With 60 calories and 14 grams of fiber per half cup, this bran cereal is one of our all-time faves. We eat it straight out of the box as a snack, with a little light milk and Splenda for breakfast, and as a yummy, crunchy topping for our oatmeal. It's also AWESOME for baking, as it adds tons of fiber and heartiness to recipes without adding lots of calories. Fiber One, YOU ROCK!!!!
2. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Unsweetened Vanilla/Chocolate
We were scared to try this non-dairy milk sub at first, but now we're obsessed. This stuff is so insanely low in calories that you have to try it to believe it. It's PERFECT for recipes 'cuz it has far fewer calories than any milk. Make low-cal coffee drinks or creamy sauces with the stuff. Or, cook it into your oatmeal to make your breakfast super-rich. This stuff is a lifesaver! Purchase it online or at select supermarkets (with the other non-refrigerated milk substitutes).
3. Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Light Swiss Original
We never get tired of singing the praises of this cheese. There is simply no other way to get the creamy goodness of real cheese for just 35 calories. And a little of this stuff goes a looooong way. Use it to make GREAT guilt-free sauces, as a cream cheese sub, and of course, in HG's famous Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo. Find it in the refrigerated dairy section of most markets.
Need something to taste super-chocolatey? Add as little as a teaspoon of this stuff to coffee drinks, guilt-free shakes and recipes, and for about 4 calories you'll get a healthy shot of chocolate flavor. Woohoo! Remember, it's not sweetened, so to get the full chocolate effect add Splenda or your low-cal sweetener of choice.
Nope, it's not boring; it's a fiber-packed, low-cal way to add tons of flavor to breakfasts and baked goods. Mix it with devil's food cake mix, Cool Whip Free, oatmeal and more. Canned pumpkin should be your new best friend. Just be sure to go for pure pumpkin, and not the higher-cal look-alike pumpkin pie filling.
There are many awesome SF maple syrups, so you can choose whichever one works for you-- as long as it isn't a zero-calorie one (yuk!) or a 50 - 100 calorie one (too high!). Stick with syrups that clock in at about 30 - 35 calories a serving, and you'll get one that's gooey and sweet enough to add sweet, maple-y flavor to anything -- oatmeal, veggie recipes, and more! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm...
No, we'll never stop bragging about these things. This pasta swap is a real people-pleaser because it has 1/20th the calories of real pasta (40 calories per huge serving), and it can be used sooo many ways. Whip up an 80-calorie alfredo, add to chicken soup, use in stir-frys, etc. The sky's the limit! If you've tried these and don't love them, we say TRY 'EM AGAIN! Remember to rinse and dry them well. Available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, amazon.com and Japanese markets.
Here's the thickest, creamiest no-fat yogurt EVER. This stuff straight is an awesome sour cream replacement, and it's even better to use in guilt-free sauces, dressings and dips. Yum! BTW -- Fage is pronounced "fah-yeh" -- it doesn't rhyme with "cage". Yeah, we were shocked, too. You'll get over it. Find this stuff at Trader Joe's and select supermarkets.
CHEW ON THIS: September is National Papaya Month. Papayas are a rich source of antioxidant nutrients (such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids), B vitamins (folate and pantothenic acid), minerals (potassium and magnesium) and fiber.
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