Okay, so maybe we did technically include these in our last list (lumped into the rice snacks category), but these 90-calorie snack packs rock so very much, that we felt they deserved special mention. All three flavors (Buttered Popcorn, Chocolatey Drizzle and Cinnamon Streusel) are fantastic. Eat 'em straight or use 'em creatively in recipes. Your call.
Were big BIG fans of this flavor-packed crunchy cracker snack from Kellogg's. You get to chew 18 of these critters for just 130 calories. And we think the high fiber count more than makes up for the slightly high fat count. Plus these are wholesome and filling, and they still clock in with just 2 Points per serving!
3. Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers Featuring NEW Flavors!
The original Spritzers turned up on our previous list, but now we're welcoming FOUR all-new amazing flavors to the Spritzer lineup. In addition to the Italian, Red Wine Mist and Balsamic Breeze vinaigrettes, there are now the following ones, as well: Asian Silk, Raspberry Bliss, French Flair, and Caesar Delight! We'll be reviewing these soon, but in the meantime, please know that they ROCK!
Instead of rattling off all the new flavors in this much-needed line of veggie-packed frozen entrées (click here if you're dying to know), we'll make it easy for you: just look for the green label on LC's packaging shouting, "TWICE THE VEGGIES"! We've always loved the convenience of low-cal, low-fat frozen entrées but wished they'd bulk 'em up a bit with filling, fiber-licious, good-for-you veggies. Leave it to LC to grant our wish! And these aren't dumb old boring veggies; there's edamame, sugar snap peas, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and more.
5. Hostess 100 Calorie Packs, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
There's nothing wrong with a little cake every now and then, so if you're gonna add a pastry pick to your list, it may as well be an adorable 3-pack of mini cupcakes that are high in fiber and taste delicious. Serious carrot-cake lovers and golden-cake fans may like those other varieties of these 100-calorie packs, but we've only flipped for the chocolate ones. And no, they don't have the famous Hostess squiggle (sad times).
6. Birds Eye Steamfresh Fresh Frozen Vegetables, Original Varieties
These fun-to-use bags of frozen veggies steam up perfectly in the microwave, right in the bag. The original varieties range from Sweet Corn to the Broccoli, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas & Water Chestnuts mix. But just when you thought the wonderful world of Steamfresh couldn't get any better, along come two new lines. There's Premium Selects (with fancy stuff like Baby Brussels Sprouts) and Specially Seasoned (featuring yummy options like the Garlic Baby Peas & Mushrooms). So bundle up and spend some quality time in the freezer aisle scoping these out!
*Nutritionals exclude the Sweet Mini Corn on the Cob, which has 90 calories and 2 Points per ear.
Frozen and fresh used to be your only options for fruit au natural. The canned aisle was always full of fruit options soaking in juice (not so bad), light syrup (a little worse), or heavy syrup (um, bad!). But now companies like Del Monte are offering up ones floating in water with no added sugars or preservatives! Many of these are sweetened with Splenda, and they are far lower in calories than most canned fruit (with stats comparable to fresh fruit). And they're a tasty way to keep fruit conveniently on hand -- in the kitchen pantry, the office breakroom, etc. -- especially since they won't go bad as quickly as the fresh stuff. We've even spotted some single-serving plastic cups of this stuff for an easy, on-the-go fruit fix.
8. Individual Pouches of Chicken, Salmon and Tuna Fillets
On our last list, we brought you Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Albacore Steak Entrées. But there's so much happening in the world of precooked, pre-portioned and perfectly seasoned pouched poultry and fish, we felt the need to bring you the full 411. In addition to tuna steak, both chicken breast and salmon steak are now also available. These are great to keep in the house for those days when you don't have the time or energy to cook dinner. Bumble Bee's got several varieties of Prime Fillet Chicken Breast (Garlic & Herb, Southwest Seasonings, and Barbeque Sauce), Prime Fillet Salmon Steaks (Teriyaki and Lemon & Dill), and of course those Albacore Steak Entrées (Ginger and Soy, Lemon and Cracked Pepper, and Mesquite Grilled). Chicken of the Sea has got 3 types of Salmon Steak: Honey Barbeque, Mandarin Orange, and Roasted Garlic. Psst pair any of these pouches with some of those Steamfresh veggies for the easiest low-cal dinner EVER!
CHEW ON THIS: April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day. Yum! If you need to break down, try one of Drake's FAMOUS Low Fat Coffee Cakes. You can order 'em online and they ROCK!
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