Every Diet Needs Some Yes’s

When trying to watch your weight it often seems like the “no” list is never ending.  No french fries, no beer, no dessert, no eating after 8pm, no chips, no eating out.  This list goes on.  I think that to succeed in a diet you need to have yes’s as well – a list of things that may not be french fries but they are pretty good and help you get through a majority of the days.

I thought I’d share my list of “yes’s” this week, or at least some of them.  Please share some of your favorites as well, maybe we can all discover something.

– I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Spray.  I don’t know how I lived without this ever.  I use it on everything.  It is completely made of chemicals and butter flavoring and scent, but it is enough to make my toast taste good without adding calories and that’s all it takes.  I’ve used it on many things through the years and I find it is almost always a perfect substitute for butter.

– Sandwich Thins. There are a few varieties of these out there right now and I don’t think the brand matters, though we usually eat the Arnold brand.  Sandwich Thins are like squished hamburger rolls, maybe a little denser.  They are great as toast, for a sandwich, with a veggie burger, with pasta – a perfect, portion controlled, lower calorie sub for bread.  We don’t even buy bread anymore, unless for a “special occasion” and use these for all our bread needs.  Even A likes them.  (They come in many flavors, I think we usually get Whole Wheat.)

– Weight Watcher Bagels.  There is something about having a bagel, even if it is smaller and doesn’t taste as good as a real bagel.  These bagels are good enough to fool my head into thinking I’m having a bagel for breakfast or making a bagel breakfast sandwich.  Sure I’d like a giant chewy bagel for breakfast but this is a pretty good substitute, especially with a little peanut butter.

– Lean Cuisine Pizza.  I think I may like Lean Cuisine pizzas more than real pizza.  1) there is little to no guilt involved. 2) it is a little round pizza I can eat all on my own and this is very satisfying. 3) I don’t really like red sauce so getting the spinach and mushroom or some of their other alternative flavors without red sauce is very nice.

– Kool Aid Fun Fizz Tabs.  I know I need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.  I also know I get bored and have a hard time getting all my water in each day.  I found these and they have made it a little easier.  They recommended for 16oz of water, but I use them in my 32oz water bottle so it is not as sweet.  They look like little AlkaSeltzer tabs with the Kool Aid man on them.  Pop them in the water and they fizz and flavor the water.  I’ve tried lemonade and fruit punch – both are good, I prefer lemonade.  They are 5 calories each but they help me get my water in, so that’s not a bad trade.

– Novelty Ice Cream.  There are so many yummy, low cal novelty ice creams out there.  Skinny Cow sandwiches are still some of my favorites for an evening treat.  Low cal and only 2 Weight Watcher points, I like to make my own sundae with a little sugar free Hershey’s syrup and low fat whipped cream.  I also love that they come in so many flavors so I am not stuck with just vanilla and chocolate.

So those are just a few of my favorite “yes’s” – what’s on your list?



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