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Hungry Girl Today: 12.20.13
GIRLS BITE OUT
It's been a delicious year, so let's take a look back at some of the BEST new foods we've chewed and drinks we've sipped!
Enlightened The Good-For-You Ice Cream
1 bar: 70 calories, 2g fat, 30mg sodium, 14g carbs, 5g fiber, 3g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
This may have been the find of 2013! We went gaga for these protein-packed ice cream bars earlier this year, and we still can't get enough. All three flavors -- Fudge, Orange Cream, and Coffee -- are incredible. Totally worth turning up the heat so you can enjoy 'em during the winter! Click to find. (Pssst... We have it on good authority that TWO new flavors are coming very soon!)
Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bars
1 bar: 160 calories, 6g fat, 250mg sodium, 25g carbs, 17g fiber, 1g sugars, 20g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
Quest Bars have definitely earned a spot on our list of emergency snacks. How many other grab-n-go goodies under 200 calories have such high protein and fiber counts? (Answer: Few, if any!) And they are INSANELY satisfying. This new flavor just might be the best one yet, which is VERY high praise. In stores and online, so stock up!
So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Almond Plus 5X Protein!
1 cup: 40 calories, 2g fat, 95mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
For years, our milk of choice has been of the unsweetened almond variety. So when we found out about this stuff, it was pretty exciting. BONUS PROTEIN! Not to disparage our main almond-milk squeeze, but this milk swap is definitely worth seeking out.
Margie's Marinades in Mango Teriyaki, Mango Chipotle, and Mango Herb and Garlic
1 tbsp.: 15 - 20 calories, 0 - 1g fat, 55 - 115mg sodium, 2 - 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 2 - 3g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Adding flavor without a lot of calories and fat is what we're all about here at Hungryland. So it stands to reason that we're all about these mango-y marinades! We like to use them as straight-up sauces on chicken, fish, and veggies. A little goes a loooong way. At select grocery chains, and completely worth ordering online. Way to go, Marg!
Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil All-Natural Cooking Spray
About 1/4-second spray (0.25g): 0 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
This is the year that we fell for grapeseed oil, with its healthy properties, mild flavor, and high smoke point. And this sprayable version just made us love it more. Officially, a super-quick spritz has no calories and no fat. But like all spray oil, those numbers are rounded down. A more realistic 1-second spritz has 8 calories and 1g fat (PointsPlus® value 0*). Ummm, still awesome! Track it down...
Dunkin' Donuts Bakery Series Ground Coffee
"HG, where are the stats?" Well, there are none! It's just ground coffee beans, which have negligible nutritional stats once brewed. This delicious new java comes in ridiculous flavors: Caramel Coffee Cake, Old Fashioned Donut, Chocolate Glazed Donut, Blueberry Muffin, and Jelly Donut. All INCREDIBLE. And it's found at grocery stores nationwide, so those of us without DD locations nearby (ahem, like us!) can get in on the fun. P.S. How CUTE is Cuppy, the new DD mascot?
Laura's Kitchen Deli Meats
2 oz.: 60 - 80 calories, 0.5 - 2g fat, 280 - 390mg sodium, 1 - 2g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 11 - 14g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*
Laura's Lean Beef is a go-to protein brand in our book, so when we heard Laura had expanded her empire to the deli section, we were obviously interested. Rightly so! These all-natural sliced meats are INCREDIBLE. Try the Roast Turkey Breast, Uncured Smoked Ham, Roast Beef, Uncured Corned Beef, and Uncured Beef Pastrami. In sandwiches, on salads, wrapped around cucumber spears... Find 'em now!
Truwhip the Natural Light
2 tbsp.: 25 calories, 1.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
We love regular Truwhip, and the natural whipped topping's light sibling definitely got our attention this year! If you're looking to save calories and fat at dessert, consider the pink tub. No high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, no trans fat -- just pure yumminess! Find it in select grocery freezer cases.
Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Minis
1 mini cup: 100 calories, 9g fat, 170 - 290mg sodium, 5g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Who can't relate to going overboard with guacamole? It's SO good! This pre-portioned product is right up our alley. (Probably yours too!) The mini cups come in Classic, Spicy, and Avocado Ranch. Yup: AVOCADO RANCH. We love dipping cut veggies into these tubs... Click to find Wholly G. goodies near you!
1 tbsp.: 15 - 20 calories, 0g fat, 70mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Last but definitely not least is this newbie. Part condiment, part slaw... It's a glorious hybrid of sauerkraut, relish, and salsa with a sweet mustardy kick! We'll go out on a limb and say you've never had anything quite like it. It comes in Original, Spicy, Garlic, and Spicy Garlic. You can find it in very select stores, or order it online -- maybe go in on a You Pick 'Em 6-pack with some pals!
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When National Fried Shrimp Day comes around every December 20th (or 21st, depending on who you ask), we turn to one of our guilt-free swaps. We'll never not be crazy about these Sweet Coconut Crunch Shrimp!
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