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Some Lower Fat and Cal Options I Love

I hear it time and time again from friends, relatives, readers…”I hate that diet crap”.  In my “old” life, I may have agreed, but going under the knife for my weight problems showed me that I’d better revamp my thinking…and not just for me, but for my whole family.  I refuse to make separate meals for myself, and my boys and husband, and have felt that way from the get-go.  Some days is a rush to get dinner on the table when making only one meal!



So right from the jump, I decided to tweak my old recipes to make the WLS appropriate, and learn some new ones that everyone would enjoy.  One of the main tricks I use to getting recipes to work with my gastric bypass is ingredient subbing.  (More about that here)  I’ve had some good luck with particular brands/types of lower fat/calorie/sugar foods out there in the grocery stores, so I thought I’d give you a list of some of my favorite go-to subs.  These work not just for meals/snacks in me, but also for my two kids! 

  • Cracker Barrel 2% milk extra sharp cheddar
  • Dannon Fit and Light Greek yogurt
  • Sugar free Popsicle
  • Breakstone’s reduced fat sour cream and cottage cheese
  • SpringTree sugar free pancake syrup
  • Philadelphia 1/3 less fat cream cheese block and spread
  • 1% milk
  • Kozy Shack Simply Well (no sugar added) rice pudding
  • Shoprite natural applesauce
  • Progresso light soups
  • Success boil-in-bag brown rice
  • Barilla Plus pastas
  • Edy’s 1/2 fat, 1/3 calories, Slow Churned ice cream (I can’t personally handle ice cream, but I buy this for the kids)
  • Smucker’s Low Sugar strawberry preserves
  • Hershey’s Lite chocolate syrup

Believe it or not, this is just  some of the great subs I’ve found, where my family can still eat what they love, but without the extra fat and calories.  It takes some shopping around for brands that have the best tasting stuff, but it sure is worth the reduced fats and sugars!  One tip I have learned over the years is to stay away from fat free versions, especially with dairy.  It really doesn’t taste good at all, in my humble opinion, and good food is one of the pleasures of life!  Let me know what great light products you’ve found out there!



Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

5 thoughts on “Some Lower Fat and Cal Options I Love

  1. I agree with you, I also refused to fix 2 dinners. Because everyone in my family need to eat healthy and will help us all lose weight. I still buy my husband and son chicken thighs but I buy them boneless and skinless.


  2. Im not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later.


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