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Kid Food for YOU, Plus Low-Cal Macaroni!

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Hi Hungry Girl,

I remember you mentioned in an email to check the baby-food aisle at the supermarket for adult-friendly foods. I would have never thought to look there! What can I find in that aisle that's worth seeking out?

Kid-At-Heart Karen

Hi Karen,

I'm glad you asked! There are lots of guilt-free products made for toddlers that are great for grown-ups too.

In the actual baby-food aisle, the Gerber Graduates line features SO MANY delicious snacks made with good-for-you stuff like whole grains and freeze-dried fruits and veggies. The Mini Fruits are straight-up freeze-dried fruit; the Puffs are like fruity, crunchy cereal bits; the Yogurt Melts remind me of astronaut ice cream (so cool!); and the Fruit & Veggie Melts are li'l freeze-dried bites in fun flavor blends. These all taste great and travel well. And they're so low in calories that you can eat the entire bag or container for 100 - 150 calories. Also check out Gerber Grabbers, which are no-spoon-needed pouches of pureed fruits and veggies. (Think applesauce, but better.) Many of these purees taste great -- try 'em in smoothies or even blended cocktails. BTW, other brands make similar products, so look around!

Venturing into other aisles... Fruit Falls and Just 10 pouches, by Minute Maid, are like those squeezable juice drinks from your childhood except they're not loaded with sugary calories -- just 5 to 10 calories per pouch! Plus, you get to stab a straw into them, which is kinda fun. There are also lots of snack bars for kids that I REALLY like. Quaker Chewy Smashbars are crammed with sweet 'n salty goodness, and each bar has just 90 calories. I also enjoy Clif Kid ZBar Crispy Rice -- only 110 calories. In the dairy section, Chobani Champions are kid-friendly mini cups of Greek yogurt in really fun, not-too-tart flavors. They're packed with protein and have just 100 - 120 calories per container.

Other awesome kid finds? Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Bread (adorable and a good source of fiber), Barbara's Snackimals (animal crackers in crazy-good flavors), and Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets (have 7 for under 200 calories!).

Amazing, huh?! Grab some of these products during your next shopping trip, and prepare to have your food-world flipped upside down! 

Hi Lisa,

I just noticed that House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute now comes in a MACARONI shape. I can't wait to try it! Any HG recipes on the horizon using this new guilt-free noodle swap?

Must Have Mac

Hi Must Have Mac,

It's TRUE! Macaroni is the latest variety of House Foods Tofu Shirataki (a.k.a. an amazing 20-calorie-per-serving pasta swap). The best part about the macaroni noodles? Unlike the other (unwieldy) varieties, you don't have to cut these before working with them -- they're short from the start. And to answer your question, I happen to have a delicious recipe that uses these noodles. It's a super-slimmed-down version of classic mac & cheese. YAY!!!

HG's Three-Cheesy Tofu Shirataki Mac

Entire recipe: 110 calories, 3g fat, 685mg sodium, 10g carbs, 4g fiber, 2g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Ingredients:
1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Macaroni Shaped Noodle Substitute
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 slice fat-free American cheese
1 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
Dash each salt and black pepper, or more to taste

Directions:
Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles well. Pat dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave noodles for 1 minute.

Drain excess liquid. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.

Add cheese wedge and cheese slice, breaking both into pieces as you add them. Microwave for 1 minute.

Add remaining ingredients and stir very well. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

These noodles are only available at select retailers right now, so REQUEST 'em if you don't see 'em. (P.S. They're refrigerated and found with the tofu.) Though I haven't tried it, I think they'd taste amazing in place of cooked pasta in other HG mac recipes with creamy sauces, like this BLT-rific Mac 'n Cheese. Mmmmm!

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