Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - OceanSpray Craisins!




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mateosmama2005
10-15-2009, 07:26 PM
Been trying to find something for my sweet tooth! Today I was introduced to Craisens. They are dried cranberries...100% natural. They are great I just thought i'd share to those who have a constant sweet tooth like me....and I didn't like cranberries before, and these are pretty awesome:carrot:


luckymommy
10-15-2009, 07:38 PM
I love those too, but I can't just eat a little. Also, they make me very hungry, otherwise I might find a way to just eat a little. For me, I like to munch on frozen grapes. They help me a lot. Have you tried that? I just wash them and put them into a cup and one cup is only about 65 calories and it takes a long time to eat. :)

nelie
10-15-2009, 08:04 PM
I don't like that they add sugar to them. Even raisins (no sugar added) are a bit too much natural sugar for me.


kaplods
10-15-2009, 08:05 PM
I love craisins, but I almost never buy them, because they're TOO much like candy to me (especially the "cherry" flavored ones).

I also love frozen grapes. Whenever I buy grapes, I eat about half fresh, and I freeze the other half. Usually I just rinse, pull from the stems and freeze in a ziploc bag (flat, so they don't freeze in one giant clump).

Once in a while though, I'll buy grapes that are really sour (I usually only have this problem with green grapes, reds always are sweet), then I'll use a tip I think I heard in a Weight Watcher's or TOPS meeting. Just toss some dry sugar-free jello mix, any flavor into the ziploc bag with the grapes and shake to coat, before freezing. They taste like popsicle nuggets.

I've also used the sugar-free jello mix coating on unsweetened blueberies and cranberries.

kellost
10-15-2009, 08:16 PM
I put these in salad.....Some greens, a little sliced red onion, swiss or mozzarella cheese, a few almonds or walnuts and craisins. Top with an apple cider vinigarette. YUM!

JulieJ08
10-15-2009, 08:19 PM
I like a T of cranberries in my muesli. I'd really prefer to use unsweetened (although I haven't tried them!), but they can be hard to find. Good on salads too.

AmyAileen
10-15-2009, 09:54 PM
My current breakfast obsession is oatmeal with craisins, some cinnamon and a couple of drops of orange extract. No sweetener needed. Yumm.

mateosmama2005
10-15-2009, 10:12 PM
They are reallly sweet, almost to sweet, but i LOVE sweet...and im glad i found these instead of junk lol....

havent tried the frozen grapes...sounds good I will try it!!

And craisins with oatmeal sound REALLLLY good, I only have instand oatmeal at the moment and have to check the calories..if its low than im going to try it tomorrow morning!

FitGirlyGirl
10-15-2009, 10:36 PM
Many health food stores have unsugared dried cranberries. The are usually a lot more expensive than craisins though. These days I am able to eat just a little of them and so I have switched back to craisins cuz they're cheaper. I frequently put them in things, it makes a small serving of them go further. The orange flavored ones go great in bran muffins, I usually add some orange extract or zest too. I also put them in salads. If you've ever had the broccoli salad from wal-mart - I make something similar with craisins instead of the golden raisins. I sometimes put a few in the batter for my whole grain pancakes. A few tossed in a smoothie is good. Before I was trying to eat healthy I would eat a whole bag of them. I'm quite glad it's fall, I will soon get fresh cranberries.

mateosmama2005
10-15-2009, 10:38 PM
Ya I think I may have went a little overbaord today...but I havent eaten much so thats why...oops:o

ringmaster
10-15-2009, 11:13 PM
I make a similar salad as the poster above... I use dried cranberries, feta cheese and sunflower seeds and whatever other veggies I have.


Does anyone know if the dried cranberries still have all the health benefits?

Tai
10-15-2009, 11:32 PM
I received a free sample of of a 100 calorie pack of craisens at the grocery store a few weeks back. I put them in a chicken salad sandwich I made and they were surprisingly good. They were much sweeter than anything I would normally eat though.

SweetScrumptious
10-16-2009, 02:01 AM
Yah I wish they would make a nonsweetened version. I guess I'll go check out the unsweetened cranberries at the health food stores!

Thighs Be Gone
10-16-2009, 06:01 AM
One of the things I like the most is orange flavored cranberries from my Farmers Market. Mmmm..deeelish. I cannot buy them too often though--I just cannot stay outta the crazy things.

kaplods
10-16-2009, 08:24 AM
I love the broccoli, raisin, onion, sunflower seed salad (I don't add bacon, though which I've sometimes seen in grocery store versions of the salad).

I do exchange other nuts and seeds for the sunflower seeds, and other dried fruits for the raisins. Craisins are one of my favorite raisin replacerments in the recipe. Diced apricots are good too (and fruit I can easily find unsweetened). Pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels) are a great stand-in for the sunflower seeds. My MIL uses cashews, and I would have expected to love it, because I do have a cashew-weakness, but I didn't. Oh, they were very good, but they lose some of their cashewiness in the salad - a perfect waste of cashews in my opinion.

MBN
10-16-2009, 09:09 AM
It's fresh cranberry season now! Buy extra bags and freeze them for up to a year. I seriously stock up because I love them! I cook cranberries in my morning oatmeal, make a sugar-free cranberry compote with Splenda that is totally awesome with protein or in yogurt. I got my first couple of bags just this week!

Craisins have too much sugar for me - I find unsweetened dried cranberries at Whole Foods.

bacilli
10-16-2009, 09:25 AM
I keep Craisins in the house, but I find them too sweet to eat alone so a bag lasts me ages. I use them in a mock chicken tarragon salad that is to die for.

Thighs Be Gone
10-16-2009, 03:03 PM
It's fresh cranberry season now! Buy extra bags and freeze them for up to a year. I seriously stock up because I love them! I cook cranberries in my morning oatmeal, make a sugar-free cranberry compote with Splenda that is totally awesome with protein or in yogurt. I got my first couple of bags just this week!

Craisins have too much sugar for me - I find unsweetened dried cranberries at Whole Foods.

You know, that is a super great idea. Thank you. I don't know much about cooking fresh cranberries. Can you tell me how you do it in the mornings?

luckymommy
10-17-2009, 01:29 AM
Kaplods, thank you for that great idea of Jello Free and frozen grapes! I will give that a go! :)

Skyra
10-17-2009, 05:48 AM
I used to buy Craisins all the time because I thought of them as really healthy (they're fruit, right?!), but then I checked the label and realized I enjoyed them so much because they were full of sugar!! I also have a very hard time eating just the serving they suggest, so now I've made a pact with myself that I'm done buying Craisins, at least until I'm more used to controlling my portion sizes.

weebleswobble
10-28-2009, 11:31 PM
I love to eat frozen blueberries. they taste like bonbons to me!