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Nov 5, 2008 09:13 PM

Looking for low calorie food/snack ideas (aside from Konjac/Konnyaku)

So there's this diet I'm looking into that requires one to down the obligatory powdered mix blended drinks in the morning and at dinner. Lunch can be a normal regular meal to an extent (giving allowances to eat a lot of calories but within reason).

The problem is not long after the dinner drink, the stomach starts complaining for more.

I've found that the konjac/konnyaku at Japanese supermarkets offer a good solution as it is supposedly (near) zero calories, and is a cheap substitute just to get the stomach feeling full. It can be paired with soup (miso is a good one) or some pseudo vegan throw together.

Unfortunately it gets boring after a while.

What are some other foods, dishes, preps, snack etc you recommend that will fill you up but won't cause packing on the pounds? It can be Asian, Western, American, European etc. Hopefully nothing disgusting!


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  1. i know it's not *thriling* but sugar free jello is sometimes a good sweet tooth fixer in the evening hours at minimal damage.

    you can also make popsicles - lemon juice, sweetener (stevia or xylitol or splenda, etc.) and water, then frozen to make lemonade pops

    make some miso broth with bits of greens in it... the broth will fill you up.

    grill some low cal veggies and keep on hand in fridge - celery, radicchio, mushrooms, etc.

    in addition to the konnyaku, there's also kelp noodles that are crunchy, pretty innocuous tasting and really low cal--like 6 calories a serving... that you can stirfry or mix with some balsamic vinegar, soy or bragg's, and some spices you like (ginger, chives, cilantro, whatever)

    one of my favorite recent finds is dried yacon (sliceds). they taste kind of like dried apples, but i like them better actually. a serving (an ounce) is only 30 calories; they're a super food; and, supposedly they're a "prebiotic," which one of my nutritionist friends is convinced is somehow a made-up term... yet i find it satisfying regardless.

    scrambled egg whites with a little salsa or herbs and freshly ground pepper is a low cal snack (just do so in a non-stick and/or Pam sprayed pan).

    1. K K on a diet? Is the End of Days approaching?

      Soups are your friend. In addition to miso, there's Kimchi Chigae (Korean kimchi stew), which can be lightened by using less meat. Hong Kong style borsht is also good, just go easy on the potatoes.

      1. apples are very filling - add a tsp of peanut butter; glass of skim milk; string cheese; a cup of tea; handful (small) of almonds; a cup of plain lowfat r nonfat yogurt with strawberries or blueberries. Basically you want something high in protein combined with some fiber if possible this really keeps you satisfied for a while. I also find that a hot beverage (such as the tea) will fill me up. good luck.

        1. Edamame in many different forms. Alton Brown just did an episode on this for good eats. You can use it to make a dip, too. :)

          1. Thanks for the suggestions so far!

            A few things

            - the diet is not for me personally. So my fans and readers, don't worry.

            - the dieter is allergic to shellfish, raw tomatoes, shouldn't be eating squash, no greasy no spicy, cucumbers, citrus fruits, nappa cabbage, eggplant amongst a few others. Edamame is unfortunately a no-no (apparently "hairy" vegetables are no no's as well)

            - kelp noodle....hmmm I might have seen it at my local Japanese supermarket. Is it the green kind but looks similar to yam noodle (shirataki)? I'll have to check that out, thanks (although it may have a way too similar texture to konnyaku)

            This is a great starter list. Thanks for all your recs. Please keep them coming :-)

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            1. re: K K

              kelp noodles are clear. dont have a texture anything like konnyaku. they're crunchy actually.