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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...

                        2. Trader Joe's sells a reduced fat Irish Cheddar that is pretty tasty. Other reduced-fat cheeses I've tried have been pretty boring.

                          1. I'm there with you. No Pudge brownies are pretty good, actually. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are ok too.

                            1. I love Fage's 0% greek yogurt. fat-free, 80 calories per carton, and surprisingly thick and satisfying for a fat free yogurt. I haven't tried the higher fat/calorie yogurts by Fage, but I'm not really tempted to try them because I'm so happy with the 0%.

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                              1. re: bijoux16

                                That's what I was gonna say!

                                Thomas's Light English muffins
                                Pop Secret 94% fat-free kettle corn
                                Jell-o or Hunt's fat-free, sugar-free pudding
                                Newman's Own Lighten Up! ginger sesame dressing
                                Popsicle's sugar-free fruit pops
                                8th Continent Light soymilk (assuming you like soymilk)
                                Turkey Hill Light ice cream (I love the chocolate-cherry swirl, 80 cal. per 1/2 cup!)
                                Aunt Jemima low-fat pancake mix
                                Flat Out! whole grain wraps

                                1. re: piccola

                                  Piccola, is there a web site to learn about the Flat Out! wraps? I've never heard of them. TIA

                                  1. re: synergy


                                    I saw them at Pathmark and grabbed them on a whim. So far, they've made good quesadillas, burritos and "pita" chips.

                                  2. re: piccola

                                    I agree with Jello SF/FF even my kids love it.
                                    Newman's lites are very good.
                                    Ken's lites are good
                                    Catalina free I use it on everything. It's great on chicken.
                                    Joseph's Lavash Bread (Wraps) 60 calories, no T fat, no cholesterol, soft, very good.

                                  3. re: bijoux16

                                    Just tried Fage yogurt today for the first time--Wild Oats just opened a new store here in Naples--they were almost sold out of the Fage and all that was left was the full-fat strawberry yogurt but I bought the last 2 and had one for lunch...Fage is everything the 'hounds have said on these boards, just delicious! The rest of Wild Oats items seem pretty expensive but I did buy a container of Baba Ganouj (NOT the kind made with mayonnaise!) for $2.00 and will enjoy trying that for the first time later this afternoon.

                                    1. re: Val

                                      Wild Oats has the best rice pudding well at least they do in California.

                                    2. re: bijoux16

                                      Yeah, the Fage 0% is the best nonfat product I've ever had -- because they remove both the whey and the fat, it's also much higher in protein than regular yogurt. I add a spoonful of Trader Joe's reduced sugar organic apricot preserves (the one with the black lid).

                                      I just bought a bottle of the only "lite" salad dressing I've ever liked: Bernstein's Light Fantastico Cheese Fantastico (2 tbls. for 25 calories). It's good because they don't pump up the flavor by adding sweetener, like a lot of fat reduced products do.

                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                        I've never even seen that brand of dressing. Where do you buy it?

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          I've always bought it at the supermarket. Looking at their website, it may be a West Coast brand: http://www.birdseyefoods.com/scripts/...

                                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                          I loved that stuff, used it all the time out in CA. Since moving back east I haven't seen it.

                                      2. Sargento has some decent low-fat shredded cheeses. The mexican blend (not the one with taco seasoning) is actually very flavorful. Just don't go with Fat Free on anything--miserable taste and very unsatisfying. That's when I usually end up at Carvel demanding a cone of chocolate marshmallow ice cream...

                                        1. Daisy brand light sour cream--excellent!

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                                          1. re: Val

                                            I second that rec--it's great and nobody ever asks if it's light.

                                          2. Philadelphia 1/3 less fat Neuchatel cream cheese.

                                            1. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches

                                              Dannon, Blue Bunny or Kroger brand yogurts sweetened with Splenda.

                                              Actually, any light product with Splenda gets my vote.

                                              Lite ice cream has come a long way in recent years - the slow churned method really does make a decent treat

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                                              1. re: swissgirl

                                                I think Skinny Cow tastes pretty good given the number of calories per serving, but I find their ice cream a little bland compared to regular ice cream. But perhaps less calories = less flavor...

                                              2. Agreement on:

                                                Edy's ice cream
                                                Baked Lays (the cheddar flavor for me)
                                                Phili cream cheese
                                                sugar free cool whip
                                                Hellmann's lite (it is good for lite)
                                                Laughing Cow - LOVE the laughing cow on Ak-mak crackers!
                                                Daisy light sour cream
                                                Jell-o sugar free puddings (and gelatin, if you like gelatin)

                                                I have a banana pudding I make with all low sugar stuff. Let me know if you're interested in the general recipe/products I use for it. You had said low fat, so I don't know if you're as much interested in low sugar or not.

                                                Not previously mentioned:
                                                some popsicles called $uper-$aver - we get them at IGA and Walmart. They have a sugar-free version with crazy flavors from my childhood (coconut, banana, and that bright blue kind), and I love them.

                                                Blue Bunny has several ice cream bars that are light or sugar-free that are decent. And I'll have to look at that other brand I have. I found it at Walmart. They have some really good flavor combinations with caramel and stuff. I hope I still have some in the freezer.

                                                The Kraft Light Done Right raspberry dressing was very good, but it's not low sugar so I don't buy it. It's pretty tasty, though, for a light dressing.

                                                If I think of others, I'll post.

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                                                1. re: luv2bake

                                                  I would love your recipe. I am not primarily interested in Low Fat. Anything "healthier" would be fine. I actually eat Low Sugar as much as possible now, as it is, anyway, because I am hypoglycemic. So, I would love Low Sugar ideas.

                                                  1. re: KellBell

                                                    I have to watch my carbs, and when I'm being really good, I still sometimes must have something "bad" - at least something that tastes bad. I have hooked a number of people on my not-as-bad-as-it-could-be banana pudding. I buy the stupid in-the-box Jell-o sugar free vanilla pudding (2 boxes), bananas, Murray sugar free vanilla wafers, and sugar-free Cool Whip. Slice the bananas. Make a light layer of the vanilla wafers in the bottom of a trifle dish (you want it to look like you're really splurging!) Layer bananas over that. Make ONE box of the pudding according to package directions - I always use skim milk. Do not mix it as long as the directions tell you, though, because you want it to be not too thick when you put it over the cookies & bananas. (And the reason you only mix one box at a time is so that it doesn’t firm up too fast for you to use it at the right consistency.) Repeat the process. It's best if it sits in the fridge a little while so the cookies get a wee bit soft. Then put a little Cool Whip on each dish when you serve it.

                                                    I sometimes try to do 3 or 4 layers, but you have to be careful how many bananas and cookies you add if you do that, otherwise you’re defeating the purpose. You do have to watch this because you can eat too much and then might as well eat something like chocolate cake! haha But it's really good to satisfy a craving. You just have to keep in mind that it's not low calorie - just slightly lower calorie and far less sugar.

                                                2. Oh, also, if you need a quick lunch, the lean cuisine glazed chicken is very yummy.

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                                                  1. re: luv2bake

                                                    Funny, the Glazed chicken is one of the only ones I don't like, but as my mom used to say; "that's horse racing for ya".

                                                    In general, Lean Cuisine makes some pretty tasty dishes as far as watching your weight go, if you can handle the sodium content (I can). I'm pretty partial to the Spa line myself. I actually lost quite a bit of weight eating them for dinner and rounding it out with a salad and extra veggies. Had to give up dinners out for a while, but it was worth it :-)

                                                  2. Kerrygold reduced fat cheddar which I sampled yesterday at Whole Foods. I was
                                                    impressed. Nice taste and mouth feel.

                                                    1. My favorite salad dressing is Girard's lite champagne vinaigrette--- I put it on everything, it is really delicious!

                                                      1. I am not a diet fan but I have been cursed with lots and lots of bad cholesterol so, I have found the following three products to be great "go to" items. All three can be found at Trader Joe's.

                                                        1) Fage nonfat yogurt is amazingly dense and flavorful - so much so that I often will add it to recipes that call for mayo, just so i can cut down on some of the fat, ditto with recipes calling for sour cream.

                                                        2) Laughing Cow Light is something I would ordinarily avoid because it is processed cheese and I much prefer the real thing, however I make an exception because it is portable and relatively healthy. It makes an excellent mid-day snack with an apple or pear or even some Wasa Crisp crackers.

                                                        3) Earth Balance margarine is great for cooking and decent tasting enough to be used on plain toast. If I could use real butter, I would but this does nicely under the circumstances.

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                                                        1. re: bodie

                                                          The non-fat Fage is the best out there and the low-fat (2%) is great too if you want to splurge just a bit. I also use it as a substitute for sour cream if making dips because even the light sour cream (which I do think is darn good) is still too much fat the way I eat it LOL. With the Fage, you really can eat quite a bit of it without feeling any guilt at all.

                                                          1. re: sivyaleah

                                                            I had the Fage 2% (can't get nonfat here) this am with a sprinkle of pecans and a teaspoon of honey. Absolutely breathtaking. And 17g of protein in the yogurt alone! Next time I will sprinkle some oats on it and be set.

                                                        2. Laughing Cow cheese
                                                          Sour cream (any brand)

                                                          1. Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese
                                                            Jarlsberg Lite Swiss
                                                            Yoplait Blueberry non fat yogurt
                                                            Lean Cuisine Basil Chicken and Three Cheese Ravioli
                                                            Trader Joe's Fiberful handmade dried fruit bars (only 60 cal and 6g fiber, try apricot)
                                                            Knudsen 2% cottage cheese in the pink tub (very creamy!)
                                                            Dreyer's Lite rocky road

                                                            1. Gayle's Miracles -- chocolate truffles, only 30 calories, fabulous. www.gaylesmiracles.com

                                                              1. Turkey Hill makes a really good vanilla yogurt sandwich bar - tastes exactly like a regular vanilla ice cream sandwich. Pretty low in fat and calories. But for some reason, kind of hard to find. I've had to make special requests at my supermarket to stock up on them.

                                                                1. I have recently started buying the Dannon Lite and Fit yogurt, it has no fat, splenda and no added sugar. It takes a little getting used to after yoplait low fat which has 27 grams of sugar (and the Lite and Fit has 7 grams) but I like it. I also regularly buy the Lean Cuisine Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli with cheese sauce, the Three Bean Chili and the Southwestern Beans and Rice. Also, Haagen Daz lite ice cream is great--fewer calories than regular and pretty tasty

                                                                  1. Baby Bel's low fat cheese (in the little mesh bag)
                                                                    Columbo's FF/Sugar Free creamy vanilla (tastes like you are eating full fat-great with fresh fruit)

                                                                    1. The absolute best is the Stoneyfield Farms Creme Carmel Frozen Yogurt. It's wonderfully creamy and there is no indication that it's low fat/reduced calorie at all.

                                                                      1. I have Lean Cuisine's Chicken Peanut Noodles about once a week. I almost always add a 1/2 cup to a cup of frozen or fresh veggies to my Lean Cuisines, too. With this one in particular, I doctor up the sauce with a good drizzle of Sriracha. Instant comfort food.

                                                                        Otherwise, a few staples are as follows:
                                                                        Instant Oatmeal (usually the low sugar kind)
                                                                        Laughing Cow - I like it on celery but I've also mixed several wheels of cheese together and added such things as sundried tomatoes and basil or chipotles and lime
                                                                        94% FF Microwave popcorn in the individual bags
                                                                        Store-bought hummus - I personally don't like Athenos brand or any of those but prefer a local brand here in Minneapolis called Holy Land
                                                                        Whole Wheat English Muffins - so versatile!
                                                                        Frozen Boca Chicken Patties
                                                                        Frozen Pot Stickers - boil up a few for an awesome dinner or snack

                                                                        1. Gardenburgers - if you doctor them up enough "almost" like a burger. Ok, maybe not but I do like them anyway :-) I'll even splurge on a real piece of cheese with this.

                                                                          1. Well, no 'lite' on the label and it's not a lite version, but I think it's not a bad indulgence:

                                                                            Altoids dark chocolate dipped mints

                                                                            When I have a chocolate craving and wanted something sweet, these do the trick. Only 15 calories, 2 g carbs, and .5g fat per 2 tablets. Less damage than a thin mint.

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                                                                            1. re: notmartha

                                                                              They are delicious, aren't they? Dark chocolate fix in an easy portable container! :) They taste a lot like peppermint patties - as long as you don't bite them too soon. :-o

                                                                              1. re: luv2bake

                                                                                They do taste like peppermint patties, that's why I love them! Not sure how they will fare in summer, with the heat.

                                                                                Looking for the chocolate covered ginger version as well.

                                                                                1. re: notmartha

                                                                                  I am so glad to know I'm not the only one who loves the ginger ones. I keep fearing they're going to discontinue them. I also love the licorice ones. Mmmmmmmmm. Although I wouldn't want them with chocolate!

                                                                                  But if they come out w/ the chocolate ginger, I'm there!

                                                                              2. re: notmartha

                                                                                They were giving samples of these out the other day on the street. I forgot I was given a handful of them and just went into my bag and opened a package of them. I'm not much into the whole chocolate/mint thing but I have to say - these are pretty good!

                                                                              3. Just found these Altoids in our local stores and they're great! The inner wrapping says they also have chocolate dipped cinnamon and ginger but I haven't seen them yet.

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                                                                                1. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                  Oh, my gosh! OK, I've gotta be on the hunt now.

                                                                                  Darn. I have to really ration due to my blood sugar issues. What shall I do?! I wonder if the doc will up my glucophage for the critical importance of Altoids??? :)

                                                                                2. Gardenburgers, Lean Pockets, Lean Cuisine are actually surprisingly great. Skinny Cow ice cream is also surprisingly amazing.


                                                                                  1. These aren't designated as lite, but Traders Joes has wonderful blue cheese stuffed olives. At 15 calories for 2, they are awesome. They taste really rich and DEFINITELY not like diet food.
                                                                                    The double chocolate Vitamuffins are wonderful. Only 100 calories and so chocolately.
                                                                                    Skinny cow ice cream is great.
                                                                                    Soy sausage is many less calories than regular, but my husband couldn't tell the difference in stuffed peppers. (I used the sausage roll)

                                                                                    1. Agree on a bunch and sorry for repeating any already posted but I haven't read every post and am pretty sure I have quite a few new additions:
                                                                                      Edy's Slow Churned Light (most flavors) and also the Sugar Free but the former is better
                                                                                      Soy Crisps - various variety's TJ, Glenny's and others are good
                                                                                      94% FF Kettle Korn
                                                                                      Light Laughing Cow - Love the French Onion and the Garlic
                                                                                      Morningstar Farms Veggie Sausage Patties
                                                                                      Better than Eggs - best tasting egg substitute I've found but bizarrely, the Kirkland brand at Costco is really cheap and quite good.
                                                                                      Light Yarlsberg
                                                                                      Breakstone Reduced Fat Sour Cream (not the no fat)
                                                                                      TJ No fat greek style yogurt (I think better than Fage 0% and less $$)
                                                                                      Tofutti no sugar fudge bars - not amazing but good for a chocolate flavor fix and only 30 calories
                                                                                      If you can handle Olean or the idea of it, the Lays chips and Doritos made with it are not bad
                                                                                      Marie's Light Blue Cheese Dressing - really good - in the produce section, light blue label
                                                                                      Joseph's pita and wraps - whole grain, oat bran, etc. higher fiber and low calorie -- really good
                                                                                      Just bought a light goat cheese at TJ, 35 calories ounce. Was really good crumbled in salad
                                                                                      Maple Grove Farms Fat Free Rasberry Vinaigrette

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                                                                                      1. re: laylag

                                                                                        That Marie's Light Blue Cheese dressing is fantastic! If you go easy on it that is :-) Tastes as good as the real thing.

                                                                                      2. I also like the sugar-free Jell-O pudding - if you freeze it, it's like ice cream.

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                                                                                        1. re: piccola

                                                                                          I've never tried that piccola. Do you use the sugar free and fat free or just the sugar free? Also, the cook it pudding or the instant?

                                                                                          1. re: laylag

                                                                                            The sugar-free is also fat-free. And I use the snack packs - they freeze all creamy, whereas the ones you mix yourself get icy and full of crystals. I know it's probably because the ready-made ones are full of stabilizers, but I try to ignore it.

                                                                                        2. Traders Joes Soy Nuggets - my fave TJ item. In a yellow and black box in the frozen foods section. Great dipped in spicy mustard for a low-fat, vegetarian treat.
                                                                                          I live in fear TJs will one day discontinue these

                                                                                          1. Yet another vote for the Fage.

                                                                                            Stoneyfield's frozen yogurt. I particularly like the chocolate.

                                                                                            Low fat ricotta. I think the brand is Calabro. I buy it at WF, it doesn't have any preservatives, additives or other junk and I think it tastes much better than most other supermarket brands.

                                                                                            WF's Whole Treat brand fudge bars. They're creamy, rich and chocolately. Like a fudgicle but only 100 calories.

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                                                                                            1. re: marcia2

                                                                                              I really like TJ's greek style yogurt, and it's about half the price of fage

                                                                                            2. Cape Cod Reduced Fat Potato Chips-Light, crispy, delicious!
                                                                                              Stoneyfield Farm nonfat French Vanilla yogurt

                                                                                              1. Instead of Ice Cream I love Kozy Shack's Rice Pudding a lot less fat.

                                                                                                1. These get me through my day:

                                                                                                  Halved, seeded jalapeños stuffed with light cream cheese, garlic and green onion, topped with a small amount of 2% milk mozzarella. Bake at 350º 25-30 min... fantastique!
                                                                                                  Butternut squash fries... cut, spray with canola, sprinkle with kosher salt... 425º for 30-40 min, shake them around a bit during cooking. Excellent with good ketchup or BBQ sauce...
                                                                                                  Boca burger on a toasted whole wheat bun with trimmings, superb.

                                                                                                  Speaking of BBQ sauce:
                                                                                                  1 cup tomato sauce
                                                                                                  3 T worcestershire sauce
                                                                                                  1 T vinegar
                                                                                                  1 t liquid smoke
                                                                                                  3 pkts Splenda
                                                                                                  Combine all ingredients and cook over low heat for 10 min.


                                                                                                  1. It's not really a lite food, but Natural Ovens bread products (available in the midwest) are really lo-cal and taste great.

                                                                                                    1. Mostly repeats (but I always like to see how many people agree, so here goes...)
                                                                                                      --Edy's/Dreyer's Slow Churned (I've liked most of the ones I tried, but I did NOT like the Cherry Chocolate Chip -- like maraschino cherry ice cream with waxy brown chips)
                                                                                                      --Baked Cheetos (my husband swears "after the first time" these taste almost like real Cheetos. He does not say the same about other baked chips).
                                                                                                      --Many of Yukon's chips are reduced fat, and good.
                                                                                                      --Fage is great if you like your yogurt plain or like to control your own mix-ins. If you prefer it pre-flavored, Dannon Light 'n' Fit is good. Not a fan of the light Blue Bunny yogurt.
                                                                                                      --Breyers makes Double Churned Bars that are really good. They're not as reduced fat as others, but they pass my husband's low-fat detector which is more finely tuned than mine. I haven't tried the sugar free ones.
                                                                                                      --Healthy Choice vanilla caramel ice cream sandwiches -- not as big a fan of the chocolate ones. The caramel ones are hard to find, though.
                                                                                                      --Lean Cuisine -- I like the spa dinners.
                                                                                                      --Newman's Own lite dressings. I don't like the Sesame Ginger, but I think that's a personal thing.
                                                                                                      --Laughing cow cheeses. I like the tiny squares. Easy portion control. Unwrapping a lot of those things is a pain in the neck.

                                                                                                      Ones that have been mentioned that I don't like (again, just another opinion from someone who eats a fair amount of low fat, low cal foods):
                                                                                                      --Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches
                                                                                                      --Sargento cheese (I don't like Sargento cheeses as a general rule -- full fat or low fat. They're just waxy and flavorless IMHO.) I far prefer Cabot Light (haven't seen those in shredded, though).

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                                                                                                      1. re: msbo78

                                                                                                        So it's not just me on the Sargento cheeses!

                                                                                                      2. Stonyfield Farms is the best (widely available) fat-free yogurt I've found - the others (Light & Fit especially) have a strong aspartame taste to me, which I hate.

                                                                                                        Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are good - so low-cal!

                                                                                                        Low-fat string cheese is pretty good, as is 2% cottage cheese.

                                                                                                        You can substitute applesauce or yogurt for oil in a lot of muffin and other baking recipes, that's a great low-fat trick. I actually prefer fat-free muffins made that way - I find regular muffins so oily.

                                                                                                        I think Baked Lays taste like packing chips with flavoring dust on them. Just depressing.

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                                                                                                        1. re: dubedo

                                                                                                          "I think Baked Lays taste like packing chips with flavoring dust on them. Just depressing"

                                                                                                          LOL. I agree. I feel like a cat choking on fur balls eating those.

                                                                                                          1. re: sivyaleah

                                                                                                            considering they(baked) only cut the calorie content by about 25-30 percent, I'd rather deal with the "anal leakage" of the olestra fried chips. Actually, they don't effect me, so I'm in the clear.

                                                                                                            1. re: amkirkland

                                                                                                              For me, any chip is a trigger food - but I found that soy chips were an ok substitute if I had to indulge. I'd rather eat none of them, than those baked things or at little of the real thing and at least really enjoy what I'm having. Like you said, a 25% reduction really isn't worth not enjoying what you're eating.

                                                                                                              1. re: sivyaleah

                                                                                                                I had a summer long addiction to soy chips a couple years ago. Mmmm... I did like those.

                                                                                                        2. Some low fat (not fat free) dairy, such as yogurt, cottage cheese milk.
                                                                                                          I like the Haagen Dazs lite.

                                                                                                          1. Wallaby lowfat yogurt is another great tasting yogurt. It's getting harder to find, though. I like Horizon or Organic Valley lowfat cottage cheese--they are far better than any of the commercial dairy's lower fat products. My mom adores Gardenburgers, says they're better than anything else like it. She goes for the portobello and original flavors most often. On the Stoneyfield farms frozen yogurt--it's the lowfat ones that taste best, the nonfat are atrocious in my opinion, especially the vanilla. Ack, ptooey.

                                                                                                            I have to disagree about baked Lay's--if you want salty, there are far better lowfat options, like Snyder's sourdough pretzels for one. I would rather have a small bag of sunchips or reduced fat potato chips than a huge bag of baked Lay's.

                                                                                                            1. I believe the fat free cottage cheese and fat free plain yogurt to be just as good as the full fat. The foods that are really hard to match in fat free are mayonaise and cheese.

                                                                                                              1. Kroger sugar free low fat ice cream has been mentioned above, but I just tried their sugar free low fat Rocky Road tonight and it is truly awesome. It does have 120 calories per half cup and I probably ate three times the recommended amount, but non lite brands have two or more times the calorie count of this brand. Really, ya'll should try it if you can find it.