These twin (and in one case, triplet!) items can be tough to tell apart, so we put 'em to the test. Here's the 411...
LesserEvil Krinkle Sticks vs. Glenny's American Fries
Nutritionals: 1 oz. (about 1 cup) of Krinkle Sticks has 110 calories, 2.5g fat, 230 - 320mg sodium, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*).
A 1.2-oz. bag of American Fries has 120 calories, 3 - 4g fat, 260 - 350mg sodium, 18 - 20g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2 - 3*).
Slightly more impressive stats from Krinkle Sticks, considering all the flavors have a full 2g fiber and only 2.5g fat per serving.
Flavors:Krinkle Sticks come in Classic SeaSalt, SourCream & Onion, Old School Bar-B-Que, and Cajun Kaboom!. American Fries come in Sea Salt, Yellow Cheddar, and Ketchup. LesserEvil gets credit for having more flavor options, and Glenny's loses points for their icky, fake-tasting Yellow Cheddar. But the American Fries do come in the best flavor overall (the Ketchup).
Taste:These french-fry-shaped, baked-not-fried potato snacks are similar in the taste department. But the Krinkle Sticks taste better overall. And while all the Krinkle Sticks flavors are great, we're only fans of the ketchup-flavored American Fries.
Bottom Line:Krinkle Sticks have been around for a lot longer than American Fries, and we're pretty loyal to our snacks. And even so, Glenny's hasn't quite mastered the guilt-free fry the way LesserEvil has. But Glenny's did answer our prayers with their Ketchup American Fries -- let's hope LesserEvil follows their lead.
Lean Cuisine Panini Sandwiches vs. Healthy Choice Panini Sandwiches
Nutritionals: One (6-oz.) Lean Cuisine Panini has 320 - 350 calories, 7 - 9g fat, 590 - 830mg sodium, 41 - 44g carbs, 3 - 6g fiber, 3 - 8g sugars, and 21 - 24g protein (POINTS® value 6 - 7*). (FYI, these stats have recently changed, so you may see boxes with different nutritional info. But these stats are the most current, taken from the Lean Cuisine website.)
A Healthy Choice Panini (also 6 oz.) has 300 - 310 calories, 4 - 5g fat, 580 - 600mg sodium, 40 - 45g carbs, 5 - 6g fiber, 2 - 5g sugars, and 23 - 25g protein (POINTS® value 6*), plus lots of whole grains, which we like.
Healthy Choice takes this category for their lower fat counts, higher fiber, and healthy whole grains (and the lower sodium range doesn't hurt either).
Flavors: Lean Cuisine offers their panini sandwiches in six varieties -- Steak, Cheddar & Mushroom; Chicken Club; Chicken, Spinach & Mushrooms; Southwest-style Chicken; Philly-style Steak & Cheese; and Chicken Tuscan. Six kinds also come from Healthy Choice -- Chicken Artichoke; Chicken Basil; Philly Cheese Steak; Smoked Chicken; Smokehouse Apple & Chicken; and Tomato Basil & Mozzarella. All of these flavors are fun and creative, but kudos to Healthy Choice for offering a vegetarian option (the Tomato Basil & Mozzarella).
Taste: These crunchy microwavable sandwiches are practically identical in taste. Both crisp up perfectly and are packed with flavor. In fact, we'd have a tough time telling them apart if we were blindfolded. (Come to think of it, if we were blindfolded, we'd have a tough time even finding 'em on our plate!)
Bottom Line: Both panini lines are great. Vegetarians will favor Healthy Choice's -- but we say both brands ROCK!
Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers vs. Ken's Lite Accents vs. Newman's Own All Natural Salad Mist
Nutritionals: 10 sprays of Wish-Bone's Spritzers contain 10 - 15 calories, 0.5 - 1g fat, 70 - 130mg sodium, <1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, and 0g protein (POINTS® value 0*).
A 10-spray serving of Ken's Lite Accents has 10 - 15 calories, 0 - 1g fat, 35 - 135mg sodium, 1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1 - 2g sugars, and 0g protein (POINTS® value 0*).
And each 10-spray serving of Newman's Own Mist has 10 - 15 calories, 0.5 - 1g fat, 100 - 120mg sodium, 1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, and 0g protein (POINTS® value 0*).
So, pretty much the same across the board. However, the Newman's Own sprays are the only all-natural ones.
Flavors:Wish-Bone offers seven spray vinaigrettes -- Balsamic Breeze, Italian, Red Wine Mist, Caesar Delight, French Flair, Raspberry Bliss, and Asian Silk. The Ken's vinaigrette sprays come in Asian, Balsamic, Honey Mustard, Italian, and Raspberry Walnut. The Newman's Own spritzables are available in Balsamic, Tuscan Italian, and Asian Sesame. Wish-Bone and Ken's may have the most variety, but the Newman's Own three-flavor selection is fantastic, too.
Taste: We've sprayed nearly every single variety of these portion-controlled spray dressings, and they are all extremely good. Basically, all three brands offer excellent-tasting options. Our favorites are Wish-Bone Asian Silk, Ken's Honey Mustard, and Newman's Own Balsamic.
Bottom Line: Our close, personal friends at Wish-Bone kicked off this spray dressing trend, so props to them for that. And we find it impressive that Newman came along and offered up an all-natural option for those who avoid artificial ingredients. But we think there's room for all three companies' creations on store shelves and in fridge doors. The more the merrier!
Fiber One Original Bran Cereal vs. All-Bran Original Natural Wheat Bran High Fiber Cereal
Nutritionals: A half-cup serving of Fiber One has 60 calories, 1g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 14g fiber, 0g sugars, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 0 - 1* -- it's right on the line).
Half a cup of All-Bran has 80 calories, 1g fat, 80mg sodium, 23g carbs, 10g fiber, 6g sugars, and 4g protein (POINTS® value 1*).
Calorie and sugar counters will appreciate Fiber One's numbers -- plus, F1 has 4 extra grams of fiber. Protein seekers and those totally opposed to artificial sweeteners (Fiber One is lightly sweetened with aspartame) may prefer All-Bran's stats.
Flavors: We're sticking strictly with the original flavors for this comparison. But for the record, Fiber One also comes in Honey Clusters, Raisin Bran Clusters, and Caramel Delight. All-Bran has the following varieties -- Extra Fiber, Bran Buds, Complete Wheat Flakes, Yogurt Bites, and Strawberry Medley. Keep in mind, those all have different nutritionals than the original cereals... WAY different.
Taste: We've been OBSESSED with Fiber One forever. So to be fair, we went out and bought a brand-new box of All-Bran for a side-by-side taste test. Just as we remembered, All-Bran has a hay-like texture -- we find it dry and unappealing. While Fiber One is slightly sweet and perfectly crunchy, All-Bran tastes a lot like cardboard. Do not confuse these two!
Bottom Line: It's no secret that we're Fiber One fanatics. Fiber One tastes better, has fewer calories, and contains more fiber. But F1 is more than just cereal -- it's also the ultimate ingredient for making faux-fried foods, pie crusts, dessert toppings, parfaits, and more. All-Bran just can't hold a candle to the #1 bran cereal in the biz. Sorry!
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*The Points® 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 Points® registered trademark.