100 lb. Club - What is Your Favorite Healthy New Food?




Change4Life
01-12-2013, 10:55 AM
Something you never ate before you began your weight loss journey, now you can't imagine life without it?


sassyangies
01-12-2013, 11:32 AM
I think it might be spaghetti squash. It's so yummy and filling. Or any of the squashes I've been eating. There so good.

April Snow
01-12-2013, 02:28 PM
I love spaghetti squash, but liked it before I started my plan so I can't count it at new. But oh so good! I love it with spaghetti sauce with meat in it - I think the sweetness of the squash mixed with the acidic tomato sauce tastes way better than pasta!

The one specific thing that is new for me on the Dukan Diet is oat bran. Not oatmeal, but oat bran. You eat a couple of tablespoons a day and you can make a tasty porridge out of it, or a delicious pancake. It's really yummy and filling and something I look forward to eating every day.

http://www.dukandiet.com/The-Dukan-Diet/Oat-Bran


coolacrity
01-12-2013, 02:55 PM
Oh man, raw almonds. Those are the best.

Elladorine
01-12-2013, 03:11 PM
Baked sweet potatoes topped with nothing but cinnamon! :T The closest I ever had before was the Thanksgiving dish topped with brown sugar and marshmallows. :lol:

dangerouscurvesahead
01-12-2013, 03:31 PM
whole wheat/grain pasta and brown rice! I always thought it would b like chewing sticks, i was wrong!

Garnet2727
01-12-2013, 03:39 PM
Apples. Before I started my weight loss effort, I wasn't eating any fruit. Now, I really do eat an apple every day!

Lyn2007
01-12-2013, 03:40 PM
Black coffee! Which I'd never have believed if you told me a couple years ago.

Tai
01-12-2013, 04:38 PM
Veggies! I eat tons of them raw every day but also really enjoy roasting them.

Before I lost weight the only veggie I ever ate was the lettuce in a big mac.

Arctic Mama
01-12-2013, 08:24 PM
Sardines! Oil packed are so yum - drain them and add about a tsp of yellow mustard, it is SO heavenly. They're also delicious with salt and lemon juice. It has been one of my strongest pregnancy cravings and those things are nutritional powerhouses, while also being among the lowest fish in mercury.

*NOM!*

angieand2girls
01-12-2013, 09:11 PM
My dad eats a ton of sardines too because of its nutritional value. I've never had them so I think I will pick some up soon.

I am currently addicted to topping practically every meal with avocado. The taste by itself is just so buttery and good. I make soups and use it as a topping instead of sour cream. I put it on top of my stir frys, on salads, sandwiches...I just can't get enough of it lol.

alaskanlaughter
01-12-2013, 10:49 PM
i love my homemade protein fiber shakes...also loving real whole medjool dates...i eat a few when i'm starving or when i want a sweet taste

ladyfyre
01-12-2013, 11:23 PM
I'm getting hungry just reading this. So far I don't have any new food that I am a huge fan of, but I am just getting started. The spaghetti squash sounds promising - never tried it.

sontaikle
01-13-2013, 01:26 AM
Salads! Nobody told me they didn't have to just be lettuce drenched in dressing. No, my salads have chicken, almonds, roasted peppers, tomato, guacamole and whatever else I feel like putting on them ;)

elvislover324
01-13-2013, 07:32 AM
Homemade baked kale chips! Yummmmm!!

linJber
01-13-2013, 09:14 AM
I can't think of a single thing that I eat now that I didn't eat when I was heavy. I guess that's why I was heavy! But I'll go the opposite way and say I never thought I'd get used to not having an open box of snack crackers on my desk (to be replaced at least every other day) at work. Now I can't imagine having them there.

OK - I eat WAY more Greek yogurt (plain, 0% fat) with my own frozen fruit added to it than I did before. That with a slice of toast or Fiber One cereal is breakfast just about every day.

Lin

SarahFairhope
01-13-2013, 09:35 AM
I'm with Lin, I ate it all before and still do - just a much more rational portion. If its calorie rich, I just take a bite or two. I've always had an adventurous palate and like to try it all.

Misti in Seattle
01-13-2013, 10:00 AM
Great thread! I try to try something new every time I go to the store... or at least to my natural market or health food store... so I have lots of new favorites. Among them is

organic foods... can't BELIEVE the difference in taste
Quejos!! I LOVE these things!!!
Fennel/orange/shallot salad
Vegenaise
Mashed yams with goat cheese (esp good if you add a bit of orange juice)
Veggies (asaparagus, yams, red bell pepper, onion, baby carrots) tossed with seasoning and lemon flavored olive oil and baked
Butternut squash raviolo (yum!)
Peter Rabbit fruit sauce squeeze packs (100% fruit and lots of varieties). Often sold as baby food but my store now carries them in adult section also. My favorites are apple/grape and apple/peach

NCchickie
01-13-2013, 10:03 AM
My current favorite food is roasted turnips. I had never tasted a turnip until a few month ago. Now I could eat them every day. Just dice them, toss them with some olive oil and a touch of salt, and put them in a 400+ degree oven. They're good hot from the oven and the leftovers are good cold from the frig.

Misti in Seattle
01-13-2013, 10:37 AM
Hmmmmm I ate turnips growing up but not recently! I am going to buy some next time at the store and try roasting them

the shiv
01-14-2013, 06:08 PM
Cucumbers! Lovely :D
Sweet peppers (the long thin red ones?)
And... Manuka honey. My bf's mum gave us some recently and it is BEAUTIFUL. I love it on oatmeal or whole grain toast.
And I could eat salmon and roasted vegetables for the rest of my life and be happy. Yay essential fatty acids! :D

smashlers
01-14-2013, 10:12 PM
Misti, I had to look up Quejos. I want one!

Shiv-omg, I could eat several oz's of smoked salmon a day ( if I could afford it)

Mine would have to be eggs. I have always liked eggs, but I am currently in a love affair with them.

Misti in Seattle
01-15-2013, 03:30 AM
Another one... quinoa!! I had quinoa/black bean salad for dinner.

smashlers, yes Quejos are hard to find! I can only find them at a health food store I go to on Whidbey Island, which I visit every month or so.

shiv, sweet peppers are not the long thin ones... I think you are referring to hot peppers...?? Sweet peppers are the bell ones... I love the red ones; have been eating one every day lately!

ASaladandaDream
01-15-2013, 05:07 AM
Haha almond milk! I thought id die switching out my 2% for almond milk but its amazing!! I like it unsweetened, sweetened, flavored... i pretty much have a cup a day!

I used the unsweetened as a substitute for my everyday cooking etc. but sweetened almond milk is like a milkshake to me, i have a cup when im having a sweet craving it does the trick!

jalapenos & onions! i was never big on veggies b4, but these two make any sandwich delish!

synger
01-15-2013, 09:57 AM
Black coffee! Which I'd never have believed if you told me a couple years ago.

I'm with you there! On days at home I still add cream (which I count), but at work I'm drinking it black. Getting a really good coffee made all the difference.

Pink Hurricane
01-15-2013, 10:46 AM
Sunflower seeds, spinach, and vanilla greek yougurt or greek yogurt with fruit...yes.

Misti in Seattle
01-15-2013, 05:46 PM
Ummmm nummm YES! Greek vanilla yogurt (Zoi) but have recently managed to make the switch to plain... with fruit.

April Snow
01-15-2013, 05:53 PM
Ummmm nummm YES! Greek vanilla yogurt (Zoi) but have recently managed to make the switch to plain... with fruit.

I avoid flavored yogurt because of the added sugar but I add vanilla extract and sweetener to plain greek yogurt and get to enjoy my vanilla yogurt that way. Or sometimes I add a little sprinkle of orange crystal light powder and some vanilla extract and make creamsicle yogurt.

Misti in Seattle
01-15-2013, 06:15 PM
I avoid flavored yogurt because of the added sugar but I add vanilla extract and sweetener to plain greek yogurt and get to enjoy my vanilla yogurt that way. Or sometimes I add a little sprinkle of orange crystal light powder and some vanilla extract and make creamsicle yogurt.

Yes, the added sugar is why I switched to the plain, and I do sometimes add vanilla, and sometimes instant coffee. I also avoid fake sugars but there are ways to make it really good! But actually I love the taste of the just plain Greek yogurt, but it has to be Zoi. Once I tried it, the other brands just don't cut it for me.

But your ideas do sound good for those who eat artificial sweeteners! Hmmmm bet a bit of freshly squeezed orange juice would make it good too... or lemon!!

sontaikle
01-15-2013, 07:08 PM
I love Greek yogurt! I never even knew about it until recently...now I eat it all the time :)

Misti in Seattle
01-15-2013, 07:45 PM
I love Greek yogurt! I never even knew about it until recently...now I eat it all the time :)

Same here! I had seen it in the store but it did not sound appealing... then a friend highly recommended it to me so I tried it. SO glad I did!

April Snow
01-15-2013, 08:23 PM
I used to make my own greek yogurt by straining regular yogurt until it got nice and thick. It's nice to easily be able to just buy some and have it handy all the time!

Misti - I hear you about artificial sweeteners. I've cut back on them and am comfortable with the small amount I have, but I definitely understand cutting them out completely. Good for you for achieving that!

AwShucks
01-15-2013, 10:33 PM
I've recently discovered roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Love it! I'll be roasting more veggies, now.

LRH
01-15-2013, 10:55 PM
Broccolini! Sweeter than regular broccoli--yum!

Change4Life
01-15-2013, 11:35 PM
I've recently discovered roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Love it! I'll be roasting more veggies, now.

Tell me how you roast it? I've never done that before!

I love baked beets! You wrap them in aluminum foil like a baked potato and cook it in the oven. Amazingly yummy.

Misti in Seattle
01-16-2013, 01:57 AM
I've recently discovered roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Love it! I'll be roasting more veggies, now.

Asparagus is another one that is delicious roasted... and yams, baby carrots, zucchini and red bell peppers. I've been roasting a lot of veggies too.... sooooo good.

I chop/slice them and put them into a plastic bag... toss with seasoning and lemon flavored olive oil -- then spread on a cookie sheet and roast. Delicious!

AlmostMe
01-16-2013, 06:26 AM
Another adventurous eater here!! I think it's more the things that I can live without... But love the idea of 'baked beets'. I'm gonna make that in the next 7 days. Yum.

Misti in Seattle
01-16-2013, 08:06 AM
Another adventurous eater here!! I think it's more the things that I can live without... But love the idea of 'baked beets'. I'm gonna make that in the next 7 days. Yum.

I have been thinking about trying those too! In fact, I almost bought some on Saturday but had other veggies and it is easy for me to buy too much food (now that I don't eat as much) and end up having to throw out stuff!

Please post on how these turn out!!

Matilda08
01-16-2013, 10:50 AM
cabbage and creamed spinach

lunarsongbird
01-16-2013, 11:01 AM
It's not a food- However, it's been a lifesaver when trying to get in all my water. I drop a bag of herbal tea into my water bottle. It's GREAT, especially the fruit tears by Celestial Seasoning. I'm beginning to realize that in a lot of cases I like the flavor more then the sugar.

berryblondeboys
01-16-2013, 11:08 AM
Two things:

Raw kale salad - massaged with olive oil and lemon juice - so yummy

And chocolate whey shakes (Muscle Milk) with blueberries and strawberries blended in.

mnemosyne
01-16-2013, 11:13 AM
I've loved roasted cauliflower for a long time, but roasted broccoli for the first time last night and it was delicious.

shiv, sweet peppers are not the long thin ones... I think you are referring to hot peppers...?? Sweet peppers are the bell ones... I love the red ones; have been eating one every day lately!

Misti - there ARE long, thin, sweet banana peppers with no heat at all. I think you don't see them in the store as much because they have a shorter shelf life than the thicker walled bell peppers, but I grow veggies and have grown a fair amount of sweet banana peppers. They mature more quickly and produce fruit earlier than bell pepper plants, or so it seems to me, but are NOT always as good as bell peppers. Also the farmers' market usually has them, at least where I am.

Lately I have seen them in the grocery locally in big bags of "baby" sweet peppers with red/orange/yellow peppers about the size of a child's fist.

lunarsongbird
01-16-2013, 12:15 PM
Raw Cabbage!

Hardcore!! I ferment it into sauerkraut. Takes forever though.

Misti in Seattle
01-17-2013, 03:09 AM
I've loved roasted cauliflower for a long time, but roasted broccoli for the first time last night and it was delicious.



Misti - there ARE long, thin, sweet banana peppers with no heat at all. I think you don't see them in the store as much because they have a shorter shelf life than the thicker walled bell peppers, but I grow veggies and have grown a fair amount of sweet banana peppers. They mature more quickly and produce fruit earlier than bell pepper plants, or so it seems to me, but are NOT always as good as bell peppers. Also the farmers' market usually has them, at least where I am.

Lately I have seen them in the grocery locally in big bags of "baby" sweet peppers with red/orange/yellow peppers about the size of a child's fist.

Yes, I remembered that after I posted, too. :) Thanks for the clarification... I have gotten the baby ones also. I thought the poster was responding to my comment about the peppers and responded as such, but that was probably my error in thinking it was a response to my post. :)

They are not nearly as good as the red bell peppers IMO, but they do exist. :)

dangerouscurvesahead
02-11-2013, 09:27 AM
MUSHROOMS!
Up until the past couple weeks I've hated them! Never really tried them simply because of the way they looked and how they are grown BUT now I eat them raw, sauted, grilled you name it and love them lol who knew!

Silverfire
02-11-2013, 09:47 AM
Quinoa (Read: Costco Quinoa Salad... :drool: )
Chia Seeds, I have been trying to add a tsp to anything I can, also I am trying to have a couple tsp with a glass of water before bed to make sure that things get moving in the morning (seems to be working pretty well too)
Help Hearts - more awesome to sprinkle on just about anything.

I saw something about baked beets... Totally going to try them that way, sounds awesome. I love beets.

allieballiebee
02-11-2013, 11:18 AM
One of my new favorite go-to foods is broccoli slaw. I was never a fan of broccoli in the past, and still have some trouble (from a texture standpoint) with whole florets. However, the bags of broccoli slaw with carrots and cabbage are awesome! Often, I'll dump the whole bag into a pan with a little sauce and protein for a very low-cal stir fry. :)

dangerouscurvesahead
03-14-2013, 09:56 AM
Asparagus!

ichoose2believe
03-14-2013, 10:47 AM
Chia Seeds- I even make Chia seed jam out of crushed strawberries, a little water, a squirt of agave, mix in some chia seeds. Give it a quick mix and let it sit in the fridge it wonderful on toast or in oatmeal and it low cal, low sugar and super yummy. Oh and 1/2 Tblspn of Chia in my oatmeal every morning.
Low Calorie Bread- has been a life saver for me. Sad I know but hey it has.

destyni
03-14-2013, 11:01 AM
Activa yogurt. all the flavors are so good! and only 60 calories
green beans - i wouldnt say i couldnt live without them but im starting to like them
salad - grilled chicken ceasar salad, omg i could eat it everyday!

dangerouscurvesahead
06-17-2013, 05:55 PM
Avocados - in salads on wraps for dips just everything
Nonfat plain yogurt- in place of mayonaise or sour cream in any and everything.

GirlyGirlSebas
06-20-2013, 02:42 PM
Grilled vegetables. Little EVOO, little salt and pepper...maybe some Ms Dash. Yummo!

Issaknits
06-20-2013, 03:39 PM
Coconut oil! While not an actual food that I eat by itself, I used to have a heavy hand with oils/butter when cooking. A little of this stuff goes a long way.

Cucumbers are another one. I used to avoid them like the plague, but now I'm putting them in every salad I make. I even used the finer tooth on the cheese grater (not the one you can grate nutmeg on, but the side of the box grater that's a little smaller than the large tooth) to add a bit of cucumber to guacamole/yogurt-less tzatziki sauce.

madelinerose94
06-20-2013, 05:53 PM
Avocados - in sandwiches, in salads, etc. I even have a new recipe I found called Crab Stuffed Avocado. YUM!

Chobani Yoghurt - it is so yummy, I could seriously live off it.

Berries - I love berries, but ever since I started this journey I have become obsessed with them.

Nagazim
06-20-2013, 10:25 PM
I've been replacing a locally raised honey with all sugar in my cooking. It's sooooo good and my family needs the honey since our allergies are rough.

My current eat every day food is green beans. They're fresh from the yard and I've been experimenting like crazy. My favorite supper dish with the green beans is 1.5 oz of green beans wrapped in 1 slice low calorie bacon. I mix honey, garlic, tiny bit of worcestershire sauce together and make a glaze. They're awesome and just under 50 calories per bundle. SO good!

kaplods
06-20-2013, 10:57 PM
Even at my heaviest, I never avoided healthy food. To grossly misquote Will Rogers, I've rarely met a food I haven't liked."

For the most part I achieved and maintained a very morbidly obese weight, not on an entirely unhealthy diet, but on what I added to the healthy diet. Sometimes the "extras" were unhealthy or less healthy foods, but more often it was healthy foods in unhealthy quantities.

Brussels sprout made the very short list of foods that I hated. For at least the past twenty years (since learning that beets and peas were no longer on my food-hate list) I've gone out of my way to periodically retry foods I've disliked in the past.

Brussels sprouts were near the top of my hate list, just under applesauce (one of the few foods I refuse to retry, because the texture makes me gag).

I found a way to prepare Brussels sprouts in a way I do like (roasted with some fat) and eating them retrained my taste buds enough that now I even like them steamed or boiled.

Until a few years ago, I would have never believed I could learn to enjoy brussels sprouts.

Hershey89
06-20-2013, 11:58 PM
Great thread! It has given me some new ideas.

New items for me are

Olive oil on a salad. Love this with some vinegar and sliced olives.

Walden Farms Thousand Island dressing. Perfect on a salad and great mixed with horseradish for a cocktail sauce for shrimp. Lo carb! So glad I read about this product on this site. ;)

shcirerf
06-21-2013, 12:10 AM
Fage plain Greek yogurt. Add ranch dressing seasoning, dip the veggies! YUM!

my2cats
06-21-2013, 12:20 AM
kaplods - You mentioned brussels sprouts and I'm right there with you. I think I'd only had them boiled in the past, but I adore them braised or grilled. So good. Someone asked if I was on a diet because I was eating "crazy stuff like Brussels sprouts for lunch" and my honest reaction was "Oh my god, I love Brussels sprouts!"

What else... recently I'm absolutely loving 2 frozen Van's waffles + canned Splenda-sweetened apple pie filling + vanilla greek yogurt for breakfast. It's so tasty and filling and only about 300 calories.

I also am in love with air-popped popcorn. I went on Amazon and got a "Misto" sprayer, but instead of putting oil in it, I put white vinegar. Now I mist my popcorn with white vinegar and sprinkle a variety of flavors on it - Ketchup and Sour Cream & Onion powders are my favorites.

I quite recently discovered Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein bars. They really do taste like warm cookie dough after being in the microwave. It's kind of amazing. However they're dense and filling enough I don't find myself in danger of chowing down on a bunch of them in a row.

I've never disliked most standard healthy foods, I just didn't go out of my way to eat them. But I do particularly love asparagus, artichoke hearts, dill pickles, and veggies w/ lite ranch dip.

OH! And fresh baby spinach salad! I have HATED spinach forever, and I still dislike it cooked, but I realized I actually find fresh spinach quite pleasant.

julia820
06-21-2013, 12:43 AM
Such a great thread! I agree about raw almonds, black coffee, and wheat pasta.

I had forgotten how good cucumbers taste in water with some mint and lemon. It really is like drinking in a day at the spa!

sontaikle
06-21-2013, 04:49 AM
Veggies! I never ate them at all! I've learned ways to make them tasty and now they're the bulk of my diet :)