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Caralien Aug 28, 2009 07:18 PM

I have tried to eat normal snacks like normal people--be it nuts and fruits or packaged products. None work for me.

The best I have include (Spanish) tortilla made while I'm roasting a chicken. Something that can be eaten cold or at room temperature without work or fuss.

I'm not a fan of sandwiches.

Simply, aside from tortilla, what is good, non-greasy (or stinky) which one can eat during the middle of the day? Something which is filling but not overly heavy?

I eat bananas and apples--those too are good--but what else?


edit: I'm trying to also find things which don't have a lot of packaging. I have some time on the weekends to make food for the week, but it makes me cringe to buy a bag of pre-portioned cheese. I did it 3x in a month and simply felt bad because of the plastic waste. Learning that my yogurt containers weren't recyclable got me to buy some starter cultures. I'm neither a vegan nor a raw foodist--just trying to satisfy my hunger without offending my co-workers!

  1. shaogo Aug 28, 2009 07:28 PM

    I, too, don't do "normal" snack foods.

    I keep plenty of good cheeses around (now, I eat the cheese with crackers but you could eat it with the fruit you eat). I'm also a big fan of Italian deli and always have some spicy capicola and salami around. However cheese and salumeria count both as stinky and greasy, for most folks.

    Asian markets have all sorts of great snacks (I'm a huge fan of the Japanese soy-sauce flavored rice crisps wrapped with Nori).

    I also keep boiled eggs on hand - peel, slather on some homemade Dijon mayonnaise and eat out of the hand.

    And olives...

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    1. re: shaogo
      cimui Aug 28, 2009 11:06 PM

      A big second on the eggs, in particular, Chinese tea eggs and red-cooked eggs. I find the marination reduces the sulfur smell.

      I also do a lot of homemade omusubi or maki; silken tofu cut into miso soup (buy the containers rather than the pre-packaged envelopes -- less packaging); silken tofu drizzled with soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and chives; French breakfast radishes from the farmer's market with some sort of dip (bean dip, hummus, whipped cream cheese or even just salt); toasted almonds; or Lundberg farms brown rice cakes spread with something (cheese, PB are relatively non-odiferous, but cream cheese and smoked salmon are really da bomb).

      But by far my most common snack, though, are leftovers. I'll eat part of my lunch at lunchtime and the rest as an afternoon snack.

    2. goodhealthgourmet Aug 28, 2009 07:28 PM

      - hummus (or other bean dip) and raw veggies
      - string cheese
      - low fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese topped with fruit and cereal (or if you prefer savory, cottage cheese with salsa & veggies)
      - a bowl of cereal
      - deli meat roll-ups - slice of turkey, roast beef, etc rolled with a slice of reduced-fat cheese
      - spread your apple or banana with a tablespoon of nut butter

      1. j
        jeanmarieok Aug 28, 2009 07:31 PM

        String cheese, or some other cheese? I like yogurt with granola stirred in. Crackers or pita spread with peanut butter? Celery stuffed with flavored cream cheese spread?

        1. Caralien Aug 28, 2009 07:38 PM

          I love string cheese--but the packaging is getting to me. Too much plastic waste. Hard boiled eggs--good, unless the sulfur smell starts up (I've started taking eggs to work to mix with "better than bouillon" broth for a more hearty broth--the water is at 190F).

          In the past I've had good carrots and a massive container of Maille dijon mustard (good combo--trust me). I'm thinking of a slimming diet because I've recently started getting bigger, but I'm not yet ready for a DIET.

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          1. re: Caralien
            BamiaWruz Aug 30, 2009 01:05 AM

            Get some authentic string cheese from a middle eastern/armenian store. Just be sure to soak it in a bit of warm water to remove the excess salt. Drain and pat with paper towel then pack in a little container, you can rinse it at work if you want.

          2. shaogo Aug 28, 2009 07:43 PM

            I forgot to chime in Cottage Cheese with horseradish & dill. Very satisfying if you're a "savory" craver.

            Fruit leathers?

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              schrutefarms Aug 28, 2009 11:59 PM

              My snacks are cornichons, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and pita, cream cheese and salami, and veggies and ranch. Those things are always on hand. If I have a sweet tooth, I cut up a banana, put it in a bowl with peanut butter and honey, nuke it for a couple of secs, and eat with a spoon.

              1. Jetgirly Aug 29, 2009 08:21 PM

                I love an afternoon smoothie- whatever frozen fruit I have on hand, lots of plain yogurt, some slivered almonds and then a combo of soy milk and juice. If I have homemade iced tea around I'll use it in place of most of the juice.

                1. Emme Aug 31, 2009 09:06 PM

                  try a whole wheat tortilla melted with a little low fat cheddar and jack either in a toaster or microwave... fold and insta-quesadilla.

                  pita filled with some tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and tzatziki

                  total yogurt with some high fiber cereal mixed in

                  lentil soup

                  rice cakes with jam or apple butter

                  1. goodhealthgourmet Aug 31, 2009 09:23 PM

                    just a heads-up on your edit - yogurt containers are recyclable, you just have to know where to take them. i know Whole Foods Market accepts them now.

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      Caralien Sep 3, 2009 03:16 PM

                      really? That is great news! I should check our local WF. Thanks!

                      1. re: Caralien
                        goodhealthgourmet Sep 3, 2009 03:37 PM

                        my pleasure - i was happy to find out too :)

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                          lgss Sep 3, 2009 04:18 PM

                          Here's a place to find out the WFM in your area that accepts number 5 plastics and what happens to them!

                          1. re: lgss
                            Caralien Sep 4, 2009 11:54 AM

                            I called WF's Princeton/Windsor, and they will accept anything with a recylable symbol on the plastic. This is good to know! Thank you both!

                    2. LA Buckeye Fan Sep 1, 2009 12:59 PM

                      I usually make a frittata on the weekends, with eggbeaters, low fat cheese, tons of garlic and veggies and about a handful of cooked pasta. That makes a good breakfast, or snack at room temperature.

                      I also do celery with laughing cow wedges..but they do have wrappers. Also saltines/peanut butter stacks premade at home. I used reduced fat peanut butter. But then I'll have a snickers. Go figure.

                      1. j
                        James Cristinian Sep 1, 2009 01:30 PM

                        I have an avacado for a snack almost every day at work. I like it straight, with a little salt.

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                          lgss Sep 1, 2009 04:30 PM

                          Candied ginger, plantain chips, TJ's UFOs, Organic Food Bars...

                          Carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes, muffins (banana/nut, apple/peanut butter, blueberry, etc...

                          1. k
                            KiltedCook Sep 4, 2009 08:44 AM

                            Tabouli or Bulghur Pilaf - with crackers or pitas
                            Small Pasta Salad - ditilini, orzo, small shells with whatever you like in it
                            Fresh Cut Cole Slaw - not the watery commercial crap - with just a bit of lemon mayo
                            Other salads

                            With any of these you can make a big container on the weekend and nibble all week.

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                              Cameraman Sep 4, 2009 09:40 PM

                              Beef jerky. Filling, tasty, chewy. protien, and not hi fat.

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                              1. re: Cameraman
                                schrutefarms Sep 5, 2009 10:21 AM

                                Mmmmmm. Jerky.

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