A lot of the inquiries I get are involving food.  And if you want to lose weight eating is where you need to start.  Listed below are some of my go to snacks, meals and food products that have been staples in my weight loss journey.  I'll keep adding to this section as time goes by and will eventually have recipes listed, as well.  If I ever mention something in my blog that I've eaten or cooked, feel free to ask me about it!

Pantry Must-Haves:
  1. Sara Lee 45 Calorie Multigrain Wheat Bread - Other brands have similar products, but this is my favorite, I feel that some of the other kinds have a "dietish" flavor.
  2. Kashi Go Lean Cereal - I love every Kashi cold cereal that I've tried, but this one is the best for me as far as being only 140 calories a cup, with 13 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber.  Kashi Go Lean Crunch is great and comparable as far as the protein and fiber goes, and I like the taste better, but it's quite a bit more calories and since losing more weight I've found my calories are more restricted.
  3. Sugar free pudding (and jello if you like it)
  4. Diet Hot Cocoa
  5. Unsweetened Almond Milk - 35 calories a cup compared to 80 for a cup of skim milk, I usually use this to put in things, like cereal, Chai Tea, etc.
  6. Skim Milk
  7. Fat Free Cheese - this is good to put in dishes:  in soups, stews or chili, in pasta or rice dishes, grilled cheese, in casseroles, but not on top.
  8. Reduced Fat Cheese - for putting on top of casseroles and such.
  9. Hell, cheese in general - in moderation cheese isn't bad, every once in awhile I'll sub a yummy slice of reduced fat provolone on my sandwich instead of my 50 calorie/slice cheese.
  10. 85% Dark Chocolate - The bitterness is just enough that a small wedge satisfies that craving.
  11. Apples - Great for on the go and full of fiber.
  12. Skinny Cow Ice Cream Products
  13. Weight Watchers Ice Cream Products
  14. Frozen Yogurt
  15. Cool Whip Free
  16. Almonds - Great fiber, healthy fat and protein supplement.
  17. Pistachios
  18. Yogurt - Dannon makes a delicious Light & Fit line with a delectable Black Cherry flavor
  19. Greek Yogurt - This one is a bit tricky,  it took me a couple tries before I decided I liked it, I prefer the fruit on the bottom kind, Yoplait makes one called YoCrunch Greek and it comes with a little tin of granola on top.  <3 these
  20. Chicken 
  21. Ground Turkey
  22. Lean beef ~ once a week
  23. Tuna
  24. Lean deli meats - I've learned that a lot of times you can get pastrami or roast beef for the same or just a smidge more calories, this opens up my lunches for variety.
  25. Broccoli, onions, garlic, leafy lettuce or spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, peppers - Whatever vegetables you enjoy or can learn to enjoy; broccoli is my favorite, I always have a stock of it in my freezer.
  26. Fruits - bananas, apples, grapes and tomatoes are my favorite.  Just remember that some fruits are high in sugar and calories; ie- bananas and mangos, though they still hold great nutritional value, it's probably not best to eat several of these in one sitting.  :-p
  27. La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious 100 Calorie Tortillas
  28. Coffeemate Sugar Free Coffee Creamer
  29. Peppermint Tea
  30. Sugar Substitute - I use Sweet N' Low - yes, I know "Research has shown a correlation between cancer and the use of Sweet N' Low"... BUT do you know how much of that stuff they fed those rats?  I guarantee you I don't consume that many times my body weight in Sweet N' Low.  Usually I don't consume more than 1-3 packets a day.  But for the altruists, there is also Truvia, Stevia, Agave Nectar and other alternative sweeteners.
  31. Smucker's Sugar Free Preserves
  32. Liquid Egg Whites - I used to get Egg Beaters, but I've found I prefer the taste of one or half an egg combined with egg whites.
  33. Natural Peanut Butter
  34. Teddy Grahams, Animal Crackers, Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers or Graham Crackers - It's nice to have a something that's a little sweet and crunchy that I can portion out in snack bags when I'm feeling snackish. 
  35. Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta Products
  36. Salsa
 Go to Breakfast Meals:

  1. Kashi GoLean w/half a banana and half a cup of Almond Milk
  2. Yogurt (I like the YoCrunch Greek Yogurt because of protein) and a fruit
  3. Bagel Thin with reduced fat cream cheese
  4. Reduced calorie wheat toast with Egg Beaters or egg whites with reduced fat cheese and sometimes veggies
  5. Reduced calorie wheat toast with turkey sausage and reduced fat cheese
  6. Reduced calorie wheat toast with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and sugar free preserves
  7. One egg, 3 egg whites, veggies and reduced fat cheese scramble with reduced calorie wheat toast.
  8. Bacon, on occasion
  9. Oatmeal with 1 tablespoon nuts, 1 tablespoon raisins, and Splenda Brown Sugar
  10. Oatmeal with blueberries and other fruits with Splenda Brown Sugar
  11. Fruit, if I'm not very hungry I'll just eat an apple
  12. Egg, bacon, veggie, and reduced fat cheese breakfast burrito made with a Smart and Delicious 100 Calorie Tortilla
  13. Bagel Thin, egg white and reduced fat cheese sandwich

Go to Lunch Meals:

  1. Lean deli meat & reduced fat cheese sandwich on reduced calorie wheat bread with lots of veggies (on and off the sandwich)
  2. Light Soup, half a sandwich and fresh veggies
  3. Leftovers from a healthy dinner the night before
  4. Rice, marinated/seasoned chicken breast, steamed broccoli (or any other vegetable)
  5. Chicken or tuna salad
  6. One Lean Pocket with about half an ounce of fat free cheese stuffed in it and vegetables on the side
  7. Grilled chicken and veggies on a Smart and Delicious 100 Calorie Tortilla
  8. Chicken or tuna salad on top of a veggie salad
  9. Half a baked potato with fat free/reduced fat cheese, veggies and lean meats

    Frequent Dinners:

    Coming soon.........