Monday, May 20, 2013
In honor of my new all-dessert cookbook, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts, here are some amazing desserts (products and a recipe!) with less than 200 calories. Sweet!
Weight Watchers Snack Size Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
I love these brand-new frozen treats. Red velvet plus ice cream equals a
ridiculously good flavor combo. Each treat is filled with frosting-flavored ice cream and a red velvet swirl — even the sandwich wafers are red velvet! Plus, each one has a couple grams of fiber and protein and a slim 100-calorie price tag. Nice!
Each sandwich has 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 3.
Breyers Blasts! Girl Scouts Thin Mints and Samoas
Girl Scout cookie season may be over, but you can still find Thin Mints and Samoas in the freezer aisle! Breyers has blended chunks of Girl Scout cookies into creamy ice cream with fudge swirls. Genius! They aren't billed as light, but the stats are pretty impressive. Sure to satisfy ice cream lovers and cookie lovers too!
Each 1/2-cup serving has 140 calories, 4.5 - 6g fat, 23g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, 2g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4.
Dole Banana Dippers
Want a freezy, fruity snack? Dark-chocolate-coated frozen banana coins should do the trick. These Dippers come in 100-cal packs for easy portion-controlled snacking. Plus, there's something awesomely nostalgic about the banana-chocolate pairing. For 120 calories, there's also an almond-topped variety. Great for the whole family!
Each 4-slice pack has 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 2.
HG-Developed Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip and Triple Chocolate Chunk VitaTops
"High-fiber" and "low-fat" aren't words usually applied to dessert, but they are in the Hungry Girl world! Both of these chocolate muffin tops are incredible swaps for fattening desserts. VitaTops are also great for making HG whoopie pies. (There are eight whoopie pie recipes in 200 Under 200 Just Desserts that call for Deep Chocolate VitaTops!) These flavors can be ordered online, but the classic Deep Chocolate kind is stocked in freezer aisles nationwide. Stock up!
Each VitaTop has 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 26g carbs, 8 - 9g fiber, 4g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
HG Recipe: Mini Dutch Apple Pies
Recipe alert! These personal pies are both adorable and amazingly delicious!
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups diced Fuji apples
2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet
2 sheets (8 crackers) cinnamon graham crackers, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray (butter flavored, if available). In a large nonstick pot, combine cornstarch with 3⁄4 cup water, and stir to dissolve. Add Splenda, cinnamon, lemon juice, salt and apples. Stir well. Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until apples have slightly softened and mixture is thick and gooey, 6 - 8 minutes. Stir in butter, and remove from heat. Roll or stretch out dough into a large rectangle of even thickness, at least 12 inches by 9 inches. Evenly cut dough into 12 squares. Place each square in a muffin cup, and press it into the bottom and up along the sides. Evenly distribute apple mixture among the dough cups. Bake until golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes. Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers, and let slightly cool, about 10 minutes. Gently remove pies from the pan, and enjoy!
MAKES 12 SERVINGS
Each mini pie (1/12th of recipe) has 103 calories, 3g fat, 17.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
HG Alternative: If made with an equal amount of granulated white sugar in place of the Splenda, each mini pie will have 117 calories, 21g carbs and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I love oatmeal — it's filling and delicious! These oatmeal treats are total standouts...
BetterOats Lavish Dark Chocolate Old Fashioned Instant Oatmeal
Dessert for breakfast? YUM. This stuff has real chocolate morsels, plus
good-for-you omega-3s! The dark-chocolate flavor is incredible, and the
texture is really good for instant oats. Have a guilt-free bowl for
breakfast or as a midday snack....
Each pouch has 160 calories, 2.5g fat, 33g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g protein and PointsPlus® value of 4.
Corazonas Oatmeal Squares
Craving oatmeal on the go? Try these breakfast squares. There are SEVEN
flavors to choose from, including Chocolate Brownie & Almonds, White
Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Chip and Banana Walnut. I love the
taste of these chewy bars so much (they're VERY cookie-like!), and
they're packed with fiber and protein. Perfect any time of day.
Each square has 180 - 200 calories, 4.5 - 9g fat, 25 - 29g carbs, 5 - 6g fiber, 6g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4 - 5.
Tabatchnick Steel Cut Oatmeal Singles
The folks at Tabatchnick keep crankin' out winners. I'm a fan of the
single-serve soups, and these solo oatmeal bowls are just as amazing.
They come frozen, and they're perfect for a fast breakfast -- pop one in
the microwave, and spoon it up minutes later. Go for Old Fashioned,
Wildberry, Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Spice or Maple Syrup and Brown
Each bowl has 220 - 240 calories, 3g fat, 42 - 47g carbs, 4 - 5g fiber, 7g protein and a PointsPlus value of 6.
Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies
Too tempted by a whole plate (or package) full of cookies to eat just
one? Thankfully, these fruit-'n-nut-stuffed Quaker cookies are
individually wrapped! They're also nicely sized and pretty filling. Grab
one in Raisin, Chocolate Almond, Cranberry & Yogurt or Banana Nut.
Something for everyone!
Each cookie has 170 calories, 6 - 8g fat, 25 - 27g carbs, 4g fiber, 2 - 3g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4 - 5.
Oversized Carnival Oatmeal
HG oatmeal recipes are unique. Compared to regular recipes for
old-fashioned oatmeal, they call for twice as much liquid and cook for
twice as long. The result is a bowl that's twice as large! (YAY!) This
recipe is super indulgent...
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1/4 cup mashed extra-ripe banana (about 1/2 large banana)
1 1/2 tsp. fat-free, low-fat, or light caramel dip
1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. chopped peanuts
In a nonstick pot, combine oats, sweetener, cinnamon, salt and Almond
Breeze. Mix in 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Cook and stir for 10 minutes.
Add banana and mix well. Cook and stir until thick and creamy, 2 - 5
minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and let slightly cool and thicken.
Top with remaining ingredients, and enjoy!
The entire recipe has 312 calories, 9.5g fat, 53g carbs, 7g fiber, 8g protein and a PointsPlus value of 8.
MAKES 1 SERVING
Monday, May 06, 2013
Single-serving snacks ROCK! Check out my latest portion-controlled picks...
Chobani Greek Yogurt Flips
A sweet snack is never out of reach with these combo containers. You get
creamy yogurt and decadent add-ins side by side. Just mix 'n munch!
Flavors include Key Lime Crumble (key lime yogurt with graham crackers
and white chocolate), Honey Bee Nana (honey yogurt with bananas), and
Vanilla Golden Crunch (vanilla yogurt with cornflakes, honey oats and
praline pecans). Yum! P.S. The Almond Coco Loco is higher in calories
and fat than the others, with 230 calories and 10g fat (PointsPlus® value 6).
Each 5.3-oz. container (excluding the Almond Coco Loco) has 150 - 170
calories, 1.5 - 4g fat, 18 - 25g carbs, 0 - 2g fiber, 10 - 12g protein
and a PointsPlus value of 4.
Garden Lites Soufflés
I'm a longtime fan of these soufflé singles, and the new Loaded Potato and Veggie Chili & Cornbread Melt ones are INSANELY AMAZING! The freezer-aisle finds come in eleven delicious flavors, including Pizza, Roasted Vegetable, Butternut Squash
and Carrot Raisin. They're great as snacks or mini meals. LOVE THESE.
Each soufflé has 140 - 200 calories, 0 - 5.5g fat, 23 - 42g carbs, 3 - 5g fiber, 8 - 12g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4 - 5.
Original Melzy Creations WhatsoNutso Bars, Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate
Craving PB and chocolate? Try these chocolate-covered peanut-buttery
bars from Melzy. The fiber-packed treats (9g each!) are amazing
candy-bar replacements. (They taste like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!)
Both the Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate are excellent. Find 'em in
select stores, or order online.
Each bar has 140 calories, 5g fat, 25g carbs, 9g fiber, 4 - 5g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4.
South Beach Diet Snack Smoothies
Sippable snacks? Oh, yeah! These little guys are impressively high in
protein and fiber, and they have just 100 calories a pop. They come in
three fruity flavors: Strawberry Banana, Perfectly Peach and Wild Berry.
Perfect when you need a portable pick-me-up!
Each 8-oz. bottle has 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 14g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g protein and a PointsPlus value of 2.
Double-Cheese Corn Quesadilla
This quesadilla is super cheesy and so easy to make! Just three ingredients, people...
1 stick light string cheese
Two 6-inch corn tortillas
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light cheese (any flavor!)
Optional toppings: fat-free sour cream, salsa
Break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor
-- blend at high speed until shredded. (Or pull into shreds and roughly
chop.) Lay 1 tortilla flat and spread with the cheese wedge. Sprinkle with
shredded string cheese, and top with the remaining tortilla to form the
quesadilla. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook quesadilla until hot, about 2 minutes per side. Slice into wedges and dig in!
MAKES 1 SERVINGS
The entire recipe has 194 calories, 5.5g fat, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 11g protein and a PointsPlus value of 5.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I love blueberries. Check out these equally loveable blueberry-ish product finds, with berry flavor packed into every bite...
Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Oven Roasted Almonds
Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up or something new to sprinkle
over your salad, these uniquely flavored almonds from Blue Diamond are a
fantastic pick. I was skeptical at first, but they taste amazing!
They're lightly dusted with flavor and have just the right amount of
Each 1-oz. serving (about 24 nuts) has 160 calories, 12g fat, 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 4.
Western Bagel Alternative 2.0 Blueberry Bagels
Blueberry bagels? Yup! And these special circles of deliciousness
contain a whopping 10 grams of fiber each! This company also makes
varieties like Roasted Onion and Cinnamon Spice, all equally low in
calories (and high in yumminess). Hole-y moly!
Each bagel has 120 calories, 0.5g fat, 29g carbs, 10g fiber, 7g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Yoplait Light with Fiber in Blueberry
Yoplait makes some of the best yogurt around, and this tasty option is
no exception. Plus, it's got a nice dose of fiber and just 50 calories
per container. For an explosion of berry flavor, top it with fresh
blueberries and/or a few of those blueberry almonds!
Each 4-oz. serving has 50 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbs, 5g fiber, 3g protein and a PointsPlus value of 1.
Panda All Natural Blueberry Licorice
This isn't your grandpa's licorice! Made with real blueberries and zero
preservatives, it's soft, flavorful, and all-around amazing. Try the
cherry licorice too. Both are great chewy snacks that'll satisfy a sweet
Each serving (15 pieces) has 130 calories, 0g fat, 30g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
HG Recipe: Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal Bowl
This oversized oatmeal bowl truly tastes like a blueberry muffin. Don't take my word for it... Make it and taste for yourself!
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 tsp. sugar-free French vanilla powdered creamer
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1/2 cup fresh or thawed-from-frozen blueberries (if frozen, drained and blotted dry)
In a nonstick pot, combine all ingredients except blueberries. Mix in 1
cup water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook and stir
until thick and creamy, 12 - 15 minutes. Stir in blueberries, and
transfer to a medium bowl. Let slightly cool and thicken. Enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
The entire recipe has 270 calories, 7g fat, 46.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 6.5g protein and a PointsPlus value of 7.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Bacon and cheese? Yes, please! Check out these guilt-free DIY creations, all loaded with the good stuff you crave...
Best-Ever Potato Skins
This no-guilt take on the bar-food favorite is just plain amazing!
Four 10-oz. russet potatoes
3 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup reduced-fat/light sour cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork, and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Flip potatoes and microwave for 5 - 8 minutes, until soft on all sides. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the inside flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch inside the skin. Place the potato skins on the baking sheet. Bake until crispy, 10 - 12 minutes. Remove sheet, but leave oven on. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.) Chop or crumble bacon. Evenly distribute cheese and bacon among potato skins. Bake until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions and serve with sour cream for dipping. YUM!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Each serving (1/4th of recipe, 2 loaded potato skins) has 202 calories, 7.5g fat, 23.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 10g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 5.
Hot-Stuff Bacon Cheese Fries
Jalapeño slices, crumbled bacon and melted cheese? This is one recipe that no one will believe is completely guilt-free!Ingredients:
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. ranch dressing/dip seasoning mix
One 2-lb. or half of a 4-lb. butternut squash (20 oz. once peeled and sliced)
1/8 tsp. coarse salt
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
2 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon
2 tbsp. jarred jalapeño slices, drained
2 tbsp. chopped scallions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix sour cream with ranch mix. Cover and refrigerate. Peel squash, and slice off the ends. Cut in half widthwise, just above the round section. Cut the round piece in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Cut squash into French-fry-shaped spears. Thoroughly pat dry. Lay spears on the sheets, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip spears and bake until mostly tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 15 minutes. Closely arrange spears on the center of each sheet. Top with cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake until cheese has melted, 1 - 2 minutes. Top with jalapeño slices and scallions. Serve with sour cream mixture for dipping!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Each serving (1/2 of recipe) has 240 calories, 6g fat, 39.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 12g protein and a PointsPlus value of 6.
Loaded Miracle Mashies
You may never look at standard mashed potatoes the same way again...Ingredients:
3 oz. cubed red potatoes (about 1 - 2 small potatoes), not peeled
1 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower
1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
1 tbsp. fat-free non-dairy liquid creamer
1 slice fat-free American cheese
1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon
1 tsp. chopped chives
Optional: black pepper, additional salt
Place potatoes and cauliflower in a medium microwave-safe bowl with 2 tbsp. water. Cover and microwave for 6 minutes, or until very tender. Once cool enough to handle, drain excess water. Add sour cream, creamer and salt. Mash until completely blended. If you like, season to taste with pepper and additional salt. Top with cheese and microwave for 30 seconds, or until cheese has melted. Top with bacon and chives. Enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Each serving (entire recipe) has 181 calories, 2g fat, 28g carbs, 5g fiber, 13.5g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Whether it's a cold day in winter or a chilly spring night, there's nothing better than a hot bowl of soup... except for a hot bowl of guilt-free soup!
Campbell's Chunky Healthy Request Savory Vegetable Soup
How much do I love a good veggie-loaded soup? A LOT! Especially when it's low in fat and calories, like this veggie-packed pick from Campbell's. It's packed with celery, carrots, green beans and more. And like all soups in the Healthy Request line, it sports the American Heart Association heart-check mark. Love that!
Each 1-cup serving has 110 calories, 1g fat, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 3.
Tabatchnick Soup Singles Vegetarian Chili
With a whopping twelve grams of fiber and seventeen grams of protein, this Tabatchnick offering is one seriously filling find! The meatless chili is loaded with kidney beans, tomatoes, onions and other goodies. Yum! The whole line of Soup Singles is pretty incredible, so check out the other options too.
Each bowl has 270 calories, 5g fat, 43g carbs, 12g fiber, 17g protein and a PointsPlus value of 7.
Progresso Light Creamy Potato with Bacon & Cheese Soup
Craving something cozy, cheesy and just plain amazing? Pop open a can of this flavorful soup from Progresso, and savor the creamy goodness. It's like a slurpable baked potato in a bowl! And look at all that fiber.... Nice!
Each 1-cup serving has 100 calories, 3g fat, 18g carbs, 6g fiber, 2g protein and a PointsPlus value of 2.
Healthy Choice Beef Pot Roast Soup in a Microwavable Bowl
These nukeable containers are so convenient! And any product that combines roasted beef with guilt-free stats is a winner in my book. Just know that each bowl has about two servings, since you're likely to gobble up the entire container at once! Who wouldn't?
Each 1-cup serving has 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Best Lobster Bisque
Try this lightened-up take on a decadent classic!
2 cups seafood or fish stock
One 4-oz. uncooked lobster tail, halved lengthwise (shell halves intact), deveined
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup peeled and chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free plain powdered nondairy creamer
Add 1/2 cup stock to a medium nonstick pot. Bring to medium heat. Once boiling, add halved lobster tail. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes, until shell halves have turned red and lobster is cooked through.
Remove lobster tail halves. To the pot, add onion, carrots, celery, tomato paste and garlic. Stir well.
Add remaining 1 1/2 cups stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until veggies are soft.
Meanwhile, remove lobster meat from the shell and chop into small pieces. Discard shell.
Remove pot from heat and stir in powdered creamer. Let slightly cool. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
Pour pureed mixture into the pot, and stir in lobster. Bring to desired temperature and enjoy!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Each serving (1/2 of recipe, about 1 1/4 cups) has 128 calories, 0.5g fat, 20.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 10.5g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
If you think tofu is boring, you've got it all wrong. Here are some of the best tofu-centric products and recipes around!
Amy's Gluten Free Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wrap
Looking for a handheld breakfast that doesn't come from a drive-thru window? Here's a great one from Amy's. This good-for-you breakfast wrap is crammed with hash browns, savory tofu and a medley of veggies (tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini and onions). It'll leave you feeling full and satisfied — minus the greasy fingerprints on your steering wheel.
Each wrap has 300 calories, 13g fat, 35g carbs, 3g fiber, 11g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 8.
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute
An HG staple and one of my absolute favorite foods in the world! These versatile noodles are made with tofu and yam flour. They're insanely low in calories and fat, and they work amazingly well as a pasta swap. They even come in a whole array of pasta shapes: spaghetti, macaroni, fettuccine and angel hair. So go on and make yourself a huge plate of no-guilt noodles — a whole bag of this stuff has only 40 calories!
Each serving (4 oz., 1/2 bag) has 20 calories, 0.5g fat, 3g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 0.
Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs
Get grillin' and whip up these veggie-and-tofu skewers, complete with a sweet teriyaki sauce!
12 oz. block-style extra-firm tofu (like the kind by House Foods)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 medium zucchini
1/4 cup thick teriyaki marinade or sauce
2 tbsp. sweet Asian chili sauce
If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. (You'll need four.)
Pat tofu block dry. Lay it on a dry surface with the shorter sides on the left and right. Vertically cut into 4 even pieces. Horizontally cut each piece into 4 even pieces, for a total of 16 pieces. Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with seasonings, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut bell pepper into pieces similar in size to tofu, discarding the stem and seeds. Remove and discard ends of zucchini, and cut in half lengthwise. Cut zucchini halves into pieces similar in size to the tofu. Slice off and discard root ends of scallions. Cut the solid part of each scallion into 3 even pieces. (Save the hollow ends for another use.)
In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix teriyaki marinade or sauce with chili sauce. Alternately thread tofu and veggies onto four skewers, tightly packing the pieces together.
Bring a grill sprayed generously with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Lay kebabs on the grill and brush with about 1/3rd of the sauce mixture. Grill for 5 minutes with the grill cover down.
Gently flip kebabs. Brush with another 1/3rd of the sauce mixture. With the grill cover down, grill for 5 - 7 minutes, until veggies and tofu have slightly charred.
Serve brushed with remaining sauce mixture!
HG Alternative! Cook your kebabs on a grill pan, and adjust cook times as needed. If the pan doesn't have a lid, just loosely cover it with a skillet lid.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
1/4 of recipe (1 kebab) has 155 calories, 5.5g fat, 16.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 11g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Looking for delicious ways to find your fiber? You'll LOVE these fiber-packed finds...
La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortillas
You want fiber? Here's some fiber. This versatile HG fave crams TWELVE grams of fiber into each delicious tortilla (and a hefty amount of protein too). Load it up with veggies and turkey for a quick 'n easy lunch wrap, make an ooey-gooey cheesy quesadilla, or pile on the good stuff for a big burrito. The possibilities are endless!
Each tortilla has 80 calories, 3g fat, 18g carbs, 12g fiber, 8g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 2.
Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate Cereal
I'm a longtime fan of Fiber One Original bran cereal, and this latest addition to the F1 lineup has won me over as well! It's chocolatey, crunchy, and low in calories. Spoon it up in the morning for breakfast, or layer it with light yogurt and fresh fruit for a sweet snack. YUMMMM!
Each 3/4-cup serving has 80 calories, 1g fat, 25g carbs, 9g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 2.
Who knew these tart 'n tasty little berries are more fiber-dense than any other fruit?! (YOU do, now!) Snack on 'em at work, sprinkle 'em over oatmeal, or add 'em to your chocolatey Fiber One parfait!
Each cup has about 65 calories, 0.5g fat, 14.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 1.5g protein and a PointsPlus value of 0.
Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit Flatbreads
Now at Walgreens — a fantastic HG-branded fiber find! The sandwich-ready, foldable flatbreads are made to be stuffed full of tasty goodies. Pick up a pack of 100% Whole Wheat with Flax, Traditional White, Rosemary & Olive Oil, or Sliders Classic White. They're amazing!
Each serving (1 flatbread or 3 sliders) has 90 - 140 calories, 1 - 2.5g fat, 15 - 26g carbs, 3 - 7g fiber, 6 - 8g protein and a PointsPlus value of 2 - 4.
LUNA Fiber Bars
One of my favorite snack-bar brands has rolled out something AMAZING and loaded with fiber. Check out all three delicious flavors: Chocolate Raspberry, Peanut Butter Strawberry, and Vanilla Blueberry. Grab one if you're heading out the door and need a fast fiber fix!
Each bar has 110 - 120 calories, 3 - 4g fat, 24 - 25g carbs, 7g fiber, 1 - 2g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.
HG Recipe: Spicy Black Bean & Avocado Turkey Wrap
So much delicious flavor in one high-fiber wrap... This recipe just might become your new favorite lunch!
3 tbsp. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 oz. (about 2 tbsp.) mashed avocado
Dash hot sauce, or more to taste
1/4 cup bagged coleslaw mix
1 tsp. lime juice
1 medium-large high-fiber flour tortilla with 110 calories or less
2 oz. sliced reduced-sodium 97% - 98% fat-free turkey breast (about 4 slices), roughly chopped
2 tbsp. chopped tomatoes
In a medium bowl, thoroughly mash black beans. Add avocado and hot sauce, and mix completely. In a small bowl, toss coleslaw mix with lime juice. Lay tortilla on a plate. Spread bean-avocado mixture along the center. Top with chopped turkey, lime-coleslaw mixture, and tomatoes. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and tightly roll it up around the filling. Eat up!
MAKES 1 SERVING
The entire recipe has 258 calories, 7.5g fat, 35.5g carbs, 10.5g fiber, 21g protein and a PointsPlus value of 7.
Monday, March 25, 2013
It may not be apple-picking season, but there's no time like the present to pluck some of these apple-licious no-guilt treats from supermarket shelves...
Funky Monkey Fruit That Crunches, Applemon
Hands down — my favorite freeze-dried fruit! These crispy apple pieces are sprinkled with organic cinnamon and chock-full of nutrients and apple-y goodness. Plus, unlike lots of regular dried fruit, this stuff has no added sugar. Check out all of the groovy primate's other flavors too!
Each 1-oz. bag has 100 calories, 0g fat, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 3.
Kashi Soft n' Chewy Bars, Apple Cobbler
For another on-the-go apple snack, pick up these fruity bars. Each one has 10g of whole grains and a nice amount of fiber. Full of fresh-baked flavor, yet there's no risk of devouring an entire apple pie by yourself!
Each bar has 130 calories, 3g fat, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, 3g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Snack Pack Bakery Shop Pudding, Apple Pie a la Mode
Speaking of pie... each of these awesome little pudding treats is like apple pie in a cup! (Plus the taste of ice cream, of course.) One snack pack has as much calcium as a cup of milk, plus as much flavor as a slice of apple pie. Yum...
Each snack pack has 100 calories, 3g fat, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, <1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.
GoGo squeeZ Fast Fruit
Apples are perfect on the go, but applesauce? Not so much. Luckily, GoGo squeeZ's line of pouched snacks features three apple-happy flavors: Apple Peach Passion Fruit, Apple Raspberry Cranberry, and Apple Mango Banana Pineapple. And unlike most fruit-sauce pouches, these are meant for people of all ages, not just the kiddies. Yayayayay!
Each pouch has 80 - 90 calories, 0g fat, 20 - 21g carbs, 1 - 3g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.
HG Recipe: Double-0-Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bowl
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and this apple-licious protein-packed breakfast will keep you full all day! (Okay, at least all morning.)
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda or Truvia)
1 drop vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Fuji apple, cored and cubed
Place cottage cheese in a bowl with sweetener, vanilla extract, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Mix well.
Top with apple cubes, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
The entire recipe has 182 calories, 0.5g fat, 32.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 13.5g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 4.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Going out for dinner? Before you head out the door, take a look at my latest guilt-free restaurant picks. Then you'll be ready for chewing action!
Panera Bread Hidden Menu Power Steak Lettuce Wraps
Huge news! Have you heard about the Hidden Menu at Panera? It's the greatest thing ever! This secret list of offerings is packed with high-protein, no-guilt gems like this beef dish. Green leaf lettuce is served up with steak, a basil pesto sauce and tons of fresh veggies. Incredible! Just tell 'em you're ordering from the hidden menu, and you'll be good to go!
Each bowl has 280 calories, 16g fat, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 28g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 7.
Chili's Mango-Chile Chicken
Getting grilled chicken at a restaurant doesn't have to be boring. This dish definitely has some kick to it! The chicken is seasoned with chile and topped with spicy mango vinaigrette and a mango salsa (with avocado and pico de gallo!). Plus, you get sides of steamed broccoli and rice. That's one fiber-packed, protein-filled plate! It's one to check out, people!
Each order has 580 calories, 24g fat, 59g carbs, 9g fiber, 38g protein and a PointsPlus value of 15.
Applebee's Zesty Roma Chicken & Shrimp
With the Under 550 Calories menu and the Weight Watchers menu, Applebee's has neatly organized all the smart picks. (Nicely done!) This grilled chicken and blackened shrimp entrée comes with red potatoes, veggies and a tangy tomato sauce. Great stats, too! Go Applebee's!
Each order has 410 calories, 11g fat, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 56g protein and a PointsPlus value of 10.
Panera Bread Spinach Power Salad
Yup, another Panera pick! This salad is loaded with goodies like baby spinach, roasted mushrooms 'n' onions, eggs and – wait for it – bacon! Spinach serves up tons of vitamins and minerals, and bacon is, well, delicious. You + this salad = the ultimate power couple! By the way, if you want to save some fat, request your salad without the crispy garlic pepper onions.
Each order has 460 calories, 26g fat, 46g carbs, 6g fiber, 14g protein and a PointsPlus value of 12.