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3/26/08 12:16 P

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Ooh, clever ideas on whipping the yogurt, DEF gonna have to try that! Who knew that plain yogurt was so tangy, LOL!

Thanks for the ideas, much appreciated. I love the Madame Chevre goat cheeses.... Whole Foods sells a goat cheese that's coated in pepper, it's soooooooo yummy on bran crackers! But for some reason you can't get that variety in the supermarket, or at least, I have yet to.

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3/26/08 11:46 A

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Tosca Reno recommends goat cheese. I have tried the herbed one by Chevere(sp) and really liked it in my omelette with fresh peppers, onions and tomatoes.
I haven't found a clean cream cheese yet but I allow myself about 10% non-clean food a day as I try to "clean-up" my act, lol.
I found a lite swiss cheese by Jarlsberg that is clean too but most cheeses are high in fat and for those of us watching our calories intake we have to be careful.
I'm not real crazy about plain yogurt either but I am learning to add things like Pure Vanilla, that really helps. Next I want to try whipping it with chocolate soy milk or raspberries...I used to love the whipped yogurts so I am going to try to make my own.

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3/26/08 9:55 A

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Question about dairy: I know butter is not clean, but what about cheeses? I like goat cheese and cream cheese, but I have feeling because cheese is more processed it is not considered clean. I couldn't really find any info on the web to back this up... anybody know?

Thanks a million :)

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3/19/08 1:16 P

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As s ide items look for WHOLE GRAINS... brown rice, whole wheat products,e tc. make sure that the #1 ingredient is whole grain or whole wheat and you will be on the right track.

Do not judge a product by its color - a lot of bread companies add food dye to white bread to make it look like wheat.

Read the ingredients and you will be all set!

Things I like to serve as side dishes:

*Couscous (whole grain)
*Brown rice
*whole wheat pasta
*Whole grain tortillas (wraps)

You can add veggies to the rice (shopped finely) or you can cook it or the noodles in broth (vegetable, chicken, or beef) to make it extra special! Plus when you add veggies into things - you add extra nutrienets and bolster your veggie count for the day!

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3/16/08 8:22 P

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Check around the stores some. You can serve a mini whole wheat bagel, several companies now make them. There is nonfat cream cheese and I even found a nonfat strawberry cream cheese which tastes like dessert when I eat it. Any whole wheat pasta can be served with a meal. Just make your own pesto sauce (use LIGHT olive oil) You can also make your own cheesy bread with your choice of whole wheat bread grilled with SPRAY canola oil then melt a bit of cheese on top.
Make your own tortilla chips with the whole wheat tortillas fried in extra light olive oil. Put on paper towels to absorb extra oil and lightly salt with your flavor of salts. Serve with homemade pico di gayo and nonfat sourcream.

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3/11/08 8:41 P

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Thanks so much for the refresher, I needed it. I think what I struggle with a lot is what type of side dish to fix with my meal. I have no problem with the meat or the vegetable, but what to fix with it?? I just need to start preparing better, what I'll fix, preparing my shopping list, etc. OHHH, the improvements I need to make..I'll get there.



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So I have read through some of the posts and figured that I would start off by creating a short basic list of clean foods.

Veggies
Nearly all veggies are clean. Eat veggies all you like! The exceptions are those which are starcy and are calorically similar to grains (potatoes, corn, lima beans, etc.) eat these in moderation.

Fruits
All fruits are clean, however dried fruits have high concentrations of sugar in them and are not free foods.

Fats
Olive oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil, etc. are all healthy oils and you need some each day to make sure that your body is absorbing nutrients and is working properly. Pass on the vegetable oil and oils that you are not sure what they are. Butter is not clean. No way. No how.

Meats
LEAN meats, poultry, and fish are all lean. Processed meats (fish sticks, etc.) are not the best choices. Go for whole products when at all possible.

Extra lean beef (96/4, 97/3, etc.) is good for you and better than regular ground turkey. Ground turkey breast is best overall - but some people prefer red meat. Chicken is good as well. White fish is less calories than say Salmon, but fish is good all around.

Dairy
You want to stick with egg whites instead of the yolks for most of your preparations.

Grains
Whole wheat is best if you opt for grains - brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc. are much better choices than the refined bleached counterparts.


These are just some basic guidelines! Please feel free to add your own!

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