Category Archives: Dessert

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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No Pudge Brownies

NoPudgeAfter seeing Marisa over at Trim the Fat enjoy her delicious No Pudge brownie for dessert, I whipped out my own box of No Pudge that has been sitting in my pantry for months. The blogging world introduce me to No Pudge, but I never got around to baking it. I followed the direction on the box and poured 2/3 cup of non fat plain yogurt along with 1 tsp of vanilla extract (you can use 2/3 cup of non fat vanilla too). At first, I thought there would  be no way that 2/3 cup of yogurt is enough moisture to make the mix turn into a batter. I followed through and kept on stirring and stirring. Eventually, the mixture DID mix and the batter became really thick and “fudgey”. I poured the mix into a pan that I sprayed with non-stick spray and  baked for 35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the No Pudge baked, I basically “cleaned” the bowl by scraping every bit of the chocolaty batter into my mouth.  The batter was FREAKING amazing. OMG. So chocolaty and good. At this point, I was super excited to try the baked goods. I couldn’t help it, fresh out of the oven, I ate 3 pieces. No Pudge really lives up to it’s standards for being just as delicious as full fat brownies. I could not tell that these  are fat free and a fraction of the calories as regular brownies.  The center pieces are moist and chocolaty. The sides are a little harder and chewy. Can’t wait to try these with ice cream. You can make single servings with No Pudge by adding 2 tablespoon of mix with 1 tablespoon of yogurt and microwave for 1 minute. Since I love the batter just much as the baked brownies, I can’t wait to try it out the single serving way with my next batch. I heard baking single serving in a ramekin renders good results too.  One should really follow the directions and tips on the box. I tried to wing it and cut the brownie sheet without cooling it in the fridge and without running water on the knife after each cut and I end up butchering my brownie pieces. T_T My brownie squares turned out uneven because brownie were sticky and stuck to my knife. In pieces, but still delicious. Fresh out of the oven, I found it easier to cut. After cooling at room temperature, I’d suggest you follow the directions on the box. No Pudge offers flavors such as Cappuccino, Raspberry, Mint and Original. Trader Joe’s only offers the original flavor and I am content with that. Love that Trader Joe’s sells them for way cheaper than other grocery stores. I’ve seen them go for $4-$5+ bucks elsewhere. One serving (1/12 package) is 120 calories, 2 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 100 milligram of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Retails: $2.89 @ Trader Joes
My Cost: $2.89
Calories: 120 per serving (1/12 of box)
WW: 2

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Musselman’s Healthy Picks Applesauce

Healthy Picks Group ImageAs a child growing up, I was never a huge fan of applesauce. When I hear applesauce, my mind drifts back to the memories of hairnet-wearing lunch ladies scooping the mushy glob onto my flimsy plastic plate (whether I like it or not). It was the school’s way of getting fruits into our diet. To make matters worst, the applesauce wasn’t even cold after sitting in out for god-knows-how-long. Can you say scarred for life? As I grew older, although I do not enjoy applesauce by itself, I have enjoyed the wonders of how it makes my baked goods moist and delicious without having to add oil and butter. The kind people over at Musselman sent me a Christmas type package, with red confetti and all,  that contained their newest Healthy Picks line of applesauce. The three flavors include: Key Lime Cupuacu, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Raspberry Acai.

Here are some of the great benefits of tossing a cup of this new apple sauce into your purse or gym bag:

  • It’s made with antioxidant-rich super fruits.
  • It’s a good source of fiber, calcium and vitamin C.
  • It has no added sugar.
  • It has no artificial colors or flavors.
  • It’s great on the go since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated

Since I do have bad memories of eating applesauce, aside from baking with them, I stick some in the freezer to make a slushy treat, leave it in the freezer for longer and you have yourself an“applesauce popsicle” in a cup. Lovely in baked goods and delicious as a frozen treat. One 4 oz cup is only 70 calories, 2 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 10 milligram of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 10 to 11 grams of sugar and no protein. Check out Musselman’s website for an awesome coupon.

Retails: MSRP $1.99
My Cost: Free
Calories: 70 per 4 oz cup
WW: 1

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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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Better Whey of Life Non-fat Yogurt

Better%20Whey%20Of%20LifeBetter Whey of Life is such a cute name for this product! The play on words is cute. Better Whey of life offers 5 flavors, plain, peach mango, french vanilla, acai mix berry, and strawberry banana. All of them are enhanced with whey protein, contains 30% less sugar than regular yogurts, contains FIBER, probiotics, and made with nonfat milk w/ no added growth hormones. I had the pleasure of trying out 2 of the flavors.

French Vanilla: Since this is a non-Greek yogurt, I expected it to be watery and runny. I was pleasantly surprised that it was thicker than I expected, but not as thick as normal Greek yogurt. The vanilla flavor tasted natural, which I like, and the yogurt has a tart and tangy taste. One 6 oz cup is 145 calories, 2 WW, 0.5 grams of fat, 5 milligram of cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein. The protein content in here is 3x as much as normal yogurts, but about the same  as Greek yogurt. Compared to traditional sugary yogurts, Better Whey of Life has 2/3 the amount of sugar which is a plus by my standards, but some may complain that the yogurt taste too tart. Fiber in yogurt is rare to comeby so kudos to them!!

Strawberry Banana: Taste like a tart and tangy strawberry banana smoothie. I ate this on top of a Kashi blueberry waffle along with some frozen fruits. It was a very delicious and filling breakfast that lasted me a good couple of hours. Taste great by itself so I can only imagine how great and filling it would be if I incorporate this in a smoothie or freeze and make my own fro-yo. The nutritional facts are pretty much the same for all the flavored varieties. The plain variety has a little less sugar and calories and a little higher in the protein department.

I think Better Whey of Life is a great way to incorporate protein in your diet if it is lacking. I can see myself eating this post workout to help build my lean muscles instead of busting out the blender to make a protein shake since it is a pain to clean. As a breakfast item, mixed with high fiber cereal and fruits galore or on top of a Kashi waffle with fruits, it keeps me full for a long time. Great staying power. Love the high protein, fiber, and less sugar content of Better Whey of Life yogurts. My only complaint is that the expiration date on the cups smudge and wipes of very easily. One of the yogurts I picked up had the expiration date rubbed off completely and my other one had a partial rub off, but I could see it expires in June, so it was safe to eat. Plus, I got this at Whole Foods which I trust whole-heartily. Check out their website for $2.00 off 3 coupon. With the coupon, it comes out to be around $1.00 per 6 oz cup which is not too shabby if you want to try it out. If you find that the taste is too tart for you, don’t let a good thing go to waste, dump it into a blender with some naturally sweet fruits and make yourself a protein packed smoothie.

Retails: $1.69 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free w/ Coupon
Calories: 130 to 145 per 6 oz cup
WW: 2

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Celestial Seasonings: Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride

10664A_CelestialSeasBCelestial Seasoning teas are on sale at Longs Drugs this week (2/27 to 3/5) for $1.99. I think Walmart has some Celestial Seasoning teas for $1.98 all the time, but at my Longs Drugs STILL has lots of Holiday Teas left. Not on clearance or anything, just tucked away at a corner collecting dust. Trying my luck, the Holiday Teas were included in the sale and they rang up to be $1.99 a box. I wanted to try this tea out for a long time. These got high marks from the peeps at IATEAPIE and judging from Jamie’s stash, these must be really good. Very light on the palate. Smells really nice, not as good as a real batch of sugar cookies fresh from the oven, but I can see the connection. I know a lot of you are huge fans of this tea, but I’m not head-over-heals for it. Taste slightly better with milk added. I guess I am not a fan of “dessert teas.”

Retails: $3.49 at Longs Drugs Store
My Cost: $0.99 on sale plus coupon
Calories: 0
WW: 0

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Souffles

02-26-09_1912Mmmm…. Chocolate Souffle. I was feeling a little bleh today so I went treasure hunting inside my freezer. I found this Trader Joe’s Chocolate Souffle. Yummy. It is ready to bake and comes with its own ramekin. I popped in the oven for 20 minutes and out came a VERY DELICIOUS treat. All puffy, chocolaty, and yummy. I like how the texture came out. Soft in the middle, with melted chocolate goodness in the top middle, and a slightly harden top. Absolutely divine. Each souffle is 270 calories, 6 WW, 16 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of sugar. Not the most healthiest thing around, but it was really good. I like how I know exactly the damage I am doing, unlike ordering dessert from a restaurant and having to guesstimate the calories. Overall, this is a nice treat once in a while and there is only 2 in a box, so it goes away pretty fast.

Retails: $4.99 at Trader Joes (box of 2)
My Cost: 4.99
Calories: 270 calories each
WW: 6

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