Thursday, March 11, 2010

Grape Freezes Over

When I asked you guys for snack ideas a couple of weeks ago, Kim suggested I try frozen grapes.  I promptly began considering Kim as half-crazy and wondered if she was one of those people who calculate the calories in mouthwash.

Frozen grapes?  Ick.  I remember my dad eating those in the 80s as a weight-loss aid.  My dad is insane about his diet.  He'll eat whatever he wants for three weeks, realize he's gained five lbs and eat nothing but spinach for ten days.  He's been gaining and losing the same ten lbs since I've known him.  Very healthy role model.

Anyway, today I finally tried them.

You know what?  I can see the attraction.  They're kind of like little Popsicle balls.  I'd imagine they'd be especially delicious on a hot summer day, although at this point I forget what those are like.  Next time, I think I'll try them with red grapes just to see the difference, but these were pretty great.  Not cupcake great, but really, what is?

So sorry, Kim, that I thought you were crazy.  Your snack idea gets two thumbs up.  If anyone else has other ideas, I'd love to hear them!

16 comments:

  1. Freeze the grapes on a toothpick. Dip them in sugar free Kool Aid or juice so that it forms a coating. Freeze again so that the juice or Kool Aid becomes the "candy" shell. If this seems a tad too difficult, place the grapes (still on a toothpick) in an ice cube tray and add the juice or Kool Aid and freeze together. Eat as popcicles as needed to to stave off binging attacks.

    Stormhawk

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  2. Poor man's coffee cake. Soak bread in coffee, just enough to absorb, not enough to have it coming apart. Put the bread into egg and skim milk mixture you would use for French Toast. Prepare like French toast. Cut into triangular quarters and keep for a small snack unit.

    Stormhawk

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  3. Forgot to mention, use a tiny bit of maple syrup as a dip or your favorite jam on this.

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  4. my favorite snack is Laughing cow cheese (garlic and herb)wedge with 17 special K crackers. 125 calorie snack

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  5. Tiffany, I love Laughing Cow cheese, but I've never tried the garlic and herb variety! I'm going to have to give that a go. Thanks!

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  6. I don't know why but frozen fruit makes me sooooo uncomfortable.
    It's just .. uncanny.

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  7. I can't even make fun of you, Ker, as I threw my gum wrapper into the garbage, saw it hit a rotting apple and gagged for five minutes.

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  8. you know, there are doctors for that..

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  9. I have recently rediscovered freeze dried fruits from the company "Just Tomatoes" You can order their stuff on amazon. The strawberries are awesome and the best thing is they don't add sugar.

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  10. We TOLD you so...

    I'm intrigued by the popsicle idea.

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  11. My latest low calorie snack addiction is fresh pickles. Sounds kinda lame, but so so tasty and refreshing. I slice English cucumbers fairly thin, put a small amnt of sea salt on them, and dress them with white balsamic vinegar, toss a few times...wait a few minutes for the vinegar to soak in & eat. It satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy for very few calories. You can also play around with other pickleable veggies, fancy vinegars, herbs and spices. I make them to go with sandwiches too, to fill the void where potato chips used to be.
    (Also just wanna say, Taryn I LOVE your blog! You crack me up!)

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  12. Yelah- that sounds very interesting. I think I'm going to check out the dried fruits at Trader Joe's since so many people seem to swear by dried fruit.

    Kate, yeah, I know, but I go by the assumption that most strangers on the internet are either nuts or one person suffering from multiple personality disorder. But yes, you were right.

    Stacia, yum, I love pickles! I have never tried to make my own, but I should try that. It sounds delicious. Thanks for the compliment! I'm really glad you like it.

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  13. My latest low calorie snack addiction is fresh pickles. Sounds kinda lame, but so so tasty and refreshing. I slice English cucumbers fairly thin, put a small amnt of sea salt on them, and dress them with white balsamic vinegar, toss a few times...wait a few minutes for the vinegar to soak in & eat. It satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy for very few calories. You can also play around with other pickleable veggies, fancy vinegars, herbs and spices. I make them to go with sandwiches too, to fill the void where potato chips used to be.
    (Also just wanna say, Taryn I LOVE your blog! You crack me up!)

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  14. Freeze the grapes on a toothpick. Dip them in sugar free Kool Aid or juice so that it forms a coating. Freeze again so that the juice or Kool Aid becomes the "candy" shell. If this seems a tad too difficult, place the grapes (still on a toothpick) in an ice cube tray and add the juice or Kool Aid and freeze together. Eat as popcicles as needed to to stave off binging attacks.

    Stormhawk

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