Hungry Girl Goes… In Search of Grain-tastic Finds!

Written by lisa lillien on 4/23/2012 10:07 AM | COMMENTS (6)

Get your grain on with these fun 'n guilt-free picks!

Mini Pops Air Popped Sorghum Grain
Not familiar with sorghum? This snack is a fun introduction to the cereal grain! The small and crunchy kernels are perfect for movie munchies. And unlike popcorn, they don't have pesky hulls that get stuck in your teeth. They come in Baby White Cheddar, Nano Pepper & Herb, Cutie Caramel Clusters, and more. A few of 'em are even available in single-serving bags. (Hooray for portion control!)
Each serving (1 - 1.5 oz.) has 90 - 120 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 19 - 29g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, 2 - 3g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 2 - 4.

Cream of Wheat Chocolate Instant Hot Cereal
If your sweet tooth kicks in early in the day, this find is for you! It's full of vitamins and other good-for-you nutrients (it is Cream of Wheat, after all), so you can totally justify having it for breakfast. But it's sweet enough to be a dessert too... especially topped with a few mini marshmallows. So good!
Each packet (unprepared) has 130 calories, 1g fat, 28g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.

Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios
I'm obsessed with peanut butter, but the calories and fat grams can add up way too quickly. That's why I often turn to peanut-butter-flavored food to get my fix, and this cereal is a standout! The flavor is amazing — a little sweet and a little salty. And it has 16 grams of whole grain per serving! Mix it with some Chocolate Cheerios for a choco-licious PB treat!
Each 3/4-cup serving has 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.

KIND Healthy Grains
I love KIND bars, and here's a new way to get your KIND fix... Whole-grain mixes! These are like flavored gourmet granola with extra-special ingredients — flax seeds, chia, quinoa, and more. Great for topping off yogurt or eaten plain as an afternoon snack. Just keep the serving size in check — 1/3 cup isn't really that much!
Each 1/3-cup serving has 120 - 130 calories, 3 - 4g fat, 20 - 23g carbs, 2 - 5g fiber, 3 - 5g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.

Village Harvest Golden Quinoa 100% Whole Grains
Quinoa is a nice alternative to brown rice, but it can be a little difficult to cook to perfection. That's why this frozen quinoa is so great. It comes fully cooked and is ready to eat after just seconds in the microwave. And if you're feeling more adventurous, the company has an entire line of frozen whole-grain mixes.
Each serving (about 1 cup or 1/2 package) has 220 calories, 2.5g fat, 43g carbs, 4g fiber, 6g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 6.

Kashi Sesame Chicken Steam Meal
Kashi has finally jumped on the steamed-meal bandwagon, and this variety is definitely the standout in the line. It comes with nice chunks of white-meat chicken, shelled edamame, and other veggies, plus a 7 whole grain and sesame pilaf.... all covered in a sweet sauce. And like every Kashi product, it's all-natural. Another great option to throw into your frozen-meal rotation.
Each package has 300 calories, 9g fat, 42g carbs, 8g fiber, 17g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 8.

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  • Post Image lina58-2007 (pauline)

    4/30/2012 5:21 AM
    missnu2 and I are in the same boat. Love your blog! And to missnu2: Congratulations on your weight loss! How do you deal with those moments when you feel like going on an eating binge? Right now, I'm on the fence. HELP!!!

  • Post Image missnu2

    4/29/2012 10:31 AM
    Just found your blog! WOW I love your show and I have all your books! You've helped me look at food so differently. Thank YOU. P.S. I've lost 76 pounds so far..isn't that amazing!

  • Post Image christa727 (christine)

    4/24/2012 7:43 PM
    It's really easy for me to get in a rut with food and as a result, get frustrated and "fall off the WW wagon". I really love the updates on new things to try and how many points they are. Thanks and keep 'em coming.

  • Post Image cblasz (chris )

    4/24/2012 7:30 PM
    Bought the cream of wheat today. Can't wait to try it!

  • Post Image labgf4 (leslie)

    4/24/2012 8:19 AM
    I guess I'll have to try PB Cheerios. I've been stalking them for weeks =)

  • Post Image holliewifey (lucy)

    4/23/2012 1:32 PM
    Thank you for the information on the cereals and snacks. I been looking for new alternatives. Going grocery shopping this weekend was challenging. I was not sure what food were low in points and what I should really have in my house. I am starting a list of things I want to buy to try and hopefully make this a part of my daily consumption. Thank you.


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