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Old 11-08-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Want to share your low/carb, low/cal snack ideas?

I just made something that I thought was really yummy, but it doesn't really qualify as a recipe in my opinion, more of a snack idea. When I get the munchies, I usually turn to sugar free jello, which is 20 calories/0 carbs for the entire 2 cups a box makes. It fills your tummy and tastes like dessert.

Today I decided to try adding a little something to it to change things up. So I dumped my prepared jello in the blender with 2 tbls fat free cream cheese (30 calories/2 carbs) and blended until smooth. It resulted in a really yummy, creamy, fruit flavored mousse, with a total of 50 calories and 2 carbs for the entire thing (about 2 cups), not to mention 8 grams of protein. And yes, I ate it all.

I'd love to hear what other people enjoy as quick low/cal, low/carb snacks.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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That sounds great. I am so going to try that.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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I'm making it again, but this time I'm putting the cream cheese in the hot water while making the jello. That way the cream cheese melts and you don't have to break out the blender.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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Just for the record, putting it in first like that, it separated. But I stirred it up and it was all good.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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This may be a no-brainer, but I just paired a 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole and celery sticks, and it was really good! I'm going to try other veggies in the future. I guess I was just stuck on the idea of corn chips and guacamole, but the celery goes very well with it.
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Anything you'd usually eat with chips you can eat wth a crunchy veggie. Try salsa or guac or even queso dip with celery, green pepper, cucumber, etc.

I make "crepes" using a cast iron skillet and egg white. Just use just enough egg white to make a thin "crepe" then once it's just about set put on a bit of sugar free jam, a wedge of Laughing Cow, or even peanut butter. Sometimes I mix a bit of SF jam with a wedge of Laughing Cow (strawberry or cinnamon). It's like a blintz but without all the fat, cals, or carbs.

For Thanksgiving I made a pumpkin cheesecake just like in any recipe except I had no crust, used light cream cheese, and used Truvia instead of sugar. I baked it in a springform pan and it was wonderful. Except for the lack of crust you'd never guess it not only wasn't high carb/cal but it was actually healthy. I'm going to try it again but with 1 egg and egg white instead of 3 eggs.

I also make a cranberry relish that is simply wonderful. Except it uses a whole bottle of maple syrup in the original recipe. I made it by substituting the real maple syrup for a bit of sugar free maple syrup, water, Truvia, and maple extract and no one could tell the difference but the cals and carbs were a tiny fraction of what they are in the original recipe. (2 bags fresh cranberries cooked in the syrup/maple water mix (sorry - I didn't measure. Usually it would be about 12 oz of syrup so you can go from that), 1 peeled and diced apple, and 1 cup toasted and coarsley chopped walnuts. Cook over med/low heat until the cranberries just start to pop.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:24 AM   #7
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I love using cooked cauliflower for dipping.
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Greek non-fat plain yogurt, a tablespoon of sugar-free Strawberry Jello mix and a packet of Splenda.
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I made a flax cracker and it turned out pretty good! Here's the recipe I went by:

1 cup flax seed meal
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Heat oven to 400 F.

1) Mix all ingredients together.

2) Spoon onto sheet pan which is covered with a silicone mat or greased parchment paper.

3) Cover the mixture with a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Even out the mixture to about 1/8 inch. I find a straight edge, like a ruler, works well, though you can use a rolling pin or wine bottle too. The important thing is not to let it be too thin around the edges or that part will overcook before the center firms up. So after you spread it out, remove the paper and go around the edges with your finger and push the thin part inwards to even it up.

4) Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15-18 minutes. If it starts to get more than a little brown around the edges, remove from oven. Let cool completely - it will continue to crisp up.

5) Break into pieces.

When cut into 12 crackers, they come out 56 calories, 3 grams protein, 3 carbs and 3 grams fiber (0 net carbs).
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All these snacks sound really good!
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My latest favorite snack is to mix protein powder (chocolate or vanilla) with fat free cream cheese, low fat coconut and enough water to form into a dough of sorts. I roll it into a log, slice and eat! Sometimes I'll add cocoa or peanut flour, sometimes I leave the coconut out, and sometimes I add a bit of DiVinci or Torani flavored syrup - it just depends on what I have on hand and what I'm in the mood for. It's like a dessert - similar to fudge or candy, but low calorie and high protein.
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How much protein powder.
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Some great ideas. Thanks!
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I use different amounts depending on how many calories I have left for the day. It's usually about 1-2 tbsps cream cheese to 1/2-1 serving of protein powder. Then I sometimes add 1-2 tbsps of low fat coconut (Let's Do Organic Unsweetened Reduced Fat Finely Shredded Organic Coconut), 1/2-1 tbsp cocoa, and 2-3 tbsps Torani syrup. It's still somewhat of an experiment at this point, I mostly just alternate adding wet and dry ingredients until it gets to the consistency I want it to be.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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Great ideas CrazyCatLady!!! I cannot wait to try some of these! I am particularly interested in the Flax crackers....zero net carbs!

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