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Jan 26, 2007 11:20 AM

Good Tasting "Lite" Foods

Okay, so I am trying to be more conscious of what I eat now. I never buy the lite version of anything, because I have convinced myself that it just tastes bad. So, does anyone have any suggestions of products where the light (lite, low fat, no fat) versions are actually decent?

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  1. Dreyer's slow churned no sugar added cookies & cream ice cream. It's not Haagan Daaz or Ben & Jerry's, but it's decent.

    Sometimes food that's lite or low fat has higher carbs. They have to add something to compensate.

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    1. re: notmartha

      Forgot another one -

      Soy Crisps (http://www.soycrisps.com). I found them at Costcos and they are actually tasty. I was expecting cardboards.

      1. re: notmartha

        Oh yeah...Trader Joes has their own brand of these. I have only tried the BBQ ones, but I love them. They are really good.

      2. re: notmartha

        Dreyer's = Edy's on the East Coast. I agree - the Slow Churned stuff is quite good.

        1. re: LaurainCT

          That stuff is so good you'd never guess it was low-fat!

        2. re: notmartha

          i third the dreyer's slow churned but i just love the cherry chip ice cream from soy delicious. got it at trader joes and it has lots of cherries and while the chips are a little chalky, i can eat the whole tub myself. i forget how many calories it has but it was a lot less than regular ice cream.

          1. re: notmartha

            i like the haagen dazs light flavours far better than this. especially the mint and the cherry chip or whatever it is. but especially the mint.

            1. re: notmartha

              I buy those too, but you're really paying for air. compare the amount of calories per gram of weight, rather than 1/2 serving, and it's basically the same.

            2. Vita muffin double chocolate muffins. I just bought 6 boxes. They aren't cheap (4 to a box and about $1.75 per muffin) but are comparable in price to coffee house prices. Only 100 calories per muffin and they have mega vitamins in them. They are frozen and you nuke them for 9-10 seconds. They are awesome! Very chocolately and moist. (They have other flavors too, but I can't get past chocolate)

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              1. re: Main Line Tracey

                I like the muffins too, but if you haven't tried their brownies ........they are wonderful. I just got the sampler pack delivered last night,,,,,bran blueberry muffins are very good.
                The only one I wasn't impressed with was the banana nut, they seem to have a distinct chemical taste. I bought this online can you buy these in stores? I have never seen them.

                1. re: othervoice

                  I buy them at Genuardi's near us (Philly). They are in the organic/health foods frozen section. They had them on sale recently, and I bought 7 boxes, only because they ran out and I got the last 7. I had them stacked up on the belt at checkout and the lady behind me in line was wondering what they were. There was this 3 foot tall wall of Vitamuffins in front of her.

                  My husband and I have gotten into arguements (kind of fake) about him eating my Chocolate Vita muffins. I saw the brownies and wondered. They are a little more expensive, but I will have to treat myself to a box. Thanks for the review!

              2. I think the lower fat version of Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese is good. The no fat version is another story. Also some of the Kraft 2% cheeses are good.

                1. I prefer Baked Lays to the regular version (but this just goes for Lays, not other chips).

                  I prefer the Sugar Free Cool Whip to the regular version.

                  1. Hellmann's lite mayo
                    Cool Whip Lite
                    Laughing Cow cheese

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                    1. re: katiepie

                      Mmm, yes Laughing Cow. I don't know where it fits into the cheese family, but that's not why you eat it; I didn't know it was lite though, I just like it now and then.

                      1. re: tomato

                        It's not all light. They have regular & light laughing cow.

                      2. re: katiepie

                        The OP is trying to be careful about what she eats. Here are the ingreds in cool whip: water, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated coconut and palm kernel oil, sodium caseinate, natural and artificial flavorings, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 80, sorbitan monostearate, and beta carotene.[1] The lite version must be even scarier. We are what we eat, bag the lite foods and eat REAL food only less of it , the better the quality the better it is for you.Try Fage yogurt with a drop of honey or a tsp. of jam stirred in.

                        1. re: missclaudy

                          I agree 100%. One of the hardest things for me when I started losing weight was discovering what real portion sizes are (it's amazing how much I used to overeat), but I quickly adapted.

                          I really feel that 'diet' foods are dangerous, not just because they're often loaded with unhealthy stuff, but because they don't teach you moderation -- they allow you to indulge in the same old excess you indulged in before you started 'eating healthy'. Which means you're either tied to the diet foods forever or you'll just gain back whatever you lose as soon as you go back to eating 'regular' food. And you're absolutely out of luck if you travel someplace that doesn't have your particular diet foods.

                          1. re: dietfoodie

                            amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen ad infinitum.

                          2. re: missclaudy

                            Yeah, I think I worded what I was asking for incorrectly. I really wanted ideas for "healthy" foods. Whats your go to yummy heathy food...