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What is your favorite homemade "healthy" snackl or baked good?

lilmomma Jun 24, 2010 10:42 AM

I want things that you actually prepare. I don't mean raw veggies and dip, peanut butter and apples, fruit, hummus, etc... I want to know what you are making from scratch that you eat as a meal or snack. Thanks. I am looking especially for healthy things my kids will eat on the way to school or as an after school snack.

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    TampaAurora RE: lilmomma Jun 24, 2010 03:25 PM

    Fruit leathers! I make a puree out of whatever is in season and spread it thin on sheets in my dehydrator. Afterwards, I wrap up strips in wax paper and stick it in my lunch box or in the freezer for later snacks.

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    1. re: TampaAurora
      geminigirl RE: TampaAurora Mar 28, 2011 03:36 AM

      good to know it freezes well, I just got my dehydrator and playing around with it but everything right now is out of season....cant wait for summer!

    2. goodhealthgourmet RE: lilmomma Jun 24, 2010 03:49 PM

      - scrambled egg "muffins" - whip up a big batch of scrambled eggs or egg whites, pour into muffin cups, and top with their favorite sauteed veggies & cheese.
      - whole grain wheat or oat tortilla roll-ups: spread with sweetened ricotta, cottage cheese or low-fat cream cheese, top with sliced banana or other fruit, or a dollop of nut butter or nutella, fold up like a burrito or crepe, and saute in a pan for a few minutes on each side (or heat in a toaster oven) until warmed through.
      - deviled eggs
      - "stuffed bagels" - cut bagel in half, scoop out most of the bread leaving just a shell, toast until nice & crunchy, and fill with egg salad, chicken salad, tuna, cottage cheese & tomato, turkey...

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        lilmomma RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 25, 2010 09:28 AM

        Sounds good. Keep em coming!

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        jujuthomas RE: lilmomma Jun 25, 2010 11:56 AM

        i have a really great recipe at home for a lighter banana bread. I'm going to make it into muffins this time, that way i can add some chocolate chips to some for my DH. :)

        Edit: I just found it online, it's from Hungrygirl.com. Obviously, if you aren't into Splenda/Egg beaters you can replace those with sugar and eggs.

        1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
        1/4 cup all-purpose flour
        3/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
        1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
        1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
        1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
        2 tsp. baking powder
        1 tsp. vanilla extract
        1/2 tsp. cinnamon
        1/2 tsp. salt
        Optional Toppings: no-calorie spray butter, Cool Whip Free

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine both types of flour, Splenda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (in other words, all dry ingredients). In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, egg substitute, applesauce, and vanilla extract (all the wet ingredients). Add this mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir until just blended. Spoon batter into a large loaf pan (about 9" X 5") sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, and then cut into 8 slices. If you like, spritz with some spray butter or spread on some Cool Whip Free. MAKES 8 SERVINGS

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          tullius RE: jujuthomas Jun 25, 2010 01:34 PM

          I may have got this recipe for granola bars here or posted it already but its so good & easy here it is again maybe! I substitute up to 1/4 C ground flax seed for the rice crispies to up the fiber content. I don't use chocolate chips to keep the calories down. But don't reduce the sugar or honey because there is just barely enough to hold it together.

          1 T butter (or margarine for no cholesterol)
          1/4 C brown sugar
          1/4 C honey, maple syrup or corn syrup

          Melt in sauce pan & boil 1 min. Then add
          1 C oatmeal
          1 1/2 C rice crispies
          1 C dried fruit, nuts chocolate chips

          Mix well to coat, then press firmly in non-stick sprayed 8X8 pan.

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            tullius RE: jujuthomas Jun 25, 2010 01:36 PM

            This is more of a tip but...
            Egg beaters are so expensive it is cheaper to buy eggs & feed the yolks to my cat.

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              melpy RE: tullius Jun 25, 2010 03:25 PM

              My cat refused the yolks, so much for that idea.

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                DishDelish RE: tullius Jun 26, 2010 06:19 PM



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                  tullius RE: DishDelish Jun 28, 2010 04:00 PM

                  Good info. I'm not really down on yolks, but they do have a lot of sat fat & calories as well. Since my husband & myself have limited animal fats & lost weight our cholesterol & trigs have dropped to acceptable levels. For a 4 egg omelette I use one of the yolks.

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                  sunflwrsdh RE: tullius Mar 27, 2011 07:14 PM

                  I do the same thing, except my dog gets the yolks. But she doesn't care for them uncooked either, so I cook them for her.

              2. Emme RE: lilmomma Jun 25, 2010 03:20 PM

                egg custards - egg whites, almond milk, vanilla, sweetener beaten together and poured into Pam sprayed muffin cups, with a dollop of sugar free maple syrup run around the bottom of the cup before

                quesadillas - whole wheat tortillas (when i could eat them, La Tortilla) with soy cheddar/mozzarella/jack blend cheese (when i could eat) with salsa

                barley/rice pudding - cooked brown rice or barley stirred into skim cottage cheese with sweetener of choice, cinnamon and vanilla, then nuked til gooey

                sweet potatoes rosemary - nuke potatoes in micro til softish; slice thickly cross-wise, then lay on pammed baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt and top with rosemary whole long sprigs; roast at 375 til skins are crispy

                beets - nuke in micro til softish, pam some aluminum foil; put beets on foil cut two or three slices (depending upon beet size) into but not through to the bottom on each beet; stick a sprig of rosemary into each opening; sprinkle with sea salt, then roast at 375 til soft and crisp on outside; remove sprigs, slice beets and drizzle with lemon juice, and finish with chopped chives and a few dollops of goat or feta cheese.

                i also do some interesting chocolate gluten free and dairy free chewy cookies and mini gluten free and dairy free almond mini-cakes if you're interested, i can post...

                1. operagirl RE: lilmomma Jun 25, 2010 04:23 PM

                  I know you said no "veggies and dip," but I'm going to assume you were referring to store-bought dip, not healthy, homemade stuff. Is that correct?

                  Anywho, my favorite dip is muhammara. Any time I make it, it disappears quickly! It is great on cut up veggies, but also on whole wheat pitas, spread on sandwiches, and as a sauce for barbecued meats.


                  1 C. walnut halves
                  1 12oz jar roasted red peppers, drained
                  2 tbsp. whole wheat bread crumbs
                  2 tbsp. 100% pomegranate juice
                  1 clove garlic
                  1 tsp. sambal oelek
                  2 tsp. red wine vinegar
                  1/4 tsp. cumin

                  olive oil and parsley for garnish (optional)

                  1. In a dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast the walnut halves until they start to get a little bit shiny and take on a light brown toasty color. Remove from skillet immediately to avoid burning and let cool for a few minutes.

                  2. In a food processor, combine the toasted walnuts and the rest of the ingredients. Process for about a minute, or until smooth.

                  3. If serving as a dip, garnish with olive oil and parsley.


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                  1. re: operagirl
                    jvanderh RE: operagirl Jun 26, 2010 04:20 PM

                    I like kale chips and sweet potato fries


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                    DishDelish RE: lilmomma Jun 26, 2010 06:40 PM

                    I don't know if this would qualify as a snack in everyones book, but sometimes I whip up some homemade oat pancakes (also great for breakfast or any meal for that matter). I serve them topped with fresh strawberries (or frozen if you must) and whipped cream (no butter or syrup!). I like to have the batter ready to go in my fridge and then when the hunger strikes I just heat up my pan and voilà, 5 minutes later I have a fresh and healthy snack.

                    3/4 c. old fashioned oats
                    1 1/4 c. milk or water
                    1 egg
                    2 T pressed oil
                    3/4 c. oat flour
                    1 tsp.baking powder
                    1/2 t salt

                    Mix all ingredients together and spoon onto greased skillet. I prefer to let sit in the fridge for a bit though ... and it does tend to swell (overnight) so I sometimes need to add more milk. This is not lite like a typical pancake recipe, but it is just amazing with the whipped cream and berries!

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                      Stein the Fine RE: DishDelish Aug 31, 2011 06:24 AM

                      Where do you get the oat flour?

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                        mamachef RE: Stein the Fine Aug 31, 2011 07:25 AM

                        1&1/2 c. oatmeal (approx., before processing) will grind down to 3/4 c. oat flour. Just put it into the blender and process it 'til finely ground. (Should approximate flour's texture - don't grind too fine or your results will be too heavy.)

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                          Stein the Fine RE: mamachef Oct 10, 2011 02:32 PM


                    2. amyzan RE: lilmomma Jun 26, 2010 07:01 PM

                      I make my own Indian style chidwa, because the ones at the market are fried in palm oil (which isn't necessarily bad, but I don't know how that oil is processed, so...) I roast a variety of nuts coated in some oil, rehydrate gorgeous flame raisins a few minutes as necessary, then pat dry, and mix it all with Erewhon puffed brown rice and a spice mix. It keeps a long time, and is a good balance of protein, fat, and carbs for energy.

                      1. Bada Bing RE: lilmomma Jun 26, 2010 07:03 PM

                        Can't beat popcorn for "light" and kid-friendly.

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                          avenuebalum RE: lilmomma Jun 28, 2010 04:32 PM

                          oh, man. This very moment I am swooning over a can of white beans, drained and sauteed in bacon grease with half an onion with a smidge of garlic, lemon juice, hot sauce and rosemary, pureed, and spread over bread. Fiber never tasted so gooood..

                          1. John E. RE: lilmomma Jun 28, 2010 05:09 PM

                            I make a bran muffin that has no fat and just 1/2 cup of white flour in a dozen muffins. It has 1/2 cup whole wheat flour,1 cup rolled oats, three cups bran flakes, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup flaxmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup raisins, craisins or dried cherries, blueberries,etc. plumped in one cup simmering water. Mix gently and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. They are really good. Most bran muffin recipes I see have a lot of oil and much more sugar.

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                              karykat RE: John E. Jun 28, 2010 05:49 PM

                              I've been making an oatbran banana bread recipe lately that has been very good. Not too much sugar in it. It has a half cup of oil for two medium small loaves.

                              The recipe is from back when oat bran was in fashion. I just ran across it on a yellowed newspaper clipping and am glad I did.

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                                heylids RE: karykat Jul 20, 2011 01:07 PM

                                Karykat, could you share your recipe?

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                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: heylids Jul 20, 2011 05:48 PM

                                  i'm not Karykat, but just in case she doesn't see your request (her post was from over a year ago), here are a few good ones:

                                  http://www.theleangreenbean.com/honey... -just bake it in a loaf pan-


                                  you could also sub oat bran for some of the whole oats and/or flour in this one:

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                                    heylids RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 24, 2011 09:51 PM

                                    thank's goodhealthgourmet, very kind of you to respond..and with links...lovely!

                                    I am wondering if you also have any great health and taste granola and granola bar recipes that you can recommend...once again thank's for sharing...

                                  2. re: heylids
                                    karykat RE: heylids Sep 13, 2011 05:24 PM

                                    Heylids -- I just saw your message. You may already have what you want from goodhealthgourmet, but in case you're still looking, here's the recipe I use.

                                    I use it with these proportions in a small loaf pan. It could be doubled in a large loaf pan.

                                    1/2 c oat bran
                                    1/2 c flour
                                    1/2 tsp baking powder
                                    1/2 tsp baking soda
                                    some cinnamon

                                    1/4 c canola oil
                                    less than 1/4 c brown sugar
                                    1/2 tsp vanilla
                                    1 egg white
                                    11/2 banana mashed
                                    2 tbsp lowfat milk

                                    Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
                                    Combine the oil and brown sugar in a mixer bowl. Mix well.
                                    Add the vanilla, egg white, mashed banana and milk and blend.
                                    Add the dry ingredients and mix.

                                    Pour into a lightly greased loaf pan.

                                    Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees until tester is clean.


                                    You could put some nuts on top.

                                    I don't like it sweet so I don't use too much brown sugar. If you like it sweeter, add more.

                                    Hope you like it.

                                    I wrap it in foil and have a slab for breakfast for the good part of a week.

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                                HillJ RE: lilmomma Mar 26, 2011 05:28 PM

                                While in Hoboken NJ today I stumbled upon Rhythm Kale Chips by
                                rhythmsuperfoods.com in Bombay Curry flavor. Super crunchy and very satisfying.
                                Has anyone else tried these?

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                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Mar 26, 2011 06:47 PM

                                  i see a number of different brands of kale chips on the shelf these days, but i just can't wrap my brain around shelling out $35 or $40 per pound for something i can make at home for a fraction of that.

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                                    Val RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 26, 2011 06:58 PM

                                    Truly!!! I can buy organic kale for $2 here in SWFL right now...easy enough to roast in oven!

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                                      HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 26, 2011 07:28 PM

                                      No argument on the homemade version re price per lb. This quick grab while enjoying a business lunch made me happy today. I paid $3.00 for a large bag. Took half home for the family.
                                      The kale chips I've had from a neighbor giving the recipe a try was dusty and tasteless. The Bombay Curry...was the bomb!

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                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Mar 26, 2011 08:32 PM

                                        whoa, $3 for a large one? hello, bargain! that's usually the price for a 1-oz pack, and most of the options around here are 2 or 3 oz for anywhere from $6 to $9.

                                        BTW, i didn't mean to sound judgmental earlier, i've just always taken issue with the exorbitant pricing of pretty much all prepared raw foods products. it blows my mind that people will pay 6 or 7 bucks for *one* raw "brownie" that's basically just carob or cacao, sugar, dried fruit & soaked nuts that someone threw into a blender and formed into a square.

                                        i'm surprised you've never tried making your own kale chips - it'd be a breeze for an experienced baker like you!

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                                          egging RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 26, 2011 09:07 PM

                                          Kale chips are our new favorite snack. We took them to a recent basketball-watching party, where no one had ever tried them, and they were a huge hit. The smitten kitchen recipe/directions worked well for us.


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                                            HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 27, 2011 08:06 AM

                                            oh I wasn't offended in the least ghg. You're one of my fav CH's around here. I know where you're coming from.

                                            A fresh bag of kale hasn't been all that great looking or reasonably priced around my parts. I may still try it in the summer.

                                            I think the chips I bought were mismarked to be honest w/you. Mighty tasty tho.

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                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Mar 27, 2011 11:03 AM

                                              i'm glad you "know" me well enough by now to get where i'm coming from...and the feeling is mutual.

                                              i looked up the ingredients online - if/when you're up for it at some point, they should be relatively easy to reverse engineer. using proportions that suit your taste, just blend everything but the kale into a dressing or sauce, toss with the kale, and bake.

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                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Jul 19, 2011 07:23 PM

                                                J, i thought of you at Whole Foods today - they were demoing the Rhythm Bombay Curry Kale Chips. i thought they tasted oddly sweet - not really my cup of tea. the woman was clearly distraught that i didn't like them (i must've been the only person who ever told her that!) and she followed me down the aisle and offered me a sample of the Zesty Nacho flavor, which i liked better...so she then proceeded to give me the rest of the bag to take home for free because the store wasn't going to have that variety in stock until tomorrow. i tried to tell her that i wasn't planning to buy them anyway, but she insisted. i still prefer my homemade kale chips, but sure, i'll take a $5.99 item for free if you're going to force it on me ;)

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                                                  HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 30, 2011 06:27 AM

                                                  Just laid my eyes on this comment, sorry for the delay ghg. (& where are you?)
                                                  I've since made kale chips at home and sorry to say I'm still not a big fan of these. Great idea, good homemade value ...but, they taste like dust to me :)

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                                                    Val RE: HillJ Aug 30, 2011 03:43 PM

                                                    was also going to ask about ghg...haven't seen her here in over a month...anyone?

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                                                      HillJ RE: Val Aug 30, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                      I'm hoping its not health related...but actually Good Health Gourmet related :)

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                                                        mamachef RE: Val Aug 30, 2011 09:48 PM

                                                        All who enquired about good health gourmet: Marjorie has had a family health crisis w/ her elderly parents, and asked me to send along her thanks for everyone being concerned and wanting to know where she is. It's taking all her time and attention. She's checked in a few times, but the concentrating is difficult. She'll be back when things resolve; meanwhile her dad is getting physically better which is good to know, but is still hospitalized. I let her know that she's missed and people were worried, and she's really grateful to all. Shalom, Shalom


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                                                          jujuthomas RE: mamachef Aug 31, 2011 05:46 AM

                                                          Thanks for the info Marci. Positive thoughts going out to Marjorie and her family. :)

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                                                            HillJ RE: jujuthomas Aug 31, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                            Ditto; big hugs out to ghg and her parents. Thanks for letting us know mchef!

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                                                              jvanderh RE: HillJ Aug 31, 2011 06:05 AM

                                                              Ditto. She is missed, and I hope things go well.

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                                                                mamachef RE: jvanderh Aug 31, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                                juju, HillJ, Jvanderh: I will be certain to let her know. :) she can use every single smile and positive thought she can get directed towards her just now...
                                                                What an awesome community we have here.

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                                                            operagirl RE: mamachef Aug 31, 2011 03:20 PM

                                                            My regards and well wishes to your family, GHG. We'll be here to welcome you back =).

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                                                              Val RE: operagirl Aug 31, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                              @operagirl and all others: Amen! come back whenever, GHG...!

                                                            2. re: mamachef
                                                              Emme RE: mamachef Aug 31, 2011 07:46 PM

                                                              thank you for letting us know... i wish her and her parents all the best, and commend her for being so attentive to them and their needs. may their recoveries be speedy and as pain-free as possible.

                                                          3. re: HillJ
                                                            thursday RE: HillJ Sep 2, 2011 05:26 PM

                                                            +1 on healthy thoughts to ghg and parents! She's missed here.

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                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: thursday Sep 3, 2011 11:02 PM

                                                              wow. just...wow. Marci told me to check out this thread when i had a free moment, and now i see why. you all certainly know how to make a girl feel loved :) i'm truly touched by the concern and the kind thoughts. it's been an incredibly difficult 5 weeks and we have a long road ahead, but things are finally looking up...so hopefully i'll be able to come up for air and start 'Hounding again in the near future. i appreciate the kind words more than you can possibly know, and i hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing & delicious holiday weekend.

                                                              hugs to all,

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                                                                HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2011 05:35 AM

                                                                ((( ))) right back atcha. thanks for checking in. you've been missed. J

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                                                                  meatn3 RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 13, 2011 08:01 AM

                                                                  I had noticed you were not posting and just clicked on your profile to see if you were back and found this.

                                                                  So sorry, I understand how consuming and difficult this situation is. I'm glad you are able to be there for them.

                                                                  I think there is always a part of us which retains a child's view of our parents, which makes it doubly hard when we begin to care for them when their health becomes fragile.

                                                                  Take care of yourself too (you know how stress can wear out a body), it is easy to forget when you have so many other concerns.

                                                                  We'll keep the pilot light burning and keep good wishes flowing to you and your family!

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                                                                    mamachef RE: meatn3 Sep 13, 2011 08:44 AM

                                                                    Love ya dear. Will check in later today, elsewhere. :) Chin up, now.

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                                                  iambecky RE: lilmomma Mar 27, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                  I make a big crockpot of "something" every Sunday to keep around for the week so my husband and I have a substantive snack between work, class, the gym, etc. Chillli, meatballs, pulled chicken, curried chickpeas. We do that plus a piece of fruit. We keep string cheese and whole wheat crackers for a lighter snack.

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                                                    smk5815 RE: lilmomma Mar 27, 2011 11:15 AM

                                                    This might be kind of cliche, but I make my own trail mix so that I can include exactly what I like (pretty much any kind of nut except peanuts) and leave out what I hate (peanuts). Most of my nuts I get from Costco, but I sometimes buy brazil nuts, macademias, or other more "exotic" nuts in bulk from Fresh Market. I add dried cranberries, golden raisins, or choppped dried dates or apricots. Sometimes I will add a very small amount of candy (the typical mnm's, crushed up banana chips or yogurt pretzels, chocolate covered nuts, mini white chocolate chips, etc) for fun, but only about 1/4 cup in 4 cups of mix. I also love smoked almonds, but they're pretty salty so a little goes a long way.

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                                                      magiesmom RE: lilmomma Mar 27, 2011 07:22 PM

                                                      musli: oats, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, soaked overnight in farm made yogurt and fresh fruit. a dab of honey, maple syrup or coconut palm sugar or agave.

                                                      1. danna RE: lilmomma Mar 28, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                        I developed a granola recipe that is fairly low fat. If you really toast the oats 'til they're brown, it's just delicious, and transforms a bowl of greek yogurt.

                                                        Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure it was the culprit in me gaining a few pounds lately, and I had to quit making it. Apparently "healthy" is only healthy if you don't eat it non-stop in large quantities!

                                                        1. mamachef RE: lilmomma Jul 20, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                          Oatmeal flapjacks, which are a baked bar cookie. I've no qualms about serving them as a snack or as breakfast, with fruit and yogurt. Basically, just toasted oats, butter and golden syrup. If you'd like a recipe just ask.

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                                                            Isolda RE: mamachef Jul 20, 2011 02:11 PM

                                                            Not the OP, but please post a recipe! I make a baked oatmeal with eggs and milk and a little brown sugar, but yours sounds a bit different.

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                                                              mamachef RE: Isolda Jul 20, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                              Oven, 350, 8 x 8 metal baking pan, buttered.
                                                              In heavy saucepan, melt:
                                                              1 stick salted butter, cut in 8 pcs.
                                                              1/2 c. golden brown sugar
                                                              1/4 c. golden syrup (Lyle's, Steen's)
                                                              dash salt
                                                              And blend until smooth and very warm. Add:
                                                              2 1/3 c. quick oats (not instant or long cooking)
                                                              And stir till oats are coated. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and darker at edges (you'll smell them; they're nutty.) cool five minutes, then cut into quarters and cut quarters into diamonds. Cool fully before removing from pan. Great with a big glass of milk, or strong tea, or coffee, or....

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                                                                Isolda RE: mamachef Jul 20, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                                Thank you! I think I may have enough Lyle's left to make this...

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                                                                  mamachef RE: Isolda Jul 20, 2011 05:06 PM

                                                                  If you don't, I bet you could sub in light Karo with a spoonful of 'lasses for flavor and body, to no ill effect. The Lyle's is nice, though.

                                                          2. pdxgastro RE: lilmomma Jul 20, 2011 01:56 PM

                                                            When it's cold out, there is nothing better than a freshly baked (or micro'd) sweet potato. Sweet and soft, it is one of my favorite healthy snacks.

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                                                              Isolda RE: lilmomma Jul 20, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                              Socca (chickpea flour crepes). They're high in protein and fiber, and are addictive. Google it for a wide variety of recipes. The one I use calls for chickpea flour, water, olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. I start it on the stove, then finish in the oven.

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                                                                divadmas RE: Isolda Aug 3, 2011 10:43 AM

                                                                i'm not crazy about granola bars but alton brown's granola recipe has a very good ratio of goodies, the best i've tried though you can always vary nut and fruit types. i think it is on food network website.

                                                              2. calabrese827 RE: lilmomma Aug 3, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                I make baked chipotle sweet potato fries. It takes care of any starchy cravings I may have.

                                                                I preheat my oven to 400 degrees F.

                                                                I peel a medium sized sweet potato and julienne it.

                                                                Then I spray a foil lined cookie sheet with Pam olive oil spray.

                                                                I then put all my sweet potato fries in a medium bowl, spray with the olive oil spray, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, chipotle, and cayenne pepper, then toss.

                                                                Then transfer them the cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes (but it will depend on the texture you prefer).

                                                                I love these for a snack, and they're surprisingly healthy!
                                                                (Usually I serve them with chipotle hot sauce drizzled over the top).

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                                                                  Emme RE: calabrese827 Aug 3, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                                  i do these as well, and often add a dash of cinnamon to your mix as well. (and sometimes if i'm feeling particularly spicy a dash of cumin and coriander...)

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                                                                  DishDelish RE: lilmomma Aug 30, 2011 02:17 AM

                                                                  My latest healthy creations involve lacto fermentation. I just did this today with my salsa. I have recently come to the belief that all diseases and health problems begin in the gut because of bad gut flora (you can read about it here: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens...) so I'm taking many of my healthy family recipes and tweaking them so they contain live cultures to line out guts with healthy flora. Kefir is another great daily snack that can help with better health as well; it is much like a yogurt drink but tangier and contains a whole different kind of live cultures to line your gut with: http://www.cheeseslave.com/2008/09/05...

                                                                  1. Bada Bing RE: lilmomma Aug 30, 2011 04:23 AM

                                                                    Everytime I see this thread, I wonder: is "snackl" a word, as in some ethnic styling, or a typo?

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                                                                      lilmomma RE: Bada Bing Aug 30, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                                      typo! sorry!

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                                                                        Bada Bing RE: lilmomma Aug 30, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                                        No harm done. But "snackl" was starting to grow on me, as I was thinking it was maybe some middle-European dialect...

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                                                                          DishDelish RE: Bada Bing Aug 31, 2011 02:31 AM


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                                                                      jujuthomas RE: lilmomma Aug 30, 2011 06:20 AM

                                                                      as part of our hurricane Irene prep I made Chocolate Chocolate chip banana muffins from Gina's SkinnyTaste.com...

                                                                      SO good. :)

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                                                                        HillJ RE: jujuthomas Aug 30, 2011 06:29 AM

                                                                        oh jujut, I had to smile...I just made these but I sub'd walnuts for the choc chips and fig jam for the applesauce. They are tasty!

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                                                                          jujuthomas RE: HillJ Aug 30, 2011 08:42 AM

                                                                          I have several bananas browning on the counter now - bought too many in prep for the weekend - I'm going to try her banana peanut butter ones next.

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                                                                            HillJ RE: jujuthomas Aug 30, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                            have you tried these mini chocolate-banana souffles yet?

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                                                                              jujuthomas RE: HillJ Aug 30, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                              oh, I haven't! I'll have to add them to the list. :) yum

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                                                                        Krislady RE: lilmomma Aug 30, 2011 02:52 PM

                                                                        since my son has been home (again!), I've been keeping homemade burritos in the freezer - he eats them for breakfast or after-work snacks.

                                                                        I can usually pick up packages of flour tortillas at the public market, and I use a pound of beans (soaked, cooked and refried), about half a pound of leftover meat of some sort, and half a pound of cheese, shredded. That will make 16 burritos, which keep him happy for a couple of weeks, anyway.

                                                                        1. BamiaWruz RE: lilmomma Sep 14, 2011 04:22 AM

                                                                          I tried kale chips recently and they were good!! Also zucchini oven fries.


                                                                          1. limonay RE: lilmomma Oct 11, 2011 06:28 AM

                                                                            Low fat blueberry muffins. To make them even healthier, I use applesauce in place of eggs and a yogurt/soy milk mixture in place of buttermilk.


                                                                            1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

                                                                            1 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

                                                                            1/2 cup brown sugar

                                                                            1 teaspoon baking powder

                                                                            1 teaspoon baking soda

                                                                            1/4 teaspoon salt

                                                                            1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

                                                                            1 cup unsweetened applesauce

                                                                            1/2 cup low fat buttermilk

                                                                            2 tablespoons canola oil

                                                                            1 egg, beaten

                                                                            3/4 cup blueberries (either fresh or frozen


                                                                            Preheat oven to 400F.

                                                                            Dip a napkin in the canola oil and lightly grease a muffin tin, enough for 12 muffins.

                                                                            In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients of flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

                                                                            In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients of applesauce, buttermilk, oil and egg.

                                                                            Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Stir together so everything is just incorporated.

                                                                            Stir in blueberries.

                                                                            Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, dividing the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.

                                                                            Bake 15 – 18 minutes.

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                                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: limonay Oct 11, 2011 06:52 AM

                                                                              To make them even healthier, I use applesauce in place of eggs and a yogurt/soy milk mixture in place of buttermilk.
                                                                              what about those changes do you think makes them better for you? i'm genuinely curious since ideas of what constitutes "healthy" vary widely.

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                                                                                jvanderh RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 11, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                                                It's good to see your face. So to speak.

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