Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of Picks for a Sweet 'n Salty Fix!
Sweet foods are great... salty foods are great. Combine 'em and you've got twice as much to be excited about...
Sarris Candies Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims 100 Calories
These portion-controlled packets take chocolate-covered pretzels to a whole new level. The ratio of chocolate to pretzel is perfect. And the quality of the chocolate is top-notch. They now come in Dark Chocolate (in addition to the original Milk Chocolate). They're not the easiest to find in stores, but they're definitely worth ordering online (www.sarriscandies.com).
Each 1-oz. package has 100 calories, 5g fat, 15g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 3.
Jolly Time Healthy Pop Caramel Apple
While 94% fat-free kettle corn has a nice balance of sweet and salty flavors, nothing can top this unique microwave popcorn from Jolly Time. It's also 94% fat-free, and the flavor is out-of-this-world delicious — there's a hint of tart apple flavor mixed with sweet caramel taste in every bite!
Each serving (2 tbsp. unpopped, about 5 cups popped) has 110 calories, 2g fat, 24g carbs, 5g fiber, 3g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Quaker Chewy Smashbars
What are these? Dried fruit and chocolate chunks combined with pretzels and cereal, all "smashed" together into handheld bars. Thank you, Quaker! Plus, they're easy to travel with — perfect if a craving for something sweet and salty hits while you're on the road.
Each bar has 90 calories, 2g fat, 18g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.
Newman's Own Lite Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing
This is one of my absolute favorite dressings of all time! It packs quite the flavor punch — sweet, salty, and just a tiny bit spicy. There's nothing light-tasting about it, but the stats are awesome. It goes especially well with broccoli cole slaw. Just toss the two together and let 'em spend some time in the fridge.
Each 2-tbsp. serving has 35 calories, 1.5g fat, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 1.
Strawberries + Crumbled Reduced-Fat Feta Cheese
This hot couple (a.k.a. Hungry Girl two-ingredient recipe) is a simple and tasty way to satisfy a craving for something sweet 'n salty. Just slice off the tops of 10 strawberries so there's a small opening in each berry, and then fill each opening with reduced-fat feta cheese crumbles — 1/4 cup of cheese (total) is all you need. Enjoy this as a filling snack, or make a bunch and serve 'em at your next party. Berry good!
Each serving (10 large strawberries + 1/4 cup feta cheese) has 123 calories, 4.5g fat, 14.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 7.5g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.
HG Recipe! Salted Caramel Cocoa Oatmeal Bowl
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
One 25-calorie packet hot cocoa mix (like Swiss Miss Diet or Nestlé Fat Free)
Dash table salt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
2 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp. fat-free or light caramel dip (like the kinds by Marzetti), softened
1/8 tsp. coarse salt
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip
Combine oats, cocoa mix, and table salt in a nonstick pot on the stove. Add Almond Breeze and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
Cook for 12 - 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until very thick and creamy.
Transfer to a bowl and allow to slightly cool and thicken. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drizzle with caramel and sprinkle with coarse salt. If you like, top with Reddi-wip. Eat up!
MAKES 1 SERVING
HG Alternative! If you can't get your hands on Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, use light vanilla soymilk in its place. Just increase the recipe's calorie count by 30 calories or so.
Each serving (entire recipe) has 292 calories, 9g fat, 46g carbs, 6g fiber, 8g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 8.
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