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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:02 pm 
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I usually eat 12:30-1:30, too...don't get dinner till like 7. Usually have a bag of pretzels around 3. Don't judge! Sometimes I'll do fruit or a slice of ezekiel bread and hummus, but the pretzels are just so convenient.

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I'm someone who eats all day, but if you need a low-fat snack that will keep you full maybe try a soy yogurt and a piece of fruit?! I like the unsweetened plain whole soy with apples and cinnamon...It has enough protein to keep me full for a while and enough sugar to perk me up a little bit.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:11 pm 
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I eat lunch at noon, then leave work and get to the gym around 5pm, not home until almost 7. There is NO WAY i could go 7 hours without eating.

A snack at my desk around 2-3 (fruit usually, or hummus). Then a snack in the car on the way to the gym (banana or a luna bar or something)

If I am super hungry after the gym (usually am) grab a quick snack before I cook dinner, like hummus in a bit of pita, or a few bites of leftovers, or a half of a protein shake or something.

It's true what they say...eat thoughout the day and you will eat less, have more energy, and be hungry less often.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I eat lunch at 12, have a medium-sized snack at 3, and then a small snack around 5:30. (We tend to eat around 8-8:30, so I need it to tide me over.) I try to make sure the 3pm snack has some protein to help me stay full. Soy yogurt is a pretty small snack!

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I used to be able to eat lunch and then be all set until I got home but now that I'm in classes after work I need something to hold me over until I get home to eat dinner. I usually eat something around 3-4 and then get home and eat dinner around 8, lately I have been packing fruit but I really should start packing something more substantial. I've been thinking of making a big batch of hummus at the beginning of the week and then have that on hand at work, also been thinking of making big batches of roasted chickpeas and popcorn to snack on or homemade granola bars. Anyone have any good recipes for granola bars and dips?


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I think I've had more snacks today than the rest of you have in a whole day, and it's not even 11 am.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I can't live without my yogurt at 3pm. About 1/3c. of wildwood plain yogurt mixed with some berries (i just toss in a few frozen ones in the morning and they're good to go by the afternoon.

Sometimes sliced apple. Sometimes a small second lunch. Like today I'm having a little leftover ziti (about 1c. or so) for lunch and a bit of leftover pumpkin curry and rice (also about 1c.) for snack.

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Do you put lemon juice or anything on the apples or just check them in the yogurt? I think yogurt and fruit would be a good snack for me. I like flavored yogurts better than the plain unsweetened, but I think getting plain unsweetened and adding a little fruit would be much better for my sugar intake (and inevitable crashes).

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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what kind of yogurt do you guys eat?
ive never found a vegan yogurt that doesnt taste like fake sweetener.
i think ive tried soy and coconut.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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...also, I find that having vegan yogurt every day tends to get somewhat expensive...? Or is that just Canada?

But it's quite comforting to read that I'm not the only one who has a lot of snacks! I always felt sort of bad about my snacking, but even if I have a large lunch that won't get me over to dinner (neither will a large breakfast get me to lunch, but I rarely have lunch before 1pm)


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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The only vegan yogurt I like is the WholeSoy brand (or trader joe's, which I think is rebranded wholesoy). It IS expensive. Usually over $1 each. But I think they taste pretty yum.

I try to wait until they go on sale for like .79 each, then buy a lot. The expiration date for soy yogurt is pretty long.

The coconut is ok. The almond kind is NASTY. Ugh. tried it the other day, the Almonde (sp?) kind. FOUL.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:03 pm 
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I like WholeSoy unsweetened. I buy my yogurt at Grocery Outlet though (usually $.99-1.50 for a 3-cup tub), so I just have to buy what they have or nothing at all. Sometimes I will buy plain (sweetened) or vanilla, and then blend in a block or two of silken tofu to cut the sweetness. Maybe that's weird but I like it. I can't eat the sweetened/flavored ones straight. It's like eating dessert, and if I'm going to have that much sugar I'd rather eat a piece of cake or something.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:45 am 
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void wrote:
...also, I find that having vegan yogurt every day tends to get somewhat expensive...? Or is that just Canada?

But it's quite comforting to read that I'm not the only one who has a lot of snacks! I always felt sort of bad about my snacking, but even if I have a large lunch that won't get me over to dinner (neither will a large breakfast get me to lunch, but I rarely have lunch before 1pm)


I totally hear you on this one! I have always been known to eat more than the average person my size and now that I'm vegan I find I'm hungrier more often than not. Makes sense since the density of food is much lower than an omni diet. Either way good to know I'm not the only one out there (I say this whilst digging into my snack).


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I find the WholeSoy unsweetened way too sugary for my taste.

The only true plain, beany yogurt I've tried and like is Wilwood. Great in indian food, great mixed with some berries. Add a squirt of maple syrup if you think it's too sour.

I get about one quart-ish size tub a week and between my bf and I, were able to have yogurt about three times a week (six servings I guess?). Probably our most packaged/expensive habit, but I'm still working on learning how to make decent yogurt at home. But at $4/week or so, this is way cheaper than us going out and buying chips every day from the vending machine.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I snack constantly. I try to bring fruit, granola bars, etc. with me to school on long days so I can avoid the vending machines--it's the least vegan friendly campus ever, so my options are pretty much limited to potato chips or an overpriced fruit cup. On weeks when I'm really on top of things, I have muffins or oatmeal squares on hand to bring with me.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:27 pm 
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I find the WholeSoy unsweetened way too sugary for my taste.

The only true plain, beany yogurt I've tried and like is Wilwood. Great in indian food, great mixed with some berries. Add a squirt of maple syrup if you think it's too sour.

I get about one quart-ish size tub a week and between my bf and I, were able to have yogurt about three times a week (six servings I guess?). Probably our most packaged/expensive habit, but I'm still working on learning how to make decent yogurt at home. But at $4/week or so, this is way cheaper than us going out and buying chips every day from the vending machine.

Do you mean the plain WholeSoy? The unsweetened has no sugar in it at all. The plain is VERY sweet, though.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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ashley wrote:
rainbowwine wrote:
I find the WholeSoy unsweetened way too sugary for my taste.

The only true plain, beany yogurt I've tried and like is Wilwood. Great in indian food, great mixed with some berries. Add a squirt of maple syrup if you think it's too sour.

I get about one quart-ish size tub a week and between my bf and I, were able to have yogurt about three times a week (six servings I guess?). Probably our most packaged/expensive habit, but I'm still working on learning how to make decent yogurt at home. But at $4/week or so, this is way cheaper than us going out and buying chips every day from the vending machine.

Do you mean the plain WholeSoy? The unsweetened has no sugar in it at all. The plain is VERY sweet, though.


Hmmm, this might be the problem. I don't know that I've seen the unsweetened, only the plain. Will have to give it a try if I find it...but still love Wildwood :)

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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Yeah, it's hard to find. It ends up at grocery outlet a lot so I guess maybe it doesn't sell well, which works out in my favor! But I do wish it were more widely available.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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I generally end up eating constantly! I might have a salad for lunch, but then I'll have tons of snacks throughout the day before dinner - a fruit salad, veggies and hummus, an apple, a banana, a clif bar, stuff like that! I had some cereal for breakfast and I will probably end up eating all of those things before dinner time around 7pm tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get from lunch to dinner?
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i just eat all of the time. or, i make sure to eat at least every 3 hours. usually my days are either early or late, and then i eat like this:

6.45: big-ish breakfast
9-10ish: snack (usually about 2-300 calories worth)
13ish: lunch
15ish: snack
18-19ish: dinner
21-22ish: snack

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10-11ish: breakfast
13-14ish: snack
16-17ish: a big lunch comparable to dinner
19-20-ish: snack
22-23ish: snack

if i only get two full meals, i snack on heavier stuff. if i don't eat for more than 3 hours, my blood sugar crashes and then i eat a bag of candy. because there is no way in hell i can deal with having a blood sugar crash in the afternoon!


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I eat a breakfast of yogurt and granola for breakfast when I get to work around 8:30am. And then I have lunch sometime between 12 and 1. For snacks I bring nuts, fruit, Kit bars (gluten free clif bars that are small) and chocolate with me. I never know when I'm going to leave work and then I have an hour commute home so I make sure I'm prepped with food in my office so I'm not starving. But I really notice that I don't eat when I'm super busy at work. I can not each lunch sometimes until 2 or 3 if I'm not paying attention and normally on those days I won't eat any of my snacks even if they are sitting out on my desk. I just don't think about it!

For yogurt I love the new greek style coconut milk yogurt by So Delicious. It comes in almond milk base too. And I think the vanilla goes perfect with any type of granola mixed in. It's super creamy!

Hummus and raw veggies are always a great work snack too.

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I usually eat breakfast at work around 10am (I have a snack on the way to work if I'm super hungry), lunch around 1pm, and dinner anywhere from 6 to 9pm. A big-ish, late lunch usually tides me over until I get home, but I have some snacks at work if I need them (trail mix, noodle bowls, other packaged food stuff). I also snack right when I get home from work. Lately my after-work-before-dinner snack has been a big salad and this works really well. It takes a while to eat so I feel a little more satisfied than if I ate a couple bites of something, but I'm not too full for dinner later in the evening.


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ashley wrote:
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I find the WholeSoy unsweetened way too sugary for my taste.

The only true plain, beany yogurt I've tried and like is Wilwood. Great in indian food, great mixed with some berries. Add a squirt of maple syrup if you think it's too sour.

I get about one quart-ish size tub a week and between my bf and I, were able to have yogurt about three times a week (six servings I guess?). Probably our most packaged/expensive habit, but I'm still working on learning how to make decent yogurt at home. But at $4/week or so, this is way cheaper than us going out and buying chips every day from the vending machine.

Do you mean the plain WholeSoy? The unsweetened has no sugar in it at all. The plain is VERY sweet, though.


Hmmm, this might be the problem. I don't know that I've seen the unsweetened, only the plain. Will have to give it a try if I find it...but still love Wildwood :)

Fred Meyer has started carrying the unsweetened WholeSoy in the larger tubs, they were phasing out the plain recently. I'm not sure if I've seen it elsewhere. I prefer the Wildwood yogurts as well.

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sometimes olives, sometimes tortilla chips with some salsa, sometimes cashews, sometimes a couple of chocolate chips (and sometimes two of those mixed together. cashews and salsa chips is really surprisingly tasty, as is chocolate chips and cashews.)

if you can't have too many fats, dried fruits are probably a good option. plums? (extra fiber and poo insurance)

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I bought a bunch of Luna Bars on sale and I'm going to try to use them to get me from work to yoga. I also like the idea some people have of splitting lunch up into two meals, I might try that.

Sadly vegan yogurt is hella-expensive and the only one I ever truly loved has disappeared on me.

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