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Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax

KashiOatmealRaisinIt is rare that I am disappointed with a Kashi product. The only reason stopping me from trying these out earlier is because of the price factor. These delicious Kashi TLC do not come cheap — retailing over $3.00 a box at most stores. I picked up the Oatmeal Raisin Flax variety when I spotted them on sale at Target for $2.99.  I was happy that I finally get to try it out. The picture on from of the box is a really accurate depiction of what the cookie really looks like in terms  texture. Visible raisins, whole flax seeds, oats, and walnuts are visible throughout the cookie. The texture isn’t really chewy, more like crumbly. It crumbles easily like a soft home-baked creation. With so many ingredients going on, this is not your standard oatmeal raisin cookie. Besides omega-3, the whole flax seeds added a little bit of a gritty texture to the cookie which I am fine with. I like to chew. Considering the size of the cookie, all the ingredients made it seem like a party mix into a cookie — a delicious cookie. Warm it up in the microwave and it tastes even better. The actual size of the cookie fits on the palm of my hands and is about 1/2 an inch thick and is slightly smaller than the cookie shown on the front in terms of the circumference. The inside packaging is a try with 2 sections, 4 cookies in each section. Foil packaging on the inside to keep the cookies fresh. The front of the box boasts: 600 milligram of Omega-3, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of whole grains.  Other flavors include Happy Trail Mix and Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. One serving is 130 calories, 2 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 75 milligram of sodium, 20 gram of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

With decadent flavors and textures, our new TLC® Tasty Little Cookies show that snacking can be tasty, indulgent, and have nutrition you can feel great about. Our cookies combine our signature Seven Whole Grain blend with hearty, natural ingredients such as peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, walnuts, shredded coconut, flax seeds, and dark chocolate. The result is a delicious chewy cookie that has a home-baked taste.

Our Oatmeal Raisin Flax cookie boasts 600 mg of Omega-3s, which come from flax seeds and walnuts.

No Hydrogenated Oil ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural


Retails: $3.54 per box of 8 @ Target
My Cost: $2.99 on sale
Calories: 130 each
WW:2

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AlbuqCookie Biscotti & Shortbread Cookies

IMG_0275AlbuqCookies are  biscotti & short bread cookies baked with love all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cute name and nice packaging with a very interesting story of how the owner of the company moved from New York to New Mexico. Shortly afterward, he started turning his baking hobby into an actual business and the brand AlbuqCookie was born. Check out this website for more high quality picture of the baking process and “meet” the creator of this brand — Stephen Hoffman. At first I was hesitant in trying these because I tend to shy away from baked goods that do not have nutritional information on the package. Glad I took the plunge because these are too good to miss out on.

Lavender Lemon Biscotti: First bite I could taste the subtle lemon flavor. Soft-baked biscotti rather than crispy crunchy kind. The lavender flavor is subtle, but I could barely taste the lemon flavor. 3 bite biscotti that tasted more like a cookie. I think the lavender might be more of a smell than a taste. I am not really use to a flowery tasting/smelling biscotti. Unique, but not my taste. Enriched (wheat) flour, sugar, butter (milk), eggs, organic lavender, baking powder, vanilla extract, lemon juice and salt.

Almond Toffee: Blew me away. Love the caramelized toffee. Crispy, crunchy and perfect for dipping biscotti. A perfect 3 bite biscotti to go with any cup of joe. Hard on the outside, crumbly on the inside, covered in bittersweet chocolate with almond flavor lingering on your tongue. Simple ingredients: enriched (wheat) flour, sugar, almonds, chocolate toffee chips, butter (milk), eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt.

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cranberry: The base of the biscotti is spot on again. Good size pistachio nuts distributed within although I could not really taste the pistachio flavor. The chocolate chip flavor was the strongest followed by the minimal dried cranberry bits. This combination was definitely interesting with a different taste in each bite. These are another one of my favorite. Simple ingredients: enriched (wheat) flour, sugar, butter (milk), chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pistachio nuts, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt.

Chocolate Pinon Nut: Harder and more biscotti like than the other 3 varieties. The pinon nuts don’t taste like much to me and there were just a couple embedded in the biscotti. Texture-wise, this one is the hardest of the 4 flavors so I like to dip this one in coffee. Good chocolate flavor, but not uber sweet and drizzled in chocolate. Simple ingredients: enriched (wheat) flour, sugar, chocolate chips, pinon nuts, butter (milk), cocoa, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt.

Green Chile Pecan Sandia Cookies: Super buttery and melts in your mouth good. Each cookie is not that big. Perfect tea side component. Love the pecan bits in there and the green spice kick. Literally melts in your mouth. These are delicious and are to die for. My favorite of the cookies. Simple ingredients: enriched (wheat) flour, butter (milk), sugar, pecans, eggs, green chili powder, vanilla extract, salt.

Leah Rosie’s Chocolate Pepper Chile Cookies: Hard. Very chocolatey and sweet. Chile spice kicks in at the end.  These taste very hard considering they should be shortbread cookies. Very unique since you get the chili flavor as an end note in these, but I could pass on this one. Simple ingredients: enriched (wheat) flour, sugar, butter (milk), cocoa, eggs, cinnamon, red chili powder, red/black pepper, ginger powder, vanilla extract, salt.

If you ever visit Albuquerque, New Mexico, be sure to bring back some as gifts. Truly a special gem from Albuquerque. Highly suggest the Almond Toffee Biscotti, Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cranberry Biscotti and the Green Chile Pecan Sandia Cookies. Want some AlbuqCookies of your own? You can win a bag from Stephen’s monthly drawing. Enter here. Or you can visit AlbuqCookies and show Stephen some love.


Retails: $8.00 per bag @ AlbuqCookie Online
My Cost: Free
Calories: N/A
WW: N/A

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Almondina

Picture 069I always thought Almondina are thin versions of biscotti, but upon closer examination of the package and actaully trying them out, these are no biscotti. Rather, they are delicious thin cookies, in the shape of a mini biscotti, only thinner. So thin, in fact, you can see all the goodness baked into these cookies. Almondina does not skimp on the almonds and raisins that makes these so delicious. These cookies are hard and does not soak up liquid like a biscotti would. I just got a wet biscuit when I tried to dip mine in coffee. The mix of the chewy raisins, crunchy biscuit and almonds  makes these unstoppable to eat. I love the crunchy and chewy textures combine with the nutty, subtle sweet, and vanilla flavors. The package is rather small and contains 4 serving of 4 biscuits per serving. Comes out to be 133 calories per serving or 33 calories per cookie. Does not taste overly sweet but it does have 10 grams of sugar per serving. The package comes with 3 sections with 5 biscuits in each slot. So easy to finish off 1 slot at a time. These are very addictive. Besides the original, which is their all time best seller, Almondina offers flavors in: Choconut, Almonduo (almonds and pistachios), Sesame, Gingerspice, Anniversary, Brantreats (30% bran w/ cinnamon), Cinnaroma, Chocolate Dipped and a new flavor for Fall — Pumpkin Spice. Besides online and at Trader Joe’s, which only carries the Original, I have never seen Almondina at any of the stores I shop at. Time to keep my eyes peeled for the Almonduo and Pumpkin Spice flavors. I heard from a little bird (a.k.a Twitter), that Almondina has new seasonal flavors coming out REAL soon — like January to March 2010 soon. Surprise us, okay? Follow them on twitter  @Almondina. One serving of 4 biscuits is 133 calories, 3 WW, 3.9 grams of fat (0.30 gram  saturated), no cholesterol, 8.9 milligrams of sodium, 88 milligram of potassium, 1 gram of fiber, 21.5 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Simple ingredients list:
Almonds, Flour (wheat flour and malt barley flour), Sugar, Egg Whites, Raisins, Natural Flavors. Kosher Pareve.

Can you see that the FIRST ingredient is almonds. Love that there are almonds in here more than anything else. Almond lovers rejoice.

Retails: $2.69 @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: Free
Calories: 133 per serving (4 pcs)
WW: 3

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Nutridel

NutridelAt one of my favorite coffee spots, I noticed these flat cookies sitting next to the register beckoning at me. The simple and clear packaging sent out a positive vibe. At first glace, I saw the stellar properties like, cholesterol free, zero trans fat, dairy/egg free, zero refined sugar, preservative free, all packed with a punch of omega 3’s, antioxidants and fiber. All that for only about 60 calories per cookie. Each package contains 2 cookies. I like to support local coffee shops just as much as I like to support local companies.

Almond: Light, crispy, crunchy and delightfully good. Perfect for pairing with coffee and tea. No wonder they sell these at coffee shops. It’s a good size cookie that is pretty flat so breaking it up in to pieces and enjoying it slowing is not a problem. One sip of coffee, one bite of crispy, crunchy goodness = heaven. A flat biscotti is a nice description of these Nutridel cookies. Even if you polish off both cookies in the pouch, it will only set you back 118 calories. Eating the almond flavored Nutridel cookie reminds me of those Almondia cookies I get from Trader Joe’s from time to time. One cookie is 59 calories, 1 WW, 2 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 1.1 mg of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1.5 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Delicious and contains only a handful of ingredients: whole wheat flour, wheat bran, amaranth, almonds, molasses, sunflower oil, and natural almond essences.

Flax seed: I expected a more nutty flavor to this one because of the flax seed. It had a little bit of a herbal taste. The flax seed flavor has the most fiber in it. The ground cinnamon was hardly detectable. I think this was the least enjoyable flavor out of all 4. Flax seed is good, but I think it would have been more scrumptious if there was a type of nut added to the mixture.

Oatmeal:  This Nutridel cookie was delicious. No nuts, just the basic Nutridel recipe at its bare minimum. Good and scrumptious. Crispy, crunchy and delicious.

Pecan: All the Nutridel products are similar in texture, and the pecan one is most similar to the almond flavored one. Good as usual, but the pecan flavor is lacking a little, although it is full of pecan and even spruced up with pecan essence. I guess the almond flavored one out shown them all.

Retails: $2.50 each @ Local Coffee Shop
My Cost: Free
Calories: about 60 per cookie
WW: 1

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Alternate Baking Company

AlternateBakingCompanyThe Alternate Baking Company offers giant delicious soft-baked vegan cookies. No dairy, no eggs, no honey, zip cholesterol,  trans fat free, no refined sugar and ziltch preservative is the standard for these glorious cookies. These are huge (about 5 inches in diameter) and the temptation is there to just scarf down the entire cookie. One serving is 1/2 a cookie so you have to be careful when you are around these. Best to share with a friend right off the bat, because once you start, it is really hard to stop. The cardboard that cookie lays on is really nice. I slide the entire cookie out, and cut it into 8 pieces like you would do with a pizza and slowly enjoy 1 piece at at time. Each “slice” comes out to be about 60 calories. Soft and chewy, like it was freshly baked. It you nuke it for a bit they taste even more like it was fresh out of the oven.

Chocolate Chip Colossal: The big size and soft and chewiness of it reminds me of BJ’s pizzokie cookie. I spooned a few spoons of ice cream and put 2 slices of warmed cookie (1/2 a serving) on the bottom and it was my version of the infamous pizzokie. Mmmm…… very delicious. Not that these are low calories or anything, but I would not have been able to tell that these are vegan. Taste very good. One serving is 1/2 a cookie, 240 calories, 5 WW, 7 grams of fat (2.5 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 190 milligram of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. My biggest dislike of these cookies is that they are really high in the sugar department.

Outrageous Oatmeal Raisin Cookie w/ Walnuts: Big and delicious with nice plump raisins throughout, but the walnuts were less detectable. Again, very sweet, it still had great oatmeal raisin cookie taste and texture. Half the cookie is 240 calories, 5 WW, 9 grams of fat (2 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 85 milligram of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Explosive Espresso Chip: Good espresso flavor throughout. The texture is consistent with the other cookies, soft and chewy. Half the cookie is 240 calories, 5 WW, 7 grams of fat (2.5 saturated), zero cholesterol, 180 milligram of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 19 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Although the cookies are good, in general, they are very sweet. Enjoying in moderation is good. I think these treats are good for people who are trying to convert from being a vegetarian to a vegan or anyone who enjoys good tasting cookies.  Tone the sugar level down a few notches and I will be all over these.

Retails: $2.50 per cookie @ Alternate Baking Company
My Cost: Free
Calories: 240 per 1/2 cookie (60g)
WW: 5

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Cupoladua Oven Cookies and Clouds

06-02-09_0005A mother-daughter duo team started baking just for friend and family. Their recipe is so good that gaining popularity with everyone around them, they started Cupoladua Oven to bring these delicious home-baked goodies available for everyone. Cupoladua Oven offers cookie and clouds. Light, crispy and airy, the cookies is like the consistency of a meringue. When you put it in your mouth, it starts to slowly dissolve, but when you bite into it, it is still airy and crispy with the subtle sweetness and flavor. The Espresso Walnut has a nutty walnut flavor is deliciously paired with the intense espresso flavor. Very light and crispy. Goes well with a cup of coffee. They suggest to pair them with: espresso, latte, cappuccino, affogato, milk, pinot noir, or sauvignon blanc. The Chocolate Cashew has yummy dark chocolate cocoa with the buttery taste of cashew. The crunchy bits of cashews here and there make this extra delectable. The Chai Pistachio has wonderful pistachio  paired with the wonderful chai spices and a strong tinge of vanilla. My favorite flavor of them all because I love pistachio and the hint of vanilla in these is spot on. BTW, Cupoladua Oven’s chai pistachio is not involved in the recent pistachio recall. Safe to eat and delicious. Big airy cookies that satisfies your “snack-attacks” with out breaking your calorie-bank because they are ONLY 11 calories each. One serving is about 10 cookies (28g) and is 100 to 110 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 70 to 75 milligram of sodium, 14 to 15 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 to 12 grams of sugar, and 5 to 6 grams of protein.

Another product Cupoladua Oven offers are these cheesy cupola clouds that come in either Smoked Gouda or Parmesan Pink Peppercorn.  They cheesy cupola clouds go really well with wine. Substitute these for the cheese and cracker platter and still get the same cheesy satisfaction. Smart, really smart, especially when each cloud is only 4 calories. These are like big cheese puff rounds, but a little more light and airy. A little bite will cause the puff to collapse in your mouth and turn into dust which makes them pretty fun to eat. It would be best if these cupola clouds has a stronger cheese flavor to it. Don’t eat it alone because you might find it dry. There are so many creative ways to enjoy cupola clouds. Besides enjoyed them with the suggested wine list, I like to crumple some on top of my salad in lieu of calorie dense croutons. An extra 4 calories here and there is totally worth it. One serving of about 25 clouds (28g) is about 90 to 100 calories, 2 WW, 3.5 to 6 grams of fat (2.5 to 3 gram saturated), 10 to 15 milligram of cholesterol, 280 to 300 milligram of sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 1 to 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 10 grams of protein.

After you open these I heard a fizzing sound coming from my crispy friends. So weird. These need to be stored in an airtight container after opening to avoid them being stale. Love to crumple the cookies on top of my Greek yogurts for a some “fairy dust” flavors that makes my yogurts extra yummy. Don’t forget that each cookie is only 11 calories and each  cloud is only 4 calories!! What a guilt free way to add flavor to my eats. Best part is, they are gluten free with short and sweet ingredient lists. If they ever lose their “crisp”, just re-bake them in the oven to “re-crisp” them. Cupoladua Oven has sophisticated packaging that keeps their products at the peek of their freshness. Check out their website for more interesting ways to enjoy cupola cookie and cupola clouds. Personally I have not seen these at the places where I normally shop, but they can easily be ordered here.

Retails: $4.99 to $5.50 per box online
My Cost: Free
Calories: 90 to 110 per serving
WW: 2

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Simply Scrumptous Fat Free Cookies, Muffins & Donuts

04-24-09_1740Simply Scruptous sent over a lovely Fit and Flavorful fat free sampler over. I immediately stuck everything in the freezer since I know these will be a treat rather than an everyday food item. Most of the items defrosted really well with just a little microwaving. Check out the nutritional information on their website. The sampler box included an array of donuts, muffins and cookies. I really like how everything is individually wrapped, so I can just grab them from the freezer and take it with me.

For the donuts, I let them thaw by  itself in the fridge for a bit. The texture was still good and I like how the donut were still cold when I dug into it. The size of each donut is a decent 3-1/2″ in diameter which is really good for a 1 point WW treat. Never knew donuts could keep so well in the freezer. The freezer is my new best friend. Simply Scrumptous has so many great all time favorite flavors to choose from: Chocolate Covered Sprinkles, Chocolate Covered, Cinnamon Glazed, White Glazed, Glazed Sprinkles and Powered Sugar. Can you believe that they are only 73 calories and 3 grams of fiber? Both taste and texture is good, my only complaint is that they are on the sweet side with 12 grams of sugar in each donut. When I am in the mood for some sweets, these really come in handy.

The size of each muffin is about 3″ in diameter and 1.5″ tall which come out to be 1/2 the size of my fist, but they are very satisfying for a 1-2 point WW treat. The muffins range from 84 calories to 126 calories with 4-5 grams of fiber in each. They have great flavors like Blueberry bliss, Crazy for Chocolate, Cinnamon Raisin, Banana-rama and Luscious Lemon poppy seed to choose from. I like the Banana-rama the best. It has really good banana flavor and banana chunks on the top of the muffin.  The Blueberry Bliss was a close second. The texture of the muffins are not as soft as the bakery shop ones that are baked with undisclosed amounts of butter and shortening, but these are still good muffins that goes well with a cup of coffee in the morning. When reheating with the microwave, do it in small intervals. The texture becomes hard and doughy if you over heat (I learned that the hard way.)

The cookies are 3.5″ in diameter and fits completely inside the palm of my hands. I left the Oh La La Oatmeal Raisin cookie out in the fridge to defrost, but never got around eating it until the next day. I wanted to just eat it as-is, but the hard texture made it difficult. The texture became softer after I microwaved it for 10seconds. The raisins were nice and plump, but overall I did not like the texture of the  Oatmeal Raisin cookie and it was overly sweet. The Sensational Sugar cookie and the Double Fudge Chocolate cookies defrosted well on its own and still retain good cookie texture. The cookies range from  69 to 76 calories with 3-4 grams of fiber.

Overall, I liked the line of Fat Free product Simply Scrumptous has to offer as a once in a while treat. They store well in the freezer, convenient for grab and go, all fat free with a nice touch of fiber, and are only made with a handful of ingredients with no additives or artificial flavors. Treat them as once in a while treats, and they will last you a long time. They even make wonderful gift baskets and dessert towers which I think makes for a perfect gift for those who are on Weight Watchers.

Retail: $10.95 @ Simply Scrumptous
My Cost: Free
Calories: Cookies: 69 to 76 calories each
Donuts: 73 calories each
Muffins: 84 to 126 calories each
WW: 1-2

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