Light Touch Foods Closed

Searching for products by Light Touch Foods?

Although we used to carry the Light Touch Muffins, Light Touch Cookies, and more, Light Touch Foods made the unfortunate decision in December 2015 to close their doors.

Fortunately, at www.lindasdietdelites.com we have many alternative muffin and cookie brands for you to try.

LindasDietDelites.com Gluten Free Low Carb Pasta

We’ve been working on new in-house products that we think may interest you and this is the first of many.


 

LindasDietDelites.com
Low Carb Pasta!

The LindasDietDelites.com Low Carb Pasta is a delicious gluten free, low carb, high protein pasta that comes with each serving individually packaged.

This pasta is soy free, gluten free, and not shirataki based.

The protein flour blend used for this extremely high protein pasta is pea protein isolate. Pea Protein Isolate has started appearing in lots of healthy foods recently because it is a higher quality alternative to soy – fewer allergen issues, no estrogen concerns, and vegan friendly.

Why we love it:
– individually wrapped portions for portion control
– very high protein content – 20grams
– extremely low carb – 3g net carbs
– low SmartDiet Count – 2
– gluten free (this is rare for low carb pasta)
– soy free (low carb pastas often use cheap soy)
– gorgeous packaging

Things we don’t love as much:
– high calorie count due to protein content (so depending on your goal / eating style this may not be a concern)
– small serving size of nearly 1/2 the size of others we carry – remember to compare products ounce for ounce – which results in calorie, carb, and diet counts that are ultimately significantly higher if consuming similar size total portions (2 inner packages instead of 1)
– high product price (2.5x) even compared to our other premium low carb pastas
– pasta comes in short pieces rather than long traditional pieces

All that being said, I think it is worth trying out. Our most popular pasta and the one we recommend the most is the ThinSlim Foods Impastable, but the LindasDietDelites.com Pasta has additional benefits such as being gluten free and similar in carbs, so if you want to add some variety to your pasta it is worth considering. (How’s that for an honest summary!)

Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

When autumn rolls around, Halloween is just around the corner. With this holiday and the season not only comes a wide selection of pumpkin flavored foods and drinks, but there are many other types of treats readily available that are typically unhealthy. Parties may serve cookies or pies, you face a barrage of candy at your local supermarket, and just about every recipe for cute treats tends to appear unhealthy. If you want to get into the spirit of the season and the holiday, but don’t want to ruin your healthy diet in the process, take a peek at our selection of healthy spooky treats below, compiled from a variety of sources all across the Internet.

Fruit can be fun too! If you want to serve up some scarily cute snacks, but you want to stay on
your healthy eating plan for this Halloween, don’t overlook fruit. You can peel an orange and place a small piece of celery in the center to make it look like a pumpkin or you can make a ghost banana with little pieces of chocolate for the eyes and mouth (as shown in picture). For a simple treat that celebrates the holiday, you can cut shapes out of a tomato as you would a Jack-o-lantern, and then place shredded cheese or other fruits inside. For quick and easy healthy Halloween snacks, you can even use a marker to draw the eyes and mouth on the skin of an unpeeled orange or on a container of pre-packaged mandarin oranges.

Protein for Halloween! You may be surprised to find that even kids will enjoy eating their protein if it is presented to them in a fun way. Deviled eggs with olives strategically placed quickly become spiders that are fun (yet healthy) to eat. You can also make mini pizzas with flatbread or low carb biscuit mix, use string cheese to create a mummy look, and then dot eyes with pizza sauce or another condiment.

The ideas are endless! By thinking outside the candy package, you will see that there are many different ways to incorporate healthy foods into Halloween designs so you can create fun and healthy snacks that celebrate the season without ruining your diet! And don’t forget to check out Linda’s Diet Delites, where you will find a variety of mixes and toppings that can be used to help you create your healthy Halloween snacks! 

Three Short-Term Motivational Reasons to Start Your Healthy Lifestyle

If you have debated beginning a new healthy lifestyle on many occasions, but for some reason either never began making changes or simply couldn’t stick with your plan, we have some motivations that can help you get started. While you likely already have a goal of wanting to be healthier, thinner, reverse diabetes, live longer, etc., those are all long-term motivators. With a long-term motivator, it can be difficult to maintain focus long enough to achieve your goal of changing your lifestyle for the better. So, here are three short-term motivational reasons to begin your healthy lifestyle:

Looking better – While you will obviously lose any excess weight you may be carrying over the long term of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but you will begin to look better almost immediately. Bad-for-you foods can have a drastic effect on your body in a variety of ways, not just weight. Eating unhealthy foods can leave your skin looking drab, can cause bloating, and much more. Almost as soon as you rid your daily diet of these foods, you will begin to look better in general.

Feeling better – Although you may feel hungry at first, once you get your diet plan figured out perfectly, you will have more energy and sleep better at night, particularly if you include some exercise at least a few days a week into your routine.

Boosting confidence – When you accomplish any goal, it boosts confidence, can put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Every day, when you choose to eat healthy instead of opting for those bad-for-you foods, you will get that boost of confidence that can carry you through the next day. When you begin feeling better and looking better, the confidence will increase even more, spurring you to continue your new healthy lifestyle for the long term.

Have you decided to begin your healthy lifestyle? Be sure to visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites, where you will find a wide selection of low carb, gluten free, and other diet foods that can help you stick with your healthy eating plan while still enjoying food! 

Three Tips to Help You Reach Success on a Low Carb Diet

Any time you begin a new lifestyle, particularly when it is related to something that is such a big part of your daily life such as food, it is important to be prepared in advance if you hope to achieve success over the long term.

Below are simple tips to help you get started in low carb dieting, so you will be able to stick with your new healthy habits and achieve your healthy goals:

Incorporate a variety of foods – If you stick with just a few foods, you are likely to get bored quickly.

If you are bored with your dietary options, you are less likely to stick with your low carb diet over the long term.

Instead, explore a variety of different types of foods, including recipes as well as low carb breads and other types of foods.

By learning about, trying, and incorporating a wide variety of foods into your low carb diet, you will be less likely to get bored with foods and ultimately stick with your healthy eating plan for much longer.

Think of your healthy diet differently
– It is easy to call your new eating habits a “diet,” but this gives an overall negative quality.

Instead, look at your new eating habits as a new experience. An exercise in exerting willpower and testing yourself.

Not only will you ultimately feel better physically, but you will be able to take pride in the accomplishment.

Don’t forget to substitute – It may be easy to cut out the carbs on a daily basis, but what about special events? When you attend a meal and you want to eat a hot dog or a hamburger (with the bread)?

Stocking up on substitutions you love is the only way to combat those occasions in which you simply cannot resist the bread, pasta or other high-carb fave.

There are many different types of substitutions out there, so don’t get discouraged if the first brand/type you try doesn’t appeal to you.

Many different types of low carb, sugar free substitutions taste very similar to the originals.

Are you ready to begin your low carb diet?

Be sure to check out our wide selection of low carb foods at Linda’s Diet Delites! We have breads, mixes, snacks, noodles, and much more to help you stick to your new healthy plan!

Get Happy the Natural Way – Mood Boosting Foods

How Happy Foods Work

There are many different types of foods that can help boost your mood. Some of these foods are  shown to help fight depression, while others offer a more instantaneous effect of happiness. Omega-3 fatty acids and foods containing them (such as salmon) are thought to offer long-term happiness benefits, but some other foods actually boost the serotonin levels in the brain (that feel-good chemical that comes after exercise – and yes, eating chocolate). These foods are typically ones that contain tryptophan, which the body then converts to serotonin in the brain.

The Effect of Foods on Serotonin Levels

There are many types of foods that are known to increase serotonin levels which results in a quick mood boost, and many of these allow you to stick to your low carb or other diet without interference. Such foods include eggs, cheese, and a variety of other dairy products. Sesame seeds and brown rice are also foods that could be called happy foods, as they create that natural mood boost you are seeking. Flaxseed (you can buy the seeds, products that contain these ingredients such as flax seed crackers, or you can use flax seed oil) is often referred to as the “happy seed” because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids thought to fend off depression, along with the tryptophan that helps raise serotonin levels. Bananas are also thought to boost mood levels along with providing other long-term benefits.

Sticking to Your Diet When Eating Happy Foods

In most cases, foods that boost the mood are also healthy foods and will allow you to stick to your low carb or other healthy diet. In some cases, however, you may end up ingesting just a few more carbs than normal or sacrificing those carbs later in the day to get that natural mood boost when you need it. Since there are many different types of mood-boosting foods, you should be able to incorporate a variety of kinds so you achieve the overall increase in happiness without ruining your diet.

Thanks for reading our article! If you are ready to stock up on great happy foods, visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites

Simple Steps to Help Cut Carbs in Your Diet

If you are thinking of beginning a low carb diet, you may feel intimated by the idea of such a big change. In some cases, the complete overhaul of your diet can be so scary that you never begin in the first place. There are a few simple steps you can take before going all-in on a low carb diet that can make the entire process a much smoother transition for you. Read below to learn all about these simple steps:

Eat more veggies. Of course, you don’t want to increase your intake of high-carb vegetables such as potatoes, but there are many different types of vegetables that can be added into your diet to take the place of the foods you will have to remove when you begin your low carb diet. By increasing vegetable intake before beginning your diet, you can begin to explore and find great-tasting options that will make the transition in your diet much easier.

Increase protein intake. Since low carb diets typically include a lot of protein, if you increase your intake of this type of food over time, the decrease of carbohydrates in your diet will be less noticeable when you make the switch. Discovering new types of foods and new ways to make them can help, as you won’t feel as though you are missing out on great foods when you make the switch to a full low carb diet.

Taste-test low carb food options. If you have a high-carb weakness, such as tortillas, breaded foods, or any other type of food, begin exploring low carb options before beginning your diet. There are many different types of low carb products available on the market, but you may not like all of them. If you wait until you begin your low carb diet to buy a food and you hate it, you may be tempted to sway from your new diet plan. By knowing in advance what types of low carb breads, tortillas, etc. you enjoy, however, you can make the transition to a low carb diet without feeling like you are missing out on great foods.

By taking these small steps before beginning your low carb diet, you will be able to make the switch without trepidation or hesitation and ultimately achieve success.

Thanks for reading our blog! Don’t forget to visit our online store at Linda’s Diet Delites to find great low carb food options that can help you make the switch to your new healthier lifestyle! 

 

 

Living Without Bread – Tips for the Low Carb Dieter

Bread is a big part of our lives. It may not be something that ever really crosses a person’s mind until they begin a low carb diet. Then, suddenly, it becomes very apparent how often bread is included in meals. For some, bread accompanies every large dinner as a side. For others, rolls or biscuits are included. There are sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and many other meals that feature bread of some sort as a big part of the meal. That’s why, when you first begin low carb dieting, you may really miss it. Read on for a few simple tips that can help you adjust to your new bread-less world. 

Substitutions may taste different that traditional bread, but are often better than no bread at all. Any time you make a change in your diet, such as eliminating carbs, there will be some different flavors involved that will take some adjustment. There are a wide variety of low carb breads available on the market, both online and in your local physical grocery store, that can replace traditional bread. While these low carb versions will taste slightly different than your regular bread, there are so many varieties that you are sure to find one you like. Over time, you will adjust to the new flavor. In many cases, after eating low carb bread regularly, if you ever have traditional bread you won’t enjoy it as much as the bread you have become accustomed to.

Compensation for missing bread with other foods is often a great way to keep yourself from craving the bread you are missing from your diet. There are a variety of ways this can be done, but if you compensate for the missing bread with another food, it is important to be sure it is of a low carb variety. There are many recipes available that use a different food item in the place of bread for sandwiches or items that would otherwise use a crust or tortilla. You can also come up with your own ideas and test them out to find a great way to compensate for the missing bread in your low carb diet. This is also true for other versions of bread, such as croutons, in which you can substitute a variety of different types of low carb foods.

Elimination of bread from your entire diet may be extremely difficult at first, but it will get easier over time. For some people this is the best option, as having other low carb versions of bread don’t taste the same to them or are more costly than traditional bread. It can also be a good idea to eliminate bread completely in the beginning, while compensating for the lack of bread with other foods, and later introducing low carb varieties of breads.

If you decide to purchase low carb breads, buns or rolls to keep on hand as a substitution for traditional bread, be sure to visit our store at Linda’s Diet Delites to find great-tasting options! 

Use Spices to Enhance Meal Flavor Without Excess Carbs or Sugar

If you are on a low carb or low sugar diet, you have likely already discovered the limitations on flavorings for foods. Typical creams, sauces, and other flavorings can be carb- or sugar-laden, causing you to ruin your diet without even realizing it. Read on for tips to flavor foods with great spices without adding any extra carbohydrates or sugar to your meals: 

Skip the prepackaged spices – although you can read the carb or sugar count on the nutrition labels of prepackaged spices, they typically have excess salt or sugar that you likely want to avoid in your diet. Instead, choose your own spices and mix them to your preference.

Keep a resource handy to double-check carb and sugar count of your spices. This particularly comes in handy when you purchase fresh spices that don’t have a nutrition label (some spice containers don’t have this information, either). CalorieKing is a great option. This also comes in handy when making your grocery list or planning meals, as you can check in advance of your purchase to be sure you are purchasing the best low carb and sugar free options for you.

Dried vs. fresh spices – When you opt for dried spices, you usually want to add them while cooking to maximize flavor. For fresh spices, however, the best option is to add them just before your meal is done cooking.

Build confidence over time – When you begin cooking with spices and you have no idea what type of spice should be used with what type of food (is cumin for Italian food? is garlic good to use for Mexican style food?) When you feel clueless on making low carb  or low sugar meals by using spices, there are many resources you can turn to. If you have a certain recipe in mind, you can usually find it available on the Internet. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can look up a similar recipe in a cookbook or online

and use it as a resource. For example, if you want to make a low carb Italian dish, but you aren’t sure what type of spices to use, you can look up a recipe for lasagna or another Italian dish to get ideas.

If you still don’t feel comfortable spicing your foods on your own, or you prefer foods with more moisture, you can opt for low carb versions of sauces and other flavorings instead.

Find great low carb or low sugar flavorings and sauces at Linda’s Diet Delites to make every meal taste great! 

Stick to Your Healthy Diet Even While Eating at a Restaurant

Any time you eat a special type of diet, be it low carb, gluten free, or low fat, going out to a restaurant can seem tedious. You may even opt to avoid going out to eat simply because you can’t find something that stays within your dietary limits or you feel uncomfortable special-ordering your foods. Read on for some simple tips that can make going out to eat more enjoyable for those on a specialty diet. 

Be careful of basic “healthy” titles – Subway is one great example of a restaurant that is known for its healthy options. However, if you are maintaining a low carb diet, you won’t want to simply choose an item that appears to be healthy. Some 6-inch sub sandwiches contain as many as 40 grams of carbohydrates or more. If a restaurant or a menu item claims to be healthy, check for actual numbers to be knowledgeable about your food.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – If there is no listed carb count, or you are unsure if something contains gluten or sugar, don’t be afraid to ask a worker at the restaurant. If at a fast food restaurant, you can ask to speak with a manager, and if at a nice restaurant you can  begin with your server (they may have even been asked the question before and know the answer immediately). Don’t forget, some restaurant foods contain unexpected ingredients in their own special recipe.

Special orders are common – If you feel uncomfortable ordering your food in a special way so you can adhere to a low carb diet, there is no reason to feel this way. Many people ask for low carb substitutions for their mashed potatoes, or even ask that their food not have the typical breading. If you need to limit dairy in your diet, you can even ask that your chicken breast not be grilled in butter. By asking how things are prepared, you can determ

ine how it would need to be cooked so you can enjoy your night out and still stick to your low carb, gluten free or other diet.

Thanks for reading our blog! Eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to be difficult and neither does eating meals or snacks at home! For great low carb, sugar free, and gluten free food options, visit us online at Linda’s Diet Delites and place your order today!