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2/22/08 10:00 A

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The brand "Marie's" has a DELICIOUS fat-free dill dip. It tastes like the real thing, and I figured out that even if I ate the WHOLE TUB in one sitting, it would be something like 600 calories, which isn't the end of the world.

Not that I'd ever do that, but I like to figure out stuff like that. It makes me feel better because sometimes I have a hard time stopping at one serving.

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10/13/07 9:17 A

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If you like vinaigrettes, you can make lower-fat versions that taste nearly the same. It's as simple as using less oil. I had an ex who just used straight vinegar instead of dressing which has 0 fat.

Skim-plus milk is as thick as 2% and it has more calcium and protein than regular milk since extra milk proteins are added to it.

Buttermilk (which I think is usually fat-free) is good in things like mashed potatoes or biscuits.

Most other reduced-fat things I think are gross--especially cheese! I also can't stand commercially-produced low-fat salad dressing since they seem to add more sugar to those.

For me, making my own food is easiest since I can control the amount of fat I add without sacrificing flavor or adding weird chemicals.

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5/14/07 4:07 P

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Okay, I had to leave before I was really done posting yesterday, so here's the continued post.

The laughing cow light cheeses: I use 1 triangle to spread on a Thomas whole wheat mini bagel instead of cream cheese. You can also use the cheese on a sandwich, etc. to add a lot of flavor, if you want to skip the mayo (AND the slice of cheese, if you want).

Speaking of Thomas' mini bagels, I like those instead of a big bagel. I think they're about 110 calories, and it doesn't take much adjustment to think of them as a regular-sized bagel.

I eat brown rice instead of white rice. I think it tastes better, too. I usually cook a week's worth in the rice cooker at once and then use it all week. Lately I have been taking 1/2 cup of rice, some steamed veggies, and scrambling it with one egg for breakfast. You can top it with salsa or pico de gallo, and it's really good.

I make my own hummus (you can use any kind of beans you want, fyi), and instead of dipping bread or chips in it, I use raw broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower.

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5/13/07 8:57 P

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It seems like we are all on the same page as far as using regular amounts of regular food. I use real half & half in my coffee, and I just count it along with everything else.

I like those little Laughing Cow light cheese wedges - only 30 calories.

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5/13/07 4:45 P

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I agree with the whole idea of not using a lot of "diet foods. They just gross me out. That said, I use low-fat sour cream, nonfat plain yogurt, 1% cottage cheese and I buy bread that is whole wheat, real whole wheat and not pretend.

For other things I just weigh and measure and make sure I am eating one serving. I use regular cheese, regular eggs. I drink soymilk instead of milk but I use regular half and half in my coffee on the weekends. I think as long as you track the calories and fit it all in then it works. I don't use a lot of butter normally and I still use it in baking but we've switched to Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread for putting on bread or toast, mainly because it doesn't have the cholesterol but also because it is *so* good. I usually only use a teaspoon at a time though.





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5/13/07 12:10 P

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i don't really think of it as a substitution because i actually prefer it, but i'll put nonfat plain yogurt in anything in which sour cream would be appropriate. potatoes, pierogies, black bean soup, on burritos... whatever. i'll buy sour cream for baking and if mr. mighty wants some as a condiment, but i like yogurt. it's tangy and more sour.

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I tend to resist lots of the diet substitutes (egg beaters for one) because I'm cheap and I guess I'd like to know I can learn to eat healthy using the REAL foods and not "diet" versions.

That being said, I do eat a lot of the light versions of things, but usually don't go FF.

- lite sour cream
- 1% cottage cheese
- FF yogurt if I eat it, but I usually don't
- skim milk
- I will eat "Diet bread"


I don't buy things like baked tortilla chips or potato chips - I think they're disgusting (I rarely buy the real stuff anyway). I refuse to eat light or FF cheese unless MAYBE if its going in a recipe where it won't make much difference, but never, ever FF cheese.




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5/13/07 4:37 A

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I can't take a lot of "diet" food. Artificial sweeteners gross me right the hell out, and I can't stand skim milk. Consequently, a lot of this Sparking has been through reduction rather than substitution. However, I've found a few lighter things that meet my apparently lofty requirements:

-Fat-free sour cream
-40-calorie-per-slice bread (yes, that's what it's called)
-Fat-free yogurt (vs. "light")
-1 percent milk
-Fruity Popsicles, rather than ice cream

What are some of the good switches you've made?

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