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Need snack ideas and ways to get in extra calories!

Hello everyone,

Long time follower of this forum, although I haven't posted in forever and had to make a new username as I forgot my old password.

That aside I have been struggling recently with snacks- I already have quite a few, but I need more, it doesn't matter how unusual, non-traditional etc. just as long as it's healthy and prefferably low carb, also must be gluten & dairy free. My diet is based mostly around healthy and lean proteins, veggies, fruit, and a serving or two daily of a healthy carb (brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoe, potatoe, legumes, sprouted grain), 3 square meals a day w/ quite a few snacks thrown in.

Presently my snacks are as follows:

Half a huge golden delicious apple, 11 almonds.

6 baby carrotts, tons of cut up red bell pepper slices, lots of cut up cucumber, hummus.

1/4 cup coconut milk vanilla ice cream, cut up strawberries.

2 stalks of cut up celery, tablespoon of organic peanut butter.

1/2 cup of canteloupe.

Hard boiled egg w/ sea salt.

I additionally eat three square meals a day which typically look something like this:

Breakfast: Presently eating the apple as my breakfast but planning to soon eat, 1/2 cup of quinoa served cold w/ blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, 1/2 cup of almond milk.

Lunch: 1/2 pound piece of chicken, OR can of tuna, OR can of wild salmon, lots of baby spinach/romaine lettuce, green bell pepper slices, cucumber, handful of blueberries, 11 crushed almonds, tablespoon of olive oil.

Dinner: varies greatly, but always healthy and follows the basic principles of small serving of healthy carb, lots of lean protein (chicken, fish, or turkey, grass fed beef very occasionaly), and a large serving of veggies, tablespoon of olive oil poured over meal to help absorb nutrients.

Hard to believe it but I am STILL hungry ALOT, I mean... famished sometimes, so please help me out, I need to figure out some more snacks, I have raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw cashews, pistachios, etc. on hand but try not to overindulge in them and will only have a very small thing of one or the other each day, like 1/2 a tablespoon.

That aside I need some more snacks I can have on hand for when I get hungry as if there is nothing else to eat sometimes I'll binge on bad food and then of course regret it immensely afterwards. I'm going to try out the coconut flour pancakes as I made some bad ass dairy free/gluten free cupcakes for my bday a few weeks ago and still have alot of coconut flour laying around, but please help me out, I'm getting desperate!

I actually committed the cardinal sin earlier- went ALL out (convinced myself in my head I would test the dairy out one last time, yeah right, just my excuse to binge, as ive been starving the past year or so)- grilled cheese on gross wheat bread, dairy icecream, pudding cups, 1/2 a pb&j granted on sprouted grain but still... so YES, my appetite is HUGE, so PLEASE help, I'm sick of being starving all the time and sometimes like tonight it gets the better of me and I go into monster mode, I'll probably pay for it soon w/ some huge breakouts- YAY!!

Again- thanks so much in advance, it doesn't matter how weird/non-traditional a snack is just as long as its healthy, I just really need the extra calories as not only am i trying to gain weight right now but i'm also starving, so looking forward to some responses!

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I doubt it. The key to good health is keeping things simple.

As for not feeling full, try adding more fat and removing some carbs. Or there could be something wrong with your gut, try toning things down and letting it heal.

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Hello, yes I am clear, although I went on low dose accutane but even w/ accutane my diet is still CRITICAL and if I eat bad it still shows up in my skin almost immediately. Also dairy is my vice- makes me breakout even after accutane, also avoid soy and white flour/gluten/sugar etc... try to remain as anti-inflammatory, and low carb, low GI, as possible, as I additionally eat this way for general health/well being as well as skin health and anti-aging etc.

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I doubt it. The key to good health is keeping things simple.

As for not feeling full, try adding more fat and removing some carbs. Or there could be something wrong with your gut, try toning things down and letting it heal.

I already eat a ton of fat though.. and very low carb, yes one serving w/ dinner, and possibly adding in the quinoa for breakfast hoping that will help with feeling less hungry, but aside from the apple and minimal carbs that come from the rest of my food.. I eat low carb as is.

I have also pondered the possibility of something being wrong with my gut, but I have no idea what you mean by toning things down? The last time I tried to "tone down" and eat less I lost 10 lbs, I weight 103 lbs, 5'1 female... so I need what little weight I do have. Thanks though for the suggestion, I will certainly try to be more adamant about taking my probiotics, maybe that'll help some!

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Do you eat throughout the entire day? Maybe try compressing bigger meals in a shorter timeframe instead of constant snacks, and leave a longer overnight fasting period.

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Yes I eat throughout the entire day... I personally think it's better to eat every few hours rather than stuffing myself to the point of sickness 3x a day which is what I would need to do in order to get an appropriate number of calories in each day.

That aside I really did not come here for my diet to be dissected, I've put a tremendous amount of research and time to get to where I am and it has worked out VERY well for me so far aside from the aspect of often finding myself still hungry and unsure of what to reach for at the end of the day. Hence the title of this thread- as I need a few more healthy snack ideas that I can keep on hand.

I will say until recently I used to eat paleo, all protein and high fat, and that worked out equally as well with the one side effect that I was dropping weight, it's also majorly expensive to upkeep with the price of chicken etc. around here. Plus that- I currently have my mother on a paleo based very low carb, high protein/fat diet and she has lost over 30 lbs so far and that is still with eating a ton of meat etc. I do like the diet alot, I love meat and had no problem eating huge servings daily of it in addition to eggs etc. but the weight just fell off me, hence my choice to add in a serving or two of healthy carbs in addition to the very large portions of protein I still consume.

So all in all, my diet is fine- I am more than satisfied with it, while I appreciate the help, all I want at this point is some more snack options so I really hope to get some more replies in relation to that!

THANKS!

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Half a huge golden delicious apple, 11 almonds.

6 baby carrotts, cut up bell pepper slices, cut up cucumbers, hummus.

1/4 cup coconut milk vanilla ice cream, cut up strawberries.

Cut up celery, tablespoon of organic peanut butter.

1/2 cup of canteloupe.

Hard boiled egg w/ sea salt.

I additionally eat three square meals a day which typically look something like this:

Breakfast: Presently eating the apple as my breakfast but planning to soon eat, 1/2 cup of quinoa served cold w/ blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, 1/2 cup of almond milk.

Lunch: 1/2 pound piece of chicken, OR can of tuna, OR can of wild salmon, lots of baby spinach/romaine mix, green bell pepper, cucumber, handful of blueberries, 11 crushed almonds, tablespoon of olive oil.

Dinner: varies greatly, but always healthy and follows the basic principles of small serving of healthy carb, lots of lean protein (chicken, fish, or turkey), and a large serving of veggies, tablespoon of olive oil poured over meal to help absorb nutrients.

What about increasing your snack portions a bit? Like having 2 eggs rather than 1, or 1 cup of canteloupe as opposed to 1/2 cup? Or what about allowing yourself an extra snack or two per day?

Wish I had some actual suggestions for you - I find it hard to come up with stuff as well. Staying away from dairy makes it especially difficult. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but have you tried googling things like "diary free, gluten free snacks"... that might give you some ideas at least.

What about super dark chocolate? I can't remember the brand of mine, but it's 85% cacao and it doesn't have any milk in it... just a touch of sugar. It's quite bitter but it has fiber and protein and fat in it... Maybe you could eat a square of that once a day?

I like your idea of switching to the different breakfast you mentioned - I think that will help you a lot as far as keeping you more satisfied.

I wish my diet was half as good as yours!!!

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here's a list I copied and pasted from a website (glutenfreemommy) that might give you some ideas:

At first, gluten-free snacks seem challenging, but really the list below looks very similar to what you might have eaten as a snack before you went gluten-free. Even though you might think these snack ideas are fairly obvious, generating even the most obvious ideas helps me keep a good supply of healthy and frugal snacks in the house.

1. Water- Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day to keep those hunger pains away. If you are dehydrated, you might think you are hungry when you are actually thirsty!

2. Sweet Potato Fries- Alexia makes a brand of frozen sweet potato fries that you can buy at SuperTarget or most well-stocked grocery stores. For a homemade version, try Gluten Free Cooking School’s Curried Sweet Potato Fries. I serve sweet potato fries with Annie’s Organic Natural Ketchup or Muir Glen Ketchup- both are gluten-free and contain no corn syrup. You can find both at most grocery stores.

3. Frozen Grapes- Debbie from Words to Eat By convinced me to try them with this post and I have been happily munching on frozen grapes ever since.

4. Marinated Carrots- Buy sliced carrot coins and marinate them overnight with your favorite low-sugar vinaigrette.

5. Edamame- You can buy frozen edamame at Whole Foods. When you get hungry, thaw a portion in hot water and squeeze lemon juice and sea salt over the top. If you want to get a little more fancy, Gluten Free By the Bay has an awesome recipe for sesame edamame salad here.

6. Natural Peanut Butter on Celery- you can also try a cream cheese version for calcium (Tofutti Cream Cheese for casein-free).

7. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds or Roasted Sunflower Seeds- Heidi of 101 Cookbooks has three ways of toasting pumpkin seeds. Here is a recipe for roasted sunflower seeds at Recipezaar.

8. Apple Butter on a Rice Cake- Since Apple Butter doesn’t actually contain butter, it is naturally gluten and casein free. Fat Free Vegan has a recipe for a healthy homemade Pumpkin Apple Butter. Lundberg’s Rice Cakes are gluten-free, but Quaker Rice Cakes are NOT gluten-free because of cross-contamination issues.

9. Orange Slices- I used to love when someone would peel an orange for a snack at work. Citrus is such an energizing fragrance!

10. KIND bars- I buy these for a special treat because they are a little pricey. I LOVED them when I was pregnant and had morning (all-day) sickness. You can buy KIND bars at Whole Foods or here at Amazon.

11. Cold Cereal- Try Envirokidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs (you can buy this cereal here at Amazon, Whole Foods, or find it in some local grocery store chains) or Rice Chex at your local grocery store (make sure your cereal says gluten-free on the front of the box).

12. Chocolate Covered Dried Apricots/Bananas- Microwave 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate in 30 sec. intervals stirring until melted (or use double-boiler). When it is throughly melted, dip the apricots (halfway) or bananas (I do the whole slice). Place the fruit on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper; sprinkle with crushed nuts. Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.

13. Dried Fruit with Nuts- Apples and Walnuts, Pineapple and Pistachios, or Apricots and Almonds.

14. Salsa/Pico de Gallo and Chips- You can use Lundberg’s Rice Chips (there are several varieties- my favorite is the Sea Salt flavor) or your favorite gluten-free corn tortilla chip. If it is summertime, I love to make homemade pico de gallo (Chevy’s recipe here). Otherwise, I will buy a premade salsa, like Muir Glen’s Cilantro Garlic Salsa. You can also make nachos with gluten free Barbecue sauce or salsa (see Mrs. G.F.’s nachos)

15. Hard-Boiled Egg- Nothing screams low-carb like a hard-boiled egg, but it can be a satisfying mid-morning snack.

16. Pesto with Almond/Pecan Nut-Thin Crackers- Pesto can be made casein-free very easily with almonds, walnuts, etc (see my Cilantro Pesto recipe). For crackers, try Almond or Pecan Nut Thin Crackers or Mary’s Gone Crackers. If you want to try your hand at making homemade crackers- Ginger Lemon Girl has a recipe for crispy cheddar crackers.

17. Popcorn- Some consider it a junk food, but homemade popcorn in moderation is not that bad! Try adding nutritional yeast, which adds valuable B vitamins. Dairy Free Cooking has a spicy looking recipe that includes nutritional yeast.

18. Apricot Sorbet- The fast, un-gourmet way: Buy 2 (15 oz cans of fruit). Drain one can of fruit. Put the drained fruit and the undrained fruit with syrup in a Ziplock freezer bag. Freeze for 6 hours. Process in food processor until smooth. Freeze for 1 hr. Let stand at room temperature and then serve. Serves 4.

19. Tomatoes with Salt- Kalyn’s Kitchen has a recipe for Rosemary salt. When summer hits, there is nothing more yummy!

20. Waffle Sticks with Natural Peanut/Almond/Cashew Butter – You can make frozen gluten-free waffles and top with peanut butter and raisins, sesame seeds, extra peanuts, or fruit. A better alternative is to make homemade whole grain gluten free waffle sticks and freeze them for a great snack. I use this waffle maker (at Amazon) to make gluten free waffle sticks.

21. Larabars- These are expensive like all health bars, but they are wonderful when you are in a pinch and very hungry! I really like them, but my two year old won’t eat them yet. You can buy them at Whole foods or at Amazon.

22. Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans- Gluten Free Gobsmacked has a recipe for Fried Chickpeas. Chickpeas are packed with protein and they have a high fiber content, which prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after consuming this yummy snack.

23. Corn Tortilla with Pinto Beans/Guacamole- Corn Tortillas are a staple for celiacs and the gluten-intolerant, so they had to make the list! Karina’s Kitchen has a recipe for Joey’s Kicked up Rockin’ Guacamole.

24. Smoothies- Any way you like them! I am Gluten Free has a Blackberry smoothie recipe with both flax seed and agave syrup.

25. Pepperoni- Hormel makes a gluten-free pepperoni and it is my toddler’s favorite snack. Not exactly fat-free, but a few pepperonis make my little boy smile!

26. Lettuce Wrap- Bibb Lettuce with tuna (try Cindalou’s recipe); or wrap hummus in lettuce like Vegan Momma.

27. Cookies, Muffins, or Breads- Bake on the weekends and freeze baked goods to have on-hand during the week. Prepackaged gluten free convenience foods are inferior to homemade because gluten free baked goods can be made healthier and cheaper at home. Gluten free baked goods are hard to keep fresh on a store shelf because they have a shorter shelf life than their gluten counterparts. Check out Gluten Free Food Reviews for Karen’s opinion on some of the gluten-free snacks you can buy in the store or online.

28. Juice Popsicles- Elise at Simply Recipes has a how-to on making juice popsicles. These are great for kids in the summertime.

29. Brown Rice Tortilla Wraps- Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas do the trick as long as I microwave the tortilla until warm. Here is my recipe for Turkey Pesto wraps. If you just don’t like them, try Book of Yum’s brilliant trick of broiling GF tortillas with pesto.

30. Soup- If you make homemade chicken stock (here’s how) every week, you can make soup in a snap. My favorite store-bought gluten free soup is Thai Kitchen’s Garlic Vegetable Instant Soup.

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Hello,

THANKS!! That list got my mind rolling again, I've been feeling so stuck lately!! And you are right- upping the amount of an item I eat would really help. I didn't even think about that, although I will tell you if in a bind sometimes I'll scramble an egg with a handful or two of broccoli, then add some turkey sausage and eat that as a snack. I forgot to add that- I do keep dark chocolate on hand too, also 65-85% depending, I have a square of it occasionally but I'm still undecided as to whether the chocolate breaks me out or not! :(

The absence of dairy does make it so hard, sometimes it would be so nice to have some yogurt or cheese etc. but of course I cannot do that, although I will say the coconut milk ice cream by purely decadent is EXCELLENT, just pricey.. hence the reason I only eat 1/4 cup of it at a time as I try to make it last as long as possible. I want to try making my own but I need to get an icecream maker.

I didn't even think of smoothies (coconut milk based, yum!), frozen grapes, guacamole w/ corn chips, apple butter, and so many other very good ideas... so thanks, you have saved me from future relapse doom lol!! (its hard, in my house aside from my Mother, everyone eats VERY unhealthy and there are always a ton of crap food laying around, I have really good self control for the most part but occasionally my hunger gets the best of me. When I transfer schools and am on my own soon that should help as I won't be around it.)

P.S- I did not eat like this overnight- I've been following this section of the forum, in addition to my own personal research, for almost 3 years now... I started out very small, but with time I changed and tested and retested, and omitted and added foods little by little, and with each change I leaned more about how my body and how my skin reacts to certain things etc.

It's still a struggle and I'm still learning, but I can now say that I am pretty satisfied with my diet, yes I could eat slightly more fish, and I need some more recipe ideas and a little more variety, but I'm pretty okay with eating almost the same thing daily with the exception of dinner, because everything I eat I LOVE, and everything I eat I know causes no negative reactions and helps keep my skin and health in optimal condition. So, again, it certainly did NOT happen overnight, it has been a hard and very long journey that happens little by little over time so keep at it and don't give up!

P.S.S- Sweet potatoe fries as AWESOME, I home-make mine, but for a quick snack when you're really hungry, not ideal as they take a long time to cook in the oven, but yes SO good if you have the time!! I eat mine usually as dinner with a big turkey burger (no bread), and a huge spinach walnut strawberry salad!! So yummy!

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I will tell you if in a bind sometimes I'll scramble an egg with a handful or two of broccoli, then add some turkey sausage and eat that as a snack.

Well, yes. you can eat actual food as a snack. Like leftovers from your meals. Not just things that come in a sack and are eaten by the handfull.

And you will find links to many of these lists full of great suggestions in the Food and Recipe index thread pinned under Important Topics right there at the top of this forum.

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Just as a very general suggestion,if you want to gain weight, and you're counting the numbers of almonds you're eating in a snack, you're doing it wrong. It's simple math dude, calories in must be greater than calories out and you will gain weight. Take all the snacks you're currently eating and double them. See if you gain weight.

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