk food? I have sugary stuff in the bottom desk drawer (mixed chocolates, gummy bears, bags of dried fruit, small packs of cookies, etc) and the saltier stuff on the top of my desk (pistachios, peanuts, chips, etc). Sometimes I'll do a custom mix of goldfish crackers, pretzels, cheetos, corn chips and toss it all into a big plastic jar. We're in a Tim's Hawiann BBQ chips/blue corn chips/guacamole chips/jalapaneo cheddar chips phase at the moment.......

      My desk is usually a featured stop on any tour of the floor...My coworkers either bring stuff to add to the mix or else give me cash donations to keep the supplies stocked.

      The worst contribution so far has been the pickled sausages and the tiny dried crabs....

      1. c
        corneggs Jun 29, 2008 05:49 AM

        I'm replying to a pretty old


        I used to bring bananas but they stink up my bag and the office.

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          swissgirl Jan 11, 2007 02:36 PM

          Soy nuts. My fave is hickory flavored.

          Chex Mix (I'm currently enjoying Apple Cinnamon)

          In season - Strawberries dipped in Splenda

          1. Melanie Jan 9, 2007 06:42 PM

            Every day I have to grab a bag of soy crips. They satisfy my crunchy/salty craving and also have a good amount of protein.

            A bagel (or half) with peanut butter is also quite good.

            1. c
              camp1980 Jan 9, 2007 01:33 PM

              I am in love with Kellogg's All Bran bars. I buy them in a box of 20 from either Costco or Loblaws for around $8 - $9. They taste great and are loaded with fibre so they fill you up.

              I always laugh when I see the commerical for them cause it is true that no one believes that they actually taste good. But they do!

              1. The Dairy Queen Jan 8, 2007 03:14 PM

                For salty and crunchy, I like these packs of toasted seaweed I've been picking up at my local Asian market. I'm not even sure what brand is is: Doshirak Gim? (or, is that the name of the item.) Distributed by Pulmuone USA. 50 calories per pack, 20 from fat.


                1. k
                  KCJ Jan 7, 2007 05:04 PM

                  String cheese
                  Bon Belle cheese
                  Dried fruit
                  Yogurt fruit smoothie
                  Cheese and/or peanut butter crackers
                  Popcorn Puffs
                  Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix
                  Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix
                  Reese's Pieces
                  Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough
                  Malted Milk Balls with a layer of peanut butter just under the chocolate coating
                  Sugar-free hard candies (Russell Stovers are my favs)

                  I really like the Thai Kitchen Noodle Cart products, especially the Thai Peanut Instant Rice & Sauce and the Pad Thai. They are individual servings and include a plastic spoon, too. Thai Kitchen also has some tasty individual soup bowls. My local Walgreen's sells these Thai Kitchen individual serving packages for about $1.79 but I stock up when they run their 2-for-1 or $1 each sales.

                  1. LindaWhit Jan 7, 2007 01:21 PM

                    "A Fig Walks Into a Bar" or "An Apple Walks Into a Bar"
                    (both from Trader Joe's)

                    The old standby, Ritz crackers and peanut butter

                    Cottage Cheese and pineapple (if you have fridge access)

                    Homemade snack mix using TJs Oriental Rice Crackers Mix, dried edamame, Sweet, Savory & Tart Trek Mix, and whole dry-roasted, less salt almonds and cashews.

                    Total Yogurt with chopped candied ginger and pom seeds, if available

                    1. The Engineer Jan 7, 2007 08:31 AM

                      When the vending machine is my only option, I like to mix a bag of plain M&Ms with a bag or two of mini pretzels. (a little melty, but delicious)

                      1. Emme Jan 7, 2007 07:28 AM

                        Cottage cheese with salsa
                        Scooped baked potato skins filled w/ whatever floats my boat
                        Rotisserie chicken breast
                        Apple/Pear/Persimmon and some cheese to stabilize the ol' blood sugar
                        Dry cereal (high fiber/protein) w/ nonfat Total yogurt
                        Mini fiber bran muffins from TJ's (Zen Bakery)
                        Grilled veggies w/ Balsamic Vinegar
                        Tortilla and cheese for a quesadilla-- love that soy cheese blend from TJ's with the La Tortilla factory... like 160 calories and 16 g of fiber by the time all is said and done

                        1. j
                          Jacey Jan 7, 2007 02:11 AM

                          soy nuts
                          laughing cow cheese
                          hardboil eggs
                          tamari almonds
                          hot chocolate
                          cottage cheese
                          baby carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers--sometimes dipped in hummus or a dressing
                          cold roasted cauliflower "salad"

                          -i obviously rely on a fridge for my snacking

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                            BellaDonna Jan 7, 2007 02:06 AM

                            Baby carrots
                            Celery with peanut butter
                            Mozarella string cheese (low fat and has protein)
                            Dark chocolate squares
                            Those kiddy fruit snacks
                            Nuts (especially cashews)

                            Sometimes I cut slices of different cheeses (such as gruyere) and eat those with crackers

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                              piccola Jan 6, 2007 02:09 AM

                              At the office, I try to avoid things that a) smell strongly, b) give bad breath, or c) are messy/complicated to eat.

                              Some things I bring:

                              baby carrots
                              cherry tomatoes
                              sugar snap peas
                              babybel light cheese
                              steamed veggie dumplings
                              freeze-dried fruit (like TJ's)

                              Sometimes I have those 100-calorie packs of graham crackers, or Glenny's Soy Crisps. And maybe once a year, I splurge on the Pop Tarts.

                              1. orangewasabi Jan 5, 2007 07:35 PM

                                Hummus, as others have said, but with endive leaves for scoops.

                                I also love one slice of black rye toasted, cut into four squares with sundried tomato pesto as a snack.

                                1. jpschust Jan 5, 2007 05:28 PM

                                  I snack on raw almonds all day. Sometimes clementines or apples.

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                                    fara Jan 6, 2007 02:44 AM

                                    me too. i threw in hazlenuts and walnuts as well.

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                                    Pegmeister Jan 5, 2007 05:18 PM

                                    I generally have ginger candies. They're great for making ginger tea as well!

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                                      The Dairy Queen Jan 8, 2007 02:48 PM

                                      Great idea on the ginger tea!


                                    2. LaLa Jan 5, 2007 04:27 PM

                                      I also like the Nabisco Snack packs.
                                      Cheese / crackers
                                      Summer sausage
                                      string cheese
                                      popcorn...the cajun kind
                                      little baggie of ceral


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                                        Newkie Jan 5, 2007 04:23 AM

                                        Instant Oatmeal
                                        Dried Fruit
                                        Roast Edamame
                                        Wasabi Peas
                                        TJ's Soy Tortilla Chips
                                        Nabisco 100 Calorie Snack Packs (I know they aren't very Chow, but they are perfectly portioned when you want a little something)

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                                          Leper Jan 4, 2007 10:14 PM

                                          A big thermos of Menudo will get you through.

                                          1. 2m8ohed Jan 4, 2007 09:16 PM

                                            Second the Japanese rice crackers and miso soup mix (I get it at the Japanese or Chinese supermarket in a 10-pack). Cereal and soy milk (which comes in little boxes if you don't have a fridge - I have a little dorm fridge in my office). Apple slices with peanut butter dip (PB + plain yogurt + honey whisked together) or x-sharp cheddar cheese. Satsuma mandarins. Salad, tuna, and a bottle of my favorite dressing in the office fridge. Trail mix. Secret bar of Valhrona. I have to close my office door before digging in to a lot of this stuff!

                                            1. AnneInMpls Jan 4, 2007 09:00 PM

                                              Like C70, I really LOVE carrot sticks and hummos. Plain roasted almonds are nice, too. And a sliced apple with peanut butter has a great fruit-and-protein punch that really perks me up on a sleepy afternoon.

                                              If I want salty food, I'll go for popcorn, wasabi peas, or spicy Japanese rice crackers (those tiny crescent shapes).

                                              Today, however, I'm snacking on a huge baggie of pomegranate seeds - messy, but delicious - which my wonderful husband prepared two days ago. (Forget peeling me a grape - he won my heart by peeling pomegranates!)


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                                                upstate girl Jan 4, 2007 08:33 PM

                                                The pull of the vending machine is sometimes just too hard to resist. When I give in it's always peanut M&M's. On a somewhat healthier note, I try to go for protein (depending on how much I'm trying to rationalize, peanut M&M's can count as an adequate protein) like pistachios, a spoonful of peanut butter (a must at work!), or cheese in the fridge. If it's carbs I want, I keep oatmeal in my desk drawer as well as pretzels. I also try to throw an extra piece of fruit in my lunch to eat later in the day. That way I don't have an excuse to go to the vending machine. Also love instant hot chocolate at work. Sounds like all I do is snack at work! Is anyone else hungry?

                                                1. Snackish Jan 4, 2007 08:25 PM

                                                  This time of year, tangerines. Cut up melon with lime juice, chile powder and salt. Olives with pits (they take longer to eat). Baby carrots.

                                                  1. jfood Jan 4, 2007 08:23 PM

                                                    The chocolate is still on the corners of my mouth from the Moon Pie i just scarfed from the vending machine.

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                                                      Loren3 Jan 4, 2007 08:19 PM

                                                      My daily staples are:
                                                      A hard-boiled egg.
                                                      Toast - cinnamon raisin, apple cobblestone, cranberry almond, etc.
                                                      Hand fruit - bananas, apples, pears, oranges, grapes, etc.

                                                      Other possibilities

                                                      Rice Crispies Treats (they're better than some granola bars in terms of sugars and fats, believe it or not).
                                                      Jap Snacks from Costco (do you have Costco in Canada?).
                                                      Chex mix.
                                                      Dried fruit.
                                                      Snickers bar.
                                                      M&M with peanuts.

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                                                      1. re: Loren3
                                                        OCAnn Jan 4, 2007 08:26 PM

                                                        Jap Snacks?

                                                        1. re: OCAnn
                                                          Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 08:28 PM

                                                          Maybe that Japanese Party Mix? I love that stuff. My husband calls it "Pootie Repellent", though. He hates the way it smells.

                                                          1. re: Andiereid
                                                            C70 Jan 4, 2007 08:39 PM

                                                            k, pootie means a totally different thing in my house.. ever googled it?

                                                            1. re: C70
                                                              Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 08:40 PM

                                                              No, and I'm not going to. He's had the nickname Pootie Pie since before we were married and I'm not giving him an out. Besides, it's better than his other nickname "Poochbelly".

                                                            2. re: Andiereid
                                                              OCAnn Jan 4, 2007 09:52 PM

                                                              Wow...I thought "Jap" as in "Jap snacks" was an offensive term.

                                                              1. re: OCAnn
                                                                Andiereid Jan 5, 2007 12:02 AM

                                                                Well, I didn't say it!

                                                                1. re: OCAnn
                                                                  IndyGirl Jan 7, 2007 12:29 PM

                                                                  I was thinking the same thing!

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                                                            rHairing Jan 4, 2007 08:09 PM

                                                            For me:

                                                            raw almonds
                                                            fruit of some sort kept in the fridge
                                                            sugar free Jello cups when I am craving something sweet.
                                                            flavored rice cakes
                                                            low fat popcorn
                                                            grape tomatoes

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                                                              swsidejim Jan 4, 2007 08:07 PM

                                                              Oke Doke Cheese Popcorn (hot & regular)
                                                              BBQ potato chips
                                                              Red Licorice
                                                              Reeses Peanut butter cups

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                                                                OCAnn Jan 4, 2007 08:15 PM

                                                                I have Reese's pb cups too, but I don't admit these to Mr OCAnn b/c I'm on a diet.

                                                                1. re: OCAnn
                                                                  swsidejim Jan 4, 2007 08:21 PM

                                                                  I am a sucker for candy myself. I also enjoy jelly beans, and gum drops.

                                                                  Not to close to lunch however, I dont want to spoil my almost daily Italian Beef sandwich for lunch... (one advantage of living/working in the Chicago area..)

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                                                                CookingGirl Jan 4, 2007 08:04 PM

                                                                Packets of oatmeal, cottage cheese, Laughing Cow reduced fat cheese wedges with veggies, TJs banana crisps, TJs turkey jerky, Lipton Cup-a-Soup (ie, Cup-a-Salt but I add extra water), mini peppermint patties, slices of turkey, rice crackers, jello fat-free puddings.

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                                                                  Michelle Jan 4, 2007 07:59 PM

                                                                  Here's what I have at my desk or in the fridge currently (some healthy items, some not):

                                                                  Fresh fruit
                                                                  nuts, various kinds
                                                                  trail mix
                                                                  other candy

                                                                  1. IndyGirl Jan 4, 2007 07:54 PM

                                                                    string cheese
                                                                    tuna/cracker packs made by starkist (I leave out the nasty relish, JMO)
                                                                    other nuts
                                                                    trail mix with dried fruit/nuts

                                                                    I try to focus on protein if I get hungry/groggy while trying to do work. In fact,I am munching on almonds right now.

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                                                                      maryv Jan 4, 2007 07:53 PM

                                                                      I like a mix of whatever nuts, dried fruits, etc. I happen to have around the house. I include some munchies from a local Middle Eastern market - roasted squash seeds, roasted garbanzo beans, roasted fava beans. And dried mangoes with chili, which are also available at Trader Joe's.

                                                                      1. Alice Patis Jan 4, 2007 07:31 PM

                                                                        I used to keep m/w popcorn, triscuit, peanut butter, wasabi peas, roasted soy beans, tamari almonds, pistachio nuts, and various dark chocolate at work (not to all eat all together, but just because I'm a squirrel).

                                                                        But we recently have a mouse problem at work and I had to remove/toss my amassed treasure, some of which I found with teeth marks!

                                                                        Now that it's all gone, I'm down to just a jar of peanut butter (which is mouse proof), which I spoon onto a square of dark chocolate (which I have to bring daily in my purse).

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                                                                        1. re: Alice Patis
                                                                          MobyRichard Jan 7, 2007 01:45 PM

                                                                          Alice, get yourself some small canning or Mason jars. I've seen canning jars as small as 1 cup and it would have to be a pretty strong mouse to get into one of them. Even those very heavy plastic lock and lock containers would probably be too much for a mouse to get into (although I'd probably try to cut down on the food smell by keeping snacks in a ziplock bag in side the jar or heavier plastic container.

                                                                          1. re: MobyRichard
                                                                            LindaWhit Jan 7, 2007 03:59 PM

                                                                            Click-Clacks are great for storing things like Alice likes to have at work.


                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                              MobyRichard Jan 7, 2007 06:02 PM

                                                                              They look good and sturdy, but maybe a little big for storing in a desk drawer. Lock and locks work similarly but come in sizes suitable for snacking.

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                                                                                LindaWhit Jan 8, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                                These come in all sizes - I've got several small ones like pictured in this link:


                                                                        2. pepper_mil Jan 4, 2007 07:18 PM

                                                                          Little jar of nutella and whole wheat crackers. Homemade caramel (or plain) popcorn.

                                                                          For the miso and spinach soup, just do it from scratch - keep a tub of miso at work, and at home pack fresh spinach leaves in a container with little cubes of tofu. At work, microwave container until spinach is wilted (but still bright green, a minute or so) and then add a tablespoon or so of miso with hot water from your coffee machine. Garnish with little dried shrimp or dried seaweed, if you can get it. (this is more of a lunch size...go down to a tsp of miso with a cup of water for snacks)

                                                                          my blog has candied nuts and candied squash seed recipes, but it is not indexed yet so you might have to browse archives to find them. http://frugalcuisine.blogspot.com

                                                                          and hi from Edmonton.

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                                                                          1. re: pepper_mil
                                                                            prunefeet Jan 4, 2007 09:08 PM

                                                                            You're brilliant!!! Can't wait to delve into blog.

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                                                                            ddelicious Jan 4, 2007 07:01 PM

                                                                            You guys are great. Keep the ideas coming! (oh, and I'm in Canada so sadly no Target products for me.)

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                                                                              PPPPP Jan 4, 2007 06:53 PM

                                                                              Wasabi peas!

                                                                              But only bring the recommended serving size to work in a baggie each day, to avoid binging on half the tub and feeling sick afterwards (speaking from experience..).

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                                                                                Heatherb Jan 4, 2007 06:51 PM

                                                                                String cheese. I know: Very processed. But it's filling and has protein.

                                                                                1. farmersdaughter Jan 4, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                                                  In my desk drawer right now:

                                                                                  Luna bars
                                                                                  TLC "cheezits"
                                                                                  Homemade trail mix (walnuts, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and dried blueberries)
                                                                                  Whole wheat saltines

                                                                                  In the office fridge:
                                                                                  carrot sticks
                                                                                  an apple
                                                                                  string cheese

                                                                                  In the office freezer I keep frozen meals made by Amy's, which are pretty healthy and full of good things like tofu and rice.

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                                                                                    lyn Jan 4, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                                                    Isn't burnt microwave popcorn every office's staple?

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                                                                                      Michelle Jan 4, 2007 07:57 PM

                                                                                      Actually, in my office we are not allowed to have microwave popcorn. Seems there was a fire awhile back...

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                                                                                      Hungry Celeste Jan 4, 2007 06:49 PM

                                                                                      Instant miso/spinach soup--just add hot water, 35 calories, can be made in a coffee mug.
                                                                                      Roasted unsalted almonds, by the handful.
                                                                                      The occasional pop tart from the vending machine down the hall (hey,they're fortified w/vitamins!)

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                                                                                        Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                                                        See? I'm sayin'!

                                                                                        Pop Tarts are great boat food.

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                                                                                          Hungry Celeste Jan 4, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                          Not on my boat! Hubig's fried pies (a local pie brand) are boat food to me. I only eat Pop Tarts at the office in a pinch...$0.85 from the machine, cheap hot n fast. Though I sometimes substitute Hubig's when the machine is well-stocked.

                                                                                          1. re: Hungry Celeste
                                                                                            Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 06:57 PM

                                                                                            We only keep them around on the boat for folks who are feeling a little green. For some reason, they are fairly effective at settling the stomach for a MILD case of the boat queasies. We cook real food on the boat all the time. :)

                                                                                            1. re: Andiereid
                                                                                              PPPPP Jan 4, 2007 07:07 PM

                                                                                              Damn you people! I just had the most insane craving for pop-tarts, so I went down to the vending machine.. and they were out!! Argh.

                                                                                              To keep it on topic, corn nuts are good too. Anything crunchy to keep me awake at my desk!

                                                                                              1. re: PPPPP
                                                                                                Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 07:32 PM

                                                                                                One of the dangers of Chowhound. I crave all KINDS of stuff all day reading the posts.

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                                                                                                  Snackish Jan 4, 2007 08:23 PM

                                                                                                  Corn nuts fall into the microwave popcorn category for me: too stinky to eat in the office.

                                                                                          2. re: Hungry Celeste
                                                                                            debby Jan 4, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                            Which brand of miso/spinach soup do you prefer?

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                                                                                            AndrewCIrving Jan 4, 2007 06:43 PM

                                                                                            Sahale Snacks makes great healthy "gourmet" snack mixes. They are available at Target for about $5 for a 5oz bag. Delicious. http://sahalesnacks.com/index.asp

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                                                                                              Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 06:47 PM

                                                                                              Dang! I can't believe I haven't seen those in Target. They look good!

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                                                                                                LindaWhit Jan 7, 2007 01:21 PM

                                                                                                Those look phenomenal! Will have to check Target out in my area!

                                                                                              2. Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 06:40 PM

                                                                                                Fruit and nut bars
                                                                                                a thermos of soup
                                                                                                saltines and cheese or peanut butter
                                                                                                fresh fruit (an apple or an orange - not bananas for me because I hate smelling them all day in the office)
                                                                                                cottage cheese (if you have fridge access)
                                                                                                Trail mix
                                                                                                Pop Tarts (someone is going to flay me for that one)

                                                                                                Don't know how much you want to cook/prepare for snacks, but if you want to do some prep the night before:

                                                                                                Tortilla pinwheels (spread flour tortillas with cream cheese, layer with turkey and lettuce and salsa and roll up and slice crosswise)
                                                                                                Quick breads (like cranberry or banana bread) spread with cream cheese and made into small "tea sandwiches"
                                                                                                Mini pizzas - cook them the night before and eat them at room temperature, or just cook a regular size pizza and cut it into small snack-size pieces for the rest of the week

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                                                                                                  cheryl_h Jan 4, 2007 06:33 PM

                                                                                                  I keep dried fruit in a desk drawer for food emergencies.

                                                                                                  1. OCAnn Jan 4, 2007 06:33 PM

                                                                                                    - yogurt w/granola
                                                                                                    - edamame
                                                                                                    - grapes
                                                                                                    - cherry tomatoes

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                                                                                                      C70 Jan 4, 2007 06:31 PM

                                                                                                      my current low-fat-high-fiber favorites are hummus with baby carrots, and celery with light cream cheese. also, a handful of almonds can really keep you full.

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