Light Foods Done Right!

by Nikky Manausa on January 18, 2010

Put Your Family to the Taste-Test

I would like to challenge you to take the taste-test on some of my favorite reduced fat or light substitutions for common everyday foods your family eats.  I’m only listing the foods that are kid tested and husband approved. :) 

Please note, I can *tolerate* most fat-free foods, but children need some fat for healthy brain development.  For this reason, I am listing kid-friendly foods and avoiding most fat-free options (let’s be honest, they usually don’t taste as good anyway!).  Also, all of the following may not necessarily be healthy, but if you have to have it, at least you can half the guilt!


  • 1%, 2%, or Skim Milk*
  • Light Sour Cream (Preference: Daisy Light)
  • 2% Cottage Cheese (I really like Target brand!)
  • Light Yogurt (Preference: Dannon Light ‘N Fit vanilla)
  • Velveeta Light
  • 2% Mozzarella, Sharp, Colby, etc… cheeses, including string cheese
  • Light or Fat-Free ice-cream (Preference: Breyers Fat Free Double Churn Vanilla… even my Dad was fooled, and he was an ice-cream snob!)
  • Fat-Free Coffee Creamer (Preference: Coffee-Mate refrigerated fat-free creamers)
  • Reduced-fat cream cheese (often referred to as neufchatel)… I do think Philadelphia does the reduced fat version better than store brands.
  • Fat-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk (Preference: Borden Eagle Brand)

*Children under 2 should drink whole milk.


  • Opt for skinless poultry
  • Lean or extra lean ground beef (no more than 15% fat)
  • Leaner beef cuts include round, sirloin, chuck, loin (1)
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Pork loin chops
  • LEAN Ground Turkey (Pay attention to the nutrition label, I find it’s often loaded with fat!)
  • Turkey Pepperoni (Preference: Hormel Turkey Pepperoni)
  • Reduced-Fat Hot Dogs (Preference: Hebrew National’s 97% Fat-Free All Beef)
  • Reduced-Fat Sausage (Preference: Hillshire Farm)


Suggested Reads

If you have any other favorite healthier alternatives, please share!  Remember, every calorie counts!


(1) American Heart Association. “Meat, Poultry, and Fish.” 17 Jan. 2010 <>.

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January 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm

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Darleen January 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

Thanks for the ideas. I’ll have to print this out and take it with me on my next grocery trip! I’m Loving the new blog. It’s filled with great tips and ideas and also serves to help me stay on track. I’d love to see an entry on my latest battle. Eating out of boredom…. I sooo struggle with this. I do great all day until night when I put the kids to bed, doesn’t help that we eat at 6 and I don’t go to bed until 1 AM or so. That’s 7 hrs of trying to say NO NO NO every 2 seconds to the fridge. Did I mention I have no will power????? HELP NIKKY!!!!

Nikky Manausa January 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Darleen, I’ll work on your struggle with eating at night. You definitely are not alone! I have the same problem!

Luke January 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

i don’t think we used any of the above mentioned foods when Bo was on the trip with us.


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