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Food for Thought

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Here is a sampling of favorite meals these past few weeks:

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This is homemade guacamole (two avocados, tomato, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt). I paired the guacamole with chicken tacos (chicken breast, leafy romaine lettuce, salsa) on corn tortillas.

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This is Saj. Only the best Mediterranean food ever! This is vegetarian and packed with all the good healthy fats you need to lower cholesterol or just eat healthy. I get the falafels, green beans, tabouli, and hummus with wheat Saj bread.

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This is a yummy Italian Bean Soup. Another low cholesterol food, packed with fiber. Cannelli beans, tomatoes, veggie broth, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, basil, oregano. I added smoked turkey sausage too.

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A great snack! Strawberries, kiwi, and a light string cheese.

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Shakeology by Beachbody Vanilla. This is the only way I will eat my blueberries.

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If you need a light lunch packed with protein; quinoa, salsa, black beans.

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I love quinoa and salmon on my leafy greens. I use a heart healthy dressing by Litehouse; Red Wine and Olive Oil Vinaigrette.

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Oh my goodness! This Chicken Green Chili soup is amazing! Low calorie, low sodium, super easy to make. I had my Healthy Chicken Empanadas and beans with my soup.

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This is the most delicious dinner. I made salmon served over a bed of sauteed spinach, garlic, and red pepper flakes. On top of the salmon are garbanzo beans, tomato, and capers.

Healthy(ier) Snack Options

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Shopping for Healthy Snacks

During my shopping adventures, I was on the look-out for some healthy (or healthier) options for my “between meal” snacks and desserts. I wanted something that would help me get closer to my BMR (without going over) and since I am usually 200-300 calories under my daily calorie goal, I decided to look for snack options in the 150-250 caloric range.

Townhouse Pita Crackers; you get six crackers for 70 calories. I can double my crackers (if I desire) and eat with some Sabra hummus (only 70 calories for two tablespoons). My favorite Sabra flavors are Supremely Spicy and Spinach & Artichoke.
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Newton Fruit Thins are so yummy! You get three cookies for 140 calories and they have some amazing flavors; my favorite is the Blueberry. An added bonus: whole grains! and hardly any sugars.
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Skinny Cow Frozen Desserts. O.M.G. These desserts are a little pricey ($4.00 to $5.00 a box for 4 to 6 desserts per box) but are so delicious! I have tried many of their desserts and have not been disappointed in any of the flavors. And the bestest part!? They range from 110 to 160 calories!!! Best thing ever for a sweet tooth.
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Orville Smart Pop is the best popcorn for individuals who love salty snacks. I can eat an entire bag without the guilt (one entire full-size bag is only 90 calories!).
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Fiber One Products: My favorites are when I need a chocolate fix; the Chocolate Brownie Bar and the Chocolate Cereal. The brownie has only 90 calories and the cereal (3/4 cup) has 80 calories. I eat the cereal plain or with my light soy milk (1 cup of milk is 70 calories).
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The Ham and Cheese with Wheat Crackers Lunchable is 260 calories and perfect for when you have a light lunch. The only downside to this option is the sodium (620 mg) but if you have a salad for lunch and maintain a low-sodium diet day this is an acceptable (and filling) snack option or even lunch option with a salad. The crackers are made with whole wheat grains.
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