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Hungry Girl Today: 02.01.08
GIRLS BITE OUT
Guess what? February is Canned Food Month! That MAY not seem exciting to
you at first, but after checking out our TOP ATE list of canned items, we're
sure you'll be completely psyched about celebrating this February! Here it
is... in no particular order!
1. S&W Premium Caribbean Recipe Black Beans
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 90 calories, 0g fat, 540mg sodium, 18g carbs, 7g
fiber, 2g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Canned beans are our friends. They're convenient, low in fat and calories,
high in fiber and protein, and a great addition to salads, soups and more. But
they can also be a little boring. Enter S&W's awesome, island-inspired,
sauced-up black beans! With red bell peppers, Anaheim chili peppers, diced
onions, lime juice AND a sassy Caribbean sauce, these beans are AMAZING
(and have a nice kick!). Use 'em anywhere you'd use regular canned beans
or as a straight-up snack!
2. Amy's Organic Light in Sodium Chunky Tomato Bisque
PER SERVING (1 cup): 120 calories, 3.5g fat, 340mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2g
fiber, 14g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
True, we've raved about this soup more than once. But we simply could not
compile a TOP ATE of canned foods and not include it! Creamy bisque is
typically loaded with fat, but this stuff is a major nutritional bargain. It's
PERFECT alone (no doubt about that), but lately we've been tossing various
things into it. Some of our favorite add-ins include shellfish, garlic, ground-
beef-style soy crumbles, Frank's RedHot, chicken chunks, fresh basil leaves,
broccoli, and reduced-fat parmesan-style topping. Just don't add 'em all in
one sitting (eeeeks!).
3. Del Monte No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 30 calories, 0g fat, 10mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1g
fiber, 6g sugars, 1g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
When it comes to canned fruit, you really should stick with the kind packed in
water (not calorie-laden syrup). These NSA sliced peaches are PERFECT.
They have a whopping 70% fewer calories than peaches soaked in heavy
syrup, and they're slightly sweetened with Splenda, so they're sweet without
being syrupy. Use these yummy peach slices in recipes (like our Peachy
Keen Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins), stir some into yogurt or oatmeal, or
fork 'em into your face straight from the can.
4. Hunt's Tomato Sauce with Basil, Garlic & Oregano
PER SERVING (1/4 cup): 15 calories, 0g fat, 350mg sodium, 3g carbs, <1g
fiber, 2g sugars, <1g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
Canned tomato sauce ROCKS. It's super-low in calories, fat-free, and a
pantry must-have (it's a staple in HG recipes). But if you're looking for a
canned sauce with some flavor, you can't beat this one from Hunt's. It's got
the convenience and nutritionals of canned sauce with the seasoned 'n spiced
taste of the jarred kind. PS: Sodium-counters can score some of Hunt's No
Salt Added Tomato Sauce (15mg sodium per serving), and then stir in their
own spices (a little more work, a lot less salt).
5. Progresso Light Southwestern-Style Vegetable Soup
PER SERVING (1 cup): 60 calories, 0g fat, 840mg sodium, 12g carbs, 4g
fiber, 3g sugars, 3g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
While all of the WW-endorsed 0 POINTS® value soups in the Progresso Light
line-up are good, this one is by far our fave. It's full of veggies and Mexican
spices, and it's a perfect meal starter, light lunch (if you toss in 3 - 4 ounces
of chicken or another lean protein!), or snack. Heads Up: This chicken-broth-
based soup is not vegetarian-friendly, but vegetarians can enjoy the Italian-
Style Vegetable (that one also ranked nice and high in our official review of
the P Light soups).
6. Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 9g carbs, 5g
fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
Canned pumpkin is one of our FAVORITE foods of all time. And in the land of
canned pumpkin, Libby's reigns supreme. Use it to make HG's 133-calories-
per-slice pumpkin pie (POINTS® value 2* per slice), mix a serving of it with
a sugar-free vanilla pudding snack for a tasty 100-calorie dessert (POINTS®
value 1*), and make freakishly fudgy brownie muffins with it (POINTS®
value 3* each). It's also AMAZING stirred into your morning oatmeal.
Canned pumpkin is so good, there's an entire section of the soon-to-be-
released HG book featuring the stuff! Get pumped!
7. Green Giant Mexicorn
PER SERVING (1/3 cup): 70 calories, 0.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 14g carbs, 1g
fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
We LOOOOVE corn niblets! And ones sharing a can with tiny bits of red and
green sweet peppers are the coolest. Toss a serving of this stuff on top of a
salad to add pretty color and sweet 'n zesty flavor. Mix some into stir-frys for
an instantly Mexican meal. Zazzle up an otherwise boring soup with a few
spoonfuls of this stuff. The possibilities are endless. In fact, sprinkling some
of it on top of our already awesome Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos could quite
possibly make them even better -- try it!!!
8. Health Valley Organic Chunky Chili, Spicy Vegetarian
PER SERVING (1 cup): 150 calories, 1g fat, 480mg sodium, 31g carbs, 10g
fiber, 5g sugars, 9g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
Time for chili! While our favorite chili ever is undoubtedly Boca's freezer-aisle
version, this one from Health Valley's nearly fat-free line of canned chilis
earns a spot on this list, for sure. Loaded with fiber and protein (9 - 10g each
in every serving!), this stuff is super-filling and full of flavor. We're talkin'
hunks of organic veggies (carrots, onions, tomatoes, and peppers), beans,
and meaty soy protein in each mouthful. And it's not overly spicy at all -- it's
got just the right amount of kick to it. Health Valley's chunky chili line-up also
includes no-salt-added and black bean varieties in both mild and spicy... but
this one won us over above all.
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