It's Good Nutrition Month (a.k.a. November), so make sure you're eating right! Here are some of our new favorite nutritious hot couples...
Kashi GOLEAN Hearty All Natural Honey & Cinnamon Instant Hot Cereal with Clusters + Peach Slices Packed in Juice
PER SERVING (1 packet cereal + 1/4 cup drained peaches, about 3/4 cup prepared): 180 calories, 2g fat, 102mg sodium, 33g carbs, 5.75g fiber, 14g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
This hot cereal is like turbo-powered oatmeal, loaded with protein, fiber, and whole-grain goodness. Just prepare your Kashi goods per package instructions, and drain & chop your antioxidant-packed peaches. Stir 'em together and you've got a filling breakfast that tastes like peach cobbler. Breakfast that's super-charged, tastes like dessert, AND is super-easy to make? We're in!
Low-Fat Vanilla Frozen Yogurt + Pineapple Ring Packed in Juice
PER SERVING (1/2 cup yogurt + 1 pineapple ring): 136 calories, 2.5g fat, 56mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 20g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Here's a real quick way to make your nightly scoop of fro yo a little more fun. Just bring a grill pan or a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Toss on your fruit ring and cook each side until cute grill-marks ensue. Place it on top of your frozen dessert. (We like Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Yogurt Blends.) Ta-da! Grilled fruit RULES! P.S. Pineapple is a GREAT source of vitamin C and manganese, and fro yo is full of minerals and enzymes. Hooray for that!
Green Giant Just for One Broccoli & Cheese Sauce + Potato
PER SERVING (1 tray broccoli & sauce + 6 oz. potato): 179 calories, 1.5g fat, 438mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
While we don't suggest having scoop after scoop of butter-packed mashed potatoes, a single baked spud is portion-controlled and full of good-for-you stuff (fiber, phytochemicals, and more). Fake-bake a small potato by puncturing it in a few places and then microwaving until soft (6 - 8 minutes). Prep the veggie tray per package instructions. Then split your potato in half lengthwise and top with cheesy, nutrient-rich broccoli trees -- or scoop out the insides, mash with the veggies & cheese sauce, and spoon it back inside the skin. Fiber-filled and fancy!
PER SERVING (1 pouch tuna salad + 1/2 pita): 150 calories, 3g fat, 605mg sodium, 19g carbs, 3.75g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 13.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Running so late that you think you don't have time to make and eat something satisfying? This quick pairing will save the day in four short steps. Step One, split pita in half to form two pockets. Step Two, open awesome tuna salad pouch. (Premixed and low in fat!) Step Three, empty pouch into one pita pocket. (Save the other half for your next on-the-go snack attack.) Step Four, run out the door while chewing your mini-meal, full of protein, fiber, omega-3s, and deliciousness! And if you have time for a Step Two and a Half, smoosh some veggies inside your pocket. (The pita pocket, not the one on your pants, silly.) P.S. If whole-wheat pita bread doesn't do it for you, check out Western Bagel's Plain Alternative Pita Bread -- same high fiber, but white-bread taste.
Boneless Skinless Lean Chicken Breast + Diced Fire-Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic
PER SERVING (6 oz. chicken + 1/2 cup tomatoes with garlic): 220 calories, 2.25g fat, 515mg sodium, 6g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 40.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
Call it "dinner for the exhausted." Set the oven to 375 degrees, and tear off a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray the foil lightly with nonstick spray, place raw chicken in the center, and cover with canned tomatoes. Seal it up tightly to create a packet, and pop it into the oven on a baking sheet. Sit down, take a breather, maybe microwave some veggies to enjoy on the side, and dinner will be ready in about 25 minutes. The lean-chicken protein and lycopene-packed tomatoes will do your body good! Plus, the garlic will eliminate the threat of vampires. (WE'RE KIDDING, but it is good for your heart.)
Green Giant Immunity Blend Frozen Vegetables + Amy's Organic Light in Sodium Low Fat Butternut Squash Soup
PER SERVING (1 cup veggies + 1 cup soup, about 1 1/2 cups prepared): 170 calories, 5g fat, 480mg sodium, 31g carbs, 4g fiber, 11g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
How do you boost your soup to make it a little more meal-worthy? Um, add a bunch of veggies to it! And this combo is so seasonally delicious, it may knock your squash-loving head off! Microwave the frozen veggies (a mix of carrots, cauliflower, dried cranberries, and some yummy butter sauce) according to the package instructions, and then toss 'em into hot soup. Now you have a high-vitamin, high-fiber snack or mini-meal that tastes like Thanksgiving! BTW, there's a slew of other delicious, low-fat butternut squash soups to choose from, so keep an eye out for those as well. Soup's ON!
Spinach + Seasoned Rice Vinegar
PER SERVING (4 cups fresh spinach + 1 tbsp. vinegar, about 1/3 cup prepared): 48 calories, 0.5g fat, 362mg sodium, 8.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
When you need a serious nutrient boost but don't feel like chewing your way through a huge spinach salad, try it this way. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat, and unload your fresh greens upon it. Add a bit of sweet rice vinegar, and cook VERY BRIEFLY until just wilted. The spinach will cook down A LOT but still be loaded with vitamin K, iron, and oodles of other nutrients. Plus, it tastes AMAZING.
PER SERVING (1/2 cup cottage cheese + 1/4 cup blueberries): 115 calories, <0.5g fat, 429mg sodium, 13.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 14g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
One of the quickest and easiest ways to dress up your dairy is with FRUIT, and the freeze-dried stuff adds CRUNCH, too. Blueberries are high in vitamin C and low in undesirable stats. Plus, they're not too crazy-sweet or tart like some dried fruit can be. Our go-to freezy blues come from Just Tomatoes, Etc., but we've seen some at Trader Joe's, as well. So stock up, and then sprinkle away on your next scoop of calcium-happy cottage cheese! (Caution: May be habit-forming.)
HG FYI: Unless otherwise indicated, serving sizes refer to the state of the ingredients prior to preparation.
CHEW ON THIS: November is Good Nutrition Month, and (in case you're REALLY out of it!) November is happening RIGHT NOW. Make sure you chew plenty of good things -- for some super-simple snack ideas and mini-meals, check out our TOP ATE Great (& Great for You) Couples!
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