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Ruth Lafler Dec 28, 2008 11:16 AM

Saturday morning I was in the deli at Whole-Foods type market looking for something to take for lunch. After days of holiday excess, the rich foods I usually love just didn't appeal to me. Then I saw the organic kale salad (chopped raw kale with pumpkin seeds, slivers of red onion, in a sesame vinaigrette). I don't normally like kale. I'm not sure I've ever eaten raw kale. But my body clearly wanted it, because it tasted delicious.

So that started me wondering, what healthy foods do you sometimes crave? I don't mean healthy foods you like okay that you eat because you think you should, I mean healthy foods that you actually *want* to eat. I also mean foods that are intrinsically healthy (like kale) and not foods that have been altered (alternate fats and sweeteners, for example) to make them more healthy. Maybe we can all discover some delicious healthy foods!

  1. fldhkybnva Feb 11, 2013 05:19 PM

    Currently: spinach, grape tomatoes, cabbage, asparagus

    1. tim irvine Feb 11, 2013 05:07 PM

      Bourbon and Cheez-Its are LOADED with psychological nutrients. okay, kick me off this thread.

      1. Passadumkeg Feb 11, 2013 12:57 PM

        kAPUSTA! Russian style saurkraut, homemade. In soups, salads. side, or a main dish. Can't get enough. I used to gro mt own cabbagews.. KIm Chee too. Haven't tsried kapusta ice cream yet.!

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        1. re: Passadumkeg
          monavano Feb 12, 2013 05:51 AM

          I adore cabbage too. I had about half of a parboiled head of savoy cabbage after using the outer leaves for golabki. I made chicken stock in a slow cooker after stripping a baked chicken to the carcass, then decided to turn it into "empty the fridge/freezer vegetable soup".
          The star of which is that savoy cabbage. It's chock full of it and it sort of takes the place of rice or pasta for me. Although, I did decide to add barley for more bulk and protein.
          Also halushki-- try that with leftover cabbage.

          1. re: monavano
            fldhkybnva Feb 12, 2013 06:39 AM

            I hide in embarassment...I too have become addicted to cabbage recently. My mother claims it's because I was born in Germany so it's bred in me and rears it's head in the winter. My typical Sunday night now includes literally a head of cabbage sauteed with bacon grease, simmered with chicken broth and apple cider vinegar and topped with bacon. It takes a good while to chomp it all down but it's great. However, I have to be careful...a few weeks ago my stomach did not respond in kind and massively expanded within 30 minutes and I thought I might have miraculously acquired full term twins. I have been using green cabbage, but I'd like to start incorporating red as well as other types as well. It's such a great food and so versatile.

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          beccydinosaur Sep 26, 2011 07:27 AM

          Sashimi
          Fruit: mandarins, grapes, passionfruit, watermelon, golden delicious apples
          Baby spinach, kale
          Cucumber
          Broccoli
          Red capsicum
          Grilled fish
          Eggs
          Brussel sprouts

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            bfish Sep 25, 2011 09:14 AM

            My biggest craving is raw onions -- there aren't very many things anyone would put onions on or in that I don't. I more frequently crave onions than any unhealthy food or ingredient. Garlic and ginger root aren't far behind.

            -- all kinds of salads, preferably with lots of healthy ingredients and very little dressing (unless it's good bleu cheese w/ chunks -- will splurge on that)
            -- spinach in any form -- raw, frozen, canned, I love them all for different reasons and in different dishes
            -- lentils, especially homemade dal; also salads made with French kind
            -- just about any spicy Indian, E. Asian, and Middle Eastern dish as long as it's not oily (for that reason I cook a lot of these items at home as restaurant versions can be swimming in oil)
            -- red cabbage and Napa
            -- chick peas
            -- seafood, especially raw anything (sashimi, oysters, clams, etc.)
            -- nuts

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              LEsherick2008 Aug 27, 2011 02:10 PM

              I had some terrible teeth problem as a teen until 2003 and I was in so much pain and had dentist appt eery week almost during my whole time in college. Like going to class in the morning then having root canals in the afternoon and just having to lay down after while bleeding in guaze pads while the numbness and pain meds wore off. I had enough and got every single tooth pulled. I cannot eat raw vegetables any more so I am starting to love Green Smoothies I can get the raw veggie and greens goodness especially kale, and fruit in a way I can digest it. I love alot of types of fruit but my favorite is Blueberries and they are soo good for you.

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                StrawberryChocolate Aug 11, 2011 02:49 AM

                Love this thread! Mine:

                - Berries with fat free Cool Whip
                - Spinach salads with whatever's freshest at the moment
                - Fresh fish in general, cooked simply and cleanly
                - Mango salsa
                - Steel cut oatmeal
                - Tea
                - Dark chocolate in moderation
                - Braised greens, especially rainbow chard
                - Garlic, garlic, garlic. Always garlic!
                - Fresh herbs in and on EVERYTHING. Tarragon, basil, oregano, chives, mint, parsley.
                - Brown rice. I'm the only one in my house who enjoys it, so I rarely get it and am therefore craving it on the regular. I
                - Steamed white rice. I hate fried and only get steamed at Asian places.
                - Red bell peppers, cooked any way.
                - Green beans
                - Pistachios without salt
                - Greek yogurt
                - Egg whites and turkey sausage for a hearty but low cal, high protein meal.

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                  serapharia Jul 25, 2011 10:56 PM

                  - Grilled fish. When I crave it, it's as if I can feel the juicy, flaky texture against my teeth. Unbearable - have to have it!
                  - Steamed rice
                  - Avocado (on 9-grain toast, sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper)
                  - Soft-boiled eggs
                  - Tofu
                  - Peas (from frozen)
                  - Canned sardines
                  - Olives

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                    sisterfunkhaus Jul 21, 2011 10:47 AM

                    Beans. I love making beans in my crock pot. I cook them up healthily too. I made a vegan pasta e fagoli soup a few days ago and not only was it OMG good, but it was healthy. I also love mango, homegrown summer tomatoes and east Texas summer cantaloupe.

                    1. crowmuncher Jul 21, 2011 10:28 AM

                      Definitely fruit. Right now that would be avocado and mango since it's what's in season in my backyard. Probably the single best reason to be stuck in Sofla in the summertime.

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                        basildip Jul 12, 2011 12:40 PM

                        Clear chicken broth. Must have chunks of chinese broccoli, bok choy, bean sprouts, overloaded
                        With garlic and bean sprouts. To that add a few broken or shreded pieces of roasted chicken.
                        Second favorite craving-- chicken salad with mile high crispy lettuce, mint, bean sprouts, tomatoes
                        and cucumbers. I have been eating this menu 15-20 yrs., every chance I get-- breakfast, lunch
                        and dinner.

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                          magiesmom Jul 11, 2011 07:15 PM

                          I have been craving grains, especially farro and bulgar as well as greens and legumes.

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                            KitchenBug Jul 11, 2011 05:54 PM

                            Mangoes and strawberries and crunchy apples... and i looooove carrot sticks with hommus, and chickpeas with avocado and ricotta... yumm!

                            1. Popkin Jul 11, 2011 12:11 PM

                              Somebody mentioned Honeycrisp apples! Those or any nice crisp apple is a thing of luscious beauty for all the senses (^_^)<3 A smooth skin, beautiful contrast of inner flesh and skin, the resistance and snap as you bite in, the sweet smell, and taste of the released sweet/tart light juice as you eat it especially if you luck out and get a really sweet juicy one, the clean feeling in your mouth when you are done.......

                              Ministrone soup; the greens and legumes in a slightly viscous wonderful beefy tomato-y broth.

                              I hope garlic counts as a food for this purpose, because that is one I simply cannot get enough of. One time when I was fighting a particularly nasty sinus infection I found myself eating spoonfuls of garlic mixed with hot sauce a few times a day, and still didn't manage to get sick of it in the least lol

                              1. monavano Jul 11, 2011 10:17 AM

                                For me it's deep greens. I could eat an entire bunch of sauteed rapini at a clip. Broccoli is a close second.
                                And salads. If I don't have that crunch, after a while I crave it. In fact, when I put together a chopped salad for dinner, I make it with 2 heads of romaine so I can munch on it for days.

                                1. mokafeinomane Jul 11, 2011 10:12 AM

                                  -Tea, about a litre a day (to cut down my coffee addiction, I got to say.)
                                  -Dark chocolate shavings with fresh fruit and meringue, one of my fav desserts, yet so light (Either just whipped as is or in the fashion of a pavlova)
                                  -Steamed or broiled edamame, by the handful
                                  -Fresh silken tofu, as is, or tofu in any kind of dish
                                  -Avocadoes, as often as I can
                                  -Mixed legumes salad, with some crushed almonds, a bit of olive oil, lemon and pepper
                                  -Thai spring rolls, loaded with lettuce, rice noodles, hot sauce, julienned carrots,julienned cucumber, julienned swede, omelette... DAMN IT'S SO GOOD.
                                  -Veggie, omelette or tinned seafood sushi. I mean, it's loaded with nutrition.
                                  -Fresh berries, with a dollop of greek yogurt.
                                  -Oatmeal with fruits or leftover meat (yeah.) pretty much every morning.
                                  -HONEY (sure it's sugar but OH ISN'T GREAT THAT WE CAN EAT BEE NECTAR ?!)

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                                  1. re: mokafeinomane
                                    artychokeasana Jul 11, 2011 05:39 PM

                                    I crave almost everything on your list! But what is tinned seafood sushi? I'm not familiar with it.

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                                      mokafeinomane Feb 11, 2013 12:00 PM

                                      Barely a year an a half later... Sushi-grade fish of seafood isn't readily available where I live, so more often then other I'll use canned smoked mussels, smoked oysters, herring, tuna with spicy sauce, crabmeat... Not the best quality of course, but better than past-their-prime seafood in the fishmonger's shop.

                                  2. alkapal Jun 17, 2011 04:47 AM

                                    i got a craving the other day for yellow summer crookneck squash -- and i fixed them with some bacon, of course. ;-)).

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                                      Fromageball Jun 16, 2011 09:28 AM

                                      Roasted root vegetables with herby yogurt dip. I cannot get enough of it. I toss the veggies in olive oil, salt and pepper, and make the dip with yogurt/garlic/herbs. I love salad with sesame vinaigrette as well. I sometimes have cravings for a big salad with lots of veggies, feta cheese, maybe some orzo pasta, sunflower seeds, etc. I also crave olives.

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                                        im_nomad Jul 12, 2011 05:55 PM

                                        I think I eat more olives than any person should in the run of a day. I eat them daily or just about. I think whoever it was that started stuffing olives with almonds deserves a gold star.

                                      2. melpy May 31, 2011 11:32 AM

                                        Berries
                                        Salad
                                        Skim milk

                                        1. onceadaylily May 31, 2011 11:26 AM

                                          Huge spinach salads, with as many vegetables as greens, a little chopped egg, and sunflower seeds.
                                          Wakame. I could eat wakame seaweed salad every day, if only it weren't so expensive to make or buy.
                                          Tomatoes (tomatoes and hummus, with a little hot sauce, is a favorite breakfast of mine), and one of my favorite soups is a simple tomato, or spicy tomato pumpkin.
                                          Edamame, which I usually eat instead of popcorn while watching a movie at home.
                                          Bell peppers
                                          Cabbage (I've recently discovered I *love* it as a raw addition to some of my favorite dishes)
                                          Hummus, or even just chickpeas by themselves
                                          Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts
                                          Raw broccoli, usually in my salads (but sometimes dipped in . . . less healthy things)
                                          Eggs, especially in a vegetable-stuffed frittata
                                          Black beans, especially refried (I use olive oil)
                                          Sardines, oysters. Hmm, most fish and shellfish, I guess.
                                          Avocados. I wish I had a tree of my own, because I can eat them several times a day, and not get bored.
                                          And wine, of course.

                                          I would say lima beans, but I always cook them in cream and butter, even though I really do like them all on their own. It's almost time for succotash, though. That's a much healthier rendition.

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                                            montrealeater May 28, 2011 10:24 PM

                                            Pumpkin seeds, in any form, but preferably fresh out of a pumpkin, roasted and salted (as an adult, I think this is the only reason I continue to carve jack o lanterns).

                                            Every now and again, kidney beans - like an earlier poster I have been known to eat these out of the can. It's a weird craving, almost akin to the chalk craving I get every now and again.

                                            1. mamachef May 28, 2011 08:00 PM

                                              I frequently crave spinach, and actually probably eat it at least 3x weekly in one form or another, so it's a great plus that I love it. Favorite prep is just pan-tossed briefly with a shot of soy, some toasted sesame seeds, and a little minced ginger and garlic; spinach salad runs a close second, but I'll put it in just about anything...tzatziki, lamburgers, etc. I crave bananas also, and eat at least one a day. Oatmeal is definitely something that rings the craving bell on a cold morning - I just eat it and feel nourished. And liver. I crave liver, either calves' or chicken, a few times a month.

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                                                cayjohan May 28, 2011 10:36 PM

                                                I've got crazy spinach cravings here too, and our favorite farmers are living up the their spinach reputation so much than I have ridiculous amounts in my fridge! Try making the Finnish spinach pancake - essentially steamed/boiled spinach, finely chopped and blended into a non-sweet pancake batter. Go heavy on the chopped spinach-to-batter ratio, and grate in some nutmeg. Pancake away in the usual manner. They're wonderful.

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                                                  mamachef May 29, 2011 05:59 PM

                                                  I want to do this your way, and then I want to try it adding some shredded parm and garlic. Riiiight up my alley, spinachey, carbohydratey goodness!

                                                  1. re: mamachef
                                                    cayjohan May 31, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                    Here's a link to a recipe that has pretty much the ratios I use: http://www.alleasyrecipes.com/recipes... with the exception of the amount of spinach. I'm shamelessly profligate with my spinach bounty. The farmer I buy from sells the spinach in plastic handle bags filled to overflowing, and I use the whole dang thing. After cooking and squeezing, this amounts to a blob of spinach about the size of a softball on steroids. We've found the pancakes to be better with the increased proportion of spinach.

                                                    Mmm...garlic's a great idea! Yesterday's brunch was the 'cakes with some garlic-y pork pate, lightly seared, and a bit of maple syrup...so delicious a combination, and the garlic flavor was a nice complement. And now you've got me thinking parm, too...apparently my spinach addiction is not going anywhere soon.

                                                    1. re: cayjohan
                                                      mamachef May 31, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                      Hey, thank you! And look on the bright side, cayjohan. If an addiction you must have, better to have one that won't send you into a shame-spiral and possible legal trouble. Spinach is a great thing to compulse about. :)
                                                      I am so making this.

                                                  2. re: cayjohan
                                                    artychokeasana Jun 1, 2011 09:41 PM

                                                    Ohh..I am definitely trying these. Recently we have been making a similar pancake but with Dino Kale...the light bright green pancake is lovely to look at and delicious to eat.

                                                    http://www.publicradio.org/columns/sp...

                                                    1. re: artychokeasana
                                                      cayjohan Jun 9, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                      Just made the kale pancakes, and swapped out half of the flour for buckwheat flour. Oooooh. We were still eating and I began to get wheedling on when I'm making them again! So glad I planted a ton of kale this year. Thanks for the link!

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                                                  rHairing May 28, 2011 07:56 PM

                                                  I'd like to know why I crave them....
                                                  Kidney beans. I have been known to eat them out of a can
                                                  Beets
                                                  Grape tomatoes
                                                  Watermelon

                                                  1. Passadumkeg May 28, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                    Summer is here, Lime in my G&T's.

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                                                      link_930 May 16, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                      These days, it's romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and peppers dipped in gochujang (Korean red pepper paste).

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                                                        lseavey May 11, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                        Raw tomatoes

                                                        Escarole and cannellini beans

                                                        Wilted spinach

                                                        Edamame

                                                        1. alkapal May 11, 2011 10:29 AM

                                                          i'm craving some vietnamese fresh summer rolls made with rice paper wrap, stuffed with carrot, shrimp, cellophane noodles, cilantro), dipped onto some healthful peanut dressing! ;-).

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                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                            HillJ May 11, 2011 10:32 AM

                                                            I love fresh spring rolls! So easy to assemble at home too. I add fresh mint and basil leaves, the small romaine lettuce leaves and thin slilvers of cucumber to the list you have. So fresh, crunchy..the perfect bite.

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                                                              alkapal May 11, 2011 11:10 AM

                                                              oh yeah, i forgot cukes. and mint! it could have more green things than most restaurants put in...for my taste. also, i want a good shrimp coverage in there. LOL.

                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                Tripeler May 31, 2011 10:56 AM

                                                                Yeah, the fresh spring rolls are great. I like to lightly boil okra pods and stick them inside.
                                                                I love okra just about any way, but lightly boiled and still crispy (you need to use small pods) is best. I still crave okra fried in cornmeal using bacon fat, though...

                                                                1. re: Tripeler
                                                                  alkapal Jun 17, 2011 04:45 AM

                                                                  tripeler, you won't believe this, i saw okra at harris teeter here in northern virginia last week for nearly $3 a pound!

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                                                            loveballet101 Mar 30, 2011 08:52 PM

                                                            roasted cauliflower (with some chipotle powder, evoo and kosher salt)
                                                            oatmeal. made with water and sprinkled with lots of cinnamon
                                                            GRAPES. preferably green

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                                                              Whinerdiner Mar 25, 2011 08:01 AM

                                                              I've mentioned this on a previous post, but sliced raw red bell peppers with shredded fresh basil leaves is wonderful. It's good year round, but especially delicious in the summer, with peppers and basil fresh from the garden. Yum

                                                              1. alkapal Mar 25, 2011 07:44 AM

                                                                can chinese stir-fried vegetables count? i definitely get cravings for garlic-scented stir-fried snow pea shoots. i also love the mixed veg stir-fry, with a touch of toasted sesame oil.

                                                                1. alliegator Mar 25, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                                  Edamame, boiled or steamed with coarse sea salt. It's such a good snack for mindless, in front of the tv eating.

                                                                  1. Samuelinthekitchen Mar 25, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                    seaweed of all kinds. As soon as that craving hits there's nothing else that'll satisfy.

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                                                                      MrsDaniels Mar 24, 2011 09:09 PM

                                                                      Lima beans, with garlic, oh soo good. Also only had a few times as I don't own a juicer, but the most refreshing drink on earth...watermelon juice!

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                                                                        thatsacrunchy Mar 24, 2011 08:45 PM

                                                                        wait i forgot, the magaimo has to be over chunks of toro (tuna) and have shredded nori over it or nori komi furikaki and nanami togarishi

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                                                                          thatsacrunchy Mar 24, 2011 08:42 PM

                                                                          natto with hot rice soyu green onion and a raw egg yolk, also magaimo the same way

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                                                                            cimui Aug 6, 2009 01:27 PM

                                                                            Glad to see this thread still alive.

                                                                            Last night, we made a broccoli salad loosely based on one published in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/20/din...). It includes cumin seed, fried garlic, toasted sesame oil, vinegar. I was holding back at dinnertime because we have houseguests right now and I didn't want to seem too greedy. But I liked it so well, I had the leftovers for breakfast AND lunch.

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                                                                              DishDelish Aug 6, 2009 01:36 PM

                                                                              LOL. That is awesome. I am a fan of these lunchy breakfasts myself once and a while.

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                                                                                cimui Aug 6, 2009 02:02 PM

                                                                                I feel like I should warn you away from this salad. Let's just say that if you become as enamoured with this as I did, you'll be very regular.

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                                                                                  DishDelish Aug 6, 2009 02:25 PM

                                                                                  LOL. So funny! Did you see some of the foods I listed? High fiber among them. ;)

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                                                                                    alkapal Aug 6, 2009 02:34 PM

                                                                                    not only "regular," ahem!
                                                                                    <recall ace ventura -- my favorite film --

                                                                                    "do ...NOT... go in there......WOO!!"> LOL!!!!

                                                                                    http://www.killerclips.com/clip.php?i...

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                                                                                  alkapal Mar 25, 2011 07:41 AM

                                                                                  darn, that link for the broccoli salad is broken.... ;-(. maybe i can google it.

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                                                                                    hasmitty Mar 25, 2011 11:09 AM

                                                                                    found it!

                                                                                    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/20/din...

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                                                                                      alkapal Mar 25, 2011 11:24 AM

                                                                                      oh thank you hasmitty, that really sounds fabulous and guilt-free!

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                                                                                  laliz Aug 6, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                                                  fresh peaches (must be peeled)
                                                                                  fresh red cheries
                                                                                  cucumbers
                                                                                  honeycrisp apples

                                                                                  1. alkapal Aug 6, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                                    arugula with shaved fennel, shaved parm, and lemon vinaigrette
                                                                                    celeri remoulade
                                                                                    (c'mon, that's good for you, right?!)
                                                                                    artichoke anything
                                                                                    greek salad
                                                                                    indian saag
                                                                                    carrot ginger curry soup
                                                                                    summer tomato sandwiches (and duke's mayo IS healthful, i say! ;-).
                                                                                    summer corn
                                                                                    tabbouleh, stuffed vine leaves, pole beans lebanese style (loubiah),
                                                                                    baba g
                                                                                    beans, peas, esp. chick peas, black eyed peas, black beans, white acre peas
                                                                                    strawberry c-monster from odwalla
                                                                                    stonyfield farms organic plain and vanilla yogurts (esp. the vanilla with oj and strawberries for a smoothie)
                                                                                    kefir
                                                                                    el sabor latino guava and passionfruit yogurts
                                                                                    good apple cider in the fall
                                                                                    fuji apples, gold pineapple, mango, watermelon
                                                                                    fresh summer peaches (which are $3 a pound today in the store!).
                                                                                    SOM TUM!!!!

                                                                                    ~~~~~

                                                                                    dangit, i hate these threads, they just make me hungry! ;-)).

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                                                                                      DishDelish Aug 6, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                                                      Ohhh I barely got past the carrot ginger soup. Thanks for the craving. LOL.

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                                                                                        DishDelish Aug 30, 2011 02:28 AM

                                                                                        I recently discovered kefir! soo good!

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                                                                                          Val Sep 25, 2011 11:48 AM

                                                                                          I really like kefir too...I try to alternate it with Greek yogurt as I understand that the probiotics are a little different than those in yogurt.

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                                                                                            alkapal Sep 25, 2011 12:59 PM

                                                                                            kefir is lovely -- i always feel so healthfully righteous as i slug some of it down. i generally buy it when i get some "body craving" for whatever it is (the mysterious magic ingredient that my body is craving) that makes kefir so satisfying.

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                                                                                        DishDelish Aug 5, 2009 10:40 PM

                                                                                        I think I get cravings for everything on here. lol. And now I am really hungry after reading this post which goodhealthgourmet sent me to from a post in which we were speaking of almond butter, which is one of my cravings.
                                                                                        I love trail mix, which can turn into an unhealthy thing for me because sometimes I eat too much.
                                                                                        I love sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds
                                                                                        all kinds of veggies, I really love raw veggies like broccoli, celery, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, red, orange and yellow peppers, all dipped in the most delicious and healthy dilly dip ever, Dilly dip, made with low fat cottage cheese, green onion, and dill.
                                                                                        I love cooked salads and raw salads made with spinach, mustard greens, kale, romaine, butter leaf, red leaf lettuces, cabbage, bok choy (I crave this one alot), I am sure I must be missing something.
                                                                                        Many of the salad ingredients I crave include peas, avocados (love the avocado), onion (red or green), cucumber, tomato, fresh herbs, yummy homemade olive oil based dressings, and I also love to top with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or toasted almonds, homemade whole wheat croutons.
                                                                                        I also crave soups all the time. Delicious homemade soups like split pea I make a really yummy vegan version sometimes, and bean soup, etc...
                                                                                        Avocado in any way, plain or in something, or as a dip.
                                                                                        My yummy homemade salsa, so good!
                                                                                        I also love hummus, homemade, with soft baked pita bread drizzled with olive oil.
                                                                                        Healthy Mexican dishes, I make my own refried beans with olive oil, whole wheat shells
                                                                                        I love high fiber cereals, cold and hot ... and the higher the fiber the more I crave it.
                                                                                        Yogurt, yum!
                                                                                        I also crave fresh fruits, water melon, honeydew melon, clementines, really good apples, kiwis, mangos, peaches, nectarines, plums,
                                                                                        Fresh berries, raspberries, strawberries, huckleberries!!!, I really crave the huckleberries and I can't have the real thing that often cause I don't live in Montana, blackberries, etc...
                                                                                        Ok ... I am sure I am forgetting many of my yummy healthy cravings, but you get the picture ;)
                                                                                        Oh yeah ... Dark chocolate! =)

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                                                                                          hasmitty Jan 23, 2009 12:19 PM

                                                                                          Wow, I just joined and am so excited to see so many people like myself! I always thought I was an oddball for craving healthy foods almost 100% of the time! I absolutely love yogurt, grapes, frozen bananas, any kind of berry, steamed broccoli, roasted cauliflower, soymilk, wasa and hummus, and fresh spinach with red onion and dressing of balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard!

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                                                                                            amedemonet Jan 23, 2009 09:32 AM

                                                                                            Spinach salad with pears, pistachios, and lemon mustard dressing when the weather isn't freezing cold. So today I'll be craving any tomato-based soups instead, mexican tortilla, tomato cheddar etc..... soups are easy to be healthy if you stay away from cream.
                                                                                            http://spooninandforkin.com

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                                                                                              LBeater Jan 21, 2009 12:44 PM

                                                                                              I love steamed broccoli...I just cant get enough of them.

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                                                                                                zucchini_bread Jan 18, 2009 05:47 PM

                                                                                                yes, definitely--sweet potatoes, bananas, soymilk, hummus, broccoli, celery, crunchy lettuce, oatmeal.

                                                                                                1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 17, 2009 09:24 AM

                                                                                                  my newest craving, which i'm thinking has to do with my body's yearning for Vitamin C to combat the germs of the season...citrus, citrus, and more citrus. i just stocked up on grapefruit & clementines at the market.

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                                                                                                    dwyld71 Jan 17, 2009 07:37 AM

                                                                                                    After a few days of indulging we do a big salad with lettuce, and plenty of raw veggies. Cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, mushrooms, peppers. All cut into bit size and enough that it's tough to see the lettuce. It's amazing how much we devour these veggies after a few days of roasts, gravies, heavy desserts etc.

                                                                                                    D'Arcy
                                                                                                    www.simpleorsensational.com

                                                                                                    1. Jetgirly Jan 11, 2009 06:45 PM

                                                                                                      Really fresh tropical fruit with plain yogurt poured on top.

                                                                                                      I try not to drink calories, but yesterday I couldn't get my mind off orange juice. I trekked to the grocery store, in the snow, bought a litre and drank it all within the hour. I guess I needed the Vitamin C (or the acid... could my body be too alkaline?).

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                                                                                                        lovessushi Jan 16, 2009 10:19 PM

                                                                                                        Def. go though phases here..big healthy cravings for me are:

                                                                                                        FRUIT (LOT's of it!!!) - I could eat 10 (or more) clementines in a day, a banana, some berries, etc. etc.
                                                                                                        Tofu stir-fry's (but only the ones that I make)
                                                                                                        Salad with tomatoes and cucumbers and light wishbone italian dressing (ok maybe the dressing isn't healthy)
                                                                                                        Oatmeal with raisens and bananas (my current kick)

                                                                                                      2. amy_rc Jan 5, 2009 06:00 PM

                                                                                                        Sushi, berries and dark chocolate

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                                                                                                          amy_rc Jan 18, 2009 04:37 PM

                                                                                                          I have a salad that I make with candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles, baby greens, pear or apple and Newman's Cranberry Walnut Dressing. Sometimes I add grilled chicken. Right now that I my healthy obsession.

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                                                                                                          MEH Jan 5, 2009 05:45 PM

                                                                                                          Sometimes I just absolutely crave tabouli. Or sometimes it's hummus and toasted pita.

                                                                                                          Mary
                                                                                                          www.BestinKitchen.com

                                                                                                          1. Firegoat Jan 5, 2009 11:02 AM

                                                                                                            Every now and then I crave a glass of milk. (or a chug from the jug). And nothing else will satisfy. Always an odd sensation as I don't particularly like milk and rarely have it around unless I'm on a cereal eating kick.

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                                                                                                              paulispumonti Jan 5, 2009 11:23 AM

                                                                                                              I take a baked potato and top it with one of the Indian Vegetarian dishes you can buy in most supermarkets now in the pouch....I generally go with the madras lentils, or chana masala ( chickpeas)

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                                                                                                              yankeefan Jan 5, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                                                                              Oddly enough, several:

                                                                                                              A#1: Granola, specifically Galaxy brand granola
                                                                                                              The other A#1: Cottage Cheese, 2% whipped
                                                                                                              2: Puffin cereal
                                                                                                              3: All Bran
                                                                                                              4: Dried figs
                                                                                                              5: Brussels sprouts
                                                                                                              6: Homemade mango chutney

                                                                                                              and yes, all that fiber does catch up to me

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                                                                                                                yankeefan Jan 5, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                As I posted this, forgot the soy chips which I was plowing through as I typed at my work desk. I can get through pounds of these, all flavors. The amount of protein in these are ridiculous. Unguilty pleasure indeed.

                                                                                                              2. madgreek Jan 5, 2009 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                I might have killed someone if i didn't have a granny smith apple waiting for me in my fridge when I got home from shopping saturday.

                                                                                                                1. Soop Jan 5, 2009 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                  SPINACH

                                                                                                                  And asparagus. Wait, actually, isn't everything (natural) healthy as long as you're not eating it to excess? Brie must be healthy in low-fat diets, because your body needs it. And a nice healthy steak.

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                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Jan 5, 2009 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                    I wouldn't say "everything" is "healthy" as long as you're not eating it to excess. Everything is *not unhealthy* if you aren't eating it to excess. But there's a difference between "healthy" and "not unhealthy" -- by "healthy" I mean actively good for you (high in important nutrients).

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                                                                                                                      cimui Jan 5, 2009 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                      mm... soop, i'm definitely inclined to agree with you. except i'd say almost everything. i guess eating spoonfuls of pure crisco wouldn't be healthy for anyone, including ppl who need to gain weight.

                                                                                                                      but as for avocados and nuts -- i say bring it. my body feels good and functions well when i eat them (not just as a temporary pleasure, but in a longer-term, well greased engine type of way).

                                                                                                                    2. EWSflash Jan 4, 2009 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                      Tea- green, matcha, or oolong
                                                                                                                      Greens, after the holidays
                                                                                                                      sushi
                                                                                                                      Seaweed
                                                                                                                      Invertebrate seafood
                                                                                                                      Tofu
                                                                                                                      Cheese

                                                                                                                      1. Caralien Jan 4, 2009 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                        Fish (raw or cooked, all the time), milk when I'm stressed, anything green/uncooked (particularly spinach and cucumbers) when I've been to the South or have been eating too many winter squashes, melons and other high-water-content fruits during the summer...

                                                                                                                        1. victoriafoodie Jan 1, 2009 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                          Ever since I've been pregnant, I've been craving fish. Raw fish in particular. This is probably because before pregnancy I ate sushi at least twice a week and now I'm not supposed to eat raw fish anymore. Pout!

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                                                                                                                            hotteacher1976 Jan 1, 2009 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                            Haha you sound like me 17 months ago before my second son's birth.

                                                                                                                          2. hotteacher1976 Jan 1, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                            Fish (especially Salmon)
                                                                                                                            Asparagus
                                                                                                                            Watermelon

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                                                                                                                              maxie Dec 31, 2008 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                              oranges, chard, broccoli, beans, brown rice

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                                                                                                                                lattelover Dec 31, 2008 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                After spending the holidays at our sons' house and eating rich foods I was more than happy to come back to drink lots of green tea and eat raw nuts. I also put on a big smile when I found a large container of previously made minestrone (with kale) in the freezer. That's what I crave.

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                                                                                                                                  taboo Dec 31, 2008 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                  - sashimi as well as grilled fish
                                                                                                                                  - anything off the raw bar such as oysters, shrimp, clams, etc
                                                                                                                                  -oatmeal
                                                                                                                                  -Glenny's soy chips
                                                                                                                                  -fruit
                                                                                                                                  -Salad as well as cooked veggies
                                                                                                                                  -Vanilla frozen yogurt
                                                                                                                                  ....and really good red wine

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                                                                                                                                    amedemonet Jan 23, 2009 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                    oh sashimi and the raw bar like oysters and lobsters are great, I'll gladly skip the rice on sushi.
                                                                                                                                    I also love grilled hamachi kama. (collar of a yellowtail)

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                                                                                                                                      amedemonet Jan 23, 2009 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                      oh sashimi and the raw bar like oysters and lobsters are great, I'll gladly skip the rice on sushi.
                                                                                                                                      I also love grilled hamachi kama. (collar of a yellowtail)
                                                                                                                                      http://spooninandforkin.com

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                                                                                                                                      jlafler Dec 30, 2008 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                      I wonder how many of these cravings reflect specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies -- especially the cravings for vegetables that people feel after the holidays. Or possibly it's the body saying "okay, time to move some of this stuff through the gut."

                                                                                                                                      1. Miss Needle Dec 30, 2008 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                        After spending a few days in Puerto Rico where I ate mostly meat, seafood and starches (plantains, yuca,white rice) followed by 1/2 - 1 dessert a day, I find that the thought of eating more meat, carbs and sweets makes me sick. Even though it's freezing here in NYC, I find that I'm craving fresh, raw vegetables, especially with a lot of citrus (and I'm not a salad person at all). My last meal in PR consisted of baked red snapper stuffed with mofongo and it was served with one whole lemon. I squeezed the entire lemon on it. I knew objectively that one lemon was sufficient acid for the dish. But my body craved a lot more lemon than that.

                                                                                                                                        1. soypower Dec 29, 2008 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          Spent about a month at my brother's this holiday season and couldn't wait to get home to eat brown rice with my meals instead of white. Being Korean, it affected almost every meal.

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                                                                                                                                            jlafler Dec 29, 2008 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            I go through phases. There was a time when I ate so much yogurt that I bought it by the 1/2 gallon -- yogurt and berries or sliced mango was my big treat -- but I barely ever eat it these days. I used to eat a lot of nuts, but not any more since we don't keep them in the house due to my daughter's allergies.

                                                                                                                                            One currant biggie for me is whole grain bread. And turnips, lately I've been craving turnips.

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                                                                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Dec 30, 2008 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                              I know what you mean about the phases. I go through phases where I'll eat something almost compulsively, and then all of a sudden I don't want it anymore and the last batch rots in my kitchen. For example, at the beginning of winter I'll eat citrus, bags and bags of tangerines, mandarins, pomelos, kumquats, etc. and after a few weeks I'll realize that I haven't had one in days and they're growing mold in the fruit bowl.

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                                                                                                                                                jlafler Dec 30, 2008 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                I have a classic Pavlovian response when I see (and smell) the first stem-and-leaf Satsuma mandarins of the season. But I guess one gets used to anything.

                                                                                                                                            2. HillJ Dec 29, 2008 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                              pineapples, oranges, grapefruits, pomms
                                                                                                                                              I use the juicer alot in the winter
                                                                                                                                              greek yogurt with pear sauce I could eat for weeks and never tire
                                                                                                                                              lots of hot & cold soups after the holidays

                                                                                                                                              Generally, I find I crave liquids over solids after the holiday food-fest

                                                                                                                                              1. Quine Dec 29, 2008 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                I do not find that "healthy" is a craving, but I do find myself, craving to the point of feeling like I am gotta gotta have it NOW something that is opposite of what I just ate or overinduldged in. I very seldom eat sweets; but some meals or days trigger I must have sweet now (mostly in the form of chocolate!) I have come out of wonderous, amazing, stuffed to the gills, chinese food dining experience, ready to knock down the people standing between me and bread/cheese.

                                                                                                                                                I want to think that it is "my body knows what it needs" but am I sure, no. And yes, my cravings seem pretty equally divided between healthy or not.

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                                                                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Dec 30, 2008 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I know what you mean -- I often come out of a Chinese banquet craving chocolate ice cream, which I hardly ever eat (I'm not a big ice cream person). But that's not really a propos to this topic.

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                                                                                                                                                  AngelSanctuary Dec 29, 2008 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                  haha fruits don't count...no one hates fruits (and if they did...why D=?!), they're like nature's desserts.

                                                                                                                                                  I love cauliflower and broccoli
                                                                                                                                                  I have grown to like whole wheat bread
                                                                                                                                                  Squash
                                                                                                                                                  Potato though I guess they don't really count
                                                                                                                                                  Grilled eggplant
                                                                                                                                                  Spinach
                                                                                                                                                  SHALLOTS OMG! I never knew how I could have lived without them, I put them in everything!

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                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Dec 29, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Believe it or not, there are people on this board who hate fruit -- I've seen it listed in some of the various "foods you hate" threads. I'm with you: why? I can see hating various individual fruits for various reasons (texture, smell, etc.), but ALL fruits?

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                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                      "no one hates fruits (and if they did...why D=?!), they're like nature's desserts."
                                                                                                                                                      ~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                      we actually have a close family friend who *refuses* to eat fruit, or anything that contains ANY sort of fruit ingredient whatsoever. it's bizarre...and i'll never understand how it doesn't bug the crap out of his wife, who's a gourmet cook! (i salivate over the kitchen every time we go to their house - i swear it's the size of a one-bedroom NYC apartment. double wall oven, professional 6-burner stove, two sinks, two dishwashers...)

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                                                                                                                                                        1sweetpea Dec 29, 2008 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Arugula, broccoli, spinach, raw turnips, cauliflower, cabbage ... they're all awesome. I can't get enough of them. I'm lukewarm on kale and brussels sprouts, though. Last week, I bought a rutabaga. I have no idea why. I've only had it a couple of times in my life. I have a recipe for a soup that includes rutabaga, leeks, turnips, carrots and potatoes. It sounds great, but a week later, the rutabaga is still on my counter, leaving wax everywhere. I don't know why I'm so daunted by it.

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                                                                                                                                                          Gio Dec 29, 2008 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Peel it, slice it, chunk it up and roast it....S & P and a little EVOO. Veddy, Veddy good!

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                                                                                                                                                        invinotheresverde Jan 5, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm one of those fruit dislikers. I have a stone-fruit allergy, which leaves me with few options, most of which are meh. Pineapple is the best of what I can eat, and even that just doesn't wow me. I'm not much of a sweets girl, though, and would prefer veggies every time.

                                                                                                                                                      3. jeni1002 Dec 29, 2008 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                        * Tofu - I typically crave it in the spring....
                                                                                                                                                        * Spinach - fresh, wilted, as filling or side dish
                                                                                                                                                        * Lentils
                                                                                                                                                        * Pumpkin - mixed with yogurt & pumpkin spice; topped with fresh blackberries
                                                                                                                                                        * Oatmeal - this is my idea of comfort food - a hot bowl of oatmeal cheers me up any time ;)
                                                                                                                                                        * Sashimi

                                                                                                                                                        And as far as I'm concerned, crusty bread also qualifies as health food, although probably not in the quantities that I indulge in ....

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                                                                                                                                                          frankki Dec 29, 2008 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                          cannellini beans....love them. with tuna and crisp lettuce, even better.

                                                                                                                                                          1. cayjohan Dec 29, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Gads, it would have to be kale...OK, that's a standing craving. Along with buckwheat kasha cakes. Mmmm.

                                                                                                                                                            But now, after holiday indulgence, my standard craving for gazpacho rears its ugly head. Thank gods I have a freezer filled with lovely billiard-ball-like farmers market tomatoes. Post NYE, there's a lively fresh-tasting gazpacho in my future, to slake the thirst for the "fresh" and lively.

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, and someone else said melon...so many months to go for good melon...

                                                                                                                                                            Cay

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                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                              i get *raging* craving for gazpacho when it's hot outside.

                                                                                                                                                              cay, how i envy you and your tomato stash!! it makes me crazy to have to wait for them to come into season.

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                                                                                                                                                                cayjohan Dec 29, 2008 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                ghg, just inventoried my tomatoes, as I was curious, and found out I also have a bunch of frozen heirlooms. Hate to gloat, but... :-)

                                                                                                                                                                To anyone who has the gazpacho craving midwinter, freezing whole tomatoes is the way to go.

                                                                                                                                                                Cay

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                                                                                                                                                                  Sam Fujisaka Dec 29, 2008 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  And another good thing about frozen tomatoes is that you can wash the skin off under running cold water.

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                                                                                                                                                                    cayjohan Dec 29, 2008 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    So true, but we generally keep the skins on...maybe because we're greedy. Plus, extra fiber. I do like the bits of skin whirled up in gazpacho. Cay

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                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    cay, that's just cruel.

                                                                                                                                                                    ;)

                                                                                                                                                                    it's a good thing i don't know where you live, i might have to raid your freezer!

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                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 29, 2008 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I find that really interesting, given that one is supposed to NEVER put fresh, sun-ripe tomatoes in the fridge, for they shall lose their taste forever. Is this somehow not the case when frozen? I thought the cold does something to the acid and/or sugar, resulting in congealed or mealy tomatoes with little to no flavor...

                                                                                                                                                                      I am honestly confused.

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                                                                                                                                                                        cayjohan Dec 29, 2008 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        lingua, all I know is that throwing the whole ripe tomato into the freezer yields a summer fresh flavor (though not texture) upon thawing. Works great for winter gazpacho and tomato sauces where one wants a more "garden-y" flavor. Don't count on texture - leave these lovely little balls of frozen yumminess thaw slowly, collect the juice, then skin or cook or puree as you will, incorporating the delicious juice. The flavor is far better than you will ever find in your supermarket in northern North America. this time of year.

                                                                                                                                                                        Try it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Cay (getting hungry again...)

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                                                                                                                                                                  rokzane Dec 29, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Lately, I've been obsessed with Tuscan Kale. Can't get enough of it. I have put it in soup, cooked it with cannelli beans, sauteed it with onions and garlic...

                                                                                                                                                                  It's different than regular kale..not as bitter and a bit sweet. And the leaves are "heartier" in texture, with such an interesting chew...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. cassoulady Dec 29, 2008 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Clementines- could eat them all day.
                                                                                                                                                                    Pink Grapefruit- I eat them like oranges
                                                                                                                                                                    Watermelon- I love it, I always crave it after a night of too many glasses of wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                      charmedgirl Dec 29, 2008 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Whenever I crave healthy food (which, actually, is quite often), it is of the cold, crispy, crunchy variety. So I will crave carrots, celery, shredded cabbage, apples, iceberg lettuce, raw squash, slightly underripe melon etc. I probably eat two or more things off this list almost every day.

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                                                                                                                                                                        kali_MM Dec 29, 2008 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Wine. 8>)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. chef chicklet Dec 29, 2008 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          The healthy foods that I will crave are:
                                                                                                                                                                          Sprouts in huge quantities on all my sandwiches or salads
                                                                                                                                                                          Raw cabbage- I love to chop it and make a fresh pico de gallo salsa
                                                                                                                                                                          Beans-oops I guess I better swap out that ham hock for a turkey wing
                                                                                                                                                                          Fresh spinach- the really nicely bunched spinach that needs dunking in cold water,not bagged
                                                                                                                                                                          and I do love oatmeal and cream of wheat made with water- sans milk or toppings. yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                            chef chicklet Dec 29, 2008 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            oooooh I forgot, Kim chee!!

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                                                                                                                                                                            melly Dec 29, 2008 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Spinach...I've been craving it and eating it. Also, himachi and udon noodle soup.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. JungMann Dec 29, 2008 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I am a sucker for bitter greens of any sort: kale, mustard, arugula and those giant bundles of Asian vegetables one can only find in Chinatown and that are a hassle to clean in anything smaller than a bathtub: yard-long beans, swamp cabbage, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                              In the cold weather, as of late, I have been getting cravings for dal and other porridgey foods; but given the amount of fat I tend to consume with congee or dal, they probably no longer count as healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. im_nomad Dec 29, 2008 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                honeycrisp apples....i crave.

                                                                                                                                                                                roasted vegetables of any kind, but especially mushrooms and eggplant and such. I can eat a whole head of fennel by myself, love the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                any kind of stir fry with peanut butter mixed in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  fickle Jan 7, 2009 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Honeycrisp apples and roasted vegetables for me too. Love the fennel, I've gone through a bulb or two by myself as well. Add in clementines and lately, it's been roasted cauliflower. I hated steamed cauliflower but someone made a roasted version a little while ago and now I can't get enough. It feels like I need to make up for lost time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  lcool Dec 29, 2008 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  All green vegetables,all legumes,there is a 36" table just for fruit in a cold corner of the kitchen.We eat onions daily on or with something.
                                                                                                                                                                                  SALADS / OLIVE OIL / OLIVES with stale bread and or cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Gio Dec 29, 2008 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    There must be something wrong with me. I don't crave food. There are, however, some foods I enjoy eating more than others. For example, I like veggies of all colors ten times more than fruit. I prefer seafood, poultry, and game much more than beef. I'd rather have a plate of sauteed mushrooms than a piece of chocolate cake. Maybe I need an intervention.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Gio, don't you ever get a hankering for something? you'll just think, man i'd really love some ___________ right now, or you're hungry, and a particular food pops into your head that you *really* want at that moment...?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio Dec 29, 2008 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        No actually, GHG.. I don't and really never did. I hate breakfast but have a small bowl of oatmeal & broth. I could go all day without eating but know I shouldn't so I do have a bit of something around 2:00ish. Usually a leftover something or other then dinner is at 7:00ish and that's usually a main, a side and sometimes a salad. Absolutely no cravings during the day. Weird, huh.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          jeez, and you call yourself a Chowhound? ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                          i'm totally kidding.

                                                                                                                                                                                          but that is really unusual - you're definitely the first person i've encountered who has NEVER craved a single food...ever. i can't imagine it. i'd never be able to decide what to eat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 29, 2008 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            yeah, that was a massive surprise to me, too. especially for someone who's on CH....

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio Dec 29, 2008 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              GHG & LF: I spend a lot of time planning dinners so that DH is happy with his meal and we can share something that pleases us both. You have no idea how the COTM has helped me this year. If I know we're going either to a restaurant or a friend's house for dinner, I cannot eat anything during the day because I know I'll not be able to eat later. The same is true of a lunch date. That's it for the day. During a long drive to a holiday destination I never even think about stopping to eat....

                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know why this is but it's probably psychological..... my mother did not want me to be fat.....I used to cook up a storm for holiday dinners but hardly wanted to eat once we were seated....

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                                                                                                                                                                                            DishDelish Aug 5, 2009 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            This is just bazaar to me! I have cravings almost every day of my life. =) What about when you smell something really good? Does it make you crave what you are smelling?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          umbushi plum Dec 29, 2008 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          i'm exactly the same give me a big plate steamed veggies over a piece of chocolate cake anny day! and i much prefer leann meat and fish over pork or beef. i've always hated anything fatty as a child i used to send back sandwhichs whem we where out to lunch if they put butter on them and i wouldn't touch the fatty white parts on bacon ham or anything. i think we need help;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Sam Fujisaka Dec 29, 2008 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, rambutan, mangoes, melons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, bananas, dried fruits, fruit in general, lettuces, kales and all greens, cabbages, green onions, cassava and sweet potato tops (young leaves), sukuma wiki, chiles, beans, homemade yogurt, honey, red wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg Dec 29, 2008 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey, come visit in August and you can pick blueberries and blackberries (and raspberries too) right behind the house.
                                                                                                                                                                                            google Bartlett's Estate Winery. Blueberry wine you'd swear was a pinot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Sam Fujisaka Dec 29, 2008 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Going to have to. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. maplesugar Dec 28, 2008 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I love kale too! Specifically my local vege store's Hail to the Kale salad - very much like the one you describe: Kale, balsamic vinegar, bragg's liquid aminos, flax oil, tamari seared pumpkin & sunflower seeds, grated carrots and red onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                            For quicker healthy snack fixes: raw carrot sticks and sugar snap peas

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Dec 29, 2008 02:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Kale grows 13 months a year in our garden, unless we heit 15-20 below. I also dig up the whole plant, put int in a 5 gal. bucket and it'll last a mont or 3 in the root cellar.
                                                                                                                                                                                              We are confirmed Brussel sprout junkies.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Is beer a health food??? I make very grain rich home brews and veggie wines. Ooooo carrot wine is sooo beautiful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                dingey May 11, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Carrot wine? Do tell!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg May 28, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grate it add sugar water and wine yeast, same as any other root wine. Dandelion flower wine? Who sez they're weeds?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    lcool Aug 11, 2011 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is a commercial version,no sugar added available from a grower in florida that also does a banana wine,both aren't bad in the beverage sense,but a pretty handy in the cook's pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Emme Dec 28, 2008 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                -steamed cauliflower and broccoli, well done
                                                                                                                                                                                                -baby grape tomatoes or any sweet ripe tomato really...
                                                                                                                                                                                                -egg white omelettes with veggies (namely mushrooms, onions and tomatoes)
                                                                                                                                                                                                -eggplant
                                                                                                                                                                                                -fruit - honeydew, fuji apples, pears, grapes
                                                                                                                                                                                                -seaweed
                                                                                                                                                                                                -almond butter (defatted so it's chunky and chewy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                -yakon
                                                                                                                                                                                                -raw cacao nibs (just the nibs)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  forzagto Dec 29, 2008 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Emme, what is defatted almond butter?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emme probably does the same thing i do - pour off the separated oil that rises to the top, instead of stirring it in. "chewy" is a very good way to describe the resulting texture, and i *love* that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emme Dec 29, 2008 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      beyond that... i put a paper towel across the top, rescrew on the lid, flip it upside down, and allow some oil to drain off. then i switch the paper towel over and over. eventually i'll refrigerate it as well. as soon as paper towel will fit folded inside the lid i start stuffing if in, so that the oils continue to drain out. and as i begin to eat it down, i continue to add new "dry" paper towels, and also keep the old ones inside as well, so as to keep the jar stuffed and pressure on the almond butter to continue getting drier and chewier :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2008 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ok, i'm totally trying that on my next jar! i've never gone farther than pouring off the oil, patting down the top, and wiping out the upper portion of the jar & inside the lid. thanks for the instructions :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          jlafler Dec 30, 2008 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. I've never liked almond butter very much -- it has such a slimy texture compared to other nut butters. But this sounds like it would take care of that problem. What a great idea!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emme Dec 30, 2008 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            yes! i don't like nuts at all... any of them, but this has allowed me to get the healthy fats, as it makes it taste less metallic (?) to me... you just have to keep adding more paper towels to the mix, even as you eat down because they continue to suck the slimy moisture out making it chewier and chewier. i also put it in the fridge after about 36 hours or so, and i always store it upside down, so that gravity helps pull downward into the paper. i buy tj's chunky...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              charmedgirl Dec 31, 2008 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just out of curiosity, any idea what the calorie difference is? Part of me thinks it would be significant, since you remove so much oil, but then a little voice says, "nah, it's probably not as much as you would think." Kinda like when people "blot" their pizza ... despite what some think apparently that barely makes a dent calorie-wise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            cimui Dec 31, 2008 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            emme, you need to pour off that good almond butter fat and send it to me. i love it -- and i consider it a healthy food! so much good vitamin E in there...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Dec 31, 2008 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nah, she should save it and use it on her skin -- almond oil is really good for the skin, especially in winter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                cimui Dec 31, 2008 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i eat it and roll in it. =) the danger with the latter is that my dog won't stop licking me, after.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Dec 31, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL! ok, now that one made for a great visual :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and charmedgirl, you can remove a lot of oil - and consequently an appreciable proportion of the fat & calories - by doing this...though to get the exact calculations you'd have to weigh/measure all the removed oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Dec 31, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL! Mine either. Mine will actually lick any lotion off my skin, but she's particularly enthusiastic about massage oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Emme Dec 31, 2008 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  haha it's not the fat i care about... i eat almond butter *for* the healthy fat, but i prefer the chewy texture and resulting taste of my doctored paste :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emme Dec 31, 2008 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i know it reduces the calories a bit, but that's not my focus :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      charmedgirl Jan 1, 2009 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Didn't mean to imply that it was! I was curious for my own purposes. :-) And thanks for the reply goodhealth, that makes sense!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2009 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emme, i just had to say thanks for sharing your method. i did it with my new jar of TJ's crunchy, and it's the driest, chewiest almond butter i've ever had. i'm loving it! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emme Jan 16, 2009 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i've gotten more obsessive about it... constantly changing the paper at the bottom and mashing it in and around the top layer of butter to reach the moister underneath... i also keep all the old papers above it to keep the pressure within the bottle... mmmm... best way i've discovered to actually enjoy my healthy fats :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 17, 2009 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i hear ya - just started stuffing the jar yesterday, and i've already changed the bottom towel 4 times! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emme Jan 17, 2009 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          now i've started to use a spoon to lift the top dry layer a bit, and get the towel down into the still gooeier areas...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              torty Dec 28, 2008 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In general I am vegetable-centric but especially during the holidays when I may not have control of what is being served I wake up in the morning and just want my vegetable soup. Right now that is carrots, torn chard, maybe some dandelion greens from the garden, and lots of halved brussel sprouts cooked up in homemade chicken or turkey stock with fresh chiles (from the garden individually frozen) I make a pot and eat my first serving for a late breakfast and just keep getting a small bowl when I need a boost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spinach also seems to energize me. When I am feeling like nothing is right in the food, body, mood department I make spinach cooked with garlic first in a breath of butter, then the green and if I am feeling the need for comfort a grate of parmesan and maybe a splash of cream (or fat free 1/2 & 1/2)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes the need for fresh and crunchy vegetable strikes and I make up a big bowl. Current fave is grated carrot, relatively green mango slivers, green onions, bit of cucmber- all dressed with a SE Asian standard fish sauce/sugar/lime/chile mix. I prefer the sugar to be unrefined to give it depth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 28, 2008 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm sort of a freak (as many of you have noticed by now) - i tend to crave healthy foods more than anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                - veggies - kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, zucchini, cucumber, radishes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - fresh chopped salads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - plain yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - hummus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - celery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - fresh fruit - depending on the season, grapefruit, pears, apples, berries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - raw nuts & seeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - seaweed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - quinoa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - green tea - either a matcha blend or genmaicha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - egg whites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - oatmeal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                - tomatoes in season

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i know it's ridiculous, but i honestly crave - and eat - those foods pretty much every day. of course i DO also crave other foods that aren't quite so healthy, but that's not what you asked for!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Passadumkeg Dec 28, 2008 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our 19 year old is humus junkie. He's a college kid home for the holidays and I noticed HE WAS BUYING IT. Yesterday we cooked 4 cups of soaked dried garbonzos and made a mess of humus. What a good kid he is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    adventuresinbaking Dec 28, 2008 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cabbage, lately I've been craving cruncy foods and raw cabbage salads seem to work well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also grapefruit, about once a month I get a really strong craving for grapefruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. L_W Dec 28, 2008 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NOT really nutritious ...but on the other hand NOT unhealthy...sometimes I just really need a hunk of iceberg lettuce. Usually when I have salad, I will get spinach as the base, but when I am craving the iceberg, I just need it unadorned, as a big crunchy hunk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Passadumkeg Dec 28, 2008 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I read the Op to my wife and she immediately replied chocolate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For me: bananas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pinto beans! Sometimes I'll throw a corn tortilla on the gas range burner, flip it and stuff it w/ pintos, fold and eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oranges

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. linguafood Dec 28, 2008 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salads -- be it mixed leaf lettuces (I know, I know -- they have little to none nutritional benefit, and I could just as well eat a wet handkerchief -- but I LOVE salad), or cucumber salad, any kind of green salad with tomatoes and red onions, and toasted pumpkin seeds... I especially seem to crave green stuff in the winter. I can't go more than two days without having vegetables (in general) or salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Recently, I've been going nuts over the French beans that are available at Wegmans. I steam them quickly, and then stir-fry with some olive oil, garlic, and pine nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tofu. I have been craving ma po tofu, though I guess the overall healthiness of that particular dish is open to discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately, I rarely crave fruit. Though I seem to crave citrus in the winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, and I have serious cravings for raw fish (salmon, hamachi, mackerel, you name it) over rice. No good sushi in Central PA. *sigh*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I guess cheese (calcium!!!) doesn't count '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tatamagouche Dec 29, 2008 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me too. Big old, garden variety, veggie-filled salads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              umbushi plum Dec 29, 2008 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              its weird i crave a salad whenever i eat any grilled meat or any meat for that matter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. cookie monster Dec 28, 2008 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny - I was just thinking about this exact question this morning as I ate scrambled egg whites for the third time in a week :). Also on my list: cottage cheese, tofu, baby carrots with hummus, grilled skinless chicken breast, steamed vegetables with nothing but a little salt and pepper . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Dec 28, 2008 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love baby carrots with hummus -- I bought some last week, and it was, now that I think about it, a crave-like impulse.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                umbushi plum Dec 29, 2008 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i get hummus cravings too especially with little baby carrots and lots of lemom and garlic in the hummus i also usually don't put much olive oil or tahini in my hummus its a lot fresher tasting that way which i like ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TampaAurora Dec 31, 2008 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok, now I'm craving garlicky hummus. I get cravings for olive oil and for sushi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                amy_rc Jan 5, 2009 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like to dip baby carrots in organic peanut butter. I know, I know, not too much peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Paula76 Dec 28, 2008 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Beans of all kinds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Porridge oats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Natural yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - All fruit (I eat at least 5 different types a day)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Dry fruit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Tomatoes, squash, green leaves

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rib lee Jan 21, 2009 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm allergic to eggs so i have to avoid them. boiled eggs look so good! people always tell me that eggs are overrated, but maybe they just feel sorry for me! i think a nut allergy would be 20 times worse!!! i don't eat much meat, mostly just chicken and fish, so i drink protein shakes and eat tofu (which i love)..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  irishnyc Dec 28, 2008 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went through a recent period of craving celery. I ate an entire head in 2 days, repeated the same the next 2 days, on and on for about 3 weeks. I couldn't get enough. Turns out it was my first pregnancy craving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Vetter Dec 28, 2008 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kombucha tea, salmon and spinach. I'll never forget one week I was taking final exams in law school-- I would only come home from studying to eat boxes of frozen spinach I cooked up with a bag of frozen chicken and veggies. The chicken mix was just a vehicle for the spinach. I think I went through a couple of boxes of spinach a day, and when the spinach spree ended, I felt quenched.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I don't know why, but when I crave spinach, I only want it cooked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chowfamily Dec 28, 2008 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I crave watercress, spinach, seaweed, oysters and lobster - probably an iron deficiency since I don't eat meat. That's my story and I'm sticking to it ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kobetobiko Dec 28, 2008 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -edamame
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - egg (poached egg, egg white omelette, onsen tamago, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -raw oysters and clams and shellfish (yes, high cholesterol, i know...)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - a warm bowl of rice congee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - non-creamy soups that require long hours of boiling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - fresh made tofu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - super fresh tomato when in season

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wontonfm Dec 28, 2008 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I saw the title of your post I immediately thought KALE! So I guess we have that in common.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I often crave beans, greens in general and nutty grains.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rib lee Jan 21, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i love tofu, spinach, kale, avocados, rice and all of that good stuff! I am actually trying to gain weight (always been skinny and now i'm in my 40's.. need to fatten up a bit!) so i will eat that entire avocado that's on the counter! i love raw oysters too... great place called Rodney's Oysters in Toronto...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. carlee134 Dec 28, 2008 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Avocados!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Dec 28, 2008 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Avocados are very nutritious, but they're also really high in fat. One avocado has about 300 calories, so they need to be eaten in moderation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Val Dec 29, 2008 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm gently chiming in...yes, they are high in fat but it is monounsaturated fat which is better for you...I would not eat one every single day, probably...here's some more information in case anybody is interested:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and copper. Avocados are also a good source of potassium: they are higher in potassium than a medium banana.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Although they are fruits, avocados have a high fat content of between 71 to 88% of their total calories - about 20 times the average for other fruits. A typical avocado contains 30 grams of fat, but 20 of these fat grams are health-promoting monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Dec 29, 2008 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Even healthy fats have 9 calories per gram. I'm just thinking of people I know who put a whole avocado on their salad and wonder why they aren't losing weight when all they eat is salad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Val Dec 29, 2008 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Point well taken...could be what they are dressing the salad with too and how much, no? Bottled dressings are an entire other subject! Thanks, Ruth!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruth, it's too bad there's not a gentle way for you to point out to these people that a *serving* is only 1.1 ounces...or about one-FIFTH of an entire Haas/California avocado :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mordacity Dec 29, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hate you all. I'm now desperately craving guacamole and I can't have it until summer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Dec 29, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i just bought some deliciously buttery Haas avocados here in Jersey, so the only reason i imagine you're waiting until summer is for really good, fresh tomatoes...in which case, i suggest you track down some good, organic cherry or grape tomatoes, and make yourself some guac!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rokzane Dec 29, 2008 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruth, I will eat as many Avacados as I want. They are insanely good for my heart and have very good anti-inflammatory compounds. They have been one of the biggest reasons that my bad cholesterol has dropped about 40 points in 18 months--along with a liberal use of olive oils and eating walnuts and pecans. These are the foods you should be eating more of, not less of. Many people eat salads in the hope of loosing weight, but then drown it in unhealthy dressings.I like a simple drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Granted, I don't eat a whole avacado at once. Usually 1/2 is enough to be satisfying for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lcool Dec 29, 2008 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        spot on ! I eat half an avacado with a head of romaine almost all winter for lunch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        By adding no more than olive oil/acid and pepper it is not a health scare lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Dec 29, 2008 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Granted, I don't eat a whole avacado at once. Usually 1/2 is enough to be satisfying for me.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exactly what I suggested -- moderation!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jlafler Dec 29, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I feel compelled to point out here that Ruth has always hated avocados.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Dec 30, 2008 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            umbushi plum Dec 29, 2008 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'm a teenager with a really fast matabolsim i suppose because i eat two avacados in one sitting when i have them on taost! yummy and good for my heart i suppose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Richard 16 Dec 28, 2008 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amaranth. Great by itself, but also great in a 3:1 ratio with brown rice. Add some roasted chestnuts or top with gamasio. With a good butter it's amazing, but that sort of lessens tthe health angle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roasted brussel sprouts with EVOO and a spinkle of some vinegar - brown rice vinegar or, for sweet, sherry or balsamic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kukicha tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A tomato *still on the plant* plain or with a touch of kosher salt. It can't get any fresher.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fruit (all kinds, raw)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salmon (grilled with kosher or sea salt, no other dressing)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taro (steamed or baked)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Japanese yams (baked)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Broccoli (steamed)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            latindancer Dec 28, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brussel sprouts and red chard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brussel sprouts roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper until the edges are crisp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Red chard on top of the stove with olive oil and salt and pepper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pretty much every day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cimui Dec 28, 2008 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oi vay... brussel sprouts prepared this way are more compelling than *any* dessert, to me. the only thing that might edge them out in my book are french fries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mordacity Dec 28, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fruit. My sister and I both adore fruit of all kinds and keep a big basket of whatever's in season on the counter for snacking. But I've noticed that healthy-food craving seems to be a habit - since I started making a point to eat more vegetables a plate just doesn't look complete without something green on there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cimui Dec 28, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm so with you and the other fruithounds out there. i really have to watch myself when i have a bowl of grapes, cherries, clementines, melon, etc... in front of me. i'll stuff myself silly and rue the consequences, later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the non-fruit dept, i also love turnips, sliced and eaten raw with salt, and sometimes have really strong cravings for roasted asparagus and roasted brussel sprouts. sometimes i crave roasted sunflower seeds (generally when i get a little underweight from having too many long, low-appetite days at the office or when the weather's cold and i need the fat). i regularly crave chicken liver, though the healthiness of that is probably debatable. fresh-made salsa is also high on the list. and probably like many other chowhounds who like sashimi / nigiri, i go through periods when i want it three times a day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i think this has come up on this board in the past, but i strongly believe that your body tends to crave what it needs. whatever's in raw kale, i must not need much of. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pinkprimp Dec 28, 2008 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know the feeling of stuffing oneself with fruit! I have absolutely no self control when there is fresh watermelon, honeydew, grapes or mangoes in front of me. I will eat it until I am SICK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, I love, loveee roasted brussel sprouts. My body needs it at least twice a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ETA: I also crave tofu all the time. I prefer it to meat, when presented with the choice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kobetobiko Dec 28, 2008 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh I totally crave watermelon with sea salt in the summer! And honeydew and other melons as well. Fresh mango slushies, lychees, all the juicy fruits. The craving usually happens in the summer though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And when the weather is hot, I crave fresh, cold sashimi or raw seafood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cimui Dec 29, 2008 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tofu's another good one. the really fresh, soft, creamy stuff is better than ice cream. mmm!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lizard Jan 4, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hah! While I don't crave fruit necessarily, I've been known to eat strawberries until my belly hurt. Although come to think of it, I can eat quite a bit of other fruits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for the vegetables, I may have a problem. Like pink, I MUST eat brussel sprouts at least twice a week. I prefer roasted, but have also had steamed. I will go on broccoli binges. And as to the OP: I have constant cravings for miso kale. Clearly I like my greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am the person, however, who sneaks back into the kitchen after dinner to snack on spinach leftovers,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't decided if my aubergine cravings count, because it feels like such a luxury food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Jan 5, 2009 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eggplant's a luxury food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        umbushi plum Dec 29, 2008 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i get cravings for fatty fish like salmon and tuna i blame it on omega three imbalance, i also have got into a habit of eating tons of frozen spinach and i regularly get a craving for brussel sprouts or other brassica family members.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i also crave an apple and lemons around three or four o'clock with a vengance. same with prunes and dried figs every two weeks or so

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hungryabbey May 28, 2011 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also crave brussels sprouts.. which I know, most ppl think is totally weird. But I could eat them almost every day with lots of fresh lemon juice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also crave oatmeal with lots and lots of cinnamon.

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