Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog

Egg nog! One of those beverages that I love … but I find the calories/points associated with it not even worth it … so I don’t have it. When Thanksgiving/Christmas roll around I start eyeing the egg nog selections hoping someone will invent a delicious egg nog that’s calorie/points plus friendly. Last year I tried the Silk version and it’s tasty but it’s as thin as water. Egg nog is delicious because of its flavor, but also due to that recognizable thick and creamy texture.
While at Wal-Mart I noticed they carried Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog, so I checkd the nutrition facts label and stuck the bottle in my cart.  I’ve only tried Bolthouse Farms salad dressings, so I wasn’t entirely sure how the nog would be.  After cracking open the bottle as a late night treat, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was thicker in consistency. Very egg nog-like which was appreciated well before I even took a sip.  After I did take a drink I was sold … this is hands down the best lighter alternative to egg nog that I have had. It’s thicker, it’s creamy, it’s nutmeggy, it’s vanillay … and it’s just a party in a glass.  I’m truthfully quite floored as to how good this is so once I finish the bottle I purchased, I will gladly purchase another.
A 4 ounce serving (1/2 cup) is 80 calories or 2 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you ever tried a Bolthouse Farms limited edition beverage?

Twix Gingerbread

Around the holidays, I like scoping out the new and interesting flavors companies come out with.  Needless to say when I spotted Twix Gingerbread at Wal-Mart, they found a temporary home in my shopping cart.  Since these are “fun size” they’d be perfect in the candy dish in the living room, so they’d inevitably be eaten, especially during the holidays.
The other night I was in the mood for a little sweet, so I cracked open the bag. Peeling it, it looks like your plain ole Twix.  After the first bite, I wasn’t impressed – my initial reaction was “Gingerbread? There’s no gingerbread!” But after the second bite I found the gingerbread flavor … and I found it to be strange. Twix are chocolate, cookie and your classic caramel, so having a gingerbread flavor in it, takes it to a whole new level. I admit I’ve had gingerbread cookies, muffins, etc., but I’ve never had gingerbread meet chocolate or caramel.  These aren’t gross, but I feel they’re “meh”. Nothing to truly write home about… or run out to buy, but if you enjoy gingerbread and chocolate you may truly enjoy these.
A serving is a cookie bar, which is 80 calories or 2 points plus. If you can’t stop yourself at one, you can have 2 for 160 calories or 5 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Twix Gingerbread candies?

Olive Garden Light Italian Dressing


This was a fun food find at Walmart – Olive Garden Light Italian Dressing.  I love having salad, but I admit sometimes my salad dressing choices can get old. I believe I have the largest array of salad dressings in the refrigerator, but my Italian dressing choice is boring to me as of late that I don’t even use it – so this was a perfect find.
I haven’t been to the Olive Garden in ages, but I recall when I last went the best thing about my meal was the salad and breadsticks. The dressing is sold in both the full-fat and light variety.  Since I do not use full-fat dressings (because frankly they are not worth the calories/fat/points) I opted to go with the Light.  I will admit, it was a little pricey as far as dressings are concerned – $3.28.
The dressing is liquidy as most Italian dressings are but is packed with flavor.  There’s a zippiness to it, that’s pleasing on the taste. There’s also a nice helping of romano cheese throughout the dressing which give it a salty quality. It’s definitely a homerun and a far different flavor when compared to regular Italian (as in Robusto Italian dressing).
There’s 30 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving – which is 1 points plus value.  Although for 1 tablespoon serving, 15 calories and 0 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Olive Garden light Italian dressing?

Goldfish Puffs – Salsa con Queso

Whodathunkit? Goldfish crackers in the form of (but not in the classic shape of) puffy cheese curls? I have seen the other 3 flavors in the line in stores but had not seen this one until I went to Walmart. Because it seemed so unique, I picked up the Goldfish Puffs Salsa con Queso flavor. I love Goldfish because they give you a cheesy crunch and since the crisps are so small you get more. Technically not because you are getting the same amount in ounces, but looking at the sheer volume of the serving it seems to be more filling (again, eating with your eyes).

The salsa con queso flavor is definitely different when compared to classic plain Goldfish crackers . The puffs are very pungent but packed with flavor. It reminds me exactly of a cheesy salsa … but a very potent one that can make your lips pucker, if that makes any sense. Definitely not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like bold flavors or you don’t like a salsa flavored snack, then this would definitely not be for you. I don’t find these have any sort of “heat” to them but the seasoning can make your tongue feel a little tingly after a while. Personally I felt these were alright, but they aren’t going to be a repurchase for me.
 

A serving is 41 puffs, which is quite a good amount when put into a bowl. The serving is 4 points plus values. You could say debatable if it’s worth the points, but I did find I enjoyed these — but they weren’t a snack I reached for every day.

QUESTION:
Have you tried the new Goldfish Puffs?

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?

Kellogg’s Special K Nourish – Lemon Twist


I had been seeing these Kellogg’s Special K Nourish at Walmart for a few weeks but was hesitant to pick up a box because I already had a growing stash of nutrition bars to enjoy.  Finally, after finding a bin containing single bars, I purchased the Lemon Twistflavor because I love lemon.  The nutrition bar is made with a blend of multi-grain and quinoa, which I felt was really different.
After gathering the will to try it, I opened the package and immediately smelled this earthy fragrance with a strong note of lemon.  The lemon wasn’t unpleasant but the earthy fragrance was, well, rather daunting.  Looking at the bar, you can see the quinoa and you can see a mixture of grains which are all stuck together with a lemony icing over the top of the bar.  Earthy crunchy smell aside, I took a bite.  It was okay … nothing fabulous, but nothing wretched.  The texture is chewy, it’s not very sweet, but it is lemony although not overpowering.  I can’t say I was a huge fan of these, nor can I say that I would be purchasing another box – but it was interesting to “step outside the box” in the nutrition bar realm.  My only suggestion would be if you do want to try these or any of the other flavors available … try to get your hands on a single bar instead of a whole box. It might save you a couple bucks if you end up disliking these.
A single bar is a serving and it’s 4 points plus values. Admittedly these are one of the lower point nutrition bars I have tried … but the taste isn’t quite up to par for me, so I’ll stick with my slightly higher in point nutrition bars.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Kellogg’s Special K Nourish bars?

Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Patties


I picked up a box of the Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Patties while at Walmart to have them for dinner (aka brinner).  I usually buy larger sausage patties to make sandwiches, but these looked good and I had heard good things about the Jimmy Dean turkey sausage line.
Cooking them up (well, really only heating them through and browning them a bit) was simple.  Taste wise they really reminded me of regular pork sausage patties. They had that “fatty” flavor that comes with pork sausage, but without all the fat and calories in typical pork sausage.  These weren’t greasy feeling nor did they make me have a stomachache (as some full-fat products sometimes do).  They also don’t have a real turkey flavor to them – they taste more like pork sausage, which is interesting.  Enjoying the sausage with eggs and toast really made a very filling meal.
A serving size is 2 sausages which calculate out to 3 points plus values or you can have 1 sausage patty for 1 points plus value.  Two thumbs up!
QUESTION:
What is your favorite sausage type & brand?

Pure Protein Shake Frosty Chocolate

Recently, you may have seen me post about the Vanilla Cream Pure Protein Shake.
Well, while at the supermarket I was meandering through the aisles in the health food section and noticed they carried 4-pack screw top bottles of Pure Protein Shake so I picked up the Frosty Chocolate to try.  There was also a Cookies & Cream flavor, which I undoubtedly want to try next.  Although I have since spotted the brand at Walmart (as well a keg of pure protein powder).
There are days and instances where I just need to boost my protein intake.  I admit I don’t like to drink my points, but for a whole can which can give me 23 grams of protein for only 3 points plus values – I’ll take it.  Most protein powders/shakes/drinks are in the 5+ points value range particularly when they get into the higher levels of protein such as this (23g).  Occasionally on days where I’m not really hungry for good for breakfast, I’ll have a shake and it tides me over for a few hours until lunch time.
The Frosty Chocolate isn’t bad, but I think the vanilla is better.  This doesn’t have a solid aftertaste, but it does kind of remind me of a chalky chocolate – but it’s nothing disgusting.  I’ve drank two cans of these already and they just do the job.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Pure Protein Shakes?

Russell Strover S’mores (Caramel and Original)


I originally tried these Russell Strover’s S’mores last year around Halloween time.  I only purchased one, thought they were delicious … so needles to say when I saw these at Walmart right before the 4th of July I picked up one of each flavor – original and caramel.  My boyfriend and I didn’t have any plans for the fourth, we wanted to stay in so I figured these would be a nice treat for us after hanging in all day.  Well … I’ll just say these didn’t make it to the 4th BUT they did make it to 2 days beforehand!
These are a delicious invention and they should certainly be available all year long.  It’s a classic s’more but with a very unique twist.  There’s two graham crackers sandwiched between an ooey gooey super soft marshmallow which is coated in chocolate then stuck between the graham crackers.  The only difference with the caramel s’mores is in between the chocolate and marshmallow there is a layer of ooey gooey caramel.  The caramel was hands down my favorite.
These are great because its portion control at its finest.  S’mores are one of those summer treats that can easily be over eaten because it’s sugar overload.  Whereas with these packaged s’mores you open the packet and once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can note the points in your tracker and there’s no guilt, there’s no “double dipping”, etc.
The original s’mores is 6 points plus for the whole thing or 3 points plus for half.  The caramel s’mores is 7 points plus for the whole thing or 3 points plus for half.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Russell Strover’s packaged S’mores?

Dannon Light & Fit Greek Blends – Orange Cream

This is the last Dannon Light & Fit Greek Blends yogurt I had picked up.  As mentioned in my previous posts I really enjoy and love Greek yogurt, so I’m always thrilled when I find a new brand that’s points plus friendly.  I was intrigued by this yogurt because I haven’t seen an orange cream flavored Greek yogurt. I’ve only ever seen Yoplait’s orange creamsicle (at least I think that’s what it’s called) regular yogurt.
If you’re not a fan of orange, then this yogurt is not for you.  It’s definitely a very prominent orange flavor (which, naturally, I’d expect).  It is on the thicker side, which is sometimes hit or miss with the lower point Greek yogurts.  I do have to say, the Orange Cream flavor was good ….but the coconut is my favorite, the banana cream my second favorite and this one would be my third favorite.
As with the others, these are 2 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Dannon Light & Fit Greek Blends?