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Mar 19, 2014 02:35 PM

I need snack ideas!

I had oral surgery yesterday. There will be no eating of seeds and nuts for awhile. These are my snack foods! Any ideas what I can use. Must be low carb. I allow myself one fruit in the afternoon, with cheese or peanut butter. (Almond butter! I could use that.) I sometimes cheat with grapes. I'll eat a string cheese now and again. I am not adverse to eating an extra egg as a snack. But I need some more ideas, so low carbers who have had oral surgery, what did you do for snack foods?

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  1. Hmm... Greek yogurt with vanilla, sweetener, and a few berries if you're into it. Chicken salad on a wasa or a lettuce leaf wrap. I eat Kraft sharp cheddar sticks for more flavor than string, unless it's the Armenian stuff with seeds you don't want right now. Olives, or tapenade, cucumber slices with any dip or spread you like... cream cheese as a vehicle for some smoked salmon or smoked salmon spread... Low carb pizza on a small La Tortilla factory wrap... Feel better soon... my oral surgeries haven't really changed my eating much, except one, apicoectomy... even then, only steak and hard stuff was off the menu, and very briefly. Hope the discomfort passes fast for you, too!

    1. are legumes too carby for you?
      is your afternoon snack eaten at home? or does it need to be portable?

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      1. re: westsidegal

        I am thinking of stuff I can eat when I am hungry, and I've either already eaten my afternoon apple, or when I am making dinner--a dangerous time for me.

        I love beans! But I limit myself. I don't want to use them for a snack. (I would love hummus as a snack, but I'd prefer to use that as an occasional lunch.)

        1. re: sueatmo

          I noticed avocado hummus at my last trip to TJ's and thought it was a good idea. It's basically 50/50 garbanzo / avocado. Too carby for me, at the moment, but, I'll probably make some when I decide to do a cycle of moderate carb eating.

          1. re: johnseberg

            Did you try it? I asked about it on the TJs thread and the reviews we're so favorable.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              No, I would rather make it myself and make sure the beans are fermented. It'll be a few weeks before I make any. That will probably be an adventure. It seems like I feel better as a fat burner vs. sugar burner.

              I liked the idea so much I already bought the garbanzos, though. I think an avocado is easier to deal with than a jar of tahini.

              1. re: johnseberg

                "It seems like I feel better as a fat burner vs. sugar burner." Welcome to my life :)

      2. Mmmm brie cheese. I practically lived on it after I had my wisdom teeth out. Hard boiled or deviled eggs would be perfect. I love an avocado half with blue cheese salad dressing in the center. A slice of deli turkey or ham rolled up with cream cheese and hot sauce in the center.

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        1. re: biondanonima

          I could eat rolls of deli meat for hours.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            You should do that as performance art. Nice sideline to your food porn photo biz. ;-)

            1. re: mcf

              Good idea, I can wrap them in different ways...deli meat origami.

          2. re: biondanonima

            Deviled eggs are a great idea! They are a go to snack for my low carb friends. Personally I could eat a hard boiled egg, still warm, with a sprinkling of salt every single day.

              1. re: sueatmo

                I am gaga with excitement for a promised dozen of super fresh eggs from a coworker.

            1. re: biondanonima

              Cheese, avocados, deli meat and good eggs. Such happy, happy food. Love it all.

            2. Canned fish - tuna, sardines, salmon

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              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I use these for lunch, especially my fave sardines.

              2. roasted cauliflower? Turkey breast slices and salsa? Fresh mushrooms and salsa or tahini or hummus?

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                1. re: ahuva

                  So far I've not been enthusiastic about roasted cauliflower, and I don't see how it could be a real snack. I mean I'd have to roast it first, right? In the meantime, I'm wanting a snack already.

                  I did try a nice recipe for mashed cauliflower with cream cheese and smoked brie that was very well liked. And I might make that again, but would serve it as a side.

                  The other things are all good ideas!

                  1. re: sueatmo

                    Roasted cauliflower is awesome cold. I always make extra to add to sandwhiches or to snack on.

                    1. re: foodieX2

                      Making extra of anything is a good idea for me. Foods that are sold "ready to eat" are generally a problem for me, even fruit, nuts, and seeds. I'm better off eating half of a ground beef patty and some cold leftover vegetables. I roast cauliflower with a little onion in coconut oil, a little lower than roasting temp., actually. And I have no trouble snacking on it, cold, or gently nuked.

                      1. re: foodieX2

                        Soooo glad to hear I am not the only one who needs to roast extra cauliflower. That stuff is like crack to me. Dip cold, roasted cauliflower in good mustard mixed with capers if you are not salt-adverse. Heaven!

                        I'd choose that for dessert over ice cream and cake any day.

                        1. re: pedalfaster

                          It's worse than crack. I hated cauliflower 6 weeks ago and now I'm obsessed. Friday nights are now assigned roasted cauliflower nights. I don't even care about the accompanying main dish. I buy heads at TJs which are priced per head and always pick out the largest I can find.

                          1. re: pedalfaster

                            I often do, too. High temp roast well oiled with EVOO and with whole shallots. Snack like it's crack is right!

                        2. re: sueatmo

                          OK, this cauliflower dish was made with mashed cauliflower, cream cheese and smoked gouda. (not Brie) And I made it again tonight with cheddar and added a few mushrooms. There is something about cream cheese and cauliflower that go together. I don't even like cream cheese very well, or cooked cauliflower for that matter. But the two make a nice side dish.

                          And I can snack on the leftovers tomorrow.