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06-05-2006, 10:31 PM
Please give me some ideas on what to eat. I have been doing LAWL for 10 weeks but I need some new ideas. I'm tired of eating the same things. I am craving more starches. (Maybe it's just PMS.) What are some foods you just cannot be OP without?

06-06-2006, 12:02 AM
Reduced fat Peanut butter
baby carrots
pita pockets
english muffins
sugar free jello
ff cool whip
high pulp OJ

I get tired of the same ol same ol starches too. I really like my bread, and tend to forget that rice, oatmeal, peas and corn are starches too!

Repo girl
06-06-2006, 12:34 AM
You know, I have been on LAWL since last August, and I have not used peas or corn for a starch yet. Crazy, huh? Foods I must have:
Frozen berries
LF Laughing Cow Cheese
Butter spray
Baby carrots
FF Cool Whip
RF Sharp cheese
SF gum
Coffee with Splenda and creamer
Turkey burger
Chicken, chicken, and more chicken!

06-06-2006, 01:11 AM
I have to agree with some of you

FF cool whip
pita bread
my low fat cheese -- oh I love my 2 ounces a day!
chicken / fish
FF cream cheese

Do you count the LF laughing cow cheese as a dairy -- are they the ones in the cubes? I'm trying the Quiche tomorrow am .. very anxious to see how it is!

06-06-2006, 10:14 AM
I'm definitely going to have to try the pitas. Is there a certain brand you like best? I just bought baby carrots yesterday to snack on since I was having a hard time eating all my vegetables recently. They are a nice snack. Thank you so much for the ideas.

06-06-2006, 11:17 AM
By far, Reduced fat peanut butter. Can't function without it. Also, not exactly OP but these aren't slowing me down yet: Great Value 98% Fat Free No Sugar Added ice cream sandwiches. Can't find them non-generic; they have 110 calories & 1.5 g fat, so they may not be "legal" but they're leaner than the LA Starch Snacks.

06-06-2006, 11:28 AM
Is there a big difference between the RF peanut butter and the regular PB; I thought the RF has more carbs/sugars? I've always used the regular one

I get the small pita's at the grocery store; I think 65 calories each, but one is one 1S vs. 2 slices of diet bread being 2 S

06-06-2006, 11:42 AM
I found these half pita pockets already cut up at walmart, by the deli.
They are awesome.. Called "Kangaroo pockets" and they have a honey/wheat one. I usually eat one of those and fill it with chicken and bell peppers with some Mrs. Dash southwest chipotle on the days that I want "mexican food"
80 calories apiece.
I know I just just buy a pita and cut it in half, but these are perfectly portioned already!

06-06-2006, 12:07 PM
I also buy the Kangaroo brand pitas, although our neighborhood Yokes has something similar called Tortilla bread, that doesn't split, but looks really soft and yummy. I bought some yesterday and will eat it like toast with RF peanut butter in the morning.

06-06-2006, 12:41 PM
hkychik and austinmom,
these kangaroo pitas? you buy them at walmart? they sound really good. do you count one pita as 1 s or 2?

06-06-2006, 12:44 PM
1 pita pocket (half a 6" round) is 1 starch. I say 6" because there is no such thing as a 4" pita where I live.....

06-06-2006, 06:39 PM
Sue, the RF PB has 190 cals and 12 g fat per 2 tablespoons; I don't have regular in the house anymore so I'm not certain how it compares. I believe regular Jif has 16 g fat and over 200 calories (230?). It isn't reduced that much, and I think it does have more sugar & carbs. I don't even really agree with eating RF PB, but when I first joined LAWL I was so religiously devoted to perfection and my menu plan says only RF PB is allowed. It took some getting used to -- the taste is quite different, at first -- but I did get used to it and still use it just to be "legal." Really, each peanut butter has pros and cons; I bet it wouldn't really even affect your progress no matter which you choose.

06-06-2006, 06:43 PM
I have to comment about the RF peanut butter. I have Peter Pan RF. It has 190 calories, 11 g fat. It tastes VERY GOOD!!! I can't even tell the difference between this and regular.
So good that I did start having a problem with it. I was eating it on a daily basis, and my weight kind of stalled. My COD asked me to cut down on the PB to a couple times a week instead of every day. I will let you know how that works out...
But it goes to say that everything should be taken into moderation, and your body needs variety. :)

Repo girl
06-06-2006, 06:49 PM
I use the Kangaroo pockets every day, too. Oh, the many uses of pitas. 1 wedge of Laughing cow lite is 1/2 a dairy. My favorite breakfast is 1 toasted kangaroo pocket with 1 scrambled egg and a wedge of LC cheese. Oh, man is that good. Yoga Gurl found packages of crepes at her Super Walmart. They are only 35 calories a piece. She said they are awsome with berries and whipped cream. I couldn't find them, though, so I am not sure what the brand is.

06-06-2006, 08:09 PM
I count them as one starch... I buy them at WalMart. Here, they are about $1.25 for 6. They come in a tray with a plastic bag. They also have advertisements all over them for "the pocket diet." Way yummy.

06-07-2006, 11:03 AM
I found a 50 calorie low carb tortilla - 6 inches - and the COD e-mailed the dietician and I got the go ahead to count the whole tortilla as one starch.

YUMMY WITH TUNA! or egg beaters, or turkey, etc.

Also, my counselor gave me this one...

7 oz. tilapia - sprinkle with Morton Light Salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Put in a frying pan with Pam and cook over med-high heat. Spray Pam on top of the fish, and in the bottom of the pan when you flip it and it will get brown on both sides. When done, put a little horseradish on it (like 1 1/2 teaspoons) and 1 oz. RF Parmesan. Yummy! (1P, 1/2D). Or put the whole 2 oz. cheese and count the whole dairy. This helped my weight loss when I was stalled for 2 weeks.

06-07-2006, 05:07 PM
Sherry, funny that you mention your counselor reprimanding you about peanut butter, because I just had this talk with my counselor this morning. She told me I shouldn't be eating it every day (even though my week's loss was 3.6 pounds!), and I told her gently and humorously but plainly I was addicted and wouldn't be stopping the daily peanut butter. Furthermore, I told her, there was a scientific study done, oh, 5 or 6 years ago, in which the group that ate 1 serving of peanut butter daily as part of a healthy diet lost weight FASTER than those who ate a healthy diet with no peanut butter. I'm sold. Your counselor gave you an easy answer, and hey, I'm no dietician so maybe you guys are right. But your body will tell you why you are stalled, and if you think it's NOT the peanut butter then trust your instinct. Good luck with that, by the way.

06-07-2006, 05:28 PM
Thanks Missy. I LOVE PB! I actually had some today for the first time in a while. We shall see ... It keeps me feeling fuller longer.

06-07-2006, 05:29 PM
and it's not like I ate it with a starch. I usually have it on celery.

06-07-2006, 06:05 PM
Hehehe, I have it right off the spoon, usually followed by an LA Lite and a Diet Black Cherry Vanilla Coke. :)

06-07-2006, 06:51 PM
I'm with Missy - you know your own body. And PB is SO good for you, in moderation of course. Wonder if they might think you're eating too much per serving? PB is one of those things I really have to measure. Then I put it in a little tupperware and bring a bunch of celery sticks and dip and crunch until it's gone. I'm with you, it really seems to take the edge off being starving.

06-07-2006, 10:48 PM
I'm not a peanut butter fan, but my favorite OP foods are Icebreaker sours, cheddar mini rice cakes, and baby carrots. And tilapia with a little FF sour cream and salsa.

06-07-2006, 10:57 PM
Right now I am addicted to caramel corn rice cakes with peanut butter and scrambled eggs with sauteed mushrooms and onions with Tabasco on top. This is ALWAYS a great thread--we are all looking for new ideas!

06-08-2006, 12:39 AM
On peanut butter....put some on a plain rice cake and drizzle lite hersheys syrup on it...deadly.

06-08-2006, 11:47 AM
Boo- I got totally grossed out cuz I read that you liked rice cakes with peanut butter and scrambled eggs . . . .heehee Umm-nevermind.

06-08-2006, 12:14 PM
Missy - try some peanut butter on some of your lites, microwaved! YUMMMMMMM

I can't remember who turned me on to it, but someone said they smeared one of their lite flavors with peanut butter and zapped it for a few seconds. I never did the lites, but a little peanut butter on a smore's luna bar was a super treat!

06-08-2006, 12:22 PM
I used to love smearing my Double Chocolate lites with PB! I've been getting Cookie Dough lites...not quite as good. My center finally got the S'more lites in so I'll have to try it with that!

06-08-2006, 12:23 PM
That was me probably-the Double-chocolate or peanut butter lites smeared with pb and zapped for 20-25 seconds. Go real crazy and slice up a banana over it and drizzle with sf choc syrup . . . . . .

06-08-2006, 01:54 PM
On peanut butter....put some on a plain rice cake and drizzle lite hersheys syrup on it...deadly.

I add raisins to this and it is really good.:)

06-08-2006, 01:56 PM
[QUOTE=hkychik]Missy - try some peanut butter on some of your lites, microwaved! YUMMMMMMM

I will have to try this. I am a peanut butter addict. I could eat it everyday. It did make my weightloss stall so I had to cut back. And yes, I do measure it carefully with a measuring spoon.