Pineapple

Pineapple is a fruit I often over look because it is hard to get at. I like quick fruit, something I can throw in my lunch and be done with it – pineapple isn’t really that fruit. You can buy it fresh pre-pealed and ready to eat but it is a tad expensive.

I ended up with some fresh pre-pealed pineapple recently. OH MY GOSH. It really is a super delicious fruit. I know it is, but because I don’t buy it often I forget how awesomely delicious it really is. I think I am going to make more of an effort to buy fresh pineapple this year. A whole pineapple is pretty cheap if you are willing to slice it up. Perhaps I could find a youtube video or something on how to do it easily and quickly.

1 cup (155 grams) of Pineapple only has 78 calories! What a delicious treat.

Spicy Cumin Hummus Recipe

I don’t know how many different hummus recipes I have made; honestly, I have lost count. I can never seem to find one that I really love. Inspired by those delicious falafels I made a couple weeks ago, I thought I would try the same recipe in hummus form. Not too shabby, a tad dry though; better as falafels but still delicious. Next time I might add a touch more olive oil and lemon juice; maybe another clove of garlic too. This is a bit of a thicker hummus; I kind of like it like that though.

I enjoy hummus with some crackers and/or veggies as a snack. Or sometimes I used it on sandwiches or just on toast; delicious!

Spicy Cumin Hummus Recipe

Ingredients
19 oz can chickpeas, rinsed
6 baby carrots
3-4 cloves garlic
2 tsp lemon juice, or more to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp cumin
.5-1 tbsp curry powder
1-2 tsp chipotle pepper powder (optional, spicy!)

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth; a hand mixer works too.

I am not 100% sure on calories; though I can assume it would be similar to the falafels (minus the flour, baking soda, celery and green onion.) The calories below are only approximate per tablespoon.

Nutritional Information per 1 tbsp spicy cumin hummus (approx)
28.4 calories
.5 grams of fat
5.2 grams of carbohydrates
1.1 grams of fiber
1.1 grams of protein

Fun with Trail Mix

Trail mix is something I usually avoid. It is high in calories and fat. Not all bad though, nuts and seeds are good for you – but I just usually don’t want to spend my calories eating so little of something so high in calories.

But, I decided I needed a different snack for a change. I went to the grocery store last night and bought a few different things in bulk that were on sale. The fun part of this is what I get to put only what I like in my mix!

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So what’s in my trail mix right now?

1/4 cup banana chips
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, unsalted
1 tbsp sunflower seeds, salted
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp craisins
1 tbsp almonds

Calories in my serving of trail mix: 264 calories

The calories may not be exact, a few different sites gave me different information for the same serving size.

Snack Time: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Pieces

I recently discovered Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Pieces. These are not really diet friendly. But boy, are they ever good – so so good. I like to tell myself they are a better choice then chips – in truth, they probably aren’t really, but I think I like them better. These little flavourful bites with the delicious taste of pretzels. What more could you want out of a snack food?

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The pictured flavours are Cheddar Cheese and Buttermilk Ranch. I haven’t tried the cheese yet, but the Buttermilk Ranch is very good. My favourite flavour is Hot Buffalo Wing (not pictured) – I have also seen Honey Mustard & Onion, but that doesn’t appeal to me much. They have some other flavours on the website, but I haven’t seem them around (like Jalapeno and Garlic Bread both sound delicious).

Sometimes we all need to indulge a little – for me, these are my favourite treat right now.

Nutritional Information of Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces
Serving Size 1oz
140 calories
7 grams of fat
17 carbohydrates
2 grams of protien
(does vary very slightly based on the flavour)

See the website with the nutritional information here.

Because it’s not all about ‘dieting.’

Food On The Go

Sometimes I just can’t find the time to make my meals and usually it results in eating out and/or something stupid – but it doesn’t need too! There are lots of healthy choices out there that are quick, convenient and take little or no time to prepare – sometimes it just requires a little shopping and thinking. Keep in mind a lot of these pre-packaged food choices cost more then doing it yourself, but if you don’t have the time sometimes it is worth the bit of extra money to have someone package it for you! So I have created a list of food items, I will put the calorie information as I know it but keep in mind it does vary from brand to brand. There are tons of options out there, these are just foods I eat often (I have provided links to some of my favourite brands, but there are lots different brands out there offering similar products.) – be creative, walk down every isle of the store and look at all your quick options! The key is to just be creative!

You could eat any of these as snack or mix and match as a meal!

  1. instant oatmeal (120 calories) – comes in all different flavours (calories do vary)
  2. kozy shack rice pudding cups – no sugar added (90 calories) – they also have tapioca (90 calories), chocolate (90 calories) and butterscotch (80 calories)
  3. del monte fruit cups (50-100 calories)
  4. jell-o sugar free cups (10 calories)
  5. jello-o sugar free pudding cups (60)
  6. source yogurt cups (40-60 calories) – I really love the dessert flavours! There are lots of other yogurt cups out there, the bigger they are the more calories, also have a look for fat free
  7. unsweetened apple sauce cup (50 calories)
  8. 7 melba toast – round ones (70 calories)
  9. 1 ryvita crispbread (40-80 calories)
  10. rice crackers (80-100 calories)
  11. kraft thin cheese slice (40 calories)
  12. can of regular tuna (90-140 calories)
  13. ocean’s tuna snackit (190 calories) also comes in salmon and a couple other tuna flavours
  14. mini can of flavoured tuna (100-180 calories)
  15. canned soup (70-200 per half cup calories) – look for lower calorie options like campbells healthy request or primo, chicken and vegetable will be lower in calories then clam chowder – just pick your soup wisely!
  16. Lipton Cup-A-Soup (50-80 calories)
  17. chewy quaker granola bars (100 calories)
  18. nature valley sweet and salty bar (160-170 calories)
  19. sun-rype fruitsource bar (with and without veggies) (130 calories)
  20. canned muscles/oysters (140-200 calories)
  21. canned sardines (170-200 calories)
  22. cottage cheese, half cup skim (90 calories)
  23. 100 calorie pack, like thinsations, chips, rice cakes (100 calories)
  24. rice cakes – plain and flavoured (30-60 calories per large cake)
  25. 14 mini rice cakes (100 calories)
  26. cheese string or stick (60-90 calories)
  27. popcorn – smart pop mini bag (100 calories) w/ popcorn seasoning
  28. beef jerkey – 1 large piece (80 calories)
  29. sliced deli meat, chicken or turkey 1 slice (approx. 10-20 calories depends on thickness)
  30. sliced veggies (calories are low and vary) with 1tbsp light dressing (20 calories), cucumber, celery, peppers are all very low, carrots are higher
  31. piece of fruit: apple (80 calories), orange (60 calories), banana (100 calories), peach (60 calories), 1 cup grapes (100 calories)
  32. boiled egg (70-80 calories) – I usually boil them when I am in the shower, make a few at a tim; they last forever in the fridge!
  33. 2 tbsp hummus (40-60 calories)
  34. quaker oatmeal to go bar (200 calories) – I find these really filling
  35. pre packaged smoked salmon 2oz (50-60 calories)
  36. pre packaged cooked small shrimp 2oz (30-50 calories)
  37. (I hope to keep adding to this)

This list could go on and on – take an hour go to the store and just walk up and down every isle, it is amazing the food items you can find that are quick and low in calories. Some of these foods will take a few seconds to put in a bag or a container but you could have your lunch/dinner/breakfast/snacks packed in under 5 minutes – just mix and match and be creative! Pair you can of tuna with some crackers, veggies, and a cup of soup! The options are endless once you start thinking about it.