Nonfat cottage cheese: Spread some on a cracker or two for quick energy and appetite suppressant.

Fruit”any and all kinds. Apples are instant food. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, etc. take preparation but you can do it ahead of time. Cut up apples with skin on and toss in a little lemon juice. Then add cut up oranges, canned or fresh pineapple, grapes if they are available, a drop of vanilla and a teaspoon of Splenda or non-caloric sweetener. Chill. It’s ready when you are and keeps 2-3 days if you have tossed the apples in lemon juice first.

Flavored water with juice non-caloric: Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst. Try an ice cold drink over ice cubes. Be sure to check calorie count before you purchase and chill in refrigerator.

Tuna with non-fat mayonnaise: I almost always have tuna mix prepared to slather on a few crackers. You can add chopped celery and a little mustard to give it pizzaz. The protein helps keep appetite under control.

Canned pineapple in its own juice: Canned pineapple transports well. Keep it chilled in refrigerator. When you feel like a dessert, open a can and have a cupful. This treat is low in calories and very filling, sweet and has lots of fiber.

Frozen grapes: They can be eaten like ice cream in a bowl or you can just pop one or two at a time when you feel the need for something sweet and cold.

Brownies: Make up a batch ahead of time and freeze them in 2-3 person portions. Use applesauce instead of oil or butter; use Splenda in place of sugar. You can have a treat without breaking your caloric budget and they’re ready when you are.

Soups: I keep creamed soups of all kinds (carrot, spinach, potato, cabbage) frozen in 2-3 person containers in my freezer. I make the soups by cooking the vegetables, pureeing them, adding some broth, a small amount of powdered skim milk”just enough to give a creamy look”and seasonings. If you have room in your motor home freezer, take a few along. A cup of soup with a light sandwich seems like a full meal, especially when the soup is creamed.

Instant cookie: Take a soda cracker or two, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top, and microwave for 10-20 seconds. Spread the softened chocolate over the soda cracker and you have an instant cookie. Calories are low, but sweetness takes the edge off your appetite and solves the problem of sugar craving.

Ratatouille: My French daughter-in-law gave me this dish which you can make ahead of time. It stores well in the freezer or in the refrigerator. I make up a big batch, freeze in smaller portions, and then keep out what I will use. In a big pot, I add 2-3 big cans of chopped tomatoes, 1 big or 2 small eggplants (semi-peeled and chopped), 1-2 big onions (chopped), wine (1.5 cups), 1-2 red peppers (chopped) and 2 tablespoons of herbes de Provence. I cook in a pot for 8-10 hours. If the dish is too acidic, you can add a tablespoon or two of non-caloric sweetener like Splenda. You can bake the dish in the oven or cook on stove top stirring occasionally. Once the dish is baked, it will mush together. You can eat it hot or cold, as a side dish or main course with cheese sprinkled on top. When I’ve starved, I can open the refrigerator and get a big bowl without feeling that I am going to break the caloric bank. And all the vegetables are great for my body.

Yogurt: Keep the 100 calorie (low fat) kind in the refrigerator if you’re a yogurt fan. Be sure to read the label because some brands have extra sugar.

Well, that’s all I can think of on this Sunday in Kauai. Bon appetite!

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