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Oregon Chai Sugar Free Original Chai Tea Latte, Concentrate
PER SERVING (4 oz.): 0 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
We are NOT fans of chai tea in general. We always thought it was kind of weird tasting and a waste of calories (because it's typically sickeningly sweet and made with tons of sugar). But this Oregon Chai Sugar Free Original Chai Tea Latte has completely changed our minds about chai. It's a concentrate, which means you need to mix it with the same amount of milk (or a milk swap) to make your latte. A serving of the concentrate itself has NO calories and NO fat -- it mostly contains black tea, organic spices and flavorings (like ginger and vanilla), and sucralose (aka Splenda). BTW, a serving also has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of regular tea. It's fantastic hot or cold, but we prefer it mixed with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (and maybe a shot of Torani Sugar Free Syrup!) and served over too many ice cubes. AWESOME! (Pssst... this stuff is boxed and can be stored in your pantry for a LONG time!!!) Find it in the tea & coffee aisle of the supermarket (click here to find a store near you that carries the brand).
Overall score: 9. Now we love chai. Who knew?!
EatSmart Reduced Fat Potato Chips: Lightly Salted, French Onion, and Sweet Barbecue
We're going to cut to the chase here. As much as we love many items by Snyder's of Hanover's EatSmart brand (CheddAirs rock our socks!), their brand-new Reduced Fat Potato Chips are a big fat disappointment. Don't get us wrong, the taste of these chips isn't the problem. They taste great, just like regular potato chips. The problem is that they basically ARE regular potato chips. Reading the bags would lead you to believe otherwise, as they proudly boast "30% less fat than regular potato chips" and display the EatSmart label. Most potato chips on shelves these days contain 9g fat per serving. Saving 2g of fat isn't really anything to write home about, and at 150 calories an ounce, you can easily find REGULAR potato chips that contain FEWER calories than these so-called "EatSmart" chips. They're delicious, and they ARE all natural. But don't get all excited thinking these are a low-fat find or low-calorie choice in any way. They aren't.
Overall score: 6. Don't try to fool us, EatSmart. WE'RE too smart for that. And while we have your attention, BRING BACK YOUR CAFE FRIES!!!!
Sara Lee Delightful 100% Whole Wheat Made With Honey Bread
PER SERVING (1 slice): 45 calories, 0.5g fat, 115mg sodium, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
We recently featured an "Ask HG" Q about light breads, and the answer rattled off a slew of low-calorie options. We left Sara Lee Delightful Breads off that list because we hadn't yet tried 'em. Guess Sara (or one of her PR friends) noticed -- two days later, soft, fresh loaves of the stuff showed up at the HG HQ, and chomping ensued. What can we say... Sara Lee Delightful Bread is FANTASTIC!!! The texture is spot on, the slices are far from puny, and the taste is incredible! While our favorite is this honey-rific whole-wheat version, there are others in the Delightful line that also ROCK. We love 'em so much, we may actually start eating sandwiches more often. Weeeeee!
Overall score: 9.5. Eat 2 slices for less than 100 calories. We're HOOKED!
Torani Sugar Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup
PER SERVING (1 oz.): 0 calories, 0g fat, 10mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
We've been involved in a fairly serious, exclusive relationship with Torani Sugar Free Syrups for quite some time now. They are amazing calorie-free syrups that come in the widest array of flavors (and they actually taste GREAT, unlike so many of the no-cal ones their competitors put out). So any time a new SF Torani hits shelves, we're the first in line to try it (yes, we know no one waits in line to try new sugar-free syrups, but just go with it). When we twisted off the cap on this new syrup, we were SUPER-excited, hoping it would make us feel like we were sipping melted Cinnabons while skipping gleefully through an empty shopping mall full of 50%-off sales! Yeah, well, that didn't happen. It's not that the syrup isn't good. It IS good. It just tastes more like melted Red Hots or Atomic FireBalls (you know, hot cinnamon candy) than the really yummy brown sugar cinnamon flavor you'd find in baked goods. In any case, this stuff is definitely worth keeping in your pantry, and it works GREAT in recipes (try spiking your Oregon Chai SF Latte with it -- you won't be disappointed). Click here to snag some online!
Overall score: 7.5. Not life-changing, but worth keeping around.
CHEW ON THIS: Tomorrow, October 12th, is World Egg Day. Let's celebrate the AWESOME egg tomorrow morning with some HG Eggs Bene-chick! Mmmmmm...
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