Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Svelte Snacks Part 2: More Healthy Treats Under 250 calories!

By: Finance Foodie

Whoo hoo!! I made it another week! Another 5 work days without the help of Mr. Joe Starbucks getting me through the day!! And you know what? I actually feel much more energized and “clean” (after the initial caffeine withdraw symptoms, natch). I have to admit, I did feel the temptation to cheat some days (especially during meetings where everyone had a Starbucks mug…), but I STAYED STRONG. Ok, so I was totally helped out by my visit to the Natural Products Expo, where the healthy and organic snacks samples helped fill my drawers with fun (yet good-for-you) snacks during the week! My snacks last week as follows after the jump...

Day 1: 230 calories
One serving sized bag of Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn chips (210 calories) and 2 tbsp picante sauce (20 calories)
You already know that I can eat picante sauce with everything, but I love it best on chips – specifically these blue corn chips. I’ve been a fan of Food Should Taste Good’s wholesome products for a long time now (I usually get their Multigrain chips from au bon pain for lunch) so I was glad to test drive their new Blue Corn offering. Why? Because all food should taste good, duh!

Day 2: 190 calories
One Think Thin Chocolate Covered Strawberry nutrition bar (200 calories for the bar – but I only ate half) and one can of Izze Sparkling Apple Juice (90 calories)
So I admit it, I wanted to try these Think Thin bars because Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan and has raved about them on her GOOP.com site. Lesson learned: never trust a (super skinnnnny) Hollywood actress for food advice. This bar tasted nothing like a chocolate covered strawberry – the consistency was slightly cardboard-ish and there was a strong medicinal after taste. I could barely eat half (and I remember being really hungry this day). Luckily, I had my Izze drink to wash that hot mess down. This all natural fizzy apple drink really “perked” up my afternoon – hello happy hour in my cubicle!

Day 3: 210 calories
½ cup Roba Dolce Pistachio Gelato (210 calories)
Once again, not technically “healthy” but a great substitution for the more fattening ice creams out in the market with the awkwardly green food coloring (please, no need to remind us pistachios are green)! The large and generously sprinkled pistachios are also a real treat for a nice crunch in every bite.

Day 4: 240 calories
1/2 cup Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal (160 calories) and 1 cup Earth Balance Unsweetened Soy Milk (80 calories)
This lightly sweetened red headed step child of the original Fiber One (which tastes like rabbit pellets) was super tasty and a great way for me to get my daily fiber intake (because its really important to be regular). The only qualm I have is that this cereal is sweetened with corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup – but like I always say, moderation is the key!

Day 5: 250 calories
One box of O.N.E. Fruit Punch coconut water (60 calories), Pirate Booty’s homestyle bbq flavored potato flyers (90 calories), and one Clif Kids Strawberry fruit twist (70 calories)
Healthy yet yummy versions of kid friendly favorites! Man I wish I had these in my lunchbox as a kid…

Do you think I can make it another week? Taking bets now : -)

****Giveaway****
Congrats #28! - Chief Family Officer

Fiber One wants one of my lucky readers a prize pack consisting of VIP coupons good for one free box of Fiber One cereal and one free box of Fiber One bars, and a $25 Safeway gift card (also valid at Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s).
There are THREE ways to enter:
1. In my comments section, tell me if you think I can stay on my no coffee regimen for another week (I need your support!)
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
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Contest ends November 1, 2010 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Fiber One provided me with the cereal to review and the products for the giveaway through MyBlogSpark

96 comments:

agordon10 said...

you can do anything you put your mind to.

*kimmie* said...

I'm loving reading your variety of 250 calorie snacks! I tend to get into ruts when limiting my calories and you're totally thinking outside the box with these!

I'm a huge supporter of your no coffee for another week! Good luck!

*kimmie* said...

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3 - I've tweeted!

Stephanie said...

YES YOU CAN!
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Annette D said...

I think you can do it! I gave up caffeine this summer and it was hard but I did it!

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5webs said...

Yes, I think that you can stay on your no coffee regimen if you want to. Just make sure to distract yourself with something when you are feeling tempted.Good luck!
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Amber said...

I definitely believe in you - you can last another week!
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Jenn S. said...

You can do it!!

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llinda29 said...

I can not stay on my no coffee regimen for another week

Gabrielle said...

I'm behind you all the way. There are alternatives out there that can trick you into thinking you're drinking coffee? There's one that tastes kind of like Postum, which I have not been able to find since my grandmother passed away. I loved it!

sksweeps said...

Yes, you CAN!!! Just keep thinking those positive thoughts!!!

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cristine said...

It's easier to finish that to start.
Good luck!

JC said...

Hooray for you girl, go for it!

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Kimberly said...

I think you can totally make it another week. Maybe it will inspire me to go a week, and/or eat only *one* 250 calories snack a day...

Courtney said...

Of course you can make your no coffee regimen for another week! You can do it!

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You can do it...I know you can!!!

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Of course you caan do it! The longer you're away from it, the easier it becomes.
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Suzanne said...

If I can give it uo, so you can !!! It gets easier with time...

Karen said...

I know you can totally rock this and do it!

I recently gave up diet coke and at the time never thought I could. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Stay strong! :-)
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Chief Family Officer said...

Of course you can! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Boston Food Diary said...

You can ABSOLUTELY stay on it!!!! So impressive that you've come this far!!!!

Sharon Harmon said...

I definitely think you can stay away from coffee another week! You're able to run your site and contests and that's not easy, so I believe you have the strength required and you will succeed! ;)
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snowluvnferret said...

You can easily do it. Take it one day at a time

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Kimberly said...

You can do it! You've already made it through the hardest days.
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tristatecruisers said...

if you went a week already--you're off to a good start--stay busy and don't think about it and you'll do fine :)

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heymcs said...

You absolutely can do it. "Never give up,never surrender" (from Galaxy Quest) heymcs(at)gmail(dot)com

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Saoder said...

you can do it. it may be hard but it will get easier. i had to stop drinking sweet tea. sometimes i have decaff sweet tea i make at home since it isnt offered at restaurants. when eating out i stick with water and ask for limes.

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tdean30 said...

You can do it!! Just keep telling yourself the reasons you are quitting coffee over and over.

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tattgiff said...

Your snacks are great!
My doc had me off caffiene.
I started drinking decaf earl grey, Strong!
helped.
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ellie said...

You can do it! I've been caffeine free for a while.
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You will excel and succeed!

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Yes you can do it!!!

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kroch said...

You can do it. Just tell yourself it's healthier for you.

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Stay positive you can do it.You've done GREAT so far!!!wilcarvic
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chazvgo said...

You can do it :)

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You can do it, you can do it! One minute at a time, you can do it!
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Valancia said...

You can do it so try your best and succeed!

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I think you can stay on your no coffee regimen for another week!

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Anonymous said...

You Can Do It!!!!! Hide the coffee cup.
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degood said...

You can stay off coffee for another week. It is great to be caffene free.

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tallcapp said...

Of course you can. The first week of giving up on anything (coffee, cigarettes etc) is the the hardest. After that it is a piece of cake.

Trina said...

I think you can do it. I gave up caffeine a few years ago, you can do it.
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Bridgette's wish list said...

Its easy if you try hard enough. I am now nine months and counting! U can do it.
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Atreau said...

I know you can stay on your no coffee regimen. I did several years ago for about two years and then started back up again after that.

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ShesAnAngel said...

Of course you can do it! If it's important to you then just decide that 'its' done' and don't give it another thought :D

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Yes You can do it. I am a big supporter of this. Good Luck.
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FIBERONE said...

You can do it.

1993wel said...

I'm sure you can do it! What great looking 250 calorie snacks.sa

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