LA Weight Loss - dried craisins???

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03-21-2006, 03:51 PM
Would you count these like raisins??? 2T = 1 fruit?? IT is just dried cranberries? Any thoughts? thanks.

03-21-2006, 03:55 PM
I think craisins have a lot of added sugar. I was going to buy them for my son until I noticed all the sugar and calories...I just stuck to raisins. Maybe a heatlh food store ould have them natural, but they'd probably be really tart.

03-21-2006, 04:58 PM
Thanks Mary

Repo girl
03-21-2006, 05:03 PM
Heather- According to fitday, 1 cup of dried cranberries has 363 calories and 95 carbs.

Repo girl
03-21-2006, 05:09 PM
However, the folks at Ocean Spray do claim that 1/4 cup=one fruit serving. That is still 90 calories, though. I'd say an LAWL serving of craisins is probably closer to 1/8 cup= 1 fruit.

03-21-2006, 05:15 PM
so if my friend wanted craisins in her salad she could do the 1/8 cup and count as a fruit and be safe as long as it didn't mess with her loss?

Repo girl
03-21-2006, 05:18 PM
Yeah, I don't see why not. 1/8 cup isn't much for a fruit, but it sounds like a nice change of pace. I'll bet they would be killer in the big cookie recipe.

03-21-2006, 05:19 PM
they are really good on my spinach salad, but I haven't used as many since I started - but she loves them and wanted me to ask you gals....

03-21-2006, 07:33 PM
your "friend" is lucky to have you looking out for her. I hadn't thought about adding some to salad but it would just take a few to spice up a salad. Cooked up a bag of chicken today, got it all cut/shredded up and after all that I can't bear the sight of it. I live smack in the middle of BEEF country but still a chicken girl. Tomorrow is another day. Having beef with sauteed mushrooms, jalapenos, and onions--probably not the best choice with tomorrow being weigh day--oh well.

03-21-2006, 07:42 PM

That beef/onion/jap recipe sounds great - what kind of beef do you use, and ratio of veg??

03-21-2006, 07:58 PM
Oh Pink--a cook I am not so don't get too excited. My DH loves this though so we eat it about once a week. It's just lean ground beef patties (93/7%) and I just grill or panfry them. (it's also good with chicken). Anyway, I just buy the pre-sliced mushrooms at Walmart (styrofoam container), slice 1 onion, 1-2 jalapeno-depends on how hot you like and tonight I am throwing in some fresh garlic since I have it on hand. Sautee all the veggies in Pam butter spray or I can't believe it's Not Butter. I guess I just eyeball the veggie portions--figure if I go over it's not the worst damage I could do--I LOVE sauteed mushrooms! Not much to it but if you need a change of pace it's a good change. Hope you weren't expecting gourmet!

03-21-2006, 08:04 PM
The strawberry flavored Craisins are to die for! They may have added sugar, but they're a much more sensible snack than M&Ms :)

03-22-2006, 01:39 AM
Usually dried apricots have no added sugar. I think 5 are a fruit, but I am not sure. ANyway, these would be good on a spinach salad or with pork. I just try to shy away from added sugar at all times b/c I am one of those people who is very prone to sugar cravings and I've found I can't lose weight as well when I consume sugar even if it is part of a low calorie diet.

03-22-2006, 08:45 AM
Well thanks for all the replies - she is the one who started the craisins and almonds on a bed of spinach with LF honey mustard dressing - I do have it occasionally too - but it is a wonderful salad - very different from the normal everyda salad.....

03-22-2006, 09:27 AM
try raisins and sunflower seeds!

03-22-2006, 09:28 AM
Deets - that sounds yummy too -

03-22-2006, 11:25 AM
I used to add craisins to chicken salad. I think I might have to try that again.