My friend in Los Angeles talks incessantly about some zero-calorie cappuccino foam she buys at Whole Foods. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Does such a thing exist, does it really contain NO CALORIES, and more importantly, where can I find it?
Freaking Out Over Foam
Dear Freaking Out,
The product you are referring to does exist, and it's called Coffeehouse Classics FOAM!. I am completely and totally OBSESSED with it. The stuff comes in aerosol cans and can be found in the fridge section of select stores (where you'd find the whipped cream). It even looks and tastes a lot like whipped cream. Thing is, it is completely fat-free and VERY low in calories. It's actually not calorie-free, but due to FDA regulations about serving sizes, etc., the serving size listed on the can is a bit unrealistic and therefore the nutritional info is off (there's a full explanation on their website). An average one-ounce serving (which is way bigger than a whipped cream serving!) has about 20 calories. How it works is, you squirt the stuff on your coffee (or hot cocoa), nuke it for about 20-30 seconds, and you've got yourself a foam-tastic Starbucks-quality beverage created right in your kitchen. I love this stuff so much I've even used it in place of whipped cream! There is, however, a catch. This foam is CRAZY-HARD to find (click to see where it's sold). Ugh! I am gonna do my part to help get this stuff on shelves - and you can, too. Simply click here to print out a form you can bring to your local market. Give it to the manager and BEG him or her to start carrying this product. It is SO worth it! I'm completely hooked on it, and I want the rest of the world to try it as well. Long live the foam!!!
I recently cut red meat out of my diet for health reasons, but I LOVE the taste of real meat! Do you have any suggestions for the most meaty-tasting non-meat products on the market? Thanks!
Meat-Lover in Michigan
As a non-vegetarian meat-lover, I am happy to say I have found a bunch of products that are completely meat-free, yet "meaty" tasting enough to satisfy a craving for the real thing. The number one most meaty veggie product out right now would have to be Gardenburger's Riblets. They ROCK! Saucy, sweet and satisfying, they're practically as good as ribs you'd find in Memphis! As for meaty-tasting burgers, I'd say your best bet is Boca's Original vegan patties. They're awesome and have just 70 calories (the cheesy and flame-grilled flavors taste great, too, but they are a bit higher in calories -- just a heads up). Boca also makes great meatless chili and lasagna, and fantastic ground "burger." These ground crumbles are perfect to use in recipes -- you can make delicious meat-free sloppy joes, sauces, and more. Enjoy!
CHEW ON THIS:
Today, August 30th, is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Grab a bag of Kraft's portion-controlled Jet-Puffed Mini Marshmallows. Each mini-mallow has about two calories...Weeeee!
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