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6/6/11 8:04 P

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I also Taco Salad, the taco sauce is low in calories so I feel I can put a little more on. But I have to watch the cheese & meat then Chips on the side, so I don't eat to many.

Sometimes I make a lettuce sandwich, I toast rye bread then ( I use Shedd"s Spread in stead of butter) with 3-4 leaves Lettuce. Sometimes I will put a slice of tomato or two. I had this way back in grade school then not until last month.

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6/6/11 2:39 A

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My favorite low cal homemade dressing is really easy - balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard (hot or mild). I usually start with balsamic and add the mustard until I get the flavor I want. It's easy and quick.

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6/6/11 2:04 A

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It was a light ranch, a store brand, 35 cal per Tbsp, But it was a big salad, the whole bag of lettus. and like GKENNY I like it on all the salad.

I like all the right foods, the problem is I like all the bad ones too.

the only vegetables today were cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions and pea pods. I also use Cabbage, spinach, purslane, avocado, squash, tomatillo, flowers, jicama, daikon, and sweet potatos
I also like to add broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots steamed until limp. I do not use corn and peas in salad, to many calories

I eat lots of vegetables steamed, stir fried, or boiled in broth

Someone said you could use half pineapple juice and half chicken broth for a dressing, I will try that amd report back


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6/6/11 12:48 A

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Hi Guys!
Sometimes for our salads here my hubby and I will use different dressings~~ even though we are doing this journey together ...we don't always like the same things. Hubby does not like my Kraft FF dressings so he makes up his own using medium salsa and FF Miracle Whip mixed together! Once he tried this he uses nothing else! And he makes it up to add up to 100 calories. You will need to experiment a bit for yourself to get the taste you want...but hubby uses appox a 50/50 mixture. You need to stir it all well a few minutes to get the mayo to blend in with the salsa.
Sometimes...I will use just FF Miracle whip ( only 15 calories per Tbsp so you can use a fair amount before getting over caloried! lol ) and I mix in some concentrated lemon juice. The lemon juice gives it a tangy tart taste but not the burn of using vinegar. Again..a bit of a stir is needed to get it to mix well.

Our salads are different here too~lol~ I don't like onions of any kind and I don't like fresh tomatoes but hubby does. He does not like cucumber or celery but I do!

So hubby makes his salad using ice berg lettuce, spring onion, tomatoes.
Mine..I use a bit more variety, ice berg and or/romaine lettuce and or spinach ,matchstix carrots, small chopped celery, small chopped cucumber.
We both sometimes...sprinkle some imitation bacon bits and Cracker Barrel grated cheddar rape ( this is the cheapest in calories at 35 per 2 Tbsp and it is orange in colour so gives the salad a nicer colour appeal )
Hubby sometimes uses some croutons but the wee pkg ones are 90 calories per bag ( the small bags that come with the salads made up at the salad bars at the grocery stores ) and he will crush the croutons smaller than they come in the bag so the sprinkle over the salad better.
However, both of us..esp me! would rather leave off the croutons and use instead 20 grams of Doritos Hot Chili tortilla chips crushed up and sprinkled over the top. 20 grams of these is 100 calories! And they give your salad a bit of zing!

Hope some of these suggestions can help you enjoy your salads better. I love them! Often will cook 100 grams worth of chicken breast. Make up my salad with the veggies I mentioned...and use the Kraft FF caesar drsg. Cube the cooked chicken over the salad

100 grams of chicken = 100 calories
20 grams of Doridos = 100 calories
Kraft FF drsg = 100 calories
odds/ends like bacon bits & grated cheese = 100 calories
Total Salad = 400 calories! ( I always make sure I have loads of the lettuces/spinach which are all free calories...to bulk this up good! )

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6/5/11 11:17 P

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I'm eating more salads also, Yes the dressing is a problem for me to. I try to stick to the lower calories, but I not overly fond of vinegar. I would like to find low calorie dressings with less vinegar, and dressings you can put enough on to get some on all my salad.

I some times put enough ingredients so I can eat it with out dressing.
If I put pineapple on my salad I put some of the juice on and no dressing.
I also like to put Blueberries on too.
What are some ingredients you put in your salads?

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6/5/11 11:00 P

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Hi HillWizard~

You say here that you used a "light" dressing but did not say what type or how much you used??

I don't have any homemade drsg recipes to give you but when checking out calories on all the drsgs available in the stores~~ I found that there is a BIG jump up in calories from FF to "light" and again to the regular ones another big jump.

I usually use 2 store bought drsgs:
For anything using chicken I use Kraft Fat Free Caesar which has 20 calories per Tbsp. At the most I would only use 5 Tbsps of it so that would amount to only 100 calories.

The other one I use with anything in the red meat line is Kraft Fat Free Rancher's Choice. That has 25 calories per Tbsp. I checked out the Light Ranchers choice and it jumps to 40 calories per tbsp.

Even though 4 Tbsp of FF is only 60 calories less than the "light" ~I am like you and like to save every calorie I can to use elsewhere~~lol~~ I can have a small banana for those 60 calories or 2 slices of my diet bread...etc...you get the picture!

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6/5/11 8:27 P

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I have a question, in general for me losing weight has been a life style change. I took the first 75 pounds off but for the last year have been stuck in neutral :(

A lady in my TOPS group suggested I look into Sparks people and the food tracker is already making a great difference.
one of the things I eat on a day like today is a BIG chef salad, lots of greens, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions, some FF shredded cheese and FF turkey. I top it off with a light dressing and that is the problem the tracker tells me the dressing is 360 calories !!! I have room today but I would rather spend those calories on something much better

does anyone have a good LOW-calorie homemade dressing? I like ranch and blue cheese but am interested in anything


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