We can't imagine life without this stuff. Not only is it SO much lower in calories and fat than real ground beef, but it's also WAY easier to work with in small quantities. Does your snack or meal need a protein boost? Add in a scoop of soy crumbles. Nuke for a few, add a little seasoning (we like a dash of taco seasoning), and they're ready to go -- no browning, crumbling, and draining an entire package required. We love both MorningStar Farms' and Boca's versions equally, so grab whichever you find. And click here for a slew of HG recipes utilizing the wonder crumbles.
2. Instead of Carb-Heavy, Calorie-Packed Pasta...
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute
PER SERVING (4 oz.): 10 calories, 0.5g fat, 15mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, <1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
6. Instead of Crammed-with-Fat-and-Cholesterol Eggs...
Fat-Free Liquid Egg Substitute
PER SERVING (1/4 cup): 30 calories, 0g fat, 115 - 120mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - <1g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
Short of your Easter egg decorating, this stuff can be used pretty much anywhere you need the power of egg. It's convenient and, unlike real eggs, low in calories with no cholesterol or fat. Plus, you'll never get eggshells in your omelette! We use this for SO many things -- our egg-mug recipes, faux-frying, baking -- that we literally don't know what we would do without it. "Crying" would probably be on the agenda, though. Egg Beaters Original and Better'n Eggs are our top picks!
7. Instead of Fat-Heavy Sour Cream...
Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
PER SERVING (One 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 7g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
To be fair, this stuff is much more than a swap for sour cream to us. It's perfect for 2-ingredient recipes, a key part of our creamy scoopable salads, and delicious as a snack (with a bit of sweetener mixed in). It ALSO happens to pack the creaminess and zing of sour cream with the added bonus of lots of protein for very few calories and no fat. And it doesn't have that weird, not-quite-right taste of fat-free sour cream. There are other fatless Greek yogurts around, but Fage's stuff is the best.
8. Instead of Carb-y, High-Cal Potatoes...
PER SERVING (1 cup cubes, raw): 63 calories, 0g fat, 6mg sodium, 16g carbs, 2.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Even if we were JUST talking about using these instead of potatoes to make our amazing Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries, they'd make the list. But this orange squash is capable of so much more. With about half the calories of standard spuds, the taste is VERY comparable to sweet potatoes. Consider swapping it to make sweet potato pie... and some luscious home fries. Or get crazy and put it into stews and latkes and pot stickers... B-nut squash can be used almost anywhere a regular or sweet potato can be used. AWE-SOME.
CHEW ON THIS: Friday, February 19th, is National Chocolate Mint Day. Don't get suckered in by those Girl Scouts Thin Mints! Get your fix from a 100-cal pouch of Grasshopper cookies, and support the Scouts by purchasing their Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds in 100-cal packs. Yee-haa!
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