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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Favorite Thing: Hulled Sunflower Seeds

A big part of my weight problem pre-Belly Fat Cure was snacking. I would eat very healthy dinners, skip breakfast and have whatever for lunch. But snacks were my real weakness. That is why I love these little things - Hulled Sunflower Seeds!

Jorge Cruise recommends lots of nuts on his plan, but I have a peanut allergy that hasn't been specifically diagnosed. Some other nuts trigger it too, so I have to be careful. Funny thing is that I asked to be tested by my Dr and she recommended that I just try all the nuts and note my reaction. I breakout in a rash on my chest and get cystic acne on my face. Soooooo I don't really want to do much testing! Its really ugly! The good thing about the allergy? It keeps me away from my favorite candy; Butterfinger, Snickers and Peanut M&Ms.

Sunflower seeds have a really great S/C Value of 0/1 with 0 grams Sugar/5 grams Carbs and 1 gram of Fiber for a 1/4 Cup. They are inexpensive too. I get the hulled bag of Roasted & Unsalted at Trader Joes for $1.29. Most stores carry them, even big chain grocery stores and gas stations. Which make them perfect to grab on the road. At first I preferred the Salted variety, of course who wouldn't! But I weened myself off those and get the Unsalted now.

My 8 yr old son and Husband really like them too, so that is always a plus. I packed them in my carry on for vacation and had them on the plane and took them to the beach everyday. They were perfect for between meals! I will totally be taking these on my roadtrip to "meet Jorge" too. While I do sometimes measure out a whole 1/4 Cup, more often then not, my Husband and I stand in the kitchen and pour little bits into our hands and snack. Sometimes we sprinkle them on top of a salad, but mostly we eat them by the handful.

What is your favorite low sugar snack?


  1. I have been looking for these, but can only find them in the hulls. Trader Joe's is too far away. I will keep looking. Really dresses up a salad.

    My favorite snack right now is almonds and walnuts.

  2. great idea...didn't think of those.

  3. It's really funny. I just found your blog today. I started BFC two weeks ago. I dabbled in it in January, and now I'm ready. I'm 41 and do gluten-free. I've also found I'm sensitive to dairy, but I'm making the program work regardless.

    Anyway, I just turned to sunflower seeds for the first time a few minutes ago. Was eating them while I came upon this post! The universe is in alignment : )

    Thanks for your inspiration. I look forward to delving further back to read about your journey.


  4. Hmmmm.....my sunflower seeds have 1g sugar. Looks like I need to shop for new sunflower seeds!

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