Apple Cinnamon Chex

Chex have been on the market for the longest time, but I never truly purchased the cereal to eat until I noticed and purchased the Chex Vanilla. That cereal has since become a favorite but after finishing the box I decided to branch out and perhaps try a few different flavors. The flavor I opted to give a go was the Apple Cinnamon Chex.
According to the box, the cereal is sprinkled with real apple and cinnamon and for those who have a gluten intolerance the cereal is gluten free. You can definitely taste the apple cinnamon flavoring … which really reminds me of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal. Weird comparison, but it’s truly what it reminded me of after the first bite.  If you generally enjoy an apple cinnamon flavor, you’d more than likely enjoy this. It’s not a bad cereal, it’s flavored well, but it’s not one of my favorites. That is perhaps due to my comparison to the deliciousness that is Vanilla Chex.
A serving is ¾ cup which is 130 calories or 3 points plus values.

Evol. Teriyaki Chicken

I have seen the frozen Evol. meals, burritos and quesadillas time and time again when shopping at Target.  I’ve always contemplated picking a few up, but hadn’t for one reason or another. That is until this past weekend when I was running errands and ran more than I anticipated. I needed something for lunch and figured I’d just grab one of the Evol. Teriyaki Chicken since it would be a few minutes in the microwave and lunch would be served.
The meal comes in what looks like a biodegradable bowl which is wrapped up in a plastic. 3-4 minutes in the microwave and it’s done. It’s definitely one of the healthier frozen meals out there considering its all natural, gluten free and low in fat.  The meal itself is made from grilled white meat chicken, brown rice, red and green peppers, snap peas, carrots and broccoli which is then topped with a teriyaki sauce which is not over powering and compliments the dish very well.  It was delicious, tasty and very filling.  Definitely a dish I would repurchase time and time again for on the go type of meals.
The entire meal is 260 calories or 6 points plus values.
Have you tried any of the Evol. products? If so, what’s your favorite?

Good Natured Baked Multigrain Crisps – Cheddar Cheese

I have seen these Good Natured Baked Multigrain Crisps inCheddar Cheese from time to time but never picked up a bag because I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them. While picking up a few items at the grocery store I spotted the double serving bags on sale for 2/$1 so I grabbed a bag.
The crisps themselves are very crispy and rather light. They certainly satisfy the crunch factor one would look for with chips and the greatest part is you get that with half the fat. But since they are multigrain the multigrain flavor is far more prominent than the cheddar cheese flavor. I mean, you do get “cheddar cheese fingertips” from eating them, but I get more of a multigrain flavor while eating. Not bad and I found them to be enjoyable on their own or with a sandwich.
A 1 ounce serving (roughly 17 crisps) is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
Have you tried any of the Good Natured brand crisps?

Lucy’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was given a few Lucy’s cookies last year and was surprised with how tasty they were.  So, when I spotted this pack of Lucy’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies at the store I made sure to pick up a box.
The fact I enjoy these aside, the nutrition facts are what initially sold me on these cookies. 3 cookies is a serving size and they’re pretty normal size cookies (similar to a Chips Ahoy size). They’re light, airy and crispy, flavorful and a perfect little dessert or even snack. Even though they are chocolate chip they have a bit of a sugar cookie flavoring to them, which I feel makes them unique. They’re perfect on their own, or alongside a cup of coffee (or milk if you enjoy milk).  They are a little expensive – as most gluten free items tend to be, but this pack was right under $4.
A serving size is 3 cookies, which are 130 calories and only 3 points plus values. Quite a steal for cookies!
What is your favorite brand of packaged cookies?

Vega Energizing Smoothie – Vanilla Almondilla

I had been searching for the Vega Energizing Smoothies for months. I have seen the full size pouches for sale at stores and online, but I wanted to try out a single serving packet before I made the plunge into a pricey multi-serving pack. Finally, my search came to an end on a trip to Whole Foods where I stumbled upon single serve packets for sale.  I picked up a few different flavors but the first one I wanted to try was the Vanilla Almondilla because vanilla is a universal flavor and can truly be mixed with any fruit or flavor combination.
I don’t particularly like drinking my calories/points plus for the day, but I do like smoothies every now and again. Protein mix based smoothies or yogurt smoothies it’s nice to mix up the routine once in a while.
The packet stated to mix the smoothie mix with 1 cup of water, so I opted to mix it up in a cup before adding it to my blender. After mixing … the smoothie mix was rather, green. Green coloring in food, particularly if it’s not broccoli or a mint flavored beverage or food it is a little alarming to me.  So I took a small sip off my spoon and gagged. Now I realize these are natural plant based product … but I wasn’t expecting it to taste like grass. It had no real vanilla flavor. It tasted like I went into a field, picked some grass, pulverized it into a powder, mixed it with water and took a sip.  I was so turned off I couldn’t even put it into the blender because I felt I’d essentially just be ruining my daily banana (or wasting it).  So I dumped my drink down the drain and called it a day with the Vega mix.  Looks like I may end up needing to return the remaining packets I bought because I’d rather try something else that I may like than to be disappointed again.  Now this wasn’t my forte, but others may enjoy it – so to each their own.
If you’re wondering a pack has 92 calories in it, which is 2 points plus values.
Have you tried any good smoothie mix as of late?

Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins

Puffins cereal, a favorite for many, but a cereal I have seen time and time again but had yet to try … until recently.  After checking the nutrition information I decided to pick up a box of Peanut Butter Puffins. Puffins are a gluten free cereal, which are made of corn, multigrains or honey-flavored rice.  There are a number of different flavor varieties (original, cinnamon, fruit medley, peanut butter and chocolate, etc.) provided by Barbara’s to really satisfy anybody’s “cereal tooth”.
Upon opening the box of Puffins I was initially surprised at how large the cereal pieces are. They reminded me of a shredded wheat (in size only) but puffier, which then made me think of a Captain Crunch cereal but only enlarged.  I tried one piece before adding it into my bowl and I was sold. They are crunchy, but airy, peanut buttery but not overwhelming and are slightly sweet.  They are good on their own, paired with fresh fruit or even (if you’re adventurous) paired with a bit of another cereal.  I’ve found the cereal is perfect, even when I eat it slower, because it doesn’t get soggy as fast as other cereals tend to.
A serving is ¾ cup, which is pretty staple in the cereal world, 110 calories, or in Weight Watchers terms 3 points plus values.
Have you tried any Puffins cereal?

Crunchmaster Cheezy Cheddar Crisps

I had heard many things about these Crunchmaster Cheezy Cheddar Crisps because they are supposed to be a pretty decent alternative for Cheez-It’s, while also allowing you to have 60 crisps in a serving, while offering 3 grams of fat per serving.
Unfortunately the Crunchmaster brand can be pretty hard to find. I had searched a few stores and came up empty handed.  I then went onto the Crunchmaster website to search the brands store locator.  Surprisingly enough it brought up a lot of the local grocery stores around me, so off on the hunt I went (again).  Needless to say, my local stores sold the Crunchmaster brand, but it was not for the particular flavors I was hoping for.  One day, while taking a quick grocery store run on my lunch break, after grabbing animal crackers for an Easter dessert, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted these on the shelf and immediately threw the box (as well as the graham which I have not tried yet) into my cart.
The texture of these crackers is far crispier than a Cheez-It.  These definitely involve a good amount of chewing even though they are smaller in size.  Seasoning wise it’s definitely there, it’s a nice cheddar flavor – not overwhelming, but not boring – so in my opinion perfect.  And with a 60 crisp serving size?  You can never go wrong with that!
Points Plus wise, 60 crisps are 3 points plus.  I think these would cure someone’s crunchy, cheddary cracker craving – it did mine, which was appreciative.
Have you tried any of the Crunchmaster brand products?