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Hungry Girl Today: 01.07.11
GIRLS BITE OUT
That's right -- we play favorites. So when the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus® system came around, we wondered what it meant for some of our most frequently chewed items. Check out all the new info...
Blue Diamond Natural Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
PER SERVING (8 fl. oz.): 40 calories, 3g fat, 180mg sodium, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
Still a great pick. This low-calorie milk swap never fails to be amazing in smoothies and coffee drinks, terrific over cereal and in oatmeal, and perfectly tasty sipped plain. After all these years, you're still the one, UVAB!
The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Cheese Wedges
PER SERVING (1 wedge): 35 calories, 1.5g fat, 210mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
Heads up: TWO of these wedges combined still have a total PointsPlus® value of 1*. NICE! We usually eat only one at a time... usually... but it's nice to know this bit of info.
Egg Beaters Original
PER SERVING (1/4 cup): 30 calories, 0g fat, 115mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, <1g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
Heads up, again: You can have a double dose of our staple egg substitute for a PointsPlus® value of 1* as well! Also useful info, since we pretty much never have a single serving. (Check out our egg-mug recipes for proof!) YAY, protein!
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 -- PointsPlus® value 2*
WOW! We're super-happy about the fact that this carby item still comes with a nice low value. La Tortilla Factory, we should have never doubted you...
Mann's Sunny Shores Broccoli Cole Slaw
PER SERVING (3 oz., 1 cup): 25 calories, 0g fat, 25mg sodium, 5g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Not only does this shredded veggie mix fall under the "most veggies have a value of zero" rule, but it legitimately comes in with a PointsPlus® value of 0* when you punch it into the calculator. AWESOME!
Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
PER SERVING (One 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 7g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
Some things never change. The best-ever protein-packed yogurt has the same impressive value under the new WW system. And considering how much we like to load it up with PointsPlus® freebie FRUIT, we're pretty happy.
Fiber One Original Bran Cereal
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 60 calories, 1g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 14g fiber, 0g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
The original HG favorite! It enables us to give guilt-free makeovers to MANY super-fattening fried foods, so we think it's completely worth its increased value. Continue to combine it with yogurt and fruit. Carry on grinding it up and coating foods with it. It's okay. Go ahead.
Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque
PER SERVING (1 cup): 130 calories, 3.5g fat, 680mg sodium, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
The value has gone up, but our love for this soup remains strong. Bulk it up or use it as a sauce with freebies like broccoli cole slaw and assorted steamed veggies. YUM!
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute
PER SERVING (4 oz.): 20 calories, 0.5g fat, 15mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Still some of the best guilt-free noodles around. Have the entire bag for a PointsPlus® of 1*. Nothin' wrong with that!
PER SERVING (1 VitaTop): 90 - 100 calories, 1 - 2.5g fat, 105 - 150mg sodium, 20 - 27g carbs, 5 - 10g fiber, 0 - 12g sugars, 3 - 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*
Here's the deal: Most of the Vitas, including the sugar-free varieties, have a PointsPlus® value of 3* each. The only ones with a value of 2* per Top are the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate and the BlueBran. Sure, it's a bit of a bummer they're no longer clocking in at a value of 1* each. But remember, since fruit has a PointsPlus® value of 0*, you can still pair one with a large piece of fruit for a total value of 2 or 3*! Oh and P.S. We have a money-saving special on them coming up later this month... So be on the lookout for that!
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*The PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® 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 and SmartPoints® trademark. For more info on the new PointsPlus® program, visit weightwatchers.com.
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