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09-29-2007, 08:51 PM
This is for anyone reading it, not just the Jaded Ladies. :)

There are some foods that really help me stay OP, such as tomatoes, green beans, actually all "free" veggies, multigrain bread, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, turkey chili, cottage cheese, fruits, and oatmeal. These foods either give me something healthy to munch, help fill me up, are used as comfort foods, or all of the above, lol.

What are some of your favorites?

09-29-2007, 09:34 PM
I find that a nice big bowl of oatmeal (slow cooked old fashioned kind) with a little honey and cinnamon in it for breakfast really keeps me on track. then I do not snack all day. No breakfast = snacking all day.

Shy Moment
09-29-2007, 09:46 PM
I have to say the little WW snack cakes really help me stick with the way I want to eat. The chocolate ones are real real chocolaty and only 3 grams of fat. Keep me from wanting to eat more of a snack than I really need.

I am so tickled about such a big weight loss at one time. 4lbs in 2 weeks. That is a lot for me. Usually seeing only 1lb per week. 19 weeks 22lbs :)

I love oatmeal. As soon as the weather turns cold I go from grape nuts to oatmeal.

09-29-2007, 10:01 PM
I find that a nice big bowl of oatmeal (slow cooked old fashioned kind) with a little honey and cinnamon in it for breakfast really keeps me on track. then I do not snack all day. No breakfast = snacking all day.

I totally agree. Oatmeal is filling and keeps you on track. ;)

09-30-2007, 03:09 PM
Roasted veggies.

I tend to fill up on those during meals rather than anything else. My favorite is roasted asparagus or brussel sprouts.

I've also found that dried cranberries (craisens) are a sweet tart treat that I enjoy or almonds.

But I have to totally agree w/Kathy.....

Breakfast is a must, otherwise....the end of the day for me calls for bingeing.

10-01-2007, 04:37 PM
Bananas and water...

Also, cottage cheese, crackers, pancakes, cantaloupe...I have been keeping fruit on hand in case I feel the urge to snack.

WTG Rennie on the loss! :bravo:

10-01-2007, 09:19 PM
I'd be lost without my 100 cal snacks. Most amount to 2 pts on WW. We eat alot of ice cream so for portion control I eat the WW frozen ice creams and desserts. I also like to grill several chicken breast and cut them up for grilled chicken salads. DH and I take those salads at least 2-4 times a week. Just plain ol' packing my lunch helps to keep me on track. I keep my WW pts slider and a tracker in my lunch box. Trying to keep everything lower fat, light, whole wheat etc. We also keep a ton a fruit around. Splenda is in the sugar bowl. Just tonight the menu was whole wheat penne pasta with light ragu sauce mixed with ground turkey, sprinkled with light mozz and fresh mushrooms.

10-01-2007, 10:33 PM
I think mostly fruit and some veggies help me stay OP. I think I could almost be fruitatarian if there is such a thing. I have always loved salads, but I really do enjoy fruit. WW pushes having at least 5 fruits and veggies a day and I find that so easy and they are usually 0 - 1 point per serving which is really great. I do use WW 1 pt desserts, but I don't always have to use it as I find that the fruit often satisfies the sweet tooth.

10-21-2007, 11:59 AM
I'm new at all this but.....
I have always loved veggies. Raw is my favorite but I like steamed, cooked, baked, whatever.
I like fruit but don't have much around. Otherwise I go right through it.

I really like cottage cheese, & pretty much all cheeses but I have heard they are not good for people watching their weight/calorie intake/etc ?!

I don't like breakfast but I tend to need it to keep things straight thru out day, like you guys said.

My hubby says to eat 5 small meals a day instead of 3 regular ones. Gets metabolism up & helps alot.
So far he is right on.

Any advice about eatting & snacks would be great.

I can't do WW, to expensive and to far away (in another town).

10-23-2007, 07:59 PM
Lots of good ideas from you ladies!

Kelton, I eat cottage cheese almost everyday as an afternoon snack, with some fruit on top. Great protein, and it holds me over until dinner. I do WW at home, since when I was first serious about WW, I was the caretaker for my MIL who had Alzheimer's disease, and I couldn't get away when the meetings were held. I bought my slider and info at eBay, and that's what I'm using this time, too. I like that WW is so flexible. But each person has to find their own groove.

10-30-2007, 05:48 PM
The WW chocolate muffins are a godsend when I' really craving a chocolate snack.
Also like Fiber One or South Beach bars if I can't stop for lunch at work.
I also like oatmeal in the AM but I use Quaker Oat Bran hot cereal instead of the whole oat kind. I use Splenda, cinnamon & light vanilla soy milk on it. Yum!

11-15-2007, 11:02 PM
1) sauteed mushrooms and onions
2) all free veggies; green beans; tomatoes; coleslaw
3) whole grain breads
4) large flake oatmeal w/added bran + natural cream of wheat
5) whole wheat crackers and cheese
6) fruits like pears, apples, bananas (all)
7) spit bbq chicken (skin removed)
8) diet soda (tab) and sugar sub
9) low-cal skim milk puddings or lite apple crisp
10) tea

11-27-2007, 05:22 PM
-frozen fruit (with no sugar), can defrost in microwave or let thaw or run under hot water, can mix with a lo cal yogurt or sprinkle some cereal on it
-lime pops from trader joes or whole foods (60 cal each), have sugar but are big
-oatmeal mixed with a hershey kiss if you want a chocolate fix. it melts in :)
-unflavored chocolate almond milk, also from TJ or WF, lo cal and can use it a lot in different recipes and smoothies, filling taste to me at least
-baby carrots
-any and all fruits and veggies basically
-also google chocolate omelette recipe and use egg whites instead, Pam spray, some cocoa, its good times


12-11-2007, 11:33 AM
oatmeal mixed with a hershey kiss if you want a chocolate fix. it melts in :)

I've done this with cocoa powder, for a chocolate pudding effect. The Kiss sounds better, but I can't be trusted with them in the house. :o

12-11-2007, 01:30 PM
I originally posted mostly fruits and veggies, but I have noticed recently since started WFL/IE that when I have my breakfast of oatmeal with fruit and yogurt that I stay OP easier. I learned to eat the oatmeal this way when on WW Flex Plan and it evidently is one I need to keep.

Jane - I'll have to try it with cocoa powder sometime for a change. I also like it with PB and some times add cinnamon with the fruit and yogurt when I can remember it. Cinnamon is good for warding off high blood sugar so I've heard. Not diabetic any more and don't want to be. That oatmeal is supposed to be good for that as well as keeping cholestrol down. Never had a problem with that and don't want it either.

03-16-2008, 07:38 PM
I know I mentioned mutigrain bread before, but Pepperidge Farms 15 Grain bread is so good! One piece folded in 1/2 used for a sandwich stays with me longer than regular whole grain bread. Must take a long time to digest, lol.

Anybody else finding some good foods out there that are helping you stay OP?

03-27-2008, 09:20 PM
I found this article and figured this was a good place to put it. Yogurt is one of the many foods (check labels though) that can help us stay on track and make us feel like we are "indulging" when we aren't. :) There are also some recipes at the bottom, enjoy. ;)

5 Reasons to Love Yogurt! (
By Mueller Glenn
eDiets Senior Writer/Editor

This may not be the most "manly" thing to admit, but I love yogurt. In fact, with the possible exception of beer, I can't think of anything I like more... Well, not in the food and beverage category, anyway. Whether I am looking for a quick, tasty breakfast or just need a healthy snack to tide me over, yogurt is always there to satisfy my needs. There's nothing quite like the smooth and creamy texture of yogurt, and even the sound of the word is pleasing to my ears. I must have tried just about every flavor of yogurt known to man, although my favorite is still strawberry.

It is amazing how much pleasure my taste buds get every time I consume a small carton of yogurt. And, perhaps best of all, eating yogurt is one indulgence that I never have to feel guilty about. After all, there's no denying that yogurt is a great source of nutrition. "Yogurt" is also the name of Mel Brooks' character in the movie Spaceballs... but, I digress.

The point is that yogurt is not only fun to eat; it is also a terrific superfood. If you want to get the scoop, here are 5 great reasons to add yogurt to any healthy meal plan:

1. The Power of Protein: Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, averaging about 6-8 grams per 6-ounce container.

2. Crazy about Calcium: It's also a great source of calcium, providing about 250 milligrams per serving.

3. The Virtues of Vitamins: In addition to protein and calcium, most varieties of plain, low-fat and nonfat yogurt are also packed with other vitamins and minerals -- including magnesium, potassium and vitamins B2, B6 and B12.

4. Get Cultured: Do you remember the old joke about the two cartons of yogurt that walk into a bar? The bartender says, "We don't serve your kind in here." And one of the yogurt cartons replies, "Why not? We're both cultured." (Sorry, I couldn't resist putting that in!) The joke makes an excellent point though. Yogurt is indeed cultured. In fact, it is full of live, active cultures (good bacteria that promotes digestive health and stops harmful bacteria in its tracks). Some studies have also indicated that live and active cultures may even help boost your immune system.

5. The Proof of the Pudding: As the old adage tells us, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." Instead of using pudding as a point of reference, they really should have encouraged people to eat more yogurt. It is much better for you than pudding, anyway! But the most important reason to love yogurt is that it tastes great. When it comes to foods that taste good and are good for you, yogurt is in a class by itself.

However, it is important to remember that not all yogurts are created equal. So the next time you are cruising through the yogurt section of your local grocery store, be prepared to do some label reading. Right next to your healthy-option yogurts, you'll find a host of brands laden with fat, sugar and other less than desirable ingredients.

Your best bet is to look for an organic yogurt like Stonyfield Farm. They use only natural and organic ingredients, with none of the preservatives, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners that some of the other brands put in their products. And their organic ingredients are all produced without the use of antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers. In fact, Stonyfield Farm started as an organic farming school committed to teaching sustainable agricultural practices. So you can rest assured that delicious, Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt is made from milk that comes from all-natural cows. And the taste is so rich and full of flavor, it'll leave you begging for moo!

Stonyfield Farm's line of fat-free, low-fat and whole milk yogurts come in a wide assortment of flavors. They have everything from Black Cherry to Key Lime to Mocha Latte. And the next time you are in the mood for a light and healthy dessert or treat, grab a 6-ounce Stonyfield Farm Fat Free Chocolate Underground for a taste that just can't be beat. Stonyfield Farm also offers a host of other great products, including soy yogurt, Greek yogurt, milk, smoothies and even ice cream and frozen yogurt.

Does all this yogurt talk have you craving some of its creamy goodness? You're in luck! Here are a couple of great recipes from Stonyfield Farm:

White Chocolate Mousse
Rich and creamy, with a delicious taste.

1 4-oz. package of premium baking white chocolate
3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
1/2 cup vanilla Stonyfield Farm Yogurt

In a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate and 1/4 cup whipping cream on high for 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Stir until white chocolate is completely melted. Cool for 20 minutes or until reaching room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Beat remaining whipping cream and yogurt in a chilled bowl with an electric mixer on medium to form soft peaks. Do not over beat. Fold 1/2 of the whipped mixture into the white chocolate. Fold in the rest of the mixture just until blended. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Yields 4-6 servings.

Banana Mango Tango Smoothie

1 cup of Stonyfield Farm Fat Free, Lowfat or Whole Milk Plain Stonyfield Farm Yogurt*
1-1/2 cups of Newman's Own Old Fashioned Virgin Roadside Lemonade
2 ripe bananas
1 ripe mango (peeled & cubed)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
4-6 ice cubes

Combine yogurt, lemonade and fruit in a blender. Blend at high speed until fruit (and ice) is finely chopped. Yields 4-6 servings.

*For a delicious frosty treat, substitute the yogurt with 1 cup of Stonyfield Farm Organic Vanilla Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt and omit the ice.

For more great recipes, check out the Stonyfield Farm's Web site at:

03-28-2008, 12:03 PM
Thanks for sharing, Sassy. Smoothie weather is fast approaching! Somehow they just taste better in the summer.

05-05-2008, 01:38 PM
Mmm, raw sugar snap peas are great in salads, or dipped in a bit of lite dressing. Each cup has 0 WW points, 40 calories, 3 gr. of fiber, 98% of your daily vitamin C, lots of flavor and crunch!

short & sassy
05-05-2008, 09:38 PM
When I really feel the munchies coming know that feeling you get when your hand automatically wants to put something in your's almost like being on auto pilot...anyway, for those days I like to eat lots of baby carrots with ff ranch dressing or popcorn; I've also found that watermelow and canaloupe also work to feel you up without doing much damage to your healthy eating plan!

05-05-2008, 10:38 PM
I have found that about a quarter cup of nuts will go a long way for me. Yogurt works great for me too, as long as it doesn't have the sugared fruit.