Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Best “diet” foods…

on February 14, 2013

We got quite the dumping of snow yesterday so I guess I’ll switch up my workout routine for the day and do a little shovelling instead.  I cannot believe the amount of snow we have this year. There are some areas of our yard that are close to chest deep on me. I know, I’m only 5′ tall so maybe that’s not really so deep but still, its plenty deep enough! I have a feeling this is going to be a wet, wet, spring in Saskatchewan.

Back to the topic. I don’t like a lot of “diet” foods but there are certain things I like to keep on hand that help me stay on track. One of my favourites being Silver Hills sprouted grain breads. These flour-less loaves are full of fibre and good stuff. They make one variety called “Little Big Bread” , which is a low-calorie, only 1-point-per-slice bread that is super tasty. Sooo much better than the sandy yucky diet breads you can get out there, sorry Weight Watchers, your bread doesn’t even come close. I love to eat it as toast, sandwiches, toasted sandwiches… I eat a lot of sandwiches actually, you can put a lot on a sandwich for minimal points. The Big 16 is my other favourite, it’s 2 points per slice but they are big, hearty slices. I buy Silver Hills breads at Costco in Saskatoon – the same price for 2 loaves as a single loaf costs at Safeway.

On the subject of whole grains, I also like to use whole grain pastas and rice. However, not all brands are created equal. Some whole grain varieties of pasta are just gross. My favourite is President’s Choice Blue Menu for pasta. I enjoy brown basmati rice, no particular brand, it can be a little harder to find in smaller grocery stores. My kids eat the whole wheat pasta and have never once noticed that its not white.

I also love fat-free yogurt that is still sweetened with sugar. I’m sorry, but I just can’t stomach artificial sweeteners. Up until recently I enjoyed Activia Fat-Free yogurt…but then they went all gross and switched to artificial sweeteners. Yucky, yuck, yuck, yuck. Now I have to go to a separate grocery store than usual just to pick up yogurt because my regular store carries a limited variety of yogurt, either full of fat and sugar, or no fat and no sugar. Nothing in between. Thankfully Yoplait Yoptimal still comes in a fat-free, sugared variety and is pretty good. I also noticed Safeway carried a generic brand and some organic brands that were fat-free and not artificially sweetened.

Skinny Cow. Need I say more? During strawberry season last year, I loved putting a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich in a bowl and topping it with freshly picked, sliced strawberries. Felt so indulgent and was so guilt-free.

 

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* WEIGHT LOSS TIP OF THE DAY*

Next time you’re at the grocery store, take time to browse products and find some guilt-free indulgences you can bring home with you to help you stay on track. Or even just switch from white bread, rice and pasta to whole grain, the added fibre helps keep you fuller longer, even when you eat less of it.


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