Originally Posted by serial
I'm doing a blend of calorie counting & no/low carb. I have a bag of craisins (dried cranberries) and a bag of fruit and nut medley from costco.
are nuts and dried fruit a bunch of empty carbs?
Empty? No, but the calories and carbs can add up fast. So you do have to be careful with them.
I love craisins (and Ocean Spray's cherry flavored craisins), and other dried fruit but they're often too much like candy for me (sweetened or not) - very easy to overdo. I do better with nut (especially if they're unsalted) as long as I measure out my portion - but dried fruits I find harder to portion control. I do buy dried fruits, but I think of them as somewhat like candy, to remind myself to be careful. I don't keep pounds and pounds of dried fruit on hand, I buy one variety at a time, buy as small a quantity as feasible and weigh out portions.
Generally I prefer fresh fruit to dried, because the water content makes fresh fruits more filling (20 grapes seems like a lot of food, 20 craisins or raisins, not so much).
I'd love to find a Splenda sweetened or unsweetened dried cranberries (I've found them online, but the shipping and price per pound is crazy).