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Argh I missed this thread - sorry!
Recipe wise: everything Tish said is spot on. I would don't think you honestly need any sugar in that first layer - seriously between the sugar free jello in the first layer and the whipped topping (use the sugar free cool whip) combined again with jello, you should have enough sweetness there (particularly since we are retraining our taste buds). You could serve it on a nut crust (check out the holiday recipe thread in our recipes).
You can use mayo in your jello salads - just use the lower fat mayo and possibly cut down the servings. I think with the better (healthier option) would be to substitute half the amount with the greek yogurt.
I would recommend using sparkrecipe.com and check the caloric content/stats on these recipes. You may find it best to keep these to a special occasion type.
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Your sweet allowance is 100 calories a day. If you can tweak this recipe and produce a serving that would fit into that limit without using unbeachy ingredients it would be okay. The lemon jello would need to be sugar free. The cream cheese fat free. Artificial sweetener would have to be substituted for the sugar. You can have 2 tbs of light or fat free whipped topping so that could just be added on top. It all must fit into the 100 calories though.
South Beach is not actually low carb though it sometimes works out that way depending on individual preferences. The diet is more concerned with the quality of ingredients.You are allowed 1 tbs of mayo as part of your daily fat allowance. And one serving of cheese in phase two, two servings in phase one. The nuts would be part of your daily allowance of one ounce.
Kierae would be have to tell you about the use of these different products. I don't like sour cream, mayo, or Greek yogurt so I have no idea how to substitute with them. Not too fond of cream cheese either or red hots. LOL.
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My mom had a very unique lemon icebox pie recipe that I've never seen online before. It was a layered dessert. She mixed thick lemon Jello with cream cheese and sugar for the first (tart) layer. Then thick Jello with whipped topping for the second (sweeter) layer. Of course it was on a graham pie crust but that is easily omitted. She would beat chilled evaporated milk with sugar for the whipped topping, but I am wondering what my alternatives are? Is bought Cool Whip low carb? I've never used heavy cream before. Any ideas?
Also, there is a Jello topping that is sour cream and cream cheese, is that low car if made low fat and sugar free? Lastly, I had a wonderful Jello recipe called Red Hot Salad. I have found sugar free red hots I'm going to try and omit the applesauce. The topping however was mayo, pecans and celery, VERY caloric. I am wondering is greek yogurt would really taste the same, or would cream cheese be a better option? We love mayo on Jello in the south :) Thanks for any help