Monthly Archives: March 2009

Zico Pure Coconut Water

ziconaturalNext best thing if you do not have access to an Asian market that carries young coconuts. Very refreshing and delicious tasting, although not as “coconuty” as fresh out of the coconut. Zico markets these as a natural sports drink because it has the essential electrolytes to help replenish your body. They are low in calories, with no added sugar and gives you a boost for your workout. Excellent! Only 60 calories per 11 oz carton. Great alternative to those calorie filled sports drinks such as Gaterade and Powerade. I love this new find! Zico offers 3 flavors, natural, mango, and passion fruit. Of all three flavor, the natural is definitely my favorite. I remember drinking fresh coconut water straight from the fruit when I was a kid. It was really fun hacking open the coconut. Sweet and all natural. Yummy.  The flavored ones doesn’t really work for me because I feel like it masks the true coconut flavor that I enjoy when I want to drink some coconut water. The coconut flavor is not strong in the first place, so the added flavors takes away from the original product.  I’m probably going to used the flavored ones to make those cute little tropical smoothies Zico features on their website. All 3 Zico varieties have similar stats. One 11 fl oz carton is 60 calories, 0 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, 60mg of sodium, 670mg of potassium, 15 grams of carbs, no fiber, 14 grams of sugar (not added sugar), 1 gram of protein and other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium.  Coconuts get a bad reputation for being high in fat and cholesterol, so naturally, people may think coconut water shouldn’t be healthy either. Check out Zico’s FAQ page to find out why that is not the case for coconut water.

Retail: $2.19 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 60 per carton
WW: 1



Filed under Drinks, WW: 1

Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee

sbuxsI stopped by Starbucks the other day for a little indulgence, Iced Caramel Macchiato,and they were passing out their new VIA instant coffee packets.  They had two flavors, Colombian and Italian Roast. I tried them at home and I was pleasantly surprised that they tasted decent. The Colombian tasted nice and smooth with a hint of nutty taste.  The Italian Roast was very bold and robust. Both tasted great with a dash of soy milk and 1/2 a pack if sugar.With anything Starbucks, it come with a pretty hefty price tag. It comes out to be around $1 per stick. Yikes. No free creamer or sugar either. These are great for you die-hard Starbucks fans out there that don’t mind the price. Only recently have I noticed single serving instant coffee hitting the American market. This trend of instant individual coffee packets is not new in a lot of Asian countries. Check your local Korean supermarkets for a huge variety of single serving coffee packets. They are mostly by Maxim. The individual coffee sticks comes with coffee, sugar and cream inside. Depending on your taste, you can pinch the packet so that less sugar is dispense or less creamer is dispense (kind of hard to explain).  And they come out to be around $0.20 a stick. (Big difference) Have any of you tried the new Starbucks VIA instant coffee yet? What are your thoughts?

Retails: $2.95 for pack of 3
$9.95 for pack of 12
My Cost: Free Sample
Calories: 0
WW: 0


Filed under Uncategorized

Keribars: Apple Peanut Butter, Cherry Almond, & Strawberry Chocolate Chip

03-09-09_1631Huge thanks to Keri Glassman over at Keribars for sending over these AMAZING bars for me to try out. Keri is a registered dietitian that is a contributing editor in Women’s Health Magazine and featured in CBS health segments. She also has a book called “The Snack Factor Diet” that really want to take a peek at the next time I am at Borders. Simply typing her name in Youtube, I came across a lot of clips of her giving people tips and ideas on food and nutrition. I love her concept of healthy snacking throughout the day to avoid overeating later on. Keribars are designed to be a “real food” snack to do exactly that and it delivers.  When I ate the Apple Peanut Butter bar, I felt like I was really eating a green apple with peanut butter. Very delicious. I am so excited I discovered this new scrumptious snack. The ingredients are pretty simple and I could taste and distinguish each ingredients as I bit into the bar. The Apple Peanut Butter is 160 calories, 3 WW, 6 g of fat, 5 g of fiber, 10 g of sugar, and 6 g of protein. The Strawberry Chocolate Chip bar is more candy-like, but it is also very scrumptious. Strawberries with semi-sweet chocolate chips all embedded rolled oats and rice crisps. Yummy. One bar is 150 calories, 3 WW, 5 g of fat, 5 g of fiber, 12 g of sugar, and 6 g of protein. Lastly, the Cherry Almond is 160 calories, 3 WW, 6 g of fat, 5 g of fiber, 10 g of sugar and 6 g of protein. Again, I can taste the oats, the cherries, and the almonds, the flax, the rice crisps, etc. My favorite flavor is of course the Apple Peanut Butter because I love most things that has peanut butter in it!! I like the calorie range of these bars since I normally split my Luna and Clif bars in half anyways. All the bars are all natural, no trans fat, vegan with a decent amount of fiber and protein.

Retails: about $1.99 online
My Cost: Free
Calories: 150 to 160 each
WW: 3


Filed under Bars, Snacks, WW: 3

Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice

03-05-09_1836Huge thanks to Janny for sending over these wonderful bottle of Pom Wonderful. Antioxidants all bottled up in a little cute bottle. I like the tart and tangy taste of the juice just by itself, but when I was feeling a little adventurous, I tried out a few of the recipes that they had on the Pom Wonderful website. Love the cocktails I made with Pom Wonderful. One 8 oz bottle is 150 calories and 35 grams of sugar. My only complaint is that the juice itself if really high in sugar (more than a can of regular coke), which is a bummer to an otherwise really wonderful product. I was pretty surprised myself when I read the label on the back. Watching my sugar level, I usually drink a little bit a day. It is very refreshing when I add some Pom Wonderful in my ice water because it makes drinking water a little more interesting.

Retails: $3.99 at Vons for 16 oz bottle
My Cost: Free
Calories: 150 calories per 8 oz bottle
WW: 3


Filed under Drinks, WW: 3

Trader Joe Frozen Garlic Naan Bread

03-23-09_12551What’s a great hummus to do without something warm and toasty to spread it on. Of course I picked up the Trader Joe Frozen Naan bread this time since I tried the fresh one last time. This is pretty thin and flat which gave me a lot of bread to spread my hummus on which I liked. The garlic flavor was definitely present. Tasted so wonderful fresh out of the oven. It is a little hollow so I’m wondering if I can slice it in half horizontally and use it as a wrap. Each piece is 190 calories, 4 WW, 3 g of fat, 2 g of fiber, 1 g of sugar and 4 g of protein.  Paired with hummus and tons of fresh cut veggies, this is one of my favorite lunches.

Retails: $1.99 per package of 4 pieces
My Cost: $1.99
Calories: 190 per piece
WW: 4


Filed under Bread, Frozen Food, Trader Joe's, WW: 4

Trader Joe’s Three Layer Hummus

03-23-09_1257Genius idea of TJ to create this “Three Layer Hummus.” It includes the traditional,  cilantro jalapeno and the spicy hummus that TJ normally carries. The layers of hummus are not separated by anything. I love how I can try out 3 different hummus all in one go. Keeps my flavors interesting throughout the week with out having to buy 3 separate containers. Each layer is delicious, but the cilantro jalapeno definitely stood out for me.  One serving of 2 tbsp is 70 calories, 2 WW, 4.5 g of fat, 2 g of fiber and 2 g of protein.

Retails: $3.49 for 12 oz tub
My Cost: $3.49
Calories: 70 calories per 2 tbsp
WW: 2


Filed under Hummus, Trader Joe's, WW: 2

Today’s Tea Barley Tea

02-17-09_0015I believe that this is the second version of “Today’s Tea” that I have tried. This straight barley version has a very strong barley tea taste. Much stronger than the diluted barley tea that they serve at the Korean restaurants. Very enjoyable and cute packaging. Zero calories, and no sugar at all. It is believed that barley tea can help cleanse out the body of impurities and helps reduce stress. Barley tea is pretty simple to brew and make at home. They sell barley tea bags for large pitchers at almost all Korean supermarkets. Enjoy it cool or hot, lovely both ways.

Retails: $0.99 at Korean Market
My Cost: $0.99
Calories: 0
WW: 0


Filed under Drinks, Tea, WW: 0