Veggie Stir-Fry Kits, Nut-Butter Bars, Future Food Trends

Feb 27 2017

Spotted on Shelves…

Taylor Farms Stir-Fry Kits

1 1/2 cups vegetables with sauce: 70 - 100 calories, 0 - 6g total fat (0g sat fat), 280 - 450mg sodium, 9 - 16g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, 3 - 10g sugars, 2 - 3g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2 - 3*

Sometimes, the idea of trying to be creative with veggies exhausts us. Shortcut alert! With all-stars like Brussels sprouts and kale, these fresh mixes of sliced veggies are ready to cook and come complete with a perfect sauce. In Sesame Chili, Teriyaki, Ginger Garlic, and Mandarin Orange, they're excellent as side dishes or meal starters: Just add protein, like chicken or shrimp! Find them in the bagged produce section. (P.S. The bags provide enough nutritional detail for us to calculate the SmartPoints® values without the 0-point veggies. Yes!)

Kashi Chewy Nut Butter Bars

1 bar: 150 calories, 7 - 8g total fat (2.5 - 3.5g sat fat), 110 - 140mg sodium, 19 - 21g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, 6 - 8g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

These are some of the yummiest bars we've tried in a while (and we taste a LOT of bars!). Check out the amazing flavors: Almond Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Trail Mix, Salted Chocolate Chunk, and Coconut Cashew Macaroon. Yes! The texture is ridiculously appealing, and the taste rules. Track down a box ASAP.

Skinny Pop Mini Popcorn Cakes

About 20 - 22 cakes (28g): 120 calories, 3 - 3.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 60 - 170mg sodium, 18 - 19g carbs, 4g fiber, 0 - 3g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3 - 4*

Forget boring old-school rice cakes... These crispy mini popcorn cakes are snacktime perfection! In Sea Salt, Sharp Cheddar, and Cinnamon & Sugar, they're totally tasty alternatives to greasy chips. Love that serving size! Find them in stores or order online. Also new from Skinny Pop: full-size Popcorn Cakes and Microwave Popcorn.

This Week's 3 Things to Know…

HG poll alert: Facebook Live!

Have you caught our Facebook Live videos? Lisa's been demoing pop-up recipes and answering questions LIVE in the Hungryland kitchen... So much fun! And since we make these videos for YOU, we want YOUR input. What do you want to see, and when do you want to see it? Sound off in our quickie poll, and help us make content that suits you best!

This just in: Tots are hot!

While French fries are undisputed champs, new research shows that tots are the second most widely used frozen potato product in food-service establishments. In fact, they've doubled in popularity over the past four years. As major fans of Tater Tots, we've taken to creating our own carb-slashed version: cauliflower tots! Check out our recipes as well as Green Giant's line of frozen Veggie Tots. (We LOVE them!)

Speaking of trends, is algae the next hot ingredient?

From spirulina to seaweed and beyond, algae is popping up in foods all over the place. Companies are using it for a nutrition boost in baked goods, chocolate, and more. Thrive Culinary Algae Oil showed up in our kitchen last year; it has more good fats and less saturated fat than other cooking oils! What do you think of algae as an ingredient: appealing or appalling? Weigh in on Facebook!

And that's all we've got. 'Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Chew on this:

Today, February 27th, is National Strawberry Day. We love those berries, but they're far from in-season. Grab some frozen strawberries, and make this awesome smoothie!

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SmartPoints® value* not what you expected? We follow the same method as WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) when calculating the value of a recipe: We add up the SmartPoints® values* of the individual ingredients using the Recipe Builder, not the calculator. (Many foods have a value of zero and remain zero in recipes.)

*The 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 WW International, Inc., the owner of the SmartPoints® trademark.