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Sure, we like to stick to basics and staples when we hit the market, but these ten finds are quickly becoming new favorites at the HG HQ. Maybe they'll find their way into YOUR kitchen, too... 
1. Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt

PER SERVING (1 container): 50 calories, 0g fat, 55mg sodium, 13g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

It would be easy to assume that we love this yogurt JUST because it's emblazoned with the HG logo, but NO! It's the other way around. We tasted the latest version of this yogurt before it hit shelves and loved it SO much, we gave it our stamp of approval -- especially since they squeezed a few extra calories out of the mix (and some real fruit pieces INTO the mix). How did they do it!?

 

2. La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious 100 Calorie Tortillas, 100% Whole Wheat

PER SERVING (1 tortilla): 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 320mg sodium, 24g carbs, 8g fiber, 3g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

These brand-new tortillas from La Tortilla Factory are easy to fall for. They're tasty, low in calories and fat, high in fiber, and LARGE. Seriously. We measured them in the HG kitchen, and they're about 2 inches bigger in diameter than our beloved Low Carb High Fiber tortillas made by the same company. For big, veggie 'n protein packed wraps, these things ROCK... and give you a little more room to work with. They're starting to appear in stores this month, so look out for 'em!

 

3. Progresso Light Soups (NEW Varieties!) and High Fiber Soups

PER SERVING (1 cup): 60 - 130 calories, 0 - 4g fat, 460 - 700mg sodium, 10 - 26g carbs, 2 - 7g fiber, 1 - 13g sugars, 2 - 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 4*

When you need a mini meal or a snack any time of day, we say, "Why not soup?" Progresso's line of Light soups is an all-around favorite of ours, and now there are brand-new varieties, like Chicken & Dumpling and Italian Style Meatball. But wait! There's more. Progresso ALSO just launched its new line of High Fiber soups, which are low in the fattening stuff and have a good dose of fiber in each cup (7 grams!). Try the Chicken Tuscany, Creamy Tomato Basil, Hearty Vegetable and Noodles, and Homestyle Minestrone. MMMM!

 

4. Frank's RedHot Sweet Heat BBQ Wings Sauce

PER SERVING (1 tbsp.): 20 calories, 0g fat, 310mg sodium, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

This isn't your average barbeque sauce, people. This is a delicious, flavor-packed fusion of hot sauce and sweet BBQ goodness. But don't feel like this stuff needs to be limited to wings. Kick up your lean chicken breasts, salmon fillets, and turkey wraps with it, use it as a salad dressing... whatever! Find yourself a bottle and hold on tight. Weeeee!

 

5. Contessa Green Cuisine Stir-Fry Meals

PER SERVING (1 1/2 - 2 cups without sauce): 120 - 150 calories, 1.5 - 3g fat, 210 - 270mg sodium, 11 - 14g carbs, 3 - 4g fiber, 3 - 5g sugars, 13 - 17g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 3*

These are some of the smartest skillet meals around. Why? Well, not only are they free of any noodles, rice, and other starchy items, but the sauce comes in a packet on the side. Customizable meals in a bag? Genius! If you use all the sauce (and there's a LOT of it!), it'll add around 60 - 80 fat-free calories to each serving (bringing the total. Go for the shrimp, chicken, or beef variety, and dinner will be on the table (sauced or not) in minutes.

 

6. Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet

PER SERVING (1/6 package): 120 calories, 6g fat, 300mg sodium, 16g carbs, <1g fiber, 3g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

HELLO! If you're not on board with this seamless dough yet, still furiously rolling out the perforations in Reduced Fat Crescent Roll dough, give it a rest. This dough is the SAME as the old triangle-cut formula, except in one solid sheet. It makes whipping up recipes like our Crazy-Delicious Cheesy Cherry Danish SUPER-EASY. We'd like to thank the Pillsbury Doughboy for listening to our requests. PD + HG 4-ever!

 

7. Diet V8 Splash

PER SERVING (8 oz.): 10 calories, 0g fat, 35 - 40mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Our latest juicy obsession. We're partial to the Tropical Blend (its mango-y, pineappley flavor ROCKS), but the Berry Blend is pretty good, too. We like this beverage blended up with fruit for a smoothie, mixed in with our FRS, or even just sipped straight. It's a new staple in our fridge and should be in yours, too. (Pssst! The V8 V-Fusion Light is great, too, but we have a hard time finding it.)

 

8. Kashi Frozen Entrees, Mayan Harvest Bake and Tuscan Veggie Bake

PER SERVING (1 entree): 260 - 340 calories, 9g fat, 380 - 700mg sodium, 42 - 58g carbs, 8g fiber, 8 - 19g sugars, 7 - 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7 - 9*

We sing the praises of Kashi a lot, but these meals are really fantastic. The Mayan Harvest Bake (a.k.a. the best frozen entree ever) has crazy stuff like plantains and polenta, smothered in an amazingly delicious sauce. The Tuscan Veggie Bake is like a super-fancy veggie lasagna of squash, eggplant, and sweet potato with 7-grain noodles. Interesting, wholesome COMFORT FOOD... Who knew?! P.S. Kashi, we've totally noticed your website's makeover... and we like it!

 

9. Nescafe Taster's Choice Vanilla

PER SERVING (1 tsp.): 5 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

We want to erase the stigma around instant coffee -- that it tastes bad or just isn't cool to drink. Instant coffee is GREAT for iced java drinks, people! (It's also good for hot coffee, in a pinch, but we use it more for the cold stuff.) This powder is lightly flavored, slightly sweet, and extremely tasty. It has kind of a vanilla-coconut-ish thing going on, and we're pretty into it. Don't fear the instant coffee! P.S. It comes in canisters and single-serving packets.

 

10. Gorton's Signature Grilled and Classic Grilled Fillets

PER SERVING (1 fillet): 80 - 100 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 250 - 270mg sodium, <1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 14 - 17g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*

As protein fiends, we're always looking for a quick and easy fish fix... and one that doesn't come with an oily, crunchy coating. Gorton's has a line of terrific 100-calorie-or-less, cook-from-frozen fish fillets that fit the bill all the way. Try out one of the Classic Grilled Fillets (flaky white fish), Classic Grilled Salmon, or Signature Grilled Tilapia as part of a simple yet awesome meal. (FYI, Gorton's also makes a TON of flavored versions with similar stats.)

 


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