100 lb. Club - 10 favorite foods that keep you on track

08-05-2003, 02:25 PM
I like to read what people are eating that help them stay on track with their eating plan. It give me some good ideas for something new. So here are mine:

1. vanilla soy milk - I use it in a smoothie with ff yogurt and blueberries -- my nutritionist says to eat more soy!
2. Smoky Black Bean Dip (from Trader Joe's)
3. Smart Ones ice cream bars
4. eggplant hummus
5. Low Fat Chicken Chow Mein (TJ's) - a quick & easy dinner
6. walnuts - my nutritionist says I have to eat them every day
7. Morningstar vegetarian chili
8. Kavli crackers/Savory crackers (TJs)
9. fresh fruit - berry season is here, and I love it
10. Roasted Veggie Enchiladas (TJs)

Anyone else have stuff that they absolutely have to keep in their refrigerator to help them stay with it?

08-05-2003, 02:33 PM
1. special k cereal - both with strawberries and without - it's my 'typical' breakfast.
2. healthy choice/WW/lean cuisine frozen meals - easy lunch at work!
3. boneless chicken breasts
4. broccoli - i love it. is that weird?
5. low calorie soups, like campbell's hearty chicken ones and such
6. tea w/ some honey
7. skinny cow ice cream sandwiches
8. plain white rice
9. soy sauce. it flavors ANYTHING
10. diet cola. it's not food but it can satisfy a sweet tooth!

08-05-2003, 03:30 PM
1. Morningstar Farms meatless breakfast patties
2. Kashi waffles/crackers/GoLean Crunch cereal
3. seltzer
4. Turkey Store seasoned turkey burgers
5. Hodgson Mill's whole wheat pastas
6. Brown rice
7. Claussen kosher dill halves
8. fresh fruit (black grapes, black plums, blueberries, strawberries, etc
9. Natural Ovens breads
10. ICBINB spray (for toast & veggies)

Goddess Jessica
08-05-2003, 03:46 PM
You guys are making me hungry!!!!

1. Cottage Cheese... it's a dessert, it's lunch! It's a dinner!
2. Lean Cusine Mac & Cheese. I swear I don't buy them, my boyfriend does... I just eat them.
3. Fresh Blueberries and Cherries. They're like 40 calories for a cup!
4. Prepackaged Egg Whites or EggBeaters. Especially the new kind with peppers and herbs. YUM! Also makes cookign frittatas a snap!
5. Torani Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup. Made with Splenda. OMG, this is divine! I add it to Seltzer Water for a "italian soda" treat.
6. Frozen Bulk Chicken Breast. I can throw it on the grill or make something special. It's all good.
7. Genisoy Chips. They're crunchy like a chip, come in yummy flavors, are packed full of soy protein and have 25 CHIPS PER SERVING!
8. Mushrooms. I don't know why I like these so much but I add them to everything for flavor and meatiness.
9. My spice cabinet. Because "good for you" shouldn't negate "tastes good!"
10. Salsa. I could eat this stuff with a spoon!

08-05-2003, 03:51 PM
1. Vitamuffins
2. Light yogurt (usually Dannons)
3. Laughing cow lite
4. Morning Star Farms "Better than Burgers"
5. Apples
6. No sugar added fudgesicles
7. Act II Light Butter Popcorn
8. Bagged salad (don't like veggies enough to make it myself ;))
9. Tuna
10. Gardenburger's BBQ Riblets

08-05-2003, 04:00 PM
1.) Light Popcorn with Salt & Vinegar Seasoning
2.) Veggies (Carrots, Mushrooms, Peppers, Zuchini, etc.) Love 'em!
3.) Crispie Mini's (not great for ya but better than chips).
4.) Chicken Breast
5.) Fruit (strawberries, pineapple, nectarines, etc.)
6.) Silhouette Fat Free Yogourt
7.) Lean Cuisines for lunches
8.) Kraft "Light done Right" Salad dressings.
9.) Pickles
10.) Diet Coke

08-05-2003, 04:23 PM
this is fun, you guys have reminded me of a bunch, the butter spray, pickles, popcorn, dannon yogurt, it's all in my fridge! plus some new things to try. yay.

08-05-2003, 04:32 PM
Well, being on the Atkins woe, I can't live with out my suppliments. I have 2 different prot. shakes and the atkins bars. They are GREAT.

I also can't live with out having chicken, spam, bacon, cheese, and pepperoni. All I can eat and are easy to fix.


08-05-2003, 05:43 PM
fresh fruit
light yogurt
light popcorn
Kashi Go-Lean Crunch
bagged salads
cans of tuna packed in water
vegetable canned soup
frozen veggies
whole wheat bread/bagels, not white anymore!

08-05-2003, 06:22 PM
You will notice my top four are fast food. I could not make it if I could not stop while I'm out and get something that is good and within my calorie range.

1. Subway Subs
2. Wendys Grilled Chicken.
3. Taco Bell Soft Taco.
4. Pizza Hut's or any places personal pizza.
5. Yogurt.
6. Chicken Breast.
7. Pretzels.
8. Salad ( love it).
9. Granola bars.
10. Cheese.

08-05-2003, 06:33 PM
Lowfat cottage cheese (protein fix for breakfast/snacks)
Little pretzel twists (when I want something to crunch)
Hard cooked eggs (another quick fix for breakfast/snacks)
Beef jerky (preferably home-made to control the salt) -- high protein low fat
Fruit, fruit, and more fruit
Veggies, veggies and more veggies
Pre-frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
Steamed shellfish -- a lowfat treat when eating out, especially during crab season
Soup -- love it. I keep cans in the pantry for quick dinners, and I often choose it from the cafeteria for lunch.
Tea. So many flavors/kinds to choose from. It's a nice, soothing treat.

08-06-2003, 09:46 AM
Here are the things that help me the most-

Pria Bars- Just 110 calories and sweet enough to make me feel like I've splurged.

1 Quart Water Bottles- They make it easy to keep track of my water every day and make sure I get it all in.

Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine Meals- I have one every night for dinner and I can stay OP and not have to make myself a seperate meal every night.

String Cheese- A fast and easy protein snack and only 80 calories.

Balance Bars- I have one for breakfast every morning. I love them and they're a great and balanced breakfast for only 210 calories.

Tyson Pre-Cooked Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts- Just 130 calories and you pop them in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes and they're done. Perfect!

terrific pig
08-06-2003, 10:27 AM
Does anyone ever watch Alton Jones on TVFN? His book gave a great idea for popcorn. Put 3 tablespoons popcorn kernels in a brown lunch bag. Fold the top closed and staple shut - exactly 2 staples at least 3" apart. This prevents sparking in the microwave. My sweetie, Mark, makes this for me every night. Sometimes adds some brown sugar to the bag before popping - yum!

08-06-2003, 11:42 AM
Do you mena Alton Brown on Good Eats? If so I love his show. If not what show is he on?

My dad was a chef and he cooded turkeys in a paper bag. It turned out pretty good. You have to have a plain paper sack no writing. Oil the sack down with vegetable oil and then put your turkey in and seal it up. Let it cook the normal time. Made it real golden brown. My new favorite way to cook it is from Alton Browns show and the is to use a brine. You can get directions for it on Foodtv.com.

Goddess Jessica
08-06-2003, 02:46 PM
Howie, I'm an Alton Brown fanatic! I tivo his show, have his book and brine EVERYTHING :). Brining rocks! I will never eat un-brined chicken again.

He's such a good chef!

08-06-2003, 06:44 PM
My top 10 are

1. lowfat vanilla yogurt
2. grape nuts
3. bananas
4. frozen bags of precooked shrimp
5. raisins
6. pasta
7. fresh parmesean cheese
8. garlic
9. lemons
10. wine (oops! typo...)

Alton Brown is the greatest! We keep all of his shows on our DVR.

That brined chicken is best on the grill inverted on an open can of beer. It's especially great if you BBQ with wood instead of charcoal!

08-06-2003, 07:32 PM
He is my favorite chef to watch also. I don't have any of his books. But I would like to get them and some of his DVD's

08-06-2003, 07:55 PM
ok, gotta ask. i didn't earlier but i can't resist now.

how do you "brine"? and what does it taste like?

08-06-2003, 08:26 PM
Here is the one I use and it makes the most juicy tasting turkey. You can do this without the allspice and ginger. I think I would like it better that way. And for the vegetable stock I used V8 juice. Also I would leave out the cinnamon stick but that's just my taste.

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Good Eats Roast Turkey
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats Episode: Romancing the Bird (A Good Eats Thanksgiving)

Recipe Summary
Yield: 10 to 12 servings

1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon allspice berries
1/2 tablespoon candied ginger
1 gallon iced water

For the aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage
Canola oil

Combine all brine ingredients, except ice water, in a stockpot, and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve solids, then remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Early on the day of cooking, (or late the night before) combine the brine and ice water in a clean 5-gallon bucket. Place thawed turkey breast side down in brine, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area (like a basement) for 6 hours. Turn turkey over once, half way through brining.

A few minutes before roasting, heat oven to 500 degrees. Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Remove bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard brine.

Place bird on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels. Add steeped aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage. Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil.

Roast on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil, insert probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350 degrees F. Set thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let turkey rest, loosely covered for 15 minutes before carving.

Goddess Jessica
08-06-2003, 08:50 PM
Okay, the chicken brine is not as complicated:

1/2 cup kosher salt
1 thing of concentrated orange juice and enough water
15 whole black peppercorns
1 bunch fresh something (thyme, rosemary, whatever)
4 cloves garlic smashed up.
A couple of bay leaves

Stick the whole chicken and the brine in a container with a lid (I use a small cooler) overnight with ice.

Cook like you would normally.

Viola, juicy, plump, chicken. I could eat the whole thing by myself.

08-06-2003, 08:54 PM
do you use boneless chicken breasts, or a big whole chicken like the turkey recipe?

08-06-2003, 09:54 PM
I have never done it with chicken but if I did I would use a whole chicken just like I was doing a turkey.

Goddess Jessica
08-07-2003, 08:24 PM
Holly - I've done it with both. The only thing you need to watch for with the chicken breasts is the time. If you leave them in for too long, they get too salty. So, I'd say a couple hours tops for them. I like it best with a whole chicken though.