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Readily available healthy food suggestions

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
This question may generate some obvious answers, but maybe also dispel a few myths or offer some unexpected eye-openers?

What is the healthiest food you regularly eat that can be easily (and preferably cheaply) obtained at most normal grocery stores?

I think peanut butter is one for me. I eat a PB&J sandwich 4 or 5 times a week for lunch, including on many a ski day. I suppose it qualifies as comfort food, but also offers protein in place of meat and no cholesterol. It is high in fat, but still lower than cold cuts or hamburgers/hotdogs. Prunes are another good food. Besides well known high fiber benefits, they are also high in anti-oxidants. Unlike many other fruits they are easy to tote and preserve. I have found low salt pretzels to be a good fat-free substitute for potato chips or french fries. I drink tea (usually decaffeinated) in the morning instead of coffee. I eat licorice candy instead of chocolates.

Bonus question: I also eat a lot of bad food mostly because healthy food tastes bland. Can you name some healthy foods/dinners that aren't boring?

BTW, I get a laugh out of this whole food forum thing. I guess it's a good one to look at during "lunch at the desk". But most topics are about EVIL food.
post #2 of 18
Bananas! Come in their own wrapper, no need to wash 'em, and very tasty (we won't mention how good they are covered with ice cream and chocolate syrup!)!
post #3 of 18
How about spiced hummus or baba ganoush with a bag of pita bread, carrots and cherry tomatoes? This stuff is available at most stores (not sure about the mid-west), tatses good, healthy and low fat.

A non boring healthy food, how about sushi or sashimi? Greek food? Vegan dishes.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Talisman
How about spiced hummus or baba ganoush with a bag of pita bread, carrots and cherry tomatoes? This stuff is available at most stores (not sure about the mid-west), tatses good, healthy and low fat.

A non boring healthy food, how about sushi or sashimi? Greek food? Vegan dishes.

Also one of my favourite snacks in Oz is a piece of flatbread thrown on grill to warm and then spread with beetroot dip (lebanese stuff is bootroot and yoghurt) then rolled up... cheap, tasty, healthy... we have lots of lebanese take-away places that will oblige... (or you can buy the bits in supermarket and just eat it cold)

I'm also into the bananas(most days morning tea is one with low fat custard)...

apples are great...

Dried mango is brilliant

Trail mix is good to nibble...

Low fat milk or low fat yoghurt are great (I prefer the plain yoghurt add fruit myself)

Nectarines

Mango

watermelon(in summer mmmm... local supermarket and grocers sold slices to kids)

Rambutan

Celery

Carrots

Zucchini(eat raw with dip or without)
post #5 of 18
lentil burgers and salad and crunchy bread rock!

avocado with vinagrette dressing or with seafood... crunchy bread and salad mmmm

lamb strips, moroccan seasoning, salad stuff,sweet potato, yoghurt, mint
chop mint and mix with yoghurt,roast slices of sweet potato(spray with olive oil spray) press moroccan seasoning on lamb and grill until cooked... let stand... slice and pop on top of salad stuff and sweet potato ... dress with minted yoghurt serve with crusty wholegrain bread...
post #6 of 18

To answer the original question- "healthiest"

Kiwi
Spinach
Broccoli

-it's a tossup, sometimes with radishes
post #7 of 18
One thing I've really come to enjoy is a good wrap

My favorite
Tomato Basi wrap
Baby Spinach
Tomato
Green onion
Calamati olives
Feta cheese
Artichoke hearts

For dressing: a little of the juice from the artichoke hearts and black pepper)

YUM!
post #8 of 18
Now I'm hungry, good thread.
post #9 of 18
Here's a few Guidelines for some of you..

1) Pasta..... I eat pasta 3X a week...for dinner followed by some Greens.

healthiest thing in the world for you... those who don't like carbs know nothing about health...


2) Tuna is favorite source of Protein... or perhaps some turkey..make ur self a sub or a wrap at lunch time...

3)boiled eggs in the morning, or perhaps a fruit salad... or sliced mango, even a banana will do depends on what ur health goal is...



that's it...That's all you should eat in a day, fallowed by about 2 liters of water at the very least...

DO NOT snack, BUT if you are hungry and you must snack, eat healthy, pick up a banana, or hell even a power bar if u need some "candy like" substance...and can't help it..don't eat candy etc. such a waste..

the key is a healthy balance of food groups..

Don't cut out carbs, and don't cut out proteins/fats just mix them properly..

for example, If you have 1 or 2 plain slices of pizza for lunch (healthy for you believe it or not) for dinner you should have like 8-10oz of chicken or Salmon, some some grilled Tuna, and some greens dont load up on carbs again..

In the morning don't eat crap, this is the number 1 mistake with most of you americans, you like crap in the morning, your breakfast is by far ur most important meal, this dosn't mean you should load up on bacon and eggs..this means that you should eat healthy have 2 boiled eggs one morning, have a fruit salad the next and so on...

also if possible your lunch should be Heavier than your dinner, I don't understand why in the states people eat so little at lunch time and yet they Feast up at dinner time... it should be reversed why would you eat alot before getting ready to do...well nothing ???

Also, exercise for God's sake, it makes me sick when I go to the beach and see overweight people, there's no reason to why a person can't workout 3 times a week..no reason at all....

It's unfortunate that kids will all be unhelathy due to new I-net fixation their PARENTS let them have, I can't believe parents let their kids on the computer for 8 hours a day other than school purposes, it's a shame when I go for a run in my neighborhood, and see NO kids playing outside on a sunny day...It wasn't like this 5-10 years ago...not even close..
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
I missed the hummus train. Is it especially big in New England? It’s mashed up chick pea right? I had some for the first time this March on a visit to Mt. Wachussett, MA. They were handing out free samples in the base lodge and I ate two or three little tubs with bread sticks. I didn't care for plain, but the spicy version was good, sort of like a bean dip for nachos.

Got a kick out of Xtremity's views on Americans. It’s not Osama that will get us, but Denny's all-you-can eat breakfast bar. Video games are a bane, so is cable TV. Skiing is one of the few things that several of my kids will do over video gaming. I refuse to subscribe to cable TV at my house, we watch too much telly as it is.
post #11 of 18
Re: Hummus. I don't know where NOVA is, but every ordinary supermarket in PA carries hummus, usually in flavored varieties like garlic, tomato-basil, pesto, etc. Hardly exotic or hard to find. Great snack.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by evansilver
Re: Hummus. I don't know where NOVA is, but every ordinary supermarket in PA carries hummus, usually in flavored varieties like garlic, tomato-basil, pesto, etc. Hardly exotic or hard to find. Great snack.
what's a hummus ?
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by evansilver
Re: Hummus. I don't know where NOVA is, but every ordinary supermarket in PA carries hummus, usually in flavored varieties like garlic, tomato-basil, pesto, etc. Hardly exotic or hard to find. Great snack.
I've eaten hummus for several years, but have only found it readily available in our supermarkets in the past 2 or 3 years.

Even when it became more available, it was not always embraced by some of my friends.
Now it seems everyone is finding the flavor, availability and health benefits to be amazing.

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Originally Posted by Xtremity
what's a hummus ?
Try reading as well as posting.:

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Originally Posted by Jamesj
It’s mashed up chick pea
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jamesj
It’s mashed up chick pea right?
With tahini (sesame seed butter). Watch out for some of the watery cheap flavored concoctions now in supermarkets.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by trekchick
I've eaten hummus for several years, but have only found it readily available in our supermarkets in the past 2 or 3 years.

Even when it became more available, it was not always embraced by some of my friends.
Now it seems everyone is finding the flavor, availability and health benefits to be amazing.


Try reading as well as posting.:
that was a question he asked not a statement so i re-asked it..no one aswered him.. untill this post..

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesj
It’s mashed up chick pea right?


With tahini (sesame seed butter). Watch out for some of the watery cheap flavored concoctions now in supermarkets.
sorry, i just had never heard it before...

I'll have to try some, sounds yummy
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Xtremity

I'll have to try some, sounds yummy
If it's new to you, try something with a flavor.
I like it plain on some things but it's easier to start with something like Tomatoe basil.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by trekchick
If it's new to you, try something with a flavor.
I like it plain on some things but it's easier to start with something like Tomatoe basil.
will do thanks!! perhaps spead on some turkey ?? ummmm i'm hungry now..

need to stop by store and get some after work.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Xtremity
will do thanks!! perhaps spead on some turkey ?? ummmm i'm hungry now..

need to stop by store and get some after work.
If properly done it's a bit dry for spreading on turkey.

Try ajvar or ljutenica.
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