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YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/28/13 2:39 P

Yes, especially for snacks and things like condiments and I drink Diet Coke once a day. For breakfast I have Fage greek yogurt, with an apple cut up and store-bought granola. My snacks are usually a fiber granola bar, and carrots w/ store-bought hummus. Eventually I'd like to make my own granola and hummus, hummus is so easy to make, but I have a ton of store-bought that I went crazy buying when it went on a good sale a few months ago to use up before I go that route. The granola I buy has the same ingredients listed on the box as if I made it at home so I don't see much point in making it myself. I don't eat a lot of bread (like it can take me a month or more to get through 1 loaf) but when I do, it's store-bought for that and english muffins. I plan on making my own english muffins soon, once I get through my giant stockpile in the freezer from the last time they went on sale. I also recently made my own pita bread and it was super easy and much tastier than store bought.

I try to make all my dinners from scratch and lunches are leftovers from dinner. I do use store-bought pasta, although homemade pasta is on my horizon, but home made and store-bought pastas are very different in terms of texture and how you'd use them, so I'd probably still keep using store-bought most of the time. Also condiments are store-bought, although I try to make my own salad dressing... I don't eat a ton of salads in general though. But I use stuff like ketchup, bbq sauce (although this summer I'm going to start playing with making my own) occasionally miracle whip and a whole myriad of asian products like sriracha, sambal oelek, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce... not sure if those count as processed though. Oh, I guess olive oil is technically processed, and I use that. Basically my spice cabinet and my condiment shelf in the pantry is very very full :)

I've also experimented with making my own cheeses (ricotta and mozzarella so far). The ricotta is great, I'm still getting the hang of mozzarella. But due to time (and money) constraints, I still buy it from the store most of the time. I also try to grind my own meat but again, time and money gets in the way.

And yes, I have the occasional frozen meal, and I like Alexia frozen sweet potato fries and tots. Oh, and I like graham crackers and froot loops for sweet treats :)

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/28/2013 (14:41)
SONICB Posts: 4,378
2/28/13 2:01 P

I eat them in moderation, mostly out of convenience because of time constraints. Mostly I try to avoid trans fats and foods with too many ingredients.

CBR0422UNCW SparkPoints: (3,410)
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2/28/13 12:58 P

As little as possible. My gf bread, almond milk, ground coffee, creamer, greek yogurt, refined sugar, deli meat, mayo, gf frozen pizza every couple of weeks, butter, almond butter, organic grape jelly,.. seems like a lot but really it isn't as most of these are pretty rare. I guess it depends on how literally you take the word 'processed.'

Edited by: CBR0422UNCW at: 2/28/2013 (13:00)
2/28/13 12:47 P

very, very little. I have become a scratch cook over the past year, so I make nearly everything we eat.

CHLOEAGH SparkPoints: (29,002)
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2/28/13 12:30 P

Yes. However, I try to be smart about what I buy (expect for when I end up with a bag of gummy bears...). One day I would like to go completely off processed foods.

QUEEN3510VA Posts: 537
2/28/13 11:49 A

Yes but limited amounts. Mostly Amy's products

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/28/13 10:43 A

Some, but fresh as much as possible.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/28/13 9:02 A

Nope. Everything I make is from fresh whole foods.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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2/28/13 8:57 A

Yes, I do. For the most part I eat whole, fresh foods but I still have;

Homemade baked goods with whole wheat flour, even 1/2 white flour occassionally and baking powder, brown sugar.
Jam but rarely. PC Blue menu has a chunky fruit kind that 25 cals and 5g of sugar per tbsp. I'm using it on my ricotta (another processed food), whole grain english muffin (another processed food) and fresh berries the next two days after my cardio.
Cottage cheese.
Cooking spray.
Margarine (rarely)
Salad dressing (occassionally)
BBQ sauce (rarely)
Peanut butter (natural and often!)
Mustard (rarely)
Honey (maybe half a tbsp 1x a week)
Pudding/dessert mixes
Shredded coconut (rarely)
Cool whip
Yogurt (often! Like vanilla Greek yogurt)
Bread (whole grain, often)
Tuna (canned)
Old fashioned/rolled oats
Olive oil
Cereal (rarely)
Frozen vegetables
Kashi bars (rarely)
Whole grain pasta (rarely)
Dried fruit (mostly raisins and rarely)
Sweet potato wheat thins
Unsweetened applesauce (rarely)
Egg whites (often)
Cream cheese

I make/cook all my meals but I do use some processed ingredients.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/28/2013 (10:58)
SPOORK Posts: 1,193
2/28/13 8:44 A


KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,467)
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2/28/13 8:35 A

I've eliminated most processed foods from my diet. I feel good :)

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/28/13 8:05 A

We're cutting them out of our menu more and more.
They are just not worth it - for the way they make us feel

SWEETNHOT Posts: 526
2/28/13 7:18 A

As little as possible.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/28/13 7:06 A

Edited to correct myself- these are the processed foods that I eat-
-brown rice pasta, rarely
-sriracha rooster sauce
-greek yogurt (I have plans to make my own this week)
-almond milk or coconut milk
-canned or dried beans or mung bean threads
-some cheeses, and rarely cow's milk.

Everything else is whole grown.

Edited by: SWEDIEPIE at: 2/28/2013 (09:50)
TWININGS12 SparkPoints: (17,330)
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2/28/13 7:03 A

I feel so much better not eating processed foods. Every now and then I had some but for the most part, I stay as far away as possible. I feel so much better physically and mentally emoticon

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