Hungry Girl Goes... in Search of Secret Food Finds!
Here's a list of my top eight little-known (and sometimes a little hard to find) foods. They're worth hunting down—trust me!
1. Vivi’s Original Sauce
Classic Carnival Mustard
This salsa meets mustard meets cocktail sauce is the ultimate condiment. It's so good you'll start mixing it into tuna, spreading it on veggie burgers and dipping your shrimp in it! I am obsessed with this stuff! Find it at vivisoriginalsauce.com.
1 Tbsp has 15 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of fiber, for a POINTS® value of 0.
2. Justin’s Nut Butter 100-Calorie Squeeze Packs
Maple Almond Butter and Honey Peanut Butter flavors
You'll never again need to guess how many calories and POINTS values worth of PB you're consuming—woo hoo! These little pouches contain 100 calories of nut butter goodness—the perfect amount for topping off celery, apples and more! To order, visit justinsnutbutter.com.
1 packet has 100 calories, 8 grams of fat and 1 to 2 grams of fiber for a POINTS value of 2.
Nine delicious “popped” chip flavors in potato, corn or rice varieties. Potato: original, barbecue, salt & pepper, sea salt & vinegar and parmesan-garlic. Corn: cheddar, sea salt and salsa. Rice: wasabi.
These chips are great for crunchy snack cravers. They're all-natural and are not baked or fried—they're POPPED. Find them at select markets or at popchips.com.
1 ounce (about 18-23 chips) has 120 calories, 4 to 5 grams of fat and 1 to 2 grams of fiber for POINTS value of 2 or 3.
4. Almond Breeze
Unsweetened Vanilla and Chocolate flavors
How can you not fall head over heels in love with a delicious milk swap that has half the calories of skim milk and a bazillion times the flavor? This product is the key ingredient to making low-cal, creamy smoothies and coffee drinks. It's also perfect in cereal and oatmeal. Find it in the shelf-stable boxed milk section of select markets.
8 ounces (1 cup) has 40 to 45 calories, 3 to 3.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of fiber for a POINTS value of 1.
5. FRS Low Calorie Concentrate
I start every single day with an FRS beverage. I take the low-cal concentrate, add Splenda, water, tons of crushed ice and sip away. FRS helps me feel energized and awake...and it's packed with vitamins! Buy this stuff online at frs.com.
2 ounces of concentrate (makes an 8-ounce beverage with water) has 20 calories, 0 grams of fat and 1 gram of fiber for a POINTS value of 0.
6. House Foods Tofu Shirataki
Spaghetti, Fettuccine and Angel Hair shapes
Simply put, these "noodles" will change your life. You can eat an entire bag for just 40 calories and a POINTS value of 0. It's the best pasta swap ever! These work best in stir-frys, soups and with creamy low-fat cheese sauces. Find them in the refrigerated section near the tofu at select markets.
One serving (1/2 bag) has 20 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber for a POINTS value of 0.
7. Vitalicious VitaTops
I can hardly believe these can still be considered a "secret" food find in any way, but believe it or not they are. And they are, hands down, my favorite way to kick a craving for chocolate, cookies, brownies or even candy. I love, love, love them! Order them from vitalicious.com.
1 top has 100 calories, 0.5 to 1.5 grams of fat and 5 to 6 grams of fiber for a POINTS value of 1.
8. Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Fruit
Apples, Apricots, Peaches, Pears and Pineapples
1 bag has 36 to 39 calories, 0 grams of fat and 1 gram of fiber for a POINTS value of 1.
Freeze-dried fruit is brilliant. These snacks are full of nutrients, and have no additives or preservatives. They're an awesome on-the-go snack, and they're fantastic mixed with cereal or yogurt, or as a topping for frozen yogurt. Mmmmmmmm! Order 'em online at crispygreen.com.
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