When I go to the grocery store, I can’t hardly help but walk thru the bakery. One store I go to actually has it set up where you can’t hardly avoid it. (Obviously that’s not the “good habit” part. LOL). I do this even tho I know it’s rather masochistic, sort of a self-torture-type activity. The part I pat myself on the back for and is a good habit is that I never buy anything out of there. I used to buy the Jalapeno Cheese Bread, but I usually just grab a hunk out of it when it’s fresh and throw the rest away. I have finally resolved to myself that that’s rather a stupid waste of money, so I don’t do it any more.
The reason I manage to be able to do this is that if there is really anything I want that bad, I just tell myself I can make it at home for about half the calories and fat that they have in the bakery. If I make it at home I can control what goes into it. Such was the case for the Coconut Cream Pie I’ve been wanting for a couple of weeks or more. I bought a reduced fat grahm cracker crust, the sugar free, fat free instant pudding, use skim milk, and voila, the easiest, tastiest, lowfat cream pie that would rival any bakery. A dollop of fatfree CoolWhip and I was in hog heaven. LOL.
Yes I still have to do portion control, but I don’t have to feel so guilty. When I make brownies, I use eggbeaters and SheddSpread for the oil. This cuts the fat from 28 grams of fat to 10, just in the oil! For 1/2 cup of eggbeaters it’s 105 calories and 4 grams of fat vs. 2 whole eggs which is 148 calories and 10 grams of fat. When I make quiche I use eggbeaters, fatfree Land O’ Lakes half and half and 2% cheese. I use these tricks when I make my pumpkin and pecan pies for the holidays and they come out delicious! No one can tell the difference. There isn’t much I haven’t been able to substitute that hasn’t worked and hasn’t cut a substantial amount of calories and fat, and I can still have what I want.
I’m still working on my cheesecake tho. The fatfree, sugarfree instant pudding didn’t quite cut it for me there. I think I’m going to have to break down and just try doing a regular cheesecake with the fatfree creamcheese and what other substitutions I can make. If anyone has a good recipe, I’d love you to post it in the comments. I’m sure I’m not the only one to miss this one when you’re trying to watch your weight. LOL
Filed under: confessions, excuses, fat, food, health, losing weight, weight, weight loss journal | Tagged: dieting, eggbeaters, fatfree, food, good habits, health, substituting ingredients, weightloss |