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04.21.06
 

 
We chewed (and sipped). Now we're telling...    
Hershey's Sticks, Caramel Filled Milk Chocolate

(60 calories, 3g fat, 15mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g sugar, <1g protein = 1 Point)

With portion control being the new trend, exciting new products are popping up left and right. Our latest fun finds are Hershey's Sticks. These chocolate candy treats aren't diety in any way, but because there's not much chocolate to 'em (they're about 5 inches long but just a half inch wide!), they don't clock in very high in the calorie and fat departments. As far as taste is concerned, these elegant little caramel-filled sweeties are completely AWESOME. They also come in Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Mint Milk Chocolate (but the caramel-filled ones are the best). We think they are an ideal way to satisfy a chocolate craving without doing too much damage.

Pros: They're easy to find, perfect to keep in your purse or desk, have just 60 calories, and they taste fantastic!

Cons: They're just regular candy bars masquerading as low cal chocolate.  And chocoholics might use this as an excuse to gobble up a few of these at a time.

Overall Score: 8.5
Starbucks DoubleShot Light Espresso & Cream (6.5 fl oz)

(70 calories, 4g fat, 50mg sodium, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 5g sugar, 3g protein = 2 Points)

We've gotta hand it to Starbucks. Despite their reputation for creating over-caloried coffee bevs, they're constantly trying to come up with awesome, innovative, and decadent drinks for the diet-conscious, as well. Their brand new Espresso & Cream DoubleShot Light is a home run. Each little can contains a super-creamy double shot of espresso. Made with Splenda but not overly sweet, this stuff can be enjoyed straight out of the can, or poured over ice. It's also great if you use it as a base for larger, homemade, fun coffee drinks (add more coffee, some soy milk, Splenda, SF syrups, etc.)

Pros:  It tastes great, and is pretty low in calories.

Cons: It's so good we want more than 6.5 oz. of it.

Overall Score: 9
Birds Eye Steamfresh Fresh Frozen Vegetables - Broccoli, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas & Water Chestnuts

(35 calories, 0g fat, 25mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 1g protein = 0.3 Points)

Steaming vegetables is the best way to cook 'em for many reasons. Steaming lets veggies retain their nutrients and vibrant colors, and it eliminates the need for oil (and all the calories that go along with it).  With Birds Eye's new Steamfresh line, cooking up perfect veggies has never been easier. Just pop a bag in the microwave for about five minutes, watch it puff up, and voila -- perfect, gorgeous, steamed veggies every time. Carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas and water chestnuts make for a beauteous, crunchy, sweet combination. We loved 'em!

Pros: Great-tasting veggies that are delicious and fun to make -- seeing that bag puff up gives you the same rush you got watching mom make Jiffy Pop when you were a kid.

Cons: Ummm, none that we can think of. But still, they're just vegetables.

Overall Score: 8
Dr. Pepper Diet Berries & Cream

(0 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 0g protein = 0 Points)

Dr. Pepper is at it again, slaving away in his flavor lab. This time, though, he's concocted a new flavor that doesn't quite make sense to us. Just a short while ago, Doc P debuted Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, a flavor that combined the joyous flavors of Dr. Pepper, cherry and vanilla. And that one worked really well. It's smooth, sweet and creamy. So why, we wonder, did DP feel the need to release yet another soda that combines the exact same things -- Dr. Pepper, a berry-like fruit, and a creamy flavor?  We're not sure.  And to make things worse, this one doesn't taste nearly as good as the Diet Cherry Vanilla version. It's not awful, but we're not exactly huge fans of this new fizzy offering.

Pros: Great name. Exciting packaging. No Calories

Cons: It doesn't taste very good.

Overall Score: 5.5

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April 22nd is National Jellybean Day. Depending on their size, regular jellybeans have between 4 and 10 calories each.
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