Clones? Copycats? Secret identities? We don't know for sure what's going on, but our taste buds are tricked... and we're glad! Now we have options when it comes to price and availability. Check out these food twins...
Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thins
PER SERVING (1 roll): 100 calories, 1g fat, 210 - 230mg sodium, 22 - 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats
PER SERVING (1 roll): 100 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 170mg sodium, 19 - 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 3g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*
It figures. We'd FINALLY started to find the Sandwich Thins in our 'hood when these Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats began popping up. They're nearly identical -- both taste great and are packed with fiber. We like good healthy competition as much as anyone, so we're basically going to buy whichever is easiest for us to find. (You hear that, food companies?) If forced to choose, we'd go for the Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat version. But really, there are no losers in this battle. These things ROCK, and we hope they're here to stay.
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 19 - 22 chips): 120 calories, 4g fat, 250 - 290mg sodium, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 1 - 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Trader Joe's Popped Potato Chips
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 19 - 22 chips): 120 calories, 4g fat, 250 - 280mg sodium, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Now don't get us wrong -- we LOVE both of these products (as we do all the items we're talking about today). But when someone loves Popchips as much as we do, they're gonna be pretty excited to see a product that tastes just as good, but for a lower price. As exciting as that is, however, the TJ's chips don't come in all the fabulous flavors and packaging options that Popchips do, just Salted or Barbecue in multi-serving bags. Plus, some areas don't have Trader Joe's. Popchips, have no fear... Your delicious empire is safe.
Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 60 calories, 0.5g fat, 270mg sodium, 6g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus value 2*
PER SERVING (2/3 cup): 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 230mg sodium, 5g carbs, 3g fiber, <1g sugars, 10g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
We've been listing these products as interchangeable FOREVER. It may seem like MorningStar's version has more calories, but check out the serving sizes -- it actually has the same amount of calories as Boca's. Both have a nice ground-beef-like taste, both are super-convenient ways to jazz up plain food items (hey there, Tomato Bisque!), and both come frozen. The difference? Well, the new Boca bags are re-sealable. Unfortunately, the Boca crumbles are harder to find in our area, so we're content to keep stuffing our MorningStar Farms bags into Ziplocs to keep the little soy crumbles from getting all over our freezer. Whichever we can get our hands on, we'll buy.
FiberPlus Antioxidants Chewy Bars
PER SERVING (1 bar): 120 - 130 calories, 4 - 5g fat, 50 - 55mg sodium, 24 - 26g carbs, 9g fiber, 7g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Now that Fiber One makes EVERYTHING, it's not surprising to see it pop up again on this list. As big fans of the F1 brand, especially these Chewy Bars, seeing knock-off fiber-filled gooey bars makes us a little sad... and a little happy. Both brands make a simple chocolatey variety, but the FiberPlus bars also come in a Dark Chocolate Almond flavor, which is kinda cool. However, the folks at Fiber One are continually cranking out new flavors (Oats & Apple Streusel! Chocolate Mocha!) -- that's pretty hard to top. F1 ROCKS!!!
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CHEW ON THIS: Friday, July 31st, is officially the last day of July! Starting Saturday, it's National Brownies for Brunch Month... or, you know, August. Make some Yum Yum Brownie Muffins to celebrate -- they're TOTALLY brunch-worthy.
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