Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of Cheese-tastic New Stuff!
There can never be enough cheesy items in the world — especially when they're guilt-free! Check out my newest finds...
Mini Babybel Sharp Original and White Cheddar
The Laughing Cow family keeps on growing! The latest additions? Two new Mini Babybel cheeses — those red-wax-encased cheese snacks that come in nets. They're perfect for travel and for built-in portion control — try chopping one up and adding it to your salad or pizza. By the way, these new ones aren't officially called "light," but the stats are pretty good...
Each piece has 60 - 75 calories, 5g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 2.
Weight Watchers Natural Light Smoked Flavor String Cheese
Light string cheese is gettin' gourmet on us! The smoky flavor is really subtle and unique, so even if you think you don't like smoked mozzarella cheese, give it a try. Plus, it's stringy and fun to snack on. Weeeeee!
Each stick has 50 calories, 2.5g fat, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g protein, and aPointsPlus value of 1.
Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Simply Cheddar Cracker Chips
I'm a sucker for cheesy chips, and these are awesome. The cheese flavor isn't too strong, and they have a nice wheat-y taste (think cheesy Wheat Thins!). Although a serving of these is guilt-free, it's way too easy to finish off an entire bag. So I suggest portioning out your servings ahead of time. This is excellent advice; trust me.
Each 27-piece serving has 130 calories, 3.5g fat, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 4.
Lisanatti Foods The Original Almond Cheese Alternative
I discovered this soy-free cheese swap earlier this year, and I'm so glad I did! It tastes just like cheese, but it's made with almonds, which adds a little fiber. It's also delicious and super-low in fat. Woohoo! Choose from classic Mozzarella, Cheddar, Jalapeno Jack, and Garlic & Herb styles. Love. This. Stuff.
Each 1-oz. serving has 50 calories, 1g fat, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 1.
Rold Gold Cheesy Garlic Pretzel Nuggets
I appreciate when pretzels are taken up a notch. These savory, flavor-packed nuggets ROCK. So cheesy, so garlicky, so snack-tastic! Pretzel-lovers, beware. These are addictive!
Each 1-oz. serving (about 17 pretzels) has 110 calories, 2g fat, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Jimmy Dean D-lights Ham Bowl
Look! It's a cheesy bowl of scrambled egg whites, potatoes, and (of course) ham — and it's guilt-free. This is the latest in Jimmy Dean's light, freezer-aisle breakfast line. And like everything else in that lineup, it tastes amazing. Fair warning: It's high in sodium (1,010mg per bowl), so keep that in mind if you're watching your salt intake.
Each bowl has 220 calories, 7g fat, 18g carbs, 2g fiber, 21g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 6.
Food Should Taste Good White Cheddar Tortilla Chips
Although they're a bit higher in fat than my usual chip picks, I forgive 'em because they're all natural and made with really good stuff like flax seeds, quinoa, and real cheese. And they certainly live up to their name. In fact, they taste really good!
Each 1-oz. serving (about 9 chips) has 140 calories, 7g fat, 17g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 4.
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