Fit & Active 14 Calorie Bars


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Since an Aldi had opened in my area, I try to pop into the grocery store every once in a while to see whatever new goodies the store may have in stock.  In case you’re not aware, Aldi is a grocery chain which carries store-brand name products, as well as some name-brand products, for an affordable price.  There are staple products which are what I would define as part of the permanent line, while there are other products which are brought in depending upon the season.
I spotted the Fit & Active 14 Calorie Bars in the freezer section and was intrigued. I calculated the points plus values and they were immediately launched into my cart. Back when I did Weight Watchers under the points system, I purchased frozen popsicles that were 0 points plus but had yet to find a substitute … until I found these!
These bars are unique and different.  They are a vanilla cream bar that has popsicle fruit flavors merged together.  These are sweetened with Splenda, which is fine with me as I’m okay with artificial sweeteners. Texture wise, it’s what you’d get if you swirled ice cream into a popsicle and frozen it all together on a stick.  The popsicle portion is hard and crunchy while the ice cream portion is softer and creamy.  I have tried each of the three flavors (orange & vanilla, cherry & vanilla and raspberry & vanilla) that come in the box and all are good – I think the cherry and orange may be my favorite.
Each bar is only 14 calories and 0 points plus values!  You can “splurge” and have two bars for 1 points plus values! Quite a fun and fabulous food find!
QUESTION:
What is one of your new favorite frozen treats?
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Blue Bunny Fat Free Brownie Sundae Ice Cream


I spotted this Blue Bunny Fat Free No Sugar Added Brownie Sundae Ice Cream at Walmart and due to the nutrition facts; I decided to pick it up.  I enjoy ice cream every once in a while, and since this was such a change of pace as far as ice cream flavors are concerned, so we had to pick it up.
Brownies and ice cream are two staple items which just go together perfectly.  The ice cream is made up of fat-free no sugar added vanilla ice cream which is blended with fudge ribbons and chunks of brownies.  It’s sweet, chocolaty and just a yummy dessert. I found the ice cream to be relatively creamy and it blends perfectly with some fresh sliced strawberries on top of it.  The ice cream has no added sugar, but it is sweetened with Splenda.  That may be a turning point for some, but I don’t mind Splenda sweetened foods.
A serving size is ½ cup serving for only 80 calories or 2 points plus values!  Quite a steal for ice cream, since the lowest I have found for scoopable ice cream (outside of strawberry fat free frozen yogurt) has been 3 points or higher.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Crisps


These delicious littleMilk Chocolate Crisps are a chocolate I have been eyeing on numerous trips through Trader Joe’s.  I evidently was in a chocolate mood because they finally made their way into my shopping cart.  I will point out that I have seen a Walgreen’s version of this sold in their stores BUT I have not tried those, so I cannot vouch for those but I can vouch for these.
There were a few things that sold me on these particular chocolate crisps.  First and foremost they are shaped like potato chips. Secondly they are milk chocolate with crunchy bits in them. Third of all they have a 12 piece serving size.  To say these lived up to my expectations, isn’t saying enough. These delicious little treasures exceeded my expectations.  They were just phenomenal from the first bite. Smooth and creamy milk chocolate with little crunchy rice bits (which really reminded me of broken up potato chips).  In all honesty 6 pieces is more than enough to satisfy any sweet tooth because they can become very rich after a few crisps. They just hit a home run for my boyfriend and I.
For 12 pieces it calculates into 6 points plus values, which I felt wasn’t bad for the serving size.  The serving size can easily be cut in half for 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the crisps from Trader Joe’s and/or the Walgreen’s version of these?

Skinny Cow Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches


I have been a big fan of Skinny Cow ice creams because they’re a healthier alternative to some of the other ice creams on the market.  Even though they are a healthier alterative, you’re definitely not sacrificing taste or flavor for lesser calories and fat.
I purchased the Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches because cookies and cream is my all time favorite gallon ice cream flavor.  I’ve tried low fat cookies and cream ice creams in the past and haven’t always been the biggest fan because the ice cream is more icy than creamy.  The sandwiches are just pure delicious – a nice chocolate cookie “crust” and a smooth and creamy cookie filled ice cream.  A great treat, so great that even those who don’t necessarily count calories or watch what they eat, reach for these when they’re in the freezer and I offer up ice cream.
One whole sandwich is 4 points plus values, which is completely worth it when in comparison to some of the other outrageously high point ice creams on n freezer shelves.  Plus the great things with Skinny Cows is since they’ve repackaged their boxes each ice cream sandwich is individually wrapped for better quality and freshness!

Trader Joe’s Smashing S’mores


Trader Joe’s has some of the most delicious decedent snacks and chocolates and that of course includes Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Smashing S’mores.  Ever since I purchased these to try out, I have been obsessed as have others in my family.  Typically whenever I make a Trader Joe’s haul I’m asked to pick up a container or two of these for my family members.
The folks at Trader Joe’s come up with the most ingenious snacks.  Smashing S’mores are essentially a miniature s’mores (think along the lines of miniature candy bars sold in bags).  There’s a graham cracker bottom, a marshmallow center and the whole thing s then encased in milk chocolate with a slight drizzle of dark chocolate over the top.  They’re perfect in size (two bites and you’re done), but sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth with one. Or two if you want to enjoy a serving size without needing to go back for more.
They can be eaten straight out of the container OR you can microwave them for 4-6 seconds.  They’re honestly good both ways, but microwaved they’re a magical experience.  The marshmallow gets gooey in the middle, but the chocolate stays intact. They’re delicious, just purely delicious.
Each s’more is 2 points plus values.  A serving size is 2 s’mores which is 4 points plus.  Typically when I have them, I’ll enjoy one and it’s all I need because the sugar can just become overwhelming for me if I were to even try to have more than two.  These are just under $5 a container, well worth it in my opinion.
QUESTION:
Have you tried Smashing S’mores?

Good Humor Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Let me start this off by saying that I am quite possibly obsessed with anything that has “birthday cake” or “party cake” in the description of an ice cream.  For a very long time I deprive myself from having birthday cake ice cream because there are not a whole lot of companies that sell the flavor, nor are they pointsplus friendly.  Low and behold shopping at my local grocery store, I spotted this box ofBirthday Cake ice creams by Good Humor.
I grabbed the box and calculated out the points and was quite surprised to find they were ONLY 3 points plus per bar. That meant they had to immediately take up space in my little shopping cart.  Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice creams have always been one of my favorites from the very start.  That was my staple ice cream I’d get from the ice cream man – but this birthday cake variety? TOTALLY takes the cake (literally and figuratively).
The outside of the ice cream is coated in crunchy, colory bits (the same texture of the strawberry shortcake outer coating).  There’s a bit of cake mixed into the ice cream – but since it’s frozen solid it’s hard to tell exactly, but the cake and ice cream are formed together – the middle/end of the ice cream having more ice cream than “cake” in it – but nonetheless they are straight up delicious.  My boyfriend had one when I did and ended up eating two.  Needless to say, we had to buy another box already!
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Good Humor Birthday Cake ice cream?

Skinny Cow Peanut Butter Crème Filled Chocolates


I spotted these Skinny Cow Peanut Butter Crème filled chocolates while at Dollar Tree.  I had purchased the caramel filled chocolates but had yet to try them.  But considering I am a sucker for anything peanut butter candy related I had to purchase them – and I am glad I did!  I’m a sucker for peanut butter cups, but sometimes the points plus associated with them isn’t too appealing.
The package comes with 3 thinner peanut butter filled chocolate crème candies.  The candy is a nice, smooth milk chocolate with a thin filling of peanut butter in the middle of them.  It’s nice, smooth and creamy.  The greatest part is each pack is only 130 calories – 4 points plus.  BUT if you wanted to eat 1 it’s 1 points plus, 2 is 2 points plus and the 3 is four points plus.  Quite a yummy treat.t!  This would be great to bring to the movie theater for your chocolate fix!

Holy Moly CANNOLI cones!

I have seen these cannoli cones for YEARS since Hungry Girl originally came out with the recipe.  I even printed the recipe at one point and gave it to a co-worker of mine since she loved cannoli’s but told herself she could no longer have them because she was eating healthy.  I always had my eyes set on making these; I have about 4 print-outs of this recipe in different recipe folders but just never got around to making them … until now.  And I have to say, I don’t know why I waited so long because these are certifiably AMAZING!
I followed the recipe exactly as it reads on the website.  I had all the ingredients needed to make this except for the fat free ricotta, the cool whip and the sugar cones.  But after a quick trip to the grocery store that was quickly solved.  And for 3 points plus values for a decadent dessert – you can’t go wrong!
I do want to thank my friend, Raekel for giving me the inspiration to make these since she made them and shared the photo on Instagram!
If you’re interested in trying this amazingly delicious and HEALTHY cannoli recipe, find it here: http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/1225
QUESTION:
Have you ever tried making a healthy alternative to a favorite dessert?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Brownies

I picked up a box of this Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix at Trader Joe’s on my last trip through the store.  I’m a complete brownie fanatic but I don’t necessarily like the calorie content that comes with a brownie.  I know, you can make a brownie as healthy as possible by substituting ingredients (apple sauce, banana, water, etc.) but sometimes you just want a good ole brownie.

These Reduced Guilt brownies intrigued me because all you had to do was add in 2/3 cup of fat free vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain with a splash of vanilla).  Considering I am a Weight Watchers member, I quickly converted the nutrition label into points and it was 3-points for 1/12th of the box.  Not bad, considering most brownies would cost 5 points or more.  I then calculated it with the Geek yogurt and it was still at 3-points, so I had to get it!

I whipped these up as the box stated — and I admit I added in 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute (eggbeaters) because I could just not get my brownie mix to go smooth.  I baked them per the box directions and they turned out great!  Keep in mind since these are a fat free brownie, they do have a cake-like texture to them.  They are most certainly chocolatey and moist, but they’re not ooey gooey fudge brownies. Overall two thumbs up — definitely a rebuy!

Pumpkin "Flan"

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A number of weeks back I was really wanting something sweet – flan particularly.  I love authentic Spanish flan.  It’s soft, creamy, sweet and just downright delicious.  One of my close friends mom is from the Dominical Republic and she gave me her recipe a number of years ago and I have made it a handful of times and it’s seriously a party in your mouth BUT it’s not a party on your waistline (tons of sugar and fat).  I was browsing the Weight Watchers website one day and found this pumpkin flan recipe and put it into my favorites to try later.  I had all the ingredients in the house, except for the orange juice, so I picked up a small single serving container at Target and quickly made this later on in the weekend.
The original recipe showed the flans in individual ramicans but since I don’t have any I decided to make it in a large pan and cut it up into the 8 servings.  I will say though – this isn’t a flan consistency, it’s more of a pumpkin pie filling consistency.  It’s good BUT it would be SO much better with a little crushed graham cracker crumbs over the top with a dollop of cool whip.  That’s the one thing I didn’t have so it tasted kind of plain – but served cold with whip cream it’s good – with graham cracker crumbs it would be even better.
By the way – the one thing I switched in the recipe was instead of using individual seasonings (which I should have done) I used pumpkin pie spice instead.
If you’re interested in trying this out for yourself here’s the recipe:
½ cup brown sugar (unpacked)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
16 ounce canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie)
1 cup fat free evaporated milk
¼ cup unsweetened orange juice (I used the 50 Cal Tropicana)
¾ cup fat free egg substitute (egg beaters)
Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, cayenne and salt in a bowl.  Whisk in the pumpkin, evaporated milk, orange juice and egg substitute.  Once mixed divide into 8 custard cups OR as I did pour into a glass baking pan.
Place the container (either cups or baking pan) into a roasting pan and pour boiling water around – about an inch deep.
Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 350* for about 45 minutes – the flan should be firm around the edges and just slightly puffy.  When done cooking remove your cups or pan from the water (careful – this is pretty dangerous) and let it cool completely before putting into the fridge.