Heat snacking

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Heat snacking
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Tue, 07-16-2013 - 11:36am

Ugh. I think I am just needing to vent about myself. I have been a victim of the heat lately in that it is too hot to cook so I've been snacking a lot. I have taken the opportunity to get a ham and some great salads from the deli and I know I am blowing away whatever diet plans I may have had. It seems like it would be just as easy to throw something on the grill and keep fresh fruit on hand but I am just not that energetic right now.

 

Brenda

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 4:08pm

I hear you, Brenda.  It's tough to stick to the plan when you're hot and exhausted and the grocery store has lovely options all ready to go.  The best I can do is to find compromises - I love buying the already cooked rotisserie chickens and making meals with them.  The bagged salads make my life easier too.  In a pinch, a can of tuna, some FF mayo, and some lowfat crackers along with some bagged carrots and some grape tomatoes can make a pretty satisfying meal.    Have you come up with any easy/quick/heatless ideas?  I'd love to have some more.  We're in the middle of a heat wave here in Maryland!

Hang in there!

:) - Karen

 

 

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Registered: 01-17-2013
In reply to: illdoit
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 11:07am

I forgot about tuna salad! Thanks for mentioning it.

I have been working on grilling some chicken and other meats one day a week and refrigerating them for days when I am tired and don't feel like cooking. Add some bagged salad mix and tomatoes with some sliced grilled meat and it's a great meal.

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 3:21pm

I'm a big fan of the grilled meat and bagged salad option.  I hadn't thought about getting a bunch of grilling done in advance though -- sure beats standing in front of the grill several nights a week!

:) - Karen

 

 

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Registered: 01-05-1999
Wed, 08-14-2013 - 4:23pm

Hi all, I haven't posted in here for awhile.

I prepare all of my meals on Sunday.  I commute from CT to NYC (not exactly my choice, job was relocated) so I don't get home till 7:00 and if I go to the gym first then 8:00.  I try to vary my meals week to week so I don't get bored but for the past 2-3 I've had the same dinners.

I like to use arugala for my salads simply because it's a little drier and does not disintegrate as quickly as the 'designer' baby lettuce.  I measure it in a bowl and then put a half of a paper towel in a plastic baggie with the arugala.  Put 5 of them aside and then I add a few grape tomatos, some red onion, raw brocoli, cucumber slices, etc. and seal.  When I get home I dump it into the bowl, slice the tomotos (otherwise they dampen the arugala) and I add some sliced olives, marinage mushrooms, mini mozzarella balls (from the salad bar at the grocery store), etc.  toss with dressing and it's done.

This week to break it up I cooked in the microwave a big baking potato on Sunday.  I'll have half of it Tuesday and Thursday night.  I'll top it off with some sauteed onions and baby bella mushrooms (again done on Sunday), maybe toss in it some raw brocoli, pink beans, a little cheese and some Greek yogurt.   Nuke the potato in the microwave to warm it up a little with the bocoli to cook that a little, top with the onions, mushrooms and cheese, nuke again and top with the yogurt.

For dessert I've been freezing fresh strawberries, blueberries, watermellon and cling peaches in my bullet blender glasses.  I let them sit on the kitchen counter or sit in some warm water while I have my dinner to thaw a little.  Then I add some Sunny D or other juice, blend and I have a frozen fruit slushie for dessert. 

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Tue, 08-20-2013 - 8:45am

Hi, Bennie! 

I'm happy to see you again!  Sorry you're still doing the long commute.  You are so organized and healthy in the way you prep your meals.  It never occurred to me to bake a potato in advance, but that makes perfect sense.  We eat at about 8:00 too, so I know how great it can be to have some things prepared in advance.

I'm so glad you posted!

:) - Karen