I use many of the things people listed here, but I don't really have things I eat just because I'm on a 'diet'. I have 3 kids and a husband, so I cook for the whole family. I haven't changed what I've made much, but I am now very sparing in adding oil to the pan when I saute, and I reduce sugar and oil in muffins etc. As for myself, I exercise portion control in everything. Whereas I used to eat the whole muffin for instance, now I still use the same recipes that I love but I might only have 1/2. I don't feel deprived (or bored) at all that way.
The only staple in my diet I'd add to what everyone has already listed though is:
low fat refried beans
We eat them once or twice a week - totally healthy and quick meal that all of the kids love too!
Splenda (I know it's out of favor, but I'm not letting it go!)
Goat meat (steak-y, but less saturated fat and cals than beef)
Tortillas/Lebanese Pita Bread (versatile as a pizza base or for wraps)
Light Mayo (makes everything better)
Frozen veggies (bulk up a smaller amount of carbs)
Fat-free yoghurt (Greek if I can find it)
Blackcurrant Jam (makes a good fruit on the bottom for the yoghurt above)
Corn Flakes (a large bowl isn't too many calories)
Almond milk (for the large bowl of corn flakes above)
Homemade oven-fried seasoned potato chips
Boiled Eggs (unambiguous, you always know how much you're getting)
Lindt Excellence 70% Cacao Thins or Lindt Excellence Swiss Thins Dark (at 13-14 calories a piece and so dark you don't want to eat THAT many).
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Greek yogurt and jam
Any and all fruits/veggies
Low fat string cheese
Spinach in almost everything
Turkey (ground and burgers)
Steel cut oats
Dark, dark chocolate
Lean Cuisines for lunch
Popcorn with Parmesan cheese
Deli meat on wheat sandwich rounds
Nectar protein shake (only after a crazy workout)
That was long and pretty plain, but those are my staples. I find new "fads" for myself and get on kicks every month or so with a new chip or snack, etc. my mostly I don't eat processed food besides the LeanCusines.
I cook all meals at home for my family of four, and pack their lunches, too. We almost never go out to eat, and I have recently eliminated all trans-fat products and almost all of the HFCS, as well.
Cottage Cheese (this is a MAJOR staple of my diet!)
Herbal tea bags
Frozen chicken breasts
small yellow potatoes
light sour cream
Cliff Bars (I'm in college so a lot of times I need something FAST to eat between class, and these are incredibly filling and delicious)
Greek Yogurt, plain
Breakfast meats - Microwave bacon, lean turkey sausage, or full on fat pork sausage
Whole Wheat, low calorie, bread
Lean Ground Beef
Lean Ground Turkey
Pure Protein Bars
Sucralose (Splenda or store brand)
Various fruits and veg depending what is on sale - almost always sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
This thread is great. So many fantastic ideas. My favs are:
Low fat yogurt - also great sub for sour cream
Apples with natural peanut butter
Kozy shack no sugar added chocolate pudding cups
Roasted red peppers
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Garlic (I'm not sure if this counts, but I put it in almost everything and it really helps make my foods more interesting)
Newmans Own Honey Mustard Dressing
Mini ice cream sandwiches (90 cal)
for every 5lbs lost
Halfway to goal (207)
No longer obese (191)
Boneless skinless chicken breast. Grilled, poached, ground into burgers, baked.
Spinach. LOTS of it with everything. Under some grain like brown rice or quinoa or cous cous. Topped with the aforementioned chicken.
Fat free Italian salad dressing. 15 cals/2 TB. Need I say more?
FF plain yogurt. I use it instead of sour cream. I plop it into a coffee filter to strain out the liquid and it has the texture of cream cheese.
Eggbeaters. Lots of veg or ff cheese mixed in.
Air popped popcorn.
Small Frosty from Wendy's on Friday. Not too many calories there, still tastes decadent and it helps me stay on plan the whole rest of the time.
Multi-vitamins. My doc said to take them and I believe him!
That having been said, I have really been off plan for a while. Seems like every time I think I will get on track, I derail again. I was doing 5+ miles a day of WATP, plus walks, hikes, and cycling. Then I got tonsillitis a couple of weeks ago and it kicked my butt. I think it was the antibiotics.
I'm glad I saw this thread and remembered to come here today. It reminds me that I def. DO know how to lose and stay fit and eat well. And I feel so much better with all the right foods than I do when I eat crap and garbage.
I made my breakfast/lunch/snack menu for the next week. I'll start 2 miles in the morning and 2 in the evening. Beginning this evening. See how it goes from there. Too hot for walking or bicycling outside. C'mon air conditioning!
As usual...I have rambled ;-)
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-salad (lots of romaine lettuce & baby spinach)
-apples, bananas, kiwis, watermelons (pretty much any fruit)
-popcorn (i buy the kernels & pop it myself at home. much healthier that way)
-plain yogurt (i add 1tsp of honey & some cinnamon for flavoring)
-green tea & coffee
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Great thread! Because these are staples I don't really give them much thought any more except to replenish when I'm out of them.
Oatmeal (rolled and steel cut)
Almond and also Almond and Coconut Milk blend
TJ's Peanut Valencia Peanut Butter with Flax Seed
Mixed salad greens
Variety of fruits and veggies
I'm just starting to shed the pounds, but I can't seem to go more than a day w/o this stuff
-100 calorie pack pretzels from Snackwells (my indulgence)
-turkey burger patties (yum)
-greek yogurt (I like the new ones put out by dannon best)