Today's finds are a tiny bit tricky to locate but worth the effort...
A.C. LaRocco Ultra Thin Sprouted Grain Bruschetta Style Pizza
PER SERVING (1/2 pizza): 170 calories, 8g fat, 290mg sodium, 17g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g sugars, 11g protein -- POINTS® value 3*
Guilt-free frozen pizza is tough to get right. While there are MANY options for reduced-calorie pizzas, too many of them waste calories and starchy carbs on crust that's just too thick. Why do it? WHY???!!! A.C. LaRocco has the right idea with this pizza. It's not just thin crust, it's ULTRA thin crust (that's thinner than thin!) -- it's almost like a tortilla, but with a slightly sweet, wheaty taste. Simply put, this pizza is FANTASTIC. It tastes fresh, like you made it yourself at home. A.C. LaRocco makes all kinds of great pizzas in various flavors with different crusts, and all have stats that are pretty impressive. Just check the boxes for specific calorie and fat counts -- and read VERY carefully because some of their pizzas have two servings and others have three. The Bruschetta Style -- a tomato-topped, garlic-packed 2-serving pie -- is our absolute favorite. (And we taste-tasted a SLEW of them!) These pizzas are not available at every market in the U.S., but they do have pretty good distribution and can be found at various Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, Publix, Kroger, and more locations. (Pssst... Look for them in the natural food freezer.) Click here to see where they're sold in your area. (We recommend calling first to make sure the store has 'em in stock.) Mmmmmmmmmmm... pizza.
The Bottom Line: Great pizza. One of the best-kept secrets of the guilt-free food world. FIND IT!
Buzz Bites Chocolate Energy Chews
PER SERVING (1 piece): 25 calories, 1g fat, 20mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 3g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
We were skeptical when these things showed up at our offices. And, truth be told, we weren't fans right off the bat. For starters, caffeine-infused candy is somewhat scary. (Buzz Bites contain a lot of the same stuff you find in energy drinks like Red Bull.) And it's not something we generally seek out, but we figured we'd give these chews a whirl. About the size of a small caramel cube, and similar in consistency without the "stretch" (think a very soft, square Tootsie Roll), there are pros and cons to these Bites. First, the cons. They're pretty bitter. You can taste the chocolate, for sure, but every now and then you get a HUGE burst of bitterness from the caffeine, and it's not so pleasant. So bitter-haters BEWARE. Another con -- IT'S CAFFEINE-LOADED CANDY. So if you're sensitive to caffeine, watch out. Now, for the pros. These Chews are fairly chocolatey, they taste pretty good, they can kick a chocolate craving for 25 calories, they give you a little caffeine buzz (like a small cup of coffee), and they're not SO good you'll gobble down a whole bunch at once (that would be bad!). They really grow on you. We've found ourselves chewing through these pretty quickly at the HG HQ, so it would be hypocritical of us to say we don't like them, because we actually do. By the way, they come in a Mint Chocolate flavor, too, but the regular ones are WAY better. Look for 'em at select stores, or buy online.
The Bottom Line: They're not for everyone, but if you're curious, adventurous, and often a little sleepy, they're worth a chew.
Sensible Portions 100 Calorie Packs Cheating with Chocolate Mini Crisps, Cinna-Swirl
PER SERVING (1 bag): 100 calories, 3g fat, 120mg sodium, 16g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, AMAZING FIND ALERT!!!! We want to start out by giving props to Sensible Portions. This company first started dabbling in the world of mini crisps drizzled with chocolate back in late 2005. The folks at Quaker didn't release their Mini Delights until early 2007, so the Sensible Portions folks really are the innovators in that space. That being said, there's certainly room for all of the delicious chocolate-topped minis in our guilt-free-food-loving hearts. We love you all -- Mwah! Mwah! (FYI, those are real kisses, not air kisses.) These come in ginormous boxes that contain 26 individual bags (two flavors) and will soon be available at club stores, so they're money-savers. And while the S'mores flavor is also great (marshmallowy and chocolatey!), the Cinna-Swirl ones are TOO INSANELY GOOD FOR WORDS. Honestly, biting into one of these is like being punched in the face with deliciousness. (We stole that line from a friend.) The crisps have a light, sweet cinnamon flavor, and they are drizzled with creamy white chocolate. You get about 22 crisps in each portion-controlled bag. Definitely a FANTASTIC way to spend 100 calories! Buy 'em online (for now), and look for them in stores soon!
The Bottom Line: You have to taste this find to fully understand. A MUST-HAVE for anyone who likes cinnamon and/or white chocolate.
CHEW ON THIS: HG ALERT! This is your last chance to snag the fantastic HG Limited Edition Swappuccino Glass Set. The super-cute glasses are ONLY available until midnight this Sunday (12/14/08). Shipping is FREE! Don't miss out!!!
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.