There are a lot of food staples we use regularly here at the HG HQ, but some are so multi-talented that we decided to dub them MVPs! Here's our TOP ATE list of products that are workin' overtime for us!
1. Mann's Sunny Shores Broccoli Cole Slaw
PER SERVING (1 cup): 25 calories, 0g fat, 25mg sodium, 5g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
Oh, broccoli slaw. We've loved you since 2005. As big fans of veggies and bigger fans of not having to shred them ourselves, we use this sauceless slaw mix for everything. Stir-fry it Asian-style, serve it pasta-like with tomato sauce or even tomato soup (try it with #5 on this list!), mix it with tuna... the choices are endless. Really! P.S. Check out its colorful sister slaw, Rainbow Salad -- just as delicious, and pretty, too!
PER SERVING (One 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 7g sugars, 15g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
There is no time of day we won't eat this creamy yogurt -- breakfast, lunch, snack-time, dessert, whenever. It's like a blank canvas, just waiting for you to turn it into something beautiful (and delicious). Add sugar-free preserves, fruit (fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried), or spices (for a zesty, creamy dip). Or use it straight as a sour cream substitute. Bonus: This stuff is PACKED with protein.
PER SERVING (1/6th of package): 120 calories, 6g fat, 300mg sodium, 16g carbs, <1g fiber, 3g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 3*
This new seam-free, ready-to-go refrigerated dough is great to have around. It's actually Reduced Fat Crescent Roll dough in disguise! Bake little squares of it and load 'em up as hors d'oeuvres, roll it up pinwheel-style around your favorite things, make edible bowls by baking sections of it in a muffin pan, etc. Get creative! And don't worry... you still get to pop it open by smashing the tube against the counter. Weeeee!
Hot Couple "Sausage-Biscuit Pinwheels" (click & scroll to the bottom, people!)
4. Fiber One Bran Cereal (Original)
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 60 calories, 1g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 14g fiber, 0g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
Diehard fans are well aware of the love affair between F1 and HG. But for all the new kids out there, here's a quick refresher course. Fiber One is a delicious, crazy-high-in-fiber cereal that we like to play around with. We mix it with yogurt, fruit, and other cereals to make parfaits, snack mixes, and more. We grind it up into "breadcrumbs" for our famous faux-frying technique (click & scroll for more on that) and our special high-fiber pie crust. Basically, there's very little we won't do with this breakfast cereal.
5. Amy's Organic Light in Sodium Chunky Tomato Bisque
PER SERVING (1 cup): 120 calories, 3.5g fat, 340mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 14g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
This is hands-down the BEST canned tomato soup EVER. It's FANTASTIC all alone, but we also like to throw in seafood, ground-beef-style soy crumbles, Frank's RedHot, chicken chunks, fresh basil leaves, and/or reduced-fat Parm-style grated topping. This soup also doubles as a creamy, slightly sweet tomato sauce for veggies, chicken breasts, and pizza-inspired items. And it is INCREDIBLE stir-fried with broccoli slaw. (Try it and see... PLEASE!)
PER SERVING (1 unprepared serving, about 1 tbsp.): 25 - 35 calories, 0g fat, 300 - 320mg sodium, 6 - 8g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, 0g sugars, 0 - <1g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Pudding mix isn't just for pudding anymore. We use the powdered stuff to thicken up and add flavor to SO many things -- from shakes and oatmeal to dips and desserts. Yup, we're "pudding" it in EVERYTHING. Tee-hee...
PER SERVING (4 oz., half a package): 20 calories, 0.5g fat, 15mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
We've told you this a bazillion times, these things are life-changing. Learn to love them, people. The key to Tofu Shirataki success is to rinse well, dry REALLY well, and stick with creamy sauces rather than watery ones. Other than that, sky's the limit! Stir-frys, casseroles, soups, and even crab cakes are in these noodles' repertoire. Have fun!
8. Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Spreadable Cheese Wedges
PER SERVING (1 wedge): 35 calories, 2g fat, 260mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 2.5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
We may have saved the best for last here. These cheese wedges are SO incredible, SO creamy, and SO delicious, we actually brought them to a lab to see if they really have just 35 calories each. Thank goodness they do. Use 'em as a cream cheese swap or a sandwich spread, or melt 'em into a head-explodingly delicious sauce. Just EAT THEM!
Cheesy Beefy Supreme Wrap (if you love Taco Bell swaps, you MUST click now!)
CHEW ON THIS: February is National Snack Food Month. Snack on any of these superstar foods -- and do it fast because there are only a few days left in the month!!!
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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.