Best Podcast Food Finds of 2021: Shelf-Stable Protein, Spicy Mustard, Cauliflower Bowls & More

Dec 22 2021
With all the hauls & taste-testing we did on the Hungry Girl podcast this year, we had to take a look back at the best of the best. These were some of the most impressive, most surprising, and most repeat-buyable of the bunch… Each of them scored a perfect 10 rating from Lisa!

Great Value Pulled Pork in BBQ Sauce

1 pouch: 130 calories, 6g total fat (2g sat. fat), 430mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g total sugars (5g added sugars), 11g protein
WW PersonalPoints™ value 5*
This saucy packaged find was featured all the way back in January, and we're still thinking about it. The packaging says to "enjoy straight from the pouch," and that's what we did… YUM! We immediately declared it a new pantry staple, with its sweet BBQ flavor and ridiculously low stats. Best of all, each pouch costs less than a couple of dollars. Great Value is a Walmart exclusive line that lives up to its name.

Sambazon Amazon Superberry Açaí Bowl

1 bowl with topping: 230 calories, 6g total fat (2g sat. fat), 30mg sodium, 48g carbs, 4g fiber, 16g sugars (16g added sugars), 3g protein
WW PersonalPoints™ value 10*
This fruity treat is like sorbet with a crunch! The texture is restaurant-quality good. Lisa loves it so much, it temporarily rendered her speechless. (When she first tried it, she was almost ready to end the whole episode just to keep eating her açaí bowl.) The bowls come in other flavors too—see them all here. We found ours at Walmart, but click the store locator button on the product page to find it near you.

Gold Emblem Abound Tomato Basil Flavored Hummus Chips

1 oz. (about 20 chips): 110 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 330mg sodium, 17g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g total sugars (2g added sugars), 2g protein
WW PersonalPoints™ value 4*
Don't count out convenience stores! We did a haul from them over the summer, and discovered these incredible chickpea-based snacks at CVS. Thin, super crunchy, gluten free, and deliciously flavorful: We couldn't get enough. And with a 20-chip serving size, you know we're on board. Next time you hit the drugstore, take a trip down the snack aisle… You never know what gems you'll find.

Tattooed Chef Cauliflower Pizza Bowl

10-oz. bowl: 230 calories, 12g total fat (7g sat. fat), 780mg sodium, 19g carbs, 6g fiber, 7g total sugars (<1g added sugars), 14g protein
WW PersonalPoints™ value 7*
Frozen meals like this are great in a pinch, especially when they're loaded with veggies AND taste like pizza! With this find, you get a bowl of cauliflower topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and meatless pepperoni—a total winner. The fact that it's gluten-free is nice, and we were blown away by how good the veggie pepperoni is! Click to find it near you.

Nutpods Almond + Coconut Creamer in French Vanilla

1 tbsp.: 10 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat. fat), 0mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g total sugars (0g added sugars), 0g protein
WW PersonalPoints™ value 0*
When it comes to creamy and delicious non-dairy creamers, this line is at the top of the game. It's flavored but NOT sweetened, and as people who are picky about sweeteners, we love that. The French Vanilla is an all-time classic—the little-black-dress of creamer flavors—but there are other options too! Click to find them (they’ll be in the fridge) OR stock up on Amazon.

Great Value Southwest Hot Mustard

1 tsp.: 10 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat. fat), 50mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g total sugars (1g added sugars), 0g protein
WW PersonalPoints™ value 0*
The big takeaway this year might just be that Great Value products are highly underrated, because we're closing out with another one. We've discovered that Walmart has unexpectedly good mustards! This one is amazingly delicious—legitimately spicy, very sweet, and incredibly flavorful. Mix it into other sauces and dressings or use it on its own, because WOW.

Hungry for More Top Picks for 2021?

That's right, we're looking back at even more of the items Lisa, Jamie, and Mikey tried this year on Hungry Girl: Chew the Right Thing! The above items are only part of the story, so tune in for…

⭑ tasty frozen tots made from ancient grains
⭑ a broccoli-slaw salad with chicken from one of our favorite grocers
⭑ flame-roasted southwestern chiles you'll want to add to everything
… and more!

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