Even die-hard meat-lovers will fall hard for these low-calorie meatless finds! Get ready to veg out with HG...
Lightlife Smart Strips, Chick'n Strips
PER SERVING (3 oz.): 80 calories, 0g fat, 530mg sodium, 5g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
These soy protein "chicken" strips taste so much like the real thing that true chicken-lovers will flip for 'em. Why? 1. These things are a major time-saver -- they come pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, and ready to eat (they live in the fridge, so no thawing session necessary), and 2. They taste delicious! They're perfect for recipes (like our So Low Mein w/ Chicken) and quickie meals. We even sometimes snack on 'em throughout the day for a fat-free protein boost. And they've got FOUR grams of fiber in each serving, so they'll keep you full for a looong time. Cluck (er, click) here to locate a store near you that sells Lightlife's meat-free munchies.
Yves Meatless Pepperoni
PER SERVING (16 slices): 80 calories, 1g fat, 390mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, <1g sugars, 14g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
To us, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni has always been the perfect pepperoni swap. But when we saw that these meat-free ones from Yves had only a quarter of the fat of Hormel's version (and about 20 times less fat than regular pepperoni!), we decided to take 'em out for a spin. Guess what? We like them!!! They're great for any HG recipe that calls for turkey pepperoni (we recently made our Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas with the stuff, and they ROCKED!). They're also good on salads, tossed into sandwiches and wraps, and as a straight-up snack (so much protein... so few calories!). Yay! FYI, they can be found in your grocer's fridge (the one in the store, not at home in his kitchen!). P.S., don't be fooled by that little typo on Yves' website... you really do get SIXTEEN of these in each serving!
Health is Wealth Buffalo Wings
PER SERVING (3 nuggets): 130 calories, 2.5g fat, 690mg sodium, 18g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
For a while now, Morningstar Farms' Buffalo Wings have been THE go-to option for a wing craving. And while they are a much better choice than chewing on regular buffalo wings, they're still slightly high in fat. Well, stack up the VitaTops and move 'em over to make room in your freezer for these low-fat b-wings from Health is Wealth. Not only are they a calorie bargain, but they also taste like actual BUFFALO WINGS and have the perfect amount of kicky spice. Plus, they're made with whole wheat breading, which gives 'em serious fiber cred. BTW, the H is W folks make great chicken-free nuggets too, if hot wings aren't your thing. Find them immediately! (They'll be in the freezer aisle.)
Yves Meatless Breakfast Patties
PER SERVING (2 patties): 80 calories, 2g fat, 350mg sodium, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 11g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
We've long searched for a meatless sausage swap with decent nutritionals. But most of the ones we've seen and tried are either too lame in the taste department or too high in fat for us to consider them worth chewing. Well, our search is over! These mini patties (courtesy of the Yves crew) look like hockey pucks... but they taste like real sausage. Heads up -- there are TWO patties in each individual section of the package (not one), and sometimes they stick together. So don't go gobbling down four of 'em and tell yourself you had 80 calories (like we accidentally did when we first found 'em -- woops!). Find some in the fridge section.
HG Heads Up! Look for these meat-free foods in the fridge section of the supermarket where the tofu is stocked, or in the freezer aisle where the veggie burgers are located. Natural food stores often have the best selection (we've found that Whole Foods is a great place to pick up all of these finds).
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.