Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Things you eat that you could never, in all good conscience, recommend to ANYONE




Su-Bee
01-12-2007, 04:00 PM
I can't be the only one who has concoctions you make up that are "diet-friendly" but would just be, well, FOUL to the average person.

Here are two that I am on a kick with recently:

#1 - 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 4 packets artificial sweetener, 2 Tbsp. psyllium. Pour 1 cup boiling water over all and mix it up. This makes a very glutinous, pasty concoction with an interesting chewy texture. I can't say it's GOOD, but it's low in calories, high in fibre, fills you up, takes a long time to eat, and tastes pretty non-offensive.

#2 - 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup psyllium, 5 egg whites, 1/4 cup pumpkin, cinnamon & artificial sweetener. Process in blender & bake in muffin cups 15 min. at 350 degrees. The texture and, well, the flavour, are NOTHING LIKE A MUFFIN, but low-calorie, high fibre, high-protein, you get to eat all four muffins, and they taste ok when you add some sugar-free jam.

C'mon people, confess! What are your bizarre diet concoctions?


Glory87
01-12-2007, 04:17 PM
I try to only eat stuff I really really like and look forward to, that keeps me motivated! Can't say that everyone would like everything I eat, but I definitely wouldn't settle for anything that "isn't offensive" heh :)

Let me think of relatively weird stuff...

* I love roasted cherry tomatoes with a little sea salt over wilted spinach (made with garlic and lemon). When I eat this with wild rice, I mix it all together on the plate.

* My newest thing is 1 cup roasted butternut squash with 1 tbs of maple pumpkin butter.

* Big pan of roasted vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, garlic, sweet potato, onion, green beans, zucchini), mixed with 1/2 cup of cooked whole wheat couscous, topped with a little spicy stir fry sauce.

* Nuke a chopped apple in the microwave, add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and nuke 1 more minute, add chopped walnuts

nelie
01-12-2007, 04:58 PM
My cottage cheese and pumpkin is a little strange but I have recommended it. I also drink green smoothies which are kind of strange.

I've eaten things in the past that I thought were very weird but I enjoyed.


BlueToBlue
01-12-2007, 05:00 PM
I'm like Glory--for the most part, I only eat things that I like. There are so many foods that I like/love/crave that I hate to waste calories on food that I'm not that into.

I do eat these Blueberry Fiber Cake things from Trader Joe's that are pretty bland though. They definitely don't taste like cake, but the ingredient list is really short and they don't have any preservatives or chemicals (even in the fridge, they'll grow mold in less than a week). They make an easy and filling pre-workout snack and I think they are much better for me than the chemical-filled energy bars I was eating. But they are definitely on the bland side and I wouldn't be eating them if I weren't trying to improve my diet. One of these days I'm going to buy some protein powder and try some the protein brownie/muffin recipes on this website to see if I can come up with a snack that tastes better.

Mel
01-12-2007, 05:20 PM
OK, I eat both of your concoctions but add protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and a 1/2 cup applesauce to the second, and they do taste like muffins--at least as well as I can remember what a muffin tastes like.

The one that I eat which most people find offensive is tuna and cottage cheese mixed with salsa on brown rice. I used to eat in in a ww tortilla, but I can't eat wheat anymore.

Mel

lilybelle
01-12-2007, 07:15 PM
I made some of the Atkins Revolution rolls. When I took them out of the oven, they went flat. I put butter and SF syrup on them and had them like pancakes. My family thought that was totally gross, but tasted OK to me. Lol.

I also eat my eggs and breakfast meat without bread, even with the egg yolks runny. This took some getting used to but I like it this way now.

My family also thinks it's gross that I use SF syrup to sweeten my Oats, but it tastes good to me.

Suzanne 3FC
01-12-2007, 10:39 PM
Add me to the list of dieters that only eat what we like :lol: Though I'm not sure I'd serve everything I eat to my non-dieting friends.

Last week I made a salad of shredded butterhead lettuce, shredded baby spinach, diced onions and roasted red peppers, and a big scoop of black rice. I made a dressing of roasted red pepper vinaigrette with a little bit of mayo, and tossed it all together. It tasted so goooood!! But it honestly looked like something out of the garbage :eek:

chick_in_the_hat
01-12-2007, 11:05 PM
Coworkers are grossed out by my usual breakfast of 1/2 c nf yogurt & 1/2 c lf cottage cheese and sugar free fruit jam.....it ain't pretty but it sure tastes good!! :T

athenac
01-13-2007, 01:33 AM
The one that I eat which most people find offensive is tuna and cottage cheese mixed with salsa on brown rice.

That actually sounds pretty good! I eat something similar, but it's tuna, cottage cheese, and Italian dressing.

LLV
01-13-2007, 12:42 PM
I like cottage cheese mixed with mashed potatoes.

Most of the stuff I eat my family thinks is gross. I eat a lot of squash and eggplant and they look at it and snarl and say, "That's disgusting, how do you eat that crap?"

Everything I eat is "weird" to them.

I like making chicken-egg salad pitas. I cook some Egg Beaters and mix it up with canned chicken and a few other ingredients (usually onion, celery and lite miracle whip) and stuff it into a whole grain pita.

alinnell
01-13-2007, 12:53 PM
I love roasted cherry tomatoes with a little sea salt over wilted spinach (made with garlic and lemon). When I eat this with wild rice, I mix it all together on the plate.

Glory, this sounds a lot like a recipe I love....first you cook whole wheat orzo and drain it. Then add a little olive oil to the pan and some garlic. Add the orzo, a carton of small tomatoes (cherry or those ever littler ones) that are sliced in half and several cups of baby spinach. Cover and let it wilt for about 5 minutes. Then serve a slice of roasted fish on top. It's not only tasty, but pretty on the plate.

I made a dressing of roasted red pepper vinaigrette with a little bit of mayo

Okay, you're going to have to give us the recipe for that~it sure sounds delish!!

I can't think of anything I eat right now that is a weird concoction, but pre-diet/lifestyle change, I did make a sandwich that most people thought was gross (but I adore~i grew up on it). Liver sausage (braunschweiger) and pickle relish sandwiches. Too bad the liver sausage is so high in calories! I also love the stuff on saltines.

kaplods
01-13-2007, 01:53 PM
I can't handle milk, or anything sweet or too carb-loaded first thing in the morning, so my breakfasts sometimes are a little weird. I will eat soup or a frozen dinner.

I do love oatmeal though, and I love putting nonfat no sugar added vanilla icecream on it or other hot breakfast cereals with a little nuts or dried fruit as a "cobbleresque" meal or snack. I just found unsweetened instant oatmeal in the healthfood store, but even with the sweet instant oatmeals, it's a lot lower in calorie than the "real" dessert.

Ruthxxx
01-13-2007, 04:14 PM
I love diet gingerale and skim milk. People think it's gross but they think a Coke Float is OK. Just be sure to add the gingerale to the milk, not the other way around, or it curdles.

jillybean720
01-13-2007, 05:51 PM
Chalk me up as another who only eats things I like--I cook dinner for Jeff and me every night, and I'm sure not about to cook 2 different meals, so I have to feed him whatever I make for myself :p Sometimes I try things that are really healthy, but they come out really gross, so I don't make them again. I once tried cottage cheese mixed with my vanilla protein powder, and it was pretty nasty, so never again. Actually, I don't eat any cottage cheese anymore because of the sodium--I have searched Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and my regular grocery stores, but I can't find any lower-sodium cottage cheese :(

Some non-dieters don't understand how I can eat something like just chicken without potatoes or bread or something with it (same with having just turkey sausage for breakfast with no fruit or pancakes or whatever). It's like in their minds, it's not really a meal unless you have your meat and 2-3 side dishes with it :dizzy:

srmb60
01-13-2007, 05:58 PM
I had to explain my protein pancake to a coworker AGAIN today.

ennay
01-13-2007, 06:34 PM
I eat only things I like too, but I'm sure I eat some weird stuff, I just cant think of any that most of you gals would find too weird.

I use eggplant strips for noodles in lasagna...protein pancakes,

Now before....for some reason when I was in highschool and college I was a pickle FREAK. There is something about sharp cheddar and pickles that I just love. I would eat a whole jar of pickles (preferably the garlic ones) with slices of cheddar cheese.

That gave me HORRID breath. I think thats why I quit. dh told me that it came back out of my pores for 36 hours afterwards.

LLV
01-13-2007, 06:56 PM
Why would anyone eat something they don't like?

Su-Bee
01-14-2007, 10:15 PM
It's not eating something you DISLIKE, it's eating something that you don't LIKE (i.e. you're ambivalent towards) - which is a whole different story.

And for me, the reason to do so is very simple - volume. I enjoy eating - the process of eating. The more minutes per day I can spend eating, the less deprived I feel, and the easier a "diet" is for me.

If I ate only things that I really like, I would use up my daily caloric allotment in no time flat. So, I would either feel deprived for a large portion of each day, or I would go over my caloric allotment and be overweight. And it's not that everything I like is junk food - but even with a lot of the healthy foods I like, for example beans, it takes a very short time to consume quite a lot of calories. By eating things that are just "okay" but are less calorie-dense and take a l-o-n-g time to eat, I am much more able to keep my calorie intake where it needs to be.

Glory87
01-15-2007, 01:20 AM
It's not eating something you DISLIKE, it's eating something that you don't LIKE (i.e. you're ambivalent towards) - which is a whole different story.

And for me, the reason to do so is very simple - volume. I enjoy eating - the process of eating. The more minutes per day I can spend eating, the less deprived I feel, and the easier a "diet" is for me.

If I ate only things that I really like, I would use up my daily caloric allotment in no time flat. So, I would either feel deprived for a large portion of each day, or I would go over my caloric allotment and be overweight. And it's not that everything I like is junk food - but even with a lot of the healthy foods I like, for example beans, it takes a very short time to consume quite a lot of calories. By eating things that are just "okay" but are less calorie-dense and take a l-o-n-g time to eat, I am much more able to keep my calorie intake where it needs to be.


I know exactly what you mean about loving to eat, I love to eat and hate to be hungry. Constantly feeling deprived really sabotaged earlier diet attempts in my life. I eat about every 2 hours now :) I do like everything I eat and look forward to it. It would be difficult for me to have to eat foods I don't like, I probably just wouldn't eat them and would get hungry and would make a bad food decision.

My tastebuds have changed, I like freshblackberries and fat free Greek yogurt just as much as I ever liked a big blueberry muffin. I like a baked apple with blueberries almost as much as a brownie ;) I just watch portion sizes (I measure almost everything) and I stay under my calories for the day, even eating things I really really like every 2 hours!

LLV
01-15-2007, 04:46 PM
It's not eating something you DISLIKE, it's eating something that you don't LIKE (i.e. you're ambivalent towards) - which is a whole different story.

I would do neither. If I don't like something, I'm not going to force myself to eat it.

Thankfully I'm a 'health food' fanatic, so I don't have any problems. But I see what you're saying, some people have a hard time eating everything that's good for them.

srmb60
01-15-2007, 04:49 PM
I can eat almost anything but ... I just had a choco-mint Pria bar ...YUCK! I'm not having another one and I'm not recommending them.

phantastica
01-15-2007, 05:32 PM
I agree, it's not about eating things you don't like. It's about eating things that meet taste and health needs but seem gross to others.

Mine would probably be serving spaghetti over thinly sliced green/red/yellow peppers (with pasta served as a 'garnish'), or having oatmeal plain with peanut butter stirred in (so it melts). I eat my yogurt plain and people tend to think that's unappetizing.

LondonJulz
01-19-2007, 03:43 PM
or having oatmeal plain with peanut butter stirred in (so it melts). Now, THAT sound delicious.... I'm going to have to try that one!

JackieB
01-19-2007, 04:29 PM
I don't know why but I take about 4 tbl spoons of Fat Free low calorie cream cheese and I love it was raw onions!!

paperdollme
01-19-2007, 05:14 PM
Well, let's see!

I wouldn't recommend my low sugar oatmeal to anyone, not because its bad, but because its bland!

I wouldn't recommend the tuna wraps I like...low carb tortilla toasted in the oven, with tuna and lettuce. But hey I like it!

But I would recommend....
Freezing your yogurt. The single serving sizes anyway. Take it out about a half hour before you want to eat to so it thaws a bit. Its delish!

Also, I recommend Extend Protein Bars. They have a no sugar, and a low sugar option. Zero grams of sugar or one gram pretty much can't be beat. 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, and really good flavors (peanut butter chocolate crunch, apple and cinnimon, chocolate, mixed berry) Yum!

snm409
01-19-2007, 05:27 PM
How about tuna (in water) with mustard? Most people would vomit if they tasted it.... I admit it's not the best but better than mayo.

A lot of people don't like spinach but I could eat it every day! And green shakes or Green Goodness juice. Very good for you but not the best tasting!

Stephanie

snm409
01-19-2007, 05:31 PM
Why would anyone eat something they don't like?

Clearly to lose weight! I am on NutriSystem right now and not all of the foods are super pleasing to the palate! I think it's the way they prepare the meals. I am not so sure I am going to reorder next month.

For some people, they don't like certain foods because of the way it looks or feels (texture): oatmeal, spinach, etc.

I say, close your eyes and plug your nose! LOL

muzikjunky
01-19-2007, 09:53 PM
How do you make a protein pancake? Sounds interesting and yummy. Especially with my Chocolate protein powder. :)

jillybean720
01-19-2007, 10:58 PM
Clearly to lose weight!...I say, close your eyes and plug your nose! LOL
The point LLV was trying to make is that there are TONS of healthy foods out there that taste good, so why torture yourself? Losing weight is hard enough without also taking away the good flavors food.

I honestly don't know how any of you do it--maybe I have a super-sensitive gag reflex, but whenever I try to eat something I don't really like, I do literally gag. I remember it happening even when I was little and my mom tried to make me eat her pork chops :barf:

ennay
01-21-2007, 06:24 PM
ok I finally thought of one, I make an eggbeater omelette for breakfast every day, I will put whatever leftover veggies from dinner there are just to boost my veggies. some turn out quite well, others (beans, carrots) are well..weird.

surprising finds..
creamed spinach is awesome in an omelette as is southbeach fennel salad ( fennel, garlic, lemon, evoo, s&p)
roasted veggies work better than stirfry

Siena1383
01-22-2007, 07:40 PM
I love diet gingerale and skim milk. People think it's gross but they think a Coke Float is OK. Just be sure to add the gingerale to the milk, not the other way around, or it curdles.

I grew up on milk and ginger ale! And we do make it the other way around! That is, we put in the milk first, then the ginger ale. I have never seen it curdle. It makes a nice foam along the top. You miss that if you put in the ginger ale first.

For those who haven't tried it, I'm told it tastes like a cream soda. Or think of it as a Boston cooler with milk instead of ice cream.

ennay
01-22-2007, 08:29 PM
ive never had milk curdle, but soy milk is hopeless. I used to do this with diet black cherry soda

Indychick829
01-29-2007, 01:36 PM
Mine would probably be serving spaghetti over thinly sliced green/red/yellow peppers (with pasta served as a 'garnish'), or having oatmeal plain with peanut butter stirred in (so it melts). I eat my yogurt plain and people tend to think that's unappetizing.


First off - that spaghetti sounds GREAT...

and i LOVE LOVE LOVE peanut butter and jelly in my oatmeal...it's like my ultimate comfort food - but my problem is - i can't keep peanut butter in my house - it's one of my red light foods... :-(

cantforgetthis
01-30-2007, 01:13 AM
I couldn't really think of anything that I wouldn't recommend, but some people may think a couple of the things I do is different.

Since I don't drink milk, coffee or eat chocolate, I wanted to come up with a replacement for hot chocolate and chocolate shakes. I take a cup of unsweetened vanilla soymilk, warm that with a stick of cinnamon and add a tablespoon of natural carob power and stevia. Yum! Good for protein, fiber and I love the taste.

Then if I want a shake, I make the same thing but chill it. I put that in a blender with natural whole almond butter, a frozen banana, ice, whey protein isolate and ground flax seed. It's my version of a chocolate peanut butter shake.
Another yum! :D

I also don't eat cheese any more because of the fat, salt and problems with asthma, so I make my own NF, salt-free yogurt cheese (yogurt is the only dairy I eat) I drain a container of the Fage yogurt and add herbs or sundried tomatoes and olives. There's a bit of sodium, but i'm controlling it. It's just like cream cheese and can be used in cooking. I mix that with tuna or shrimp for a sandwich spread or put it on veggies. ;)