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May 25, 2011 10:45 AM


Any great product recommendations? (Chalav Yisrael only.) I'm on a massive diet... I know many of these products are very processed, etc. butI need the variety and excitement of trying new things. No health advisories please. :-) thanks!!!

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  1. Snacking right now on a pack of Gesher Snnowflakes . They come in several flavors and in 100 calorie packs. VERY satisfiying! Comes in onion (my fav) ansd barbque and maybe other flavors.

    LOVE these!

    Also really good in the 10 calorie instant soup packs (forget the brand - maybe Osem) makes it taste like way more than 110 caloriew and again quite satisfying.

    Both are parve!

    1. kashi go lean...its pareve but not pas.

      1. A really useful idea is to go to farmer's markets, upscale greengorcers, and ethnic neighborhood markets (like Chinatown) regularly and look for vegetables and fruits you've never seen before or have rarely eaten. There are a a surprising number of things out there you've probably never tried. You can satisfy the craving for variety without adding calories.

        Another tip is to snack on raw stuff. On beyond carrot sticks. Use raw green beans, jicama, turnip. Dip them in a good basalmic style wine or a rice vinegar. Or mix some wine vinegar with dijon mustard for a dip.

        Another tip is to eat hearty by having a large helping of a fat-feff protein early in the day and at lunch. Fat-free cottage cheese, chicken breast or low fat fish (cod, flounder) Flavor it up by poaching in something non-fat, like soya sauce or use a lot of curry or other spice to add flavor. Eat a generous serving and you will be less likely to crave a snack.

        And treat yourself to the best quality you can afford of everything. Heirloom tomatoes. Peaches form a local farmer. Rambutans at 9.99 a lb. This helps you not feel deprived.

        And get a farm share, so the freshest vegetables and fruits come to your door. Less schlepping and if you haven't eaten a carrot, a tomato, a snap bean, or corn sliced raw off the cob just hours (or, better yet, minutes) of its having been picked - you haven't lived.

        Lucky you, to be starting a diet just as the peaches are ripe.

        19 Replies
        1. re: AdinaA

          Wow! Thanks for being so inspiring!!! :-)

          1. re: singingfoodie

            Another really useful diet aid is

            I hope you have something wonderful to enjoy on Shabbos, like ripe apricots.

            Shabbat shalom

          2. re: AdinaA

            Prepare the veggies right away- cut up carrots, celery, jicama, green beans, cucumbers and put them on a platter and in ziplock baggies. If they're in the frigde, you're more likely to eat them. You can also get little salad dressing containers with lids to use for dips or dressings.

            Also, try making salads your main meal. Add sesame noodles to lots of fresh and stir fried napa- lots of textures and you're still eating noodles. Add chopped grilled chicken cutlets to a crunchy salad with apples, celery, cucumber and shredded carrots. Make your own croutons in the oven...

            1. re: cheesecake17

              the last few weeks I've been BBQ'ing veggies for Friday night dinner, asparagus, zucchini , I first coat them olive oil and sea salt and then 5-10 minutes on the grill. Great served at room temp

              1. re: berel

                I find that some vegetables can be roasted without the olive oil Raw, naked cauliflower baked at 425 until it begins to brown in delicious. And almost zero calories.

                1. re: AdinaA

                  I've baked and BBQ'd. the BBQ wins

                  1. re: berel

                    Oh, I'm not doubting that. Only, the OP is on a diet and there are times when even the calories in a thin coating of olive oil count.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      Yes, but you can't go crazy overboard. Many health experts these days are saying that the advantages of olive oil--in small amounts--outweigh the relatively small number of calories it adds. That is, of course, a far different thing than saying you should have things deep fried in the olive oil. The thin coating (maybe a teaspoon or so), might be desirable, even for diets.

                      There's also the possibility of using the sprays (PAM, etc.) I have had great success with doing that on veggies, and especially on breaded chicken cutlets (shnitzel, essentially), rather than frying them.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        theres a mothers butter flavored oil spray, i dont know if they carry it over the year, i always buy a bunch over pesach, but im guessing they do carry them at the frum supermarkets, its in a yellow spray

                        anyway, spray it on veggies and then lightly salt and pepper them and then bake or bbq and theya re delicious, and great for snacking

                        last week, i watched movies with a bunch of people, they made buttery popcorn, i made roasted brussel sprouts and cauliflower, roasted in mothers buttery spray salt and pepper

                        my veggies went really quickly, the popcorn sat lonely and sad on the counter for days

                        1. re: shoelace

                          Just note that those sprays are not really fat free. The fat is just small enough that it doesn't need to be reported per serving. But if you use more spray than the labeled serving(probably one burst), then you will be adding some fat.

                          1. re: avitrek

                            I was curious today and measured on my very accurate & sensitive food scale how much I sprayed on the cake pan I was spraying. A reasonable coating only added 3 grams of weight to the empty pan. I wouldn't add much more to the chicken cutlets or the veggies I would bake, and far less to some other things. It seems pretty negligible to me, especially when divided up among servings. Can't do the math right now; it's too close to shabbat, but I think the 5 grams comes to only 30-40 calories, if I'm not mistaken.

                            1. re: avitrek

                              of course they arent really fat or calorie free, but theyre less caloric then drizzling olive oil, even if you only drizzle a drop

                              regardless for the butter one in the yellow canister, i think its more abt the butter smell that it gives off than the taste

                              1. re: shoelace

                                So true! When I spray it onto hot, toasted bread it gives off that deliciously "normal" scent. :-)

                            2. re: shoelace

                              I love that stuff! I spray it
                              On ww toast to male it edible.

                              1. re: singingfoodie

                                on ww toast with a little bit of garlic salt, sounds gross, but yummy

                                or take a piece of toast, tub it with raw garlic, then spray

                            3. re: queenscook

                              Hear hear! Crazy dirt for me means substituting my daily pasta lunch for salad and tuna :-) and no cookies! Lol.

                  2. re: AdinaA

                    As you're in Lakewood, the new vegetable store in Howell (on Rt 9 South, just north of Shoprite) is an Asian market as AdinaA describes. They've got fruits and vegetables I've never even heard of, let alone seen. If you have a smartphone, look stuff up on Wikipedia before you buy.

                    They've got lots of Caribbean fruits and vegetables, too, breadfruit for example.

                    Good luck with the diet.

                    1. re: The Cameraman

                      Thanks for the thoughtful advice BUT I'm allergic to many tropical fruits - I'd be nervous to try new and exotic ones...

                      1. re: singingfoodie

                        Oh. Didn't think about that.

                        Do you have a wok? Stir frying is a great way to jazz up vegetables, and uses very little oil compared to frying. Throw some vegetables in a wok with a little soy or teriyaki sauce and a little meat or chicken, and serve over brown rice. The vegetables are the main focus of the dish, the meat is just for flavoring. You can even use leftover chicken or meat. A single chicken thigh, a splash of vegetable oil, a zucchini, a large carrot, an onion, two splashes of teriyaki sauce, and 2 cups of brown rice is enough to feed a family of four.

                  3. Try the Empire Turkey Breast - four slices are only 45 calories. Sabra matbucha dip is super yummy, especially with veggies. Most salsas are very low cal - try with veggies, or pouring it over salmon and baking it for a filling appetizer or entree. Healthy Delights also has a full line of low cal, low fat, gluten free veggie souffles and veggie dishes.

                    1. In Italy when people need to lose a few pounds they treat themselves to a few gourmet purchases: get a bottle of the best olive oil you can find, then a few drops on your steamed fish will seem like a treat. maybe a jar of truffle paste, a delicious addition to your eggs... And what about shopping for the very best dark chocolate? Just a piece will satisfy you. The idea is that you should pamper yourself a bit ... If you feel deprived and your diet is depressing, you'll end up opening the freezer one night and polishing off your kids's ice cream!!!!! I love this website for great olives and cheeses ( if the cheese is outstanding, one tiny chunk will satisfy your appetite).