Recipes and snack ideas for school and clinicals - page 2

Hey everybody! I'm starting LVN school on Friday and I thought it would be a good idea if we got a thread (is that what this thing is called?) going for snack and food ideas. I know it would help me... Read More

  1. Visit  klkoniec profile page
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    So one idea I picked up from a nutritionist is to have one of those glucerna snack bars, if you need a boost. Even though they are marketed for people who are diabetic, anyone can actually eat them. They won't cause your blood sugar to spike because it has a low glycemic index.
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  2. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    I'll tell ya, every semester I am determined to bring my own meals and eat healthy, yadda yadda. And I always kind of fall down on the job part way through. But I really DO feel better during the times I am eating more healthy meals.
  3. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Fresh, frozen fruit sounds delicious right about now! I'm in Cali and it's already 100 degrees!
  4. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Quote from SilverOwl

    This thread is a great idea btw but I'm afraid I may not benefit from it much as I don't eat many of these things...
    ...
    I have never heard of Paleo before, enlighten me please!
  5. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Quote from Tinker88
    Easy Peesy Meals- serves 4

    *Pork Chops- place 4 chops in crockpot, in separate bowl mix 1 can cream-chicken soup and 1 can cream mushroom soup, pour over chops and set on low for 6 to 8 hours.

    (Serve with homemade mashed potatoes and pour the left over soup on top of potatoes as gravy.) ****SUPER TENDER and GREAT for LEFT-OVERS

    *Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti- serves about 4

    -Noodles: Boil bag of spaghetti noodles…follow bag’s instructions

    As the noodles boil, prepare cheese sauce….

    -Cheese Sauce: In a small sauce pan add 1 tbs of butter and let melt, add 1 package of cream cheese (cubed), add cup of shredded parmesan cheese, add “about” 1/2 cup of milk, stir all ingredients over low, add a pinch of garlic powder and parsley leaves

    as the cheese sauce is warming, stir fry meat and veggies….

    -Chicken and 2 red bell peppers: stir fry small chicken pieces over medium with cut red bell pepper with 1 tbs butter.

    -Mix noodles, cheese sauce, chicken/bell peppers together and serve *If cheese is too thick just add more milk and let it heat up

    (Sometimes I add mushrooms and squash)

    * Meatloaf- use Kroger’s meatloaf mix and recipe on the back(It tastes the best!!!)Serve with green beans and mashed potatoes.

    *Chicken Pie- serves about 5
    option 1:
    Use a rotisserie chicken and shred 3 cups of meat and place to the side.
    Boil 1 can (or 2 if you want it extra juicy) of chicken broth and 1 can of cream of chicken soup over stove.
    In another bowl...mix 1 cup SELF rising flour, 1/2 melted butter, sprinkle pepper, 1 cup buttermilk (1tbs vinegar + 1 cup whole milk (stir and sit for 5 minutes)= buttermilk) and set aside
    In a 2 qt casserole dish add chicken, half a bag of frozen peas, half a bag of fresh cut or frozen carrots. Pour boiling broth/soup over chicken. Pour flour mixture over the top and do NOT STIR it. Try to pour it so the entire top is covered.
    Place in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes at 425 F.
    option 2:
    Use a crock pot to cook boneless chicken breast...enough for 3 cups.

    I serve with fresh salad and fresh fruit (like watermelon) YUMMY!
    I'm definietely going to have to try these! I've never thought of throwing porkchops in the crock pot before!
  6. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Quote from stewartfamily2010
    I like to make a pot of brown rice and sometimes a pot of beans on the weekend. Then I'll eat rice and beans with added stuff for lunch, like green olives, veggies, left over chicken. Whatever's handy. I also make a bean salad concoction with kidney beans, olive oil and vinegar and whatever seasonings. Onion and garlic. I like that plain, with added tuna or over salad. I also to cut up veggies for the week and make my version of hummus (I'm allergic to sesame so I don't make it authentic). I take a can of garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained, add garlic, salt, pepper, a chipotle pepper and olive oil. It's DELISH!
    I'm never been a big eater of beans but I'm going to have to try some of your suggestions.
  7. Visit  Julesmama28 profile page
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    I've gained probably 10 lbs this semester from eating too much, sitting in lecture all day then going home to my kids! I agree that getting a lunch box and packing food definitely helps with healthier choices, it's cheaper too!

    One thing I do before each semester begins is make a bunch of freezer meals, healthy and I don't have to think about dinner on a busy day!
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  8. Visit  MorganB profile page
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    I made an investment in oneof the six mini meal lunchboxes. I packed frozen water plus an extra bottle. for breakfast it was usually scrabled egg, steak fajita meat pre cooked from the freezer section, and or spinach and feta cheese omlets super easy. For snack granola and yogurt. For lunch it was usually left overs. I hate crockpots... so on weekends I would grill a ton of meat and veggies, and or I would cook a bulk of meats using a pressure cooker with the browning feature, super fast and easy.

    Typically lunch consited of a lean meat and or two veggies.

    My wednesday staple was spaghetti squash with meat sauce and green beans. The great thing is I'm a mom of 3 so what I prepared worked well for everyone.

    On clinical days I prepared taco meat, rice ( white) with a bullion cube added, and green beans for the baby sitter to warm up for the kids. Super easy.

    On the days where I wanted to splurge I would back two lean cuisines.

    I didn't gain any weight I actually lost because I ate what I prepared. Many clinical days I was eating my dinner while in traffic lol. I slipped it right into a microwave after post conference.
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  9. Visit  eyesopen_mouthshut profile page
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    1. 1 cup Special K chocolate delight mixed with 1 cup Special K protein plus and 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (I like bananas!)... put into zip-lock bags, portion how you like; you get fiber and protein, so you'll be nice and full during those long clinical days!

    2. Dried apple slices and peanut or almond butter; again, goooood protein!

    3. Instead of buying diet sodas from the vending machines, get a pitcher of water, and cut up one cucumber and 1/2 lemon, and a few sprigs of mint... let infuse over-night, and pour from pitcher into empty water bottles. You can keep the cucumber and lemon in the water if you want (I usually throw them out after the all-night infusion); you can also try mixing it up with kiwi, strawberries, etc. Great cleanser, and no unnecessary sodium (so no water weight!)

    4. Can never go wrong with pb&j... add in a whole banana for some vit K

    If you want more, let me know, I'll post them all
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  10. Visit  eyesopen_mouthshut profile page
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    Quote from klkoniec
    So one idea I picked up from a nutritionist is to have one of those glucerna snack bars, if you need a boost. Even though they are marketed for people who are diabetic, anyone can actually eat them. They won't cause your blood sugar to spike because it has a low glycemic index.
    My fiance is a pharmacist, he said this is an AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME idea!!!
  11. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Quote from kskaggs126
    1. 1 cup special k chocolate delight mixed with 1 cup special k protein plus and 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (i like bananas!)... Put into zip-lock bags, portion how you like; you get fiber and protein, so you'll be nice and full during those long clinical days!

    2. Dried apple slices and peanut or almond butter; again, goooood protein!

    3. Instead of buying diet sodas from the vending machines, get a pitcher of water, and cut up one cucumber and 1/2 lemon, and a few sprigs of mint... Let infuse over-night, and pour from pitcher into empty water bottles. You can keep the cucumber and lemon in the water if you want (i usually throw them out after the all-night infusion); you can also try mixing it up with kiwi, strawberries, etc. Great cleanser, and no unnecessary sodium (so no water weight!)

    4. Can never go wrong with pb&j... Add in a whole banana for some vit k

    if you want more, let me know, i'll post them all
    more! More! Moooooorrrrrreeeeeee!!!!
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  12. Visit  1feistymama profile page
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    Rather than offer recipes, which can be collected from MANY sources (I personally like Pinterest and allrecipes.com), I'll share a strategy that seems to be working well for us...

    In preparation for NS (learning to live on a tighter budget), I recently started monthly menu planning. I had the whole family sit down and brainstorm things we like to eat. Once we exhausted our brains, we hit the cookbooks looking for interesting things to try. I created a master list of these recipes to pull from (and organized the list by main ingredient so we can ensure we get more variety). Then I sat down and made a 1-month calendar and proceded to fill in the calendar with these meals. By doing so, I ensure we only eat each meal twice in a month so we don't get tired of them. We cook 3 days and then have leftovers on day 4 to ensure we aren't tossing out so much. Once I create the menu, I make a list of all ingredients needed and then scour the cupboards, scratching off the items we already have. Then I shop. This sounds like a lot of work, but we're halfway through the 2nd month and LOVING the new program. The first month took forever but the 2nd month took me about 20 minutes to make the menu, another 30 to make the shopping list and about 90 minutes in the grocery store. When I got home, I made the hubby and teenager put everything away (I was exhausted).

    I pre-shredded 2 blocks of cheese (1 cheddar, 1 mozarella), a couple of bell peppers and an onion. The trick is to lay the small pieces on a cookie sheet and freeze for about an hour, then you transfer them to your final freezer container. When we assemble our meals, I can easily add shredded cheese, onions, or bell peppers (each was frozen individually). I also pre-cooked 2 pkgs of bacon (in the oven so no splatter) and froze those as well. Bread freezes well and can go straight from the freezer to the toaster. Since I have a food processor, this prep work went quickly but even without a processor, this would be WELL worth the time saved all month long. I love being able to grab these items on a whim.

    For breakfast, I can quickly fry a few eggs, toast english muffins, nuke a few slices of bacon and the kids are ecstatic with bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. I will occasionally eat this but often prefer 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with a handful of frozen fruit. Both options are insanely easy and quick since most of the prep work is already done.

    When planning the menu, I try to incorporate ingredients into multiple meals. For example, if we grill carne asada and serve with beans and rice one night, we'll use those same items to make burritos on the second night. Or, we may have meatball subs one night and then use the leftovers to make spaghetti and meatballs the second night.

    Once readers compile recipes they want to try, consider spending 1/2 of 1 day a month to organize and shop. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised as I did to 1) look forward to meals, 2) save an incredible amount of time all month long, 3)save money and 4) save your waistline.

    My one and only regret is that I didn't stumble upon this idea earlier. I got most of my ideas off of Pinterest under Monthly Cooking, Freezer Cooking, Pressure Cooker Cooking, Crockpot Cooking, Lunch Ideas, etc. After compiling ideas from various topics onto my own Pinterest page (username also 1efistymama if you care to peruse), I was able come up with a plan that worked for our family.
  13. Visit  SilverOwl profile page
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    Quote from hunnybunches
    I have never heard of Paleo before, enlighten me please!
    Sorry hunnybunches I forget that not everyone is familiar with it

    Paleo consists entirely of Veggies, Meats, Nuts, and Fruit. It is more of a lifestyle than a diet. There is a major emphasis on eating real foods, not food products. I buy very few pre-packaged things and often shop 2-3x/week to keep a steady supply of fresh foods in the house. The philosophy is based on ancestral and evolutionary health and diet, and is very low-inflammatory - no grains, no sugar, no processed foods, NO GLUTEN. And while not all 'Paleos' are as concerned with it as I am, it is absolutely essential to me that all my meat is Certified Humane raised and slaughtered and has been grass-fed, or fed a species-appropriate diet.

    When it comes to following Paleo the hardest part, BY FAR, is cheap "reward food" - eg. a complimentary lunch by an employer, a "thank you" pizza or ice-cream party. It is difficult at best to explain to someone that no, thanks, I don't want your free pizza -- the gesture is nice, but eating that will literally cause a nuclear intestinal event and will make me feel like total garbage for a couple of days... so, peer pressure and the highly social nature of "food" makes these sort of events stressful at times, but this is absolutely THE way to eat and live for me.

    Here are some resources
    The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet | Nerd Fitness
    What Is The Paleo Diet?
    Paleo Diet for Beginners | Paleo for Life
    The Whole30 Program | Whole9 | Let us change your life.

    If you want to know more feel free to ask or PM me but I'll stop now so I don't turn Preachy lol!! Thanks for the interest!!
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