[quote="mollygidget"]haha the title of this thread threw me off for so long, but now i'm insanely glad i read it.
as one of the people that spent winter vacation somewhere that wasn't home, with no way to workout (i was with lazy friends) and eating everything in sight (3 vegan hotdogs with fries anyone?) i really need to cut down.
my major questions:
1. low fat/low cal trail mix: what to put in it other than nuts and raisins and granola?
2. fruit for breakfast- am i the only one who gets a really upset stomach when they just eat fruit? is there any really easy low cal/fat suggestion for something to go with it? (under 100 cal or so and can eat on the run, because i never have time to cook breakfast at home)
Don't know if this helps but .... uh, to me, fruit and nuts seem like relatively high calorie foods (at least the types of fruits that people conventionally regard as fruits). When I see fruit and nuts, I see sugar, protein and fat - not that you don't need some of these, of course.
Relatively lower calorie foods you could also eat include:
- Broccoli, or preferable kale (try it steamed, with some salad dressing if required). If required, stir fry it or put it in soup.
- Young corn (as above)
- Green beans (as above)
- Beansprouts (as above), maybe you can also try some small sprouts raw
- Bamboo shoots (as above)
- Zucchini or squash (I surprised myself a month or two ago by how good it is raw, marinated in lemon juice, pepper and garlic for about 24hours at room temperature, add a little olive or mustard oil if you like. I would cut it small or grate it. Raw vegan sites have lots of zuchinni "spaghetti" recipes but I've never tried them)
- Red/ripe capsicum: this fruit is moderately sweet and quite tasty raw once you get used to it, but not really high in sugar, extremely rich in vitamin C and some antioxidants.
- Tomatoes: as with capsicum, but just not quite as good. Again, prefer the ripe ones. I mean really ripe not the cardboard-tasting green ones that they fill with water, pack in cardboard boxes and then gas until they turn red enough to sell.
- Oranges: similar benefits and very tasty
- Tangelos: like oranges but a bit better if you can get them, plus easier to peel.
- Cucumbers: not a sweet fruit but share some of the same benefits, e.g. hydration/water retention provided by other melons
- Onions: I know they can tend to suggest oil cooking, which is probably something you're trying to reduce, but consider some red onion in salad, or young onion greens / shallots / ...
- Parsley: highly nutritious greens that are actually fairly palatable / tasty raw once you get used to them. Fresh parsley to me has become a vegetable, NOT a condiment.
- Carrots (some sugars, including galactose which is not a bad thing unless you have trouble digesting it... and bear in mind vegans are on a much lower galactose diet than most as we don't consume milk (lactose = galactose + glucose).
Most of the above (while not protein dense, have a surprisingly high percentage OF CALORIES from protein, which I imagine is also a goal.
Hope to help,