South Beach Diet - How do you feel about the Kraft South Beach Diet items?




MellieInWI
01-23-2008, 02:35 PM
Sorry for all the threads today. Tonight is grocery shopping and I want to make some really awesome meals this week.

Anyway, how do you ladies feel about the South Beach Diet meals (frozen pizzas, cereals, snack bars, prepackaged lunches, etc.) made by Kraft? I have two kids under two in addition to a part-time job outside the home and often times I find myself skipping meals because I don't have time to make something. I was thinking perhaps some of the prepackaged foods like the wraps, etc. might be a good grab and go item for me.

Thoughts?


Schmoodle
01-23-2008, 02:38 PM
In a word, ick for the frozen items. Although I have only tried a couple and don't usually like frozen dinners anyway. I prefer to cook extra and freeze it myself.

Now the bars I tried were yummy. Too yummy. I don't buy them because my brain sees them like cookies and candy and I eat them all.

dixied
01-23-2008, 02:43 PM
In a word, ick for the frozen items. Although I have only tried a couple and don't usually like frozen dinners anyway. I prefer to cook extra and freeze it myself.

Now the bars I tried were yummy. Too yummy. I don't buy them because my brain sees them like cookies and candy and I eat them all.

As always, Schmoodle is correct. Also interesting to note that the bars, at least some of them, list High Fructose Corn Syrup on the ingredient labels. WTH? The pizzas are okay tasting (if I'm really craving a pizza and going to give in and order a pizza at least it's SB). The frozen dinners were gross.


Suzanne 3FC
01-23-2008, 02:50 PM
The ingredient panels are mind boggling. I don't understand how a diet that promotes whole, natural foods can endorse such highly processed food products.

SAnativegirl
01-23-2008, 02:53 PM
The frozen dinner I had was ick. theres another one in the frezzer but neither one of us had gone near it. I would try the bars just to have on hand.

zookeepera949906
01-23-2008, 03:06 PM
I haven't tried any of the pre-packaged stuff yet, but I want to know why the CoolWhip Fat Free (that contains high fructose corn syrup) is the one with the SB recommended sticker and not the CoolWhip Sugar Free. Anyone know?

Barb0522
01-23-2008, 03:15 PM
I stay away from them because of what is in them and when I have tried to eat them I end up hungry. They don't have anywhere near enough vegetables in them.

I have a 10 year old and an incredibly busy life myself. What has been working for me is to plan crockpot meals several times a week. They normally make so much that I freeze the leftovers and usually get at least 2 dinners and several lunches out of them. Tonight is paella which is a wonderful phase 2 meal. Leaving off the rice would make it work for phase 1. I find that it is easier for me to spare a few minutes to throw stuff in the crockpot in the morning on my busiest days and then not have to worry when i get home and am tired.

I make the Wendy's chili in the crockpot (see the soup forum) and we both love that. Soup is also good in the crockpot. Check out the South Beach Quick and Easy cookbook too. There are lots of fast stuff in there.

crk05
01-23-2008, 03:19 PM
I have tried a few of their products and haven't been impressed with the ingredient lists or the quality. The only Kraft SBD product I buy on a regular basis is the snack packets of whole wheat crackers.

Honestly, for quick, eat on-the-go food I prefer to plan ahead and have a cooking day once a week (or even once every two weeks) to make ahead a bunch of things that I can basically treat as prepackaged meals - warm up and eat - when I'm in a rush.

sluggo44
01-23-2008, 03:22 PM
Way too high sodium. Wraps are good but you could make them with LaTortilla torillas, chicken and low fat cheese. The bars are yummy but the sugar is high and you could go ahead and eat a candy bar.

GirlyGirlSebas
01-23-2008, 03:35 PM
In a word, ick for the frozen items. Although I have only tried a couple and don't usually like frozen dinners anyway. I prefer to cook extra and freeze it myself.

Now the bars I tried were yummy. Too yummy. I don't buy them because my brain sees them like cookies and candy and I eat them all.

Ditto! The frozen meals are lacking in taste and the cereal bars are too tasty.

MellieInWI
01-23-2008, 04:08 PM
I have a 10 year old and an incredibly busy life myself. What has been working for me is to plan crockpot meals several times a week.

I LOVE using my crock pot. Before SBD, almost all of our meals were made in the crock, which is probably why i'm having a hard time planning things without using it. Do you have any other crock recipes you can recommend?

Schmoodle
01-23-2008, 04:10 PM
when I want a pizza, I toast a WW pita and pile up the green and red peppers artichoke hearts, turkey pepperoni, black olives, NSA sauce and mozzarella and pop it under the broiler. Very quick and it is soooooooo good!

By the way, dixie, I will tell DH that you said I am always right. I keep telling him this, but it's good to collect supporting evidence.

Hi Rhonda!

I am interested in the crockpot recipes too. I don't use mine much because I'm not very good at it. Seems like things always end up overcooked and tough for me. I could use some pointers, wish I could use it more.
I do use my pressure cooker a lot, which really speeds up cooking time for stews, beans, etc.

GONNABE165
01-23-2008, 04:37 PM
the only ones we ever buy are the breakfast wraps for dh when he has to travel to georgia and has to leave xtra early in the mornings - he likes them

Barb0522
01-23-2008, 05:02 PM
Mellie - Are you in phase 1 or 2? I cook from some of the recipes on the forum and then I have three crockpot cookbooks I use where I modify the recipes. What types of food do you (and your family) like? I know I have some spicy ones with chicken and turkey sausage that are good. I like ones that can be served with rice or pasta. Then my son gets more rice/pasta than I do.

SkinnyDogMom
01-23-2008, 05:12 PM
My daughter likes one of the wraps...I think it is asian chicken??? She said the others don't taste as good. She is a 23 year old who hardly ever cooks. She lost weight doing a modified SBD. She never did phase 1. Of course she didn't have too much to lose in the first place and she began exercising regularly to help with weight loss. She also likes the snack or cereal/breakfast bars. They have less calories than the meal replacement bars. I sometimes use the meal replacement bars for breakfast.
I really like the SB cereal with yogurt bites. Of course these are for phase 2.

SAnativegirl
01-23-2008, 05:17 PM
What about SBD pizzas? That hungry girl site gave em a thumbs up, anyone try em, we are craving pizza?

Barb0522
01-23-2008, 05:26 PM
If I remember from when they came out, they couldn't be microwaved which made them useless for me for work. At home, I will make pizza on a whole wheat pita or tortilla. Or use a portabella mushroom. I just use Ragu pizza sauce and 2% mozzarella and then add whatever toppings we each want.

MellieInWI
01-23-2008, 05:29 PM
Mellie - Are you in phase 1 or 2? I cook from some of the recipes on the forum and then I have three crockpot cookbooks I use where I modify the recipes. What types of food do you (and your family) like? I know I have some spicy ones with chicken and turkey sausage that are good. I like ones that can be served with rice or pasta. Then my son gets more rice/pasta than I do.

I'm in phase two now. We aren't a very picky family but the one thing I can't deal with is fish. Chicken, turkey sausage are both very good here. So, I'm open to anything.

any chance we can create a sticky with crock pot recipes in it? I think a lot of people would take advantage of those.

dixied
01-23-2008, 05:59 PM
What about SBD pizzas? That hungry girl site gave em a thumbs up, anyone try em, we are craving pizza?

I like them, and I always microwave them. I'm not really good about reading the directions, so maybe you're not supposed to, but they were fine to me. At that point though, I wanted pizza so bad I would have been happy with the box is came in topped with sauce and cheese.

I make the deep dish pizza quiche for the recipe forum. I modify it to use in muffin tins instead of a pizza pan, so all I have to do is pop out a "muffin" and throw it in a ziploc bag. If I can keep them away from DH long enough to get any for myself, that is. I left the muffin pan on the counter this morning to cool down while I went to the gym, when I got back 1/2 of them had been eaten. I'd planned to freeze some, but I guess I'll have to make more.

I love my crockpot, but I'm due for a replacement it's wearing out. I got a pressure cooker for Christmas but all I've ever cooked in it is beans. Some day I'm going to find more recipes for it.

missinmysoldier78
01-23-2008, 07:57 PM
those bars cab be addicting! i like to have a frozen meal in the freezer just for the nights you need a quick meal or dont feel like cooking

THINBYJUNE
01-23-2008, 08:04 PM
I haven't tried any of the pre-packaged stuff yet, but I want to know why the CoolWhip Fat Free (that contains high fructose corn syrup) is the one with the SB recommended sticker and not the CoolWhip Sugar Free. Anyone know?

I was wondering the same thing. I stood in the aisle at the grocery store forever :dizzy: trying to figure it out.

I find the bars cause me cravings and like Schmoodle I will eat them all.

TechieGrrl09
01-23-2008, 09:44 PM
I have to agree about the frozen meals being bad. There is too few vegetables, and I cannot even begin to describe the texture of most of the frozen meals. All that I tried were the Phase 1 so I cannot comment on any of the meals for the other phases. I noticed yesterday that most of the SBD products had their labels changed to "South Beach Living". Hmmm. The pizzas are good. And we have a weakness for pizza rolls, and this frozen pizza is just fine with me. But we do not buy it often. I haven't tried any of the bars or snack crackers. I have tried the SBD Ranch dressing and HATED IT. It tasted like chemicals. YUCK!

SillyFluff
01-23-2008, 09:53 PM
I've been using the Cool Whip sugar free. That doesnt make sense to me either. I just noticed it was the lite or whatever that was SB recommended when I was grocery shopping on Sunday. I just natureally assumed it would be the sugar free

murphmitch
01-23-2008, 10:15 PM
I think the South Beach pizza is tasty & eat it on some Saturdays when the rest of my clan is having pizza, but I also agree that the frozen meals were awful. I have taken them to work a few times (I'm a nurse) when I don't have something that's quick to heat and eat prepared. I used to eat the SB bars on Weight Watchers & loved them, but I too wonder about the ingredients, so I haven't touched them since starting Phase II. It's too bad that they are made with all that unhealthy stuff, but I guess that goes along with most commercially prepared convenience items. I am using the SB ranch dressing and I think it's OK, but I think oil & balsamic vinegar are the tastiest. I use Oscar Meyer turkey breast lunch meat that has the SB seal and find it quick and easy to throw on salads at work.

crk05
01-24-2008, 12:27 AM
What about SBD pizzas? That hungry girl site gave em a thumbs up, anyone try em, we are craving pizza?

Not too bad! But I'm with dixiedieter. Pizza was one of my favorite pre-SBD foods, so I'd take a pizza box topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Mmm mmm good!

zoerba
01-24-2008, 02:28 AM
I wondered about the cool whip...I ignored the 'seal' and just got the sugar free one.

If you're on phase II couldn't you eat the toppings off of a pizza? Say, canadian bacon, cheese, mushroom, olive, peppers, and onion? It seems like that would be okay to me. ??

tomandkara
01-24-2008, 04:17 AM
I I noticed yesterday that most of the SBD products had their labels changed to "South Beach Living". Hmmm.

I think they're going for the this-is-a-lifetime-change-not-a-quick-fix-diet mindset.

REGARDING PIZZA...

I heartily agree with Schmoo (who IS always right, by the way :)) about making your own on whole wheat tortillas! We buy the thicker tortillas, toast them for about five minutes each side, and then top with pizza sauce (I use Hunt's, there's no sugar added), veggies (literally piled on - artichoke hearts, tomatoes, mushrooms galore, fresh spinach), and sprinkled with mozzarella. It's so much better than a delivery pizza. I literally can't bring myself to eat "regular" pizza any more because I like this version SO much better. It's one thing I definitely DON'T feel deprived of.

I can't stand the bars. I bought them once out of curiosity and I could really taste the artificial sweetener, plus they seem to have a lot of ingredients we're not supposed to have, as others have mentioned.

I think I just restated what others have contributed, but I had to chime in about Schmoodle being right. Shall we send your husband a telegram?

Kara

Schmoodle
01-24-2008, 06:59 AM
telegrams, cards, letters and e-mails are all appreciated. :D

Barb0522
01-24-2008, 10:46 AM
mellie - I'll try to get a chance to post some of my crockpot recipes. The paella that I made last night was a hit with Brian. The rice and carrots makes it phase 2. It has chicken, ham and shrimp in it but you could leave the shrimp out if you don't like that. I don't know that we would want a separate forum for crockpot recipes since they could be phase 1 entrees, phase 2 entrees, side dishes, soups but we could start putting crockpot in the recipe title. I also have a recipe for stewed turkey with noodles that I make in the crockpot that is good and phase 2.

piratexsmile
01-24-2008, 11:48 AM
I really enjoyed the chicken and green beans when I was on P1. It was quick, and since I am busy I don't have a ton of time to prepare stuff even if I refreeze it.

I also agree with Schmoodle about the bars and cookies. I can't even look at them in the grocery store without wanting to eat the entire box! :p