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Honestly I hate eating and it's a hassle.<br>
But I am a vegan teenager and I have been growing lately and I am hungry ALL THE TIME! I usually have a very, very small appitite but it has just suddenly went up so much.<br>
I don't want to eat junk food, I've been trying to eat healthy snacks instead of chips or candy.<br><br>
For example, today I woke up and ate a flaxseed and soymilk fruit smoothie. Then I ate a bowl of rice krispies with chocolate soy milk. I usually have just the bowl of cereal, so that was more than usual for breakfast.<br>
For lunch I was out shopping and it is very hard to eat out vegan, so I just had some cucumber that I packed before I left. I was still pretty hungry but I didn't want to eat out, so I just waited untill I got home and I made homemade french fries for supper. I know that's not healthy but I don't have it often so I thought it was okay.<br>
Also for supper I made a bean dip with lots of spices that I ate with the fries. I had two big glasses of chocolate soy milk. This was a pretty big supper for me and I was STUFFED but now I am hungry, <i>again!</i><br><br>
Basically I need ideas of healthy, filling snacks that are easy to make when I just want to grab something quickly.<br><br>
*I have almond butter that I don't really know what to do with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> *
 

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This may sound too simple to work, but it does for me. I always have different kinds of nuts in the house, usually organic almonds and walnuts at the very least. I throw a handful or so in a bowl cut up an apple toss it in the bowl with them and fill up a HUGE glass of water. I munch on what's in the bowl in between chugs of water. It makes me feel so full that I don't want to think about eating again for awhile.
 

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Nuts are good to graze on, but making sure you get enough to eat is always important. The most important thing is learning when you are really, truly hungry, and when you are just feeling like a nibble.<br><br>
Nuts, snack bars, also bake your own cakes if you can? Baking is such a rewarding thing to get into, and I haven't baked a cake in a week or so and am starting to get the shakes just posting here!
 

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In my teenage years I started doing the exact same thing and it continues into my early twenties. Very high carb based foods will help fill you up. Similar to nuts try granola, oatmeal, peanut butter, pastas. And drink as much water or soy milk (or whatever milk substitute you use) with meals as you can.
 

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Make sure you're drinking enough (good) fluids (water, juice, etc). Dehydration can come on like hunger pangs, and often when I think I'm hungry a pint of water will solve it.<br><br>
It'll also do wonders for your skin if you drink a few pints of water a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Eat lots of food with fibre in it, that'll fill you up. Veggies and fruit for example. Beans and legumes are also filling, as is rice! Try to eat whole grain stuff whenever possible.<br><br>
And I have to say, I'm also constantly snacking, but I'm still losing a little weight. It doesn't bother me, and my body is very happy with munching on things every two hours or so instead of having three big meals.
 

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almond butter has protein and can be used in place of peanut butter. Spread it on bread, toast and bagels for breakfast, snacks and lunches, along with fresh fruits and veggies.
 

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To me, it doesn't sound like you're eating a lot. You basicly had a decent breakfast, skipped lunch (a whole cucumber has like 9 calories), and although your dinner probally had about the right amount of calories for dinner - french fries are calorie dense so it probally didn't fill you up like a meal with the same calories but lots of vegetables would have done.<br><br>
So I'd say make sure you eat lunch firstly! It doesn't sound to me like you have an unusual appitite for a teenager. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> For snacks I sometimes just eat a bowl of cereal (especially museli, because it's very filling and has lots of fruit and nut and no added sugar!), fruit which is full of fiber so should keep you full up - particularly bananas which as far as fruit goes has a lot of energy in it, nuts are great - you can get flavoured ones if you're not that into just nuts, cereal bars (although I find all the vegan ones are expensive), and smoothies make great filling snacks too, oh and sometiems I just make myself toast with nut butter/marmite as a snack because that's filling too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I must say I came to this thread becasue I really do eat all the time. I can out-eat anyone, when I was a kid and I ate at friends houses my mum would make me a second dinner when I got home because I couldn't understand how they ate so little and go really hungry! but I am slim so I put it down to a combination of being active, eating calorie-un-dense food (ie: fruit and vegetables a lot), and good genetics!
 

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To me that doesn't sound a lot either- It's probably not enough fruits and veggies, and you did skip lunch so that's maybe why you weren't full at night. Having a big salad, with loads of different leafy greens, some sliced tomato, grated carrot or whatever raw veg you want to add, a big bunch of roasted seeds or nuts, a quick home made dressing (I use olive oil, mustard, balsamic vinegar and vegetable stock in my dressings) and eating that alongside the fries might have helped, as well as drinking more water.
 

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Where are are your actual meals??? No wonder you are hungry! A cucumber for lunch and fries for dinner??? Those aren't meals. Fries are more of a side dish that go along with a nice bean burger or sandwich of some sort and a cucumber is maybe half a snack? I think if you ate actual meals w/ snacks in between you'd feel more satisified. You mentioned that you hate eating<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">?
 

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^Yea, if you hate eating, learning to cook can get you really into it. The smell of everything cooking improves your appetite psychologically, and having prepared it all means you feel more inclined to eat it all.<br><br>
Maybe not an option for some teens though?
 

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Others gave great suggestions for quick snacks, but I'm worried that you're not eating enough filling foods. The bean dip with fries was a good start...but that's how your meals should be made.<br><br>
Breakfast: oatmeal + dried fruit + handful of nuts all cooked together and served with 2 pieces of fruit. This would be far more filling than a bowl of cereal and a smoothie.<br>
Lunch: you brought food...but it was only a cucumber? I know it can be a little hard to eat out sometimes as a vegan, but that's no excuse to skimp on a meal when you're bringing it.<br>
Dinner: Instead of fries, use a baked potato and lots of fresh vegetables.
 

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This may sound too simple to work, but it does for me. I always have different kinds of nuts in the house, usually organic almonds and walnuts at the very least. I throw a handful or so in a bowl cut up an apple toss it in the bowl with them and fill up a HUGE glass of water. I munch on what's in the bowl in between chugs of water. It makes me feel so full that I don't want to think about eating again for awhile.</div>
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Thanks!<br>
I happen to have some almonds around, and some peanuts and sunflower seeds. (And apples <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )<br>
I try to drink lots of water in a day, but sometimes it just doesn't happen, mostly when I go out anywhere.<br>
I guess I need to try harder hehe<br>
Thanks for the tip <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vegan_foodie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2823457"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Others gave great suggestions for quick snacks, but I'm worried that you're not eating enough filling foods. The bean dip with fries was a good start...but that's how your meals should be made.<br><br>
Breakfast: oatmeal + dried fruit + handful of nuts all cooked together and served with 2 pieces of fruit. This would be far more filling than a bowl of cereal and a smoothie.<br>
Lunch: you brought food...but it was only a cucumber? I know it can be a little hard to eat out sometimes as a vegan, but that's no excuse to skimp on a meal when you're bringing it.<br>
Dinner: Instead of fries, use a baked potato and lots of fresh vegetables.</div>
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Thanks for the ideas...<br>
the oatmeal sounds good!<br>
And I know my lunch wasn't really a lunch at all but I was rushed. Or thats my exuse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br>
I was <i>going</i> to have a baked potato, but I haven't been eating lays chips, so I figured whatever and made fries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
I'm full of exuses, aren't I ?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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^Yea, if you hate eating, learning to cook can get you really into it. The smell of everything cooking improves your appetite psychologically, and having prepared it all means you feel more inclined to eat it all.<br><br>
Maybe not an option for some teens though?</div>
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<br><i>Luckily</i> I have the option to make meals for myself. Well, rather my only option is to make meals for myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> My family eats meat, so I make most of my food myself. That might be some of the reason I tend to eat so poorly, but mostly it's just that I'm too lazy to make anything. I just need some motivation, I suppose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br>
Thanks for the reply
 

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Where are are your actual meals??? No wonder you are hungry! A cucumber for lunch and fries for dinner??? Those aren't meals. Fries are more of a side dish that go along with a nice bean burger or sandwich of some sort and a cucumber is maybe half a snack? I think if you ate actual meals w/ snacks in between you'd feel more satisified. You mentioned that you hate eating<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">?</div>
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Thing is, If I eat full meals I am really overfull, so I try to snack a lot, I've just been having problems with finding <i>what</i> to snack on.<br>
And about the hating eating....<br>
Hate is a strong word, but it's not something I usually <i>enjoy</i>. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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To me that doesn't sound a lot either- It's probably not enough fruits and veggies, and you did skip lunch so that's maybe why you weren't full at night. Having a big salad, with loads of different leafy greens, some sliced tomato, grated carrot or whatever raw veg you want to add, a big bunch of roasted seeds or nuts, a quick home made dressing (I use olive oil, mustard, balsamic vinegar and vegetable stock in my dressings) and eating that alongside the fries might have helped, as well as drinking more water.</div>
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I plan to have a spinach salad with .. almonds and cucumber , tomorrow.<br>
That will be a goal! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br>
I like fruits and veggies, and I try to eat them when I am hungry but I went to a grocery store the other day and all the fresh fruits and vegtables looked so.. blah. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"><br>
It's winter and nothing is in season, so there isn't much to choose from either.<br>
I try, though, with apples, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, and carrots!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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To me, it doesn't sound like you're eating a lot. You basicly had a decent breakfast, skipped lunch (a whole cucumber has like 9 calories), and although your dinner probally had about the right amount of calories for dinner - french fries are calorie dense so it probally didn't fill you up like a meal with the same calories but lots of vegetables would have done.<br><br>
So I'd say make sure you eat lunch firstly! It doesn't sound to me like you have an unusual appitite for a teenager. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> For snacks I sometimes just eat a bowl of cereal (especially museli, because it's very filling and has lots of fruit and nut and no added sugar!), fruit which is full of fiber so should keep you full up - particularly bananas which as far as fruit goes has a lot of energy in it, nuts are great - you can get flavoured ones if you're not that into just nuts, cereal bars (although I find all the vegan ones are expensive), and smoothies make great filling snacks too, oh and sometiems I just make myself toast with nut butter/marmite as a snack because that's filling too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I must say I came to this thread becasue I really do eat all the time. I can out-eat anyone, when I was a kid and I ate at friends houses my mum would make me a second dinner when I got home because I couldn't understand how they ate so little and go really hungry! but I am slim so I put it down to a combination of being active, eating calorie-un-dense food (ie: fruit and vegetables a lot), and good genetics!</div>
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I feel like I am on the right track:<br>
today I made some vegan bread! (Well..my Mother made it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> )<br>
And I now have some ideas! Tomorrow I can have a banana and some nuts when I want a snack. And also, I used to eat granola bars a lot when I was vegetarian ( now I'm vegan) and I looked up and it seems that a few of the nature valley bars are vegan? I'll look into getting some <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
And I try to exersize, too. Today I went on the treadmill for abot 40 minutes. 300 calories burned! I felt great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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almond butter has protein and can be used in place of peanut butter. Spread it on bread, toast and bagels for breakfast, snacks and lunches, along with fresh fruits and veggies.</div>
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Thanks for the ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
I have some bread that I can toast and put the almond butter on, then.<br>
When I first tried almond butter, I had it on a plain piece of bread and it was GROSS. I think it was only because it made the bread soggy, so I'll give it a go on toast <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Eat lots of food with fibre in it, that'll fill you up. Veggies and fruit for example. Beans and legumes are also filling, as is rice! Try to eat whole grain stuff whenever possible.<br><br>
And I have to say, I'm also constantly snacking, but I'm still losing a little weight. It doesn't bother me, and my body is very happy with munching on things every two hours or so instead of having three big meals.</div>
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If beans and rice and veggies have lots of fibre, then I could have all of them together <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br>
Really I prefer cold foods instead of cooked foods, but That sounds good for a supper.<br><br>
And yes, you understand! My body doesn't like having three meals a day, it likes little itty bitty snacks every second of the day! ha ha<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 
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