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Hungry Girl Today: 5.20.10
Yogurt, bread items, sauces, and cheese! Who will reign supreme in these
HG Food Fights?! Place your bets now and grab a ringside seat... LET'S GET
READY TO CHEW!
Plain Yogurt vs. Greek Yogurt
The Contenders: Fat-Free Plain Yogurt and Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
Fat-Free Plain Yogurt (Average)
PER SERVING (one 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 130mg sodium, 13g
carbs, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, 9g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt (Plain)
PER SERVING (one 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 7g
carbs, 0g fiber, 7g sugars, 15g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
The Taste: These share a similar flavor (sour) because any plain yogurt is,
well, plain (and sour). But when it comes to texture, all yogurts are NOT
created equal. Fage Total 0% is seriously thick 'n creamy and WAY better
than regular plain yogurt.
Additional Info: Fage has about half the sodium, carbs, and sugars of plain
yogurt -- and WAY more protein. This makes it a much more satisfying (and
DELICIOUS) snack than plain yogurt, especially with some fruit or sugar-free
preserves mixed in! As far as functionality, Fage is an amazing base for
sauces, dips, and dressings (and can stand in as a replacement for sour
cream or mayo). But standard yogurt beats the Greek at one thing:
marinating. Its consistency makes it ideal for tenderizing meat, like the
chicken chunks in this kebab recipe!
THE BOTTOM LINE: It's no secret that we LOVE Fage Total 0%. We don't go
around saluting just any yogurt in the dairy aisle, people!
High-Fiber Tortillas vs. Sandwich Thins
The Contenders: La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber
Large Tortillas and Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins
La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortillas
PER SERVING (1 tortilla): 80 calories, 3g fat, 300mg sodium, 18g carbs, 12g
fiber, 1g sugars, 8g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins
PER SERVING (1 roll): 100 calories, 1g fat, 210 - 230mg sodium, 21 - 23g
carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugars, 4 - 5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
The Taste: There's a reason why these tortillas and Sandwich Thins are MVPs
(Most Valuable Products!) in HG Land: They're both FANTASTICALLY delicious
bread substitutes. Looking for something beyond standard wheaty flavor?
The smaller 50-calorie tortillas come in Green Onion and Garlic Herb; the
Thins are available in varieties like Seedless Rye, Honey Wheat, and Whole
Grain White. Nice!
Additional Info: While Sandwich Thins are incredible bun swaps for burgers
and sandwiches, the possibilities are ENDLESS with tortillas. They've made
many a guilt-free recipe possible here at HG: burritos, wraps, quesadillas,
pizzas... You name it! And they definitely earn bonus points for containing
around twice as much protein and fiber as the Thins.
THE BOTTOM LINE: We love both for their high-fiber, low-cal, bread-replacing
superpowers -- but we've gotta hand this one to the tortillas. But don't get us
wrong; we love you, Sandwich Thins!
Crushed Tomatoes vs. Low-Fat Marinara Sauce
The Contenders: Canned Crushed Tomatoes and Jarred Low-Fat Marinara
Canned Crushed Tomatoes (Average)
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 40 calories, <0.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 7g carbs, 2g
fiber, 5g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
Jarred Low-Fat Marinara Sauce (Average)
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 60 calories, 1.5g fat, 430mg sodium, 11g carbs,
1.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
The Taste: Both have great tomato goodness, but marinara sauce is a bit
heartier and packs more of a flavor punch. For a more flavorful crushed-
tomato experience, go for seasoned varieties -- with basil, garlic, etc. -- or
the fire-roasted kind. Mmmmm!
Additional Info: Since marinara's more substantial, we usually let it stand on
its own as a dip -- it's GREAT with our beloved breadsticks and crispy
calamari! And crushed tomatoes are an amazing way to add tomato tastiness
to pretty much any recipe for very few calories; plus, they typically have a
lower sodium count.
THE BOTTOM LINE: IT'S A TIE! They both play essential roles here at the HG
Light String Cheese vs. Mini Babybel Light
The Contenders: Light String Cheese and Mini Babybel Light
Light String Cheese (Average)
PER SERVING (1 stick): 55 calories, 2.5g fat, 190mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g
fiber, 0g sugars, 7.5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Mini Babybel Light
PER SERVING (1 piece): 50 calories, 3g fat, 160mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g
fiber, 0g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
The Taste: Since we're here to talk taste and not cuteness, we won't touch
on how ADORABLE the Mini Babybel Lights are. (Oops...) With that out of our
system, both items are delicious, low-cal snack options. String cheese is a bit
softer with a mild mozzarella flavor (since, you know, it is mozzarella!), while
Mini Babybel Light has a slightly sharper cheese taste.
Additional Info: Light string cheese is extremely versatile -- it melts perfectly
in recipes, whether you pull it apart by hand or shred/grate it in a
blender/food processor. But lately, we like to chop up Mini Babybel Lights
and throw 'em into quesadillas for some guilt-free cheesiness. BTW, both are
phenomenal snacks when eaten alone... Yummmm!
THE BOTTOM LINE: AAAHHHH -- ANOTHER TIE! We simply CANNOT choose a
winner here. Each is special in its own way.
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