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« Reply #390 on: March 05, 2012 02:28:19 PM »

Hummus and crackers? Definitely chicken or turkey or veggie wraps. Sandwiches with whole grain bread? Fiber One granola bars are really tasty and not bad nutritionally. Um, trying to think of the other things the boyfriend and I take in the cooler when we go to play boardgames all day. Beef or turkey jerky? Little packs of peanut butter you could put on bread or apples/celery. If you do want to take something that needs to be heated, most mini marts and truck stops will have a microwave. Like, 7/11 has a microwave. No reason you couldn't take a salad to eat when you take a break from driving.
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« Reply #391 on: March 05, 2012 02:42:17 PM »

How about salad in a jar?  They are YUMMY, fun and filling.
Homemade granola (Crockpot granola, perhaps!)
Berries, nuts, homemade fruit strips, grapes, crackers
A loaf of fresh zucchini bread
Kale chips
Muffins

In the summer, we spend most of the weekend on the road, in parks and on pontoons boats, so we pretty much eat these sorts of things all weekend.
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« Reply #392 on: March 05, 2012 02:43:20 PM »

I love that salad in a jar (no reason you couldn't use a tupperware, so long as you didn't tip it and mix the dressing in with the veggies) take away thing, you can put chicken in it. Just take it with an ice pack so it stays cold enough to stave off bacteria growth.
http://fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com/2011/10/salad-in-jar-src.html
Bake a tortilla or pita so it's crisp and crush it, then add it to the salad just before you eat it so it's like a fatoosh salad, OOOHH YUM!

I usually take cut up veggies with a container of hummus and or guacamole, that's super filling. Also, I use an apple slicer to cut up an apple but put it all back together and wrap it in something (saran, a cloth, whatever you use) and take a container of almond butter along. That goes great with grapes too, the fat slows down the absorption of sugar from the fruit for sustained energy so you feel good longer that just eating fruit alone. It's not great food combining if you've got serious digestive issues though. I can handle it and I'm usually pretty sensitive.

Instead of tupperware containers all of that stuff can go into ziplock baggies, even the nut butter, in case you don't have room to take containers back home with you.


I fed the kids their fave tonight, whole grain tortillas with home cooked red kidney beans, tomato and a sprinkle of feta. I got them to help me make lentil, barley, veggie soup tonight too so they're eager to eat it because they make it themselves, lol. Tricky mom.
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« Reply #393 on: March 05, 2012 02:55:09 PM »

Ooh, thanks guys!  I knew I could count on you for some ideas!  CLM, I'm going to use that baked pita on a salad idea at home--it sounds like a great alternative to croutons!
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« Reply #394 on: March 06, 2012 04:20:35 AM »

saw a really neat trick online somwhere, when you use an apple slicer to core and slice an apple, hold the whole thing together with a rubber band until you are ready to eat, so it doesn't brown

maremare..how do you cook your steel cut oats? I agree with you on the texture of rolled oats, I find them such hardship to eat

EDIT found this site on line with some cooking instructions and some yummy recipies for steel cut oats
http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/20/make-ahead-steel-cut-oatmeal-4-new-oatmeal-recipes/
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« Reply #395 on: March 06, 2012 05:53:58 AM »

I used to cook them in the crockpot but now I just do on the stove. Boil water, add oats, simmer for 10 minutes and add whatever fruit, and then simmer for another 20 minutes or so. I just keep it in the fridge, one batch of oats (1 cup oats and 4 cups water) is 5-7 servings so I can eat on it all week.

Thanks, I'll check that out!
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« Reply #396 on: March 06, 2012 06:56:17 AM »

It makes a neat oatmeal pancake too, add some egg and fry them up.

That's a good trick with the apple and rubber band, I've been using saran but I hate buying that stuff.

Aislynn, you can flavour the pita before you bake it too. Brush with oil and sprinkle on herbs and spices. See if you can find sumac spice in a middle eastern store, it's traditionally used for fatoosh and is love. Lemony, dark red. I love that stuff.

Made soup last night, lentils, barley and veggies. When I saute onions and celery for soup I don't use any oil, just a splash of water and sprinkle of salt. It works terrific. If I want fat in the soup I can add it to the bowls right before eating. That way I'm not ruining that cold pressed extra virgin olive oil by cooking it, lol.

Gave in and had coffee this morning, bought muffins for the kid's breakfast too, sigh. Woke up too late for much else.
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« Reply #397 on: March 06, 2012 03:09:43 PM »

REDEMPTION!

Used up the left over oatmeal with cinnamon, raisins and chopped apple I made for breakfast the other day. I mixed it up with some flour and egg and fried it as pancakes, my kids are in HEAVEN! What a terrific quick and easy healthy dinner. I just have to get some veggies into them later on. Cukes, celery, carrots and cherry tomatoes with hummus as a snack should do the trick.
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« Reply #398 on: March 06, 2012 05:46:22 PM »

I love having breakfast for dinner, CLM!

In fact, we had egg white sandwiches with goat cheese and meatless sausage for dinner tonight.

Thanks for the salad in a jar reminder. I really need to do that!

I unintentionally haven't had any meat for over 2 weeks. I've cooked it for Mr Lime but I've just had a really strong aversion to it lately. Maybe I'm becoming a vegetarian without even realizing it Smiley!
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« Reply #399 on: March 06, 2012 10:55:50 PM »

So, I'm just going to food vent. I got really frustrated with my diet and progress yesterday. I had been planning to go out to my favorite restaurant with some friends/acquaintances for at least 4 days, so I ate pretty well leading up to it so I could splurge a bit when we went. Now, I eat really healthfully - more so than most of the people I know - mostly fruits and veggies, then whole grains, non-animal proteins, no sodas or fast food or highly processed junk food.

So, I go out to dinner with these people, and no one orders anything. Nothing but drinks. They are all on the "paleo" diet, and proceeded to talk about how much better their way of eating is than any other one, and how there was nothing on the menu healthful enough for them to eat. Imagine how I felt, having looked forward to this meal for days, and then being too ashamed by my (really good) eating habits to even order anything. It made me feel really bad and deflated, and totally unmotivated to keep eating healthfully. Ugh, it was so frustrating. I know the paleo diet is not for me, as I have some major ethical issues with it, but now I need to find another kick-in-the-butt to get motivated again.

How do you bounce back when you have a frustrating diet day?   
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