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Old 08-11-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Green Olives

Just a simply item but has come in handy for me lately. I am sure some will have an issue with the salt content, but doesn't seem to bother me. I have begun adding these little jewels as a night time snack a few nights a week. My tracker shows 12 med green olives at 60 calories and 2 carbs, of which 30% is fiber.

I know calories and I understand carbs, fats and protein but have to admit that is about a far as my scientific approach goes. I limit my intake to 12 without any issue of overindulgence. I find they are "cheap" re: my personal calories and carb daily budget. Thoughts, good or bad about this little critter?
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:57 AM   #2
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I love olives, eat them often, and have no issue with the salt content.

My favorite is oil cured black olives. Yum!
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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Olives - one of those near perfect foods for those on a ketogenic woe!! I have a bit of 'room' in my menu today and think I will add in some olives!

It is my understanding that the whole 'salt is bad for you' is very much the same as the whole 'saturated fat is bad for you'. Only there is no scientific evidence and never has been. It is also a fact that once you take out processed foods from your diet, you salt consumption goes down by over 60% so it might be good to add salt where you can.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:09 AM   #4
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I love green olives. I buy the habanero stuffed ones at World Market. Not for the feint of heart for sure.
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I love green olives and have them as a snack on the rare occasion that I am hungry between meals. The salt has not been an issue for me.
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I think they're a great snack. And if the salt isn't an issue you must be using it or need it.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:34 PM   #7
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I love them but I seem to think they are sold in single serving containers, lol, so I don't buy them often & always buy the tiniest jar I can find.

My salty green treat is more often a sea salt dill pickle spear. I will eat one or two spears and not need or want more for a few days.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:28 PM   #8
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Olives and pickles are a go to for me when I need strong flavor. I have also used the juice left in the jar to marinate hard boiled eggs YUM
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:08 AM   #9
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I love to hit the olive bar at the supermarket--especially the Kalamatas in olive oil with Feta. Good stuff.
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Just had some in my salad today---- awesome flavor!!
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I love green olives, and my 18 month old does, too. She was my low carb pregnancy and sure enough. Many of her favorite foods were things I ate while pregnant, like sardines, avocados, and scrambled eggs. Green olives were a surprise but I think she likes the saltiness
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:50 AM   #12
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Olives and pickles are a go to for me when I need strong flavor. I have also used the juice left in the jar to marinate hard boiled eggs YUM
Never thought of that! I am gonna give that a try. I honestly just finished a jar off tonight, before reading this, that I have been working on and dumped the juice. Grrrr... will be awhile before that next jar is ready but I'll have some boiled eggs ready. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 08-14-2014, 05:34 AM   #13
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Since I cleaned up my diet I have found that I crave salt more as I probably went from ridiculous amounts in processed food/bread etc to nothing unless I added it myself. Olives are the perfect snack really: tasty, good fats, and salty. And so many choices with varieties and stuffings...
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:51 AM   #14
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Robman,
I like the Claussen juice best for eggs. BTW I have no idea how long they keep. I usually marinate at least a day, and only three eggs fit so they go pretty fast.
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In the past if I had a sweet tooth I'd nibble on a large olive. Kills the sweet tooth, love green and black olives, add such a great flavor to salads and pizza topping bowls...I'm addicted to black olives, I eat at least a can a week..low in carbs and great for you!
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I adore olives & have either green or black almost daily - usually in Greek salads. Greek salads are my thing. My personal preference is pitted, not stuffed, & nothing from a can. Trader Joe's & Sprouts has some great choices.

P.S: Did you know that green olives are just a little bit lower-carb than black?
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #17
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I've been known to have a small meal of olives, cheese and a few nuts
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:08 PM   #18
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I've been known to have a small meal of olives, cheese and a few nuts
Ya, me too..I have to watch black ones, as it's almost my favorite food. I put them AWAY now after opening, because I've been known to eat a whole can in one evening Jeesh. Green goes longer for flavor due to the intense flavor, black kalamata (sp) pack a great oily flavor too!
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This is the brand I buy of them at BJ's warehouse. It contains 8 packs. I use them for an afternoon snack at work. There is less than 1 carb for the entire package and I think there is between 10-13 olives and only 50 calories for the entire package. Plus they have a hint of Basil and garlic.

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Trader Joe's traditional olive tapenade in the refrigerated section is to die for. It is a mixture of all kinds of chopped olives in olive oil with capers and spices. 2 tablespoons has 2 g carbs and 1 g fiber. I love to mix them with about 4 ounces of cream cheese and savor them. Sometimes I make that my whole meal.
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Old 09-24-2014, 05:35 AM   #21
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I've been known to have a small meal of olives, cheese and a few nuts
Sounds great to me. Wish I could do a few nuts!
Actually I love almond stuffed olives, they give me a few nuts without overdoing. For some reason, I can't find these in the stores anymore.
I have wondered why.

I've pan fried salmon with olives, that is good.

Scinti, I've got some olive tapenade in my frig that I think I am going to mix with cream cheese. Thanks for the idea!

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Old 09-24-2014, 05:48 AM   #22
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Yum. Sounds great. Portion control is hard for me though.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:02 AM   #23
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This is the brand I buy of them at BJ's warehouse. It contains 8 packs. I use them for an afternoon snack at work. There is less than 1 carb for the entire package and I think there is between 10-13 olives and only 50 calories for the entire package. Plus they have a hint of Basil and garlic.

What a great idea to have on hand for travel, office, car. I googled and found it possible to buy a 12 pack of these flavors: Lemon & Rosemary (Natural Green Pitted Olives), Basil & Garlic (Natural Green Pitted Olives), Chili & Oregano (Natural Green Pitted Olives), and Chili and Garlic (Ripe Black Pitted Olives).
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This is the brand I buy of them at BJ's warehouse. It contains 8 packs. I use them for an afternoon snack at work. There is less than 1 carb for the entire package and I think there is between 10-13 olives and only 50 calories for the entire package. Plus they have a hint of Basil and garlic.

There are other flavors available, too. Great idea!
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My husband and I both love olives and I love to make Olive Nut spread to eat on low-carb crackers or celery sticks. It's cream cheese & mayo mixed with chopped olives and chopped walnuts or pecans with maybe adding a bit of juice to thin it.

I have to try the boiled egg in leftover juice trick. Also going to look for the Oloves packs, those would be great to send in my husbands lunch bag.
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I like to use chopped green olives, mix with Mayo and eat with burgers... its GOOD.
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I add minced onion, chopped green olives and garlic salt to my egg salad. Taste less like egg salad, that way!
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After reading this post I had a Greek salad for lunch with black olives. It was soooo good. Thanks for a good idea!
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I've been treating myself to Castelrena olives from Costco. They are super green, unstuff, and about 5% sodium. I use the Castelrena olives for snacking. They are satisfying! I have the smaller manzanilla green olives stuffed with pimientos that I use in salads.
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