Hungry Girl: The Best Canned Foods!
Canned foods don't have to be boring, watered down, or just for emergencies. And guess what?! You don't have to wait for that snow storm to eat 'em. Here are some of my favorites...
Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque
This soup is loaded with tomato chunks, and it's creamy and delicious. Use it as tomato sauce for pizza and pasta; pour it on top of chicken and veggies; or just get cozy on a couch with your soup and a no-guilt grilled cheese sandwich. There's even a Light in Sodium version!
Each 1-cup serving has 130 calories, 3.5g fat, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein, and a PointsPlus
™ value of 3.
Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
You don't have to wait for the holidays to have fun with this fiber-packed stuff. It's great for bulking up desserts and sauces without adding lots of fat and/or calories.
Each 1/2-cup serving has 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 9g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus
value of 0.
Albacore Tuna Packed in Water
Canned tuna is great in salads, in pitas, in casseroles, and even straight out of the can (yay for pure protein!). And instead of mayo, try mixing it with salsa, mustard, or Dijonnaise. Yum!
Each 2-oz. serving has 70 calories, 1.5g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 13g protein, and a PointsPlus
value of 2.
S&W Premium Caribbean Recipe Black Beans
Buh-bye, boring beans! These come mixed with bits of red bell peppers and Anaheim chili peppers, diced onions, and lime juice, all smothered in a special Caribbean sauce. Bean perfection!
Each 1/2-cup serving has 110 calories, 1g fat, 18g carbs, 7g fiber, 6g protein, and a PointsPlu
s value of 2.
Del Monte No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches
These peaches have 70 percent fewer calories than the ones that are soaked in heavy syrup -- and they're just as sweet and delicious! They're the perfect addition to plain oatmeal or yogurt -- or just grab a fork and dig in. Look for Del Monte's new Very Cherry variety, too...
Each 1/2–cup serving has 30 calories, 0g fat, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus
value of 0.
Health Valley Organic Vegetarian Chunky Chili, Spicy Tomato
The folks over at Health Valley definitely know how to make their chili chunky. This stuff is packed with huge hunks of organic carrots, onions, tomatoes, and peppers, with just the right amount of kick. Well done, guys!
Each 1-cup serving has 190 calories, 3g fat, 36g carbs, 8g fiber, 10g protein, and a PointsPlus
value of 5.
Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
If you're looking for fresh-tasting food that comes in a can, this one's for you. These tomatoes also come in varieties like Garlic and Onion, Basil and Garlic, and Italian Herbs. Schmancy!
Each 1/2-cup serving has 30 calories, 0g fat, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus
value of 0.
Progresso Light Zesty! Southwestern-Style Vegetable Soup
All of Progresso's light soups are pretty tasty, but this one is truly like a Mexican fiesta in your mouth! If you're looking to make it into a meal, heat up the entire can's worth and toss in a few ounces of shredded chicken. Olé!
Each 1-cup serving has 60 calories, 1g fat, 12g carbs, 4g fiber, 3g protein, and a PointsPlus
value of 2.
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