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Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt Strawberry

The Stonyfield’s Strawberry Oikos is rich and creamy with fresh tasting strawberry jam on the bottom for a stir in. Lives up the the standards of the Oikos name. Winner all around. One of my favorite flavored Greek yogurts because the strawberry flavor is fresh and not artificial tasting at all. Thick and creamy as always. Keep these delicious flavors coming out. May I suggest pineapple for a new flavor?

One 5.3 oz cup serving is 120 calories, 2 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 190 milligram of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, no dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar and 13 grams of protein.

As some of you may know, I tend to strain my own Greek yogurt from regular plain non-fat yogurts since I find it much cheaper that way. I normally just strain the yogurt overnight in a coffee filter, but there was one time where I was away for a few days and left the yogurt in the fridge, still straining for approximately 3 days. I came home to a wonderful surprise because A LOT of liquid came out and the yogurt became  super thick — like soft cream cheese. It even had a faint cream cheese taste to it too and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. Did I just make yogurt cheese by accident? I have been enjoying my yogurt a lot that way lately. Curiosity struck me and I wondered what would happened if I strain Greek yogurt instead. Will any liquid come out since Greek yogurt is already strained?

I did exactly that and strain 1 container (5.3 oz) of strawberry Oikos overnight in a coffee filter. Only a little bit of liquid came out and it was not as thick as I had hoped. Next time I might consider straining it for a few days. Will I get instant strawberry “cheesecake” that way?

I had hoped for instant strawberry “cheesecake”, but that was not what I got, just a slightly thicker version of strawberry Oikos, but it was much tarter than usual. I wanted cheesecake and I wanted it BAD so I made my own version with what I had lying around the house. A packet of stevia, some fat-free cream cheese, a bag of Annie’s Bunny Grahams plus some strained strawberry Oikos = some delicious strawberry cheesecake tarts. The stevia compensates for the tartness of the strained yogurt, the fat-free cream cheese compensates for actual “cheese taste” in cream cheese, and I picked Annie’s Bunny Grahams because it taste good and does not have trans fat like most other graham crackers on the market.

Lazy Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe:

– 1 container (5.3 oz) Strawberry Oikos
–  4 tablespoon of Fat Free Cream Cheese
–  1 bag (28g) of Annie Bunny Grahams
– 1 packet of Stevia (or any sweetener of your choice)
–  Optional: Garnish with slices of fresh strawberries

Directions: Strap a coffee filter over a large mug with a rubber band. Empty Contents into the coffee filter. Cover the mug with saran wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Next day, mix in 4 tablespoon of room temperature fat-free cream cheese with the strained strawberry Oikos and the packet of stevia until evenly blended.

For the crust, pulverize the Annie’s Bunnie Grahams in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. A of can soup or a jar of salsa will work if you do not have a rolling pin. Split the “crust dust” into 2 silicone bake cups and smooth it out. Next, split the cream cheese and strawberry Oikos mixture into the two cups as well.

Freeze for a hour. Remove from silicone cup and place them on a pretty plate. Garish with 1/2 a slice of fresh strawberry on each if desire when ready to serve. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes for a slightly less frozen texture.

Recipe makes two servings and is approximately 145 calories per serving.

Calorie Breakdown:
1 Strawberry Oikos Strained: approx 110 calories or less
1 bag (28g) of Annie’s Bunny Grahams : 120 calories
4 tablespoon fat-free cream cheese: 60 calories
1 packet Stevia: 0 calories
1 Medium Strawberry (optional): 4 calories

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Retails: $1.99 per 5.3 oz cup @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (w/ coupon from Stonyfield representative)
Calories: 110 per 5.3 oz cup
WW: 2

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Yummy Earth Lollipops

Picture 302Yes, I am still rocking my lovely stash of Halloween candy. Well, technically, these are not leftover Halloween candy because I got them post Halloween. They were on sale at Whole Foods for only $2.99 since Halloween was over and no body wants to keep Halloween marked items on their shelves. The same bag of 60 lollipops (with regular packaging) was still selling for the full price of $6.69. Never one to pass up a good deal, I grabbed a bag. I remember I tried Yummy Earth Lollipops before and I liked them enough to repurchase. Last time I was only able to try 3 flavors so I was quite excited to get the full spectrum of their fruit lollipops this time.

One thing I dislike about the Yummy Earth Lollipops is that they do not have an even distribution of their flavors. No tooberry blueberry, strawberry smash  and only one sour apple tart (which happen to be my favorite). My bag was dominated by googly grape, very very cherry, and wet face watermelon (so much for getting the “full spectrum” of their flavors).  Good to know (via amazon) that Yummy Earth knows about this situation and is coming out with a more even distribution soon. (Well, at least for their 5 lb bags and 150 count bins).

Mango Tango: Interesting mix of clear orange and solid yellow color– like a tied-dyed t-shirt. Sour and tangy. Faintly resembles mango flavor. More “tango” than mango.

Very Very Cherry: Delicious cherry flavor with no medicinal aftertaste like some other cherry flavor candies

TooBerry Blueberry: None  in the bag for me.

Wet-Face Watermelon: A little bit sour. The watermelon flavor needs a little bit more refining, but still good. The flavor tasted the most “artificial” of the bunch.

Googly Grape: Good ‘ol grape flavor. Like they turned a glass of grape juice into a lollipop form.

Sour Apple Tart: I like the taste of sweet and tart together. At first, I mistake the flavor to be pear. Very refreshing. My favorite flavor in the bag!

Pomegranate Pucker: Not POM Wonderful tasting pomegranate flavor, but will suffice. Among the more tart tasting flavor, but still delicious.

Smash Strawberry: Sadly, my bag had none.

As always, Yummy Earth Lollipops are Gluten-free, Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, No Artificial Dyes, No Chemicals, 100% Natural Flavors, GMO-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Casein-free, No Corn Syrup and made with real fruit juices. Great for kids (and adults) who have very specific dietary needs. Great portion control since each sucker is the size of an inflated quarter and only about 23 calories each. Colored with real fruit juices. Cute names that your kids will surely be fond of.

From the site (under where to buy): “We are also big fans of Trader Joe’s Organic Pops and Drops and we suggest you try some if you live near a Trader Joe’s store! Are you hinting something to us? If you are, we hear you loud and clear! *wink wink*

One serving (3 lollipops) is 70 calories, 1 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, 17 grams of sugar, no protein.

Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Non GMO Citric Acid, Organic & Natural Flavors (May contain Watermelon, Pomegranate, Orange Oils, Lemon Oils, Raspberry, Mango), Organic & Natural Colors, (may contain Red Cabbage, Purple Carrots, Turmeric, Annatto).

Retails: $6.69 per 60 pcs bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost:  on sale $2.99 (post Halloween)
Calories: 70 calories per 3 lollipops ( or 23 calories each)
WW: 1

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Amy’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup (light in sodium)

Picture 314Amy’s Kitchen offer wholesome products that meets even the strictest of diets and they taste just like homemade. No wonder Amy’s Kitchen products are so popular in the blogging community. The Amy’s Organic Soup in Lentil Vegetable (light in sodium) is my first can soup from Amy’s and it did not disappoint. The whole can serves 2 with roughly 160 calories, 8 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per 1 cup serving. Gotta love the stats, right? I love how Amy’s offers a whole line of “light in sodium” options because frozen meals and can soups can be really high in the sodium department. This soup is only 340 milligram of sodium versus 680 milligram is the regular lentil vegetable soup version.

The soup is “ready to serve” so all you have to do it heat it up. I popped the can open and poured the contents into a pot. It heated up very fast, within 5 minutes on my stove. I gave it a couple of good stirs during the reheating process to make sure it heated up evenly and thoroughly.

The lentil vegetable soup looks EXACTLY like the picture on the can. I love it when you get what you buy. No deception, unless you count the spring of parsley on top. The soup is chalk-full of wholesome ingredients.  Not counting the olive oil, sea salt, balsamic vinegar and spices, I could identify each and every item on the ingredients list visually. No mystery ingredients. The soup is very hearty and not watered down. I would say it is 80% ingredients and 20% liquid. Tasted delicious! Not missing the 50% of sodium either. The soup looked and tasted homemade. Soup is perfect for the colder weather we are experiencing now. One cup of soup is hardly considered a meal so I poured the coup over some spaghetti squash and topped it with few slices of avocado. Delicious and filling meal. This is definitely a soup I would want to recreate at home.

On the Can:
Amy’s Kitchen was started when out daughter Amy was born in 1987. We are a family business deeply committed to producing vegetarian natural and organic prepared foods that taste homemade.

This delicious soup is full of vegetables including organic green beans, tomatoes and spinach in a hearty, flavorful lentil base.

One serving of 1 cup (254 g) is 160 calories, 2 WW, 4 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 340 milligram of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

Ingredients (Vegan): Filtered water, Organic Onions, Organic Lentils, Organic Carrots, Organic Celery, Organic Potatoes, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Spinach, Organic Green Beans, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Spices*, Organic Black Pepper.

*100% pure herb and spices (no hidden ingredients)

When I say Amy’s Kitchen offers wholesome products that meets even the strictest diets, I was not kidding. Did you know that Amy’s Kitchen has diet plans on their website with an extensive shopping list and 14 days of your meals all planned out? Gluten-free and Vegan diet plans are all up there too!! Calories and breakdown of the nutrition for each day are included. (pdf files available on their site) Glancing at the plans, they are roughly 1,500-calories or 1,800-calories with breakfast, lunch, dinner and 1 to 2 snacks between the meals. Pretty high in the sodium department since most of Amy’s Kitchen foods are either frozen, canned or jarred, but maybe you can buy the light in sodium version of things to knock it down the sodium to an acceptable level. Good for people who like to follow plans and are absolutely clueless as to where to start  because Amy’s Kitchen diet plan even suggest that the plan is only temporary to get people use to smaller portions, incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies and later on entering a stage of whole foods as their regular diet. Good first step for those who want weight-loss or dabble in a gluten-free or vegan diet.

**Of course, those are only my personal opinions and since I am not a dietitian or nutritionist, don’t take my word for it and be sure to consult with your doctor or nutritionist before starting any diet plan. **

Retails: $2.89 per can @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (w/ coupon from Amy’s Kitchen)
Calories: 160 per cup
WW: 3

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Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bar Flax Plus Pumpkin

NP-Bar6-Flax_US-RGBNature’s Path Organic Granola Bars Flax Plus in Pumpkin is just as delicious as it sounds. I was excited to receive them as a part of the  package Leah from Leftovers for Lunch sent over. Visually, the bar looks pretty big, but it is a mere 40 grams.  Mainly composed of rolled oats plus big “rice krispies” all glued together with syrup, but it was delicious. Whole pumpkin seeds, mild pumpkin spice, dashes of cinnamon, the flavors are a bit bland but the bar does taste like Fall. The textures are wonderful. Nice and chewy, with rolled oats, but could use a little more PUMPKIN flavors. You won’t be getting a “pumpkin pie” feeling from eating this. Compared to the Kashi Pumpkin Pie granola bars, I like these a lot more. They seem more wholesome with the whole pumpkin seeds and whole flax seeds. The bar itself looks exactly the way the picture on the box depicts, stringy sugar strands and all. Although it has 11 grams of sugar, it does not taste as sweet as I had thought. The bars are all organic, 0 grams of trans fat, wheat free and low in sodium plus 15 grams of whole grains too. After you finish the bar, it does not leave you with an empty feeling.  Go Pumpkin!


Each bar is 160 calories, 2 WW, 4.5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 90 milligram of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Organic tapioca syrup, organic rolled oats, organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pumpkin seeds (organic pumpkin seeds, salt), organic invert cane syrup, organic flax seeds, organic soy oil, organic acacia gum, sea salt, organic spices, organic molasses, organic bran extract.

Retails: $3.33 per box of 5 @ Amazon
My Cost: Free (won Leftovers for Lunch giveaway)
Calories: 160 each bar

WW: 3

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LightLife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips Fakin’ Bacon

Picture 090LightLife offers so many vegetarian products it make your life so much more complicated on deciding that items to try. If you shop at Whole Foods and health stores regularly, it is inevitable that you have seen at least one of their many products. They have your breakfast (Smart Breakfast line), your lunch sandwiches (Smart Deli line) and your barbeque events (Smart Dogs, Smart Wings, & Light Burger lines) covered. LightLife even has Heat ‘n Eat Chili, Frozen Entrees and Tempeh as a part of their ever expanding collection of products.  All their products are meatless and vegetarian friendly.

My vegetarian pick from the wall happen to be their Organic Smoky Temeph Strips because I am on a tempeh kick lately. My first encounter with tempeh was at a contemporary microbiotic restaurant. They served triangular pieces of tempeh on my summer salad and I adore tempeh ever since. The texture of tempeh reminds me of natto beans all stuck together, only the beans are much smaller in this case.

Tempeh usually comes in a big block, but these Fakin’ Bacon are in long, much thinner strips, in the shape of bacon of course. The vacuum seal encase the tempeh along with a little bit of smoky juice. Reminisce bacon in terms of shape and the hickory smoky flavor. I don’t even have to chop it with a knife and these break apart easily for me to incorporate “bacon bits” on top of my salad. It is full of flavor and delicious. Any vegetarian craving for a BLT? Get some fakin’ bacon. As much as I like the taste and the good amount of fiber and protein content in this product, I might have to stick with the unflavored ones and marinate them myself (or enjoy these not as frequently as I had hoped). The “unflavored” tempeh seem to have a lot less sodium 10 milligram vs the 470 milligram in the Fakin’ Bacon.

Are you on a special diet? Kosher? Vegan? Organic only? Lightlife does a great job catering to people with special diets. Click here to choose your preference and the whole list of product that fits your requirement will shows up. No more guessing and reading the back of every product to find something right for you. How cool is that?

One serving of 28 grams is 100 calories, 1 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 470 milligram of sodium, 135 milligram of potassium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.


The original tempeh “bacon”, Fakin’ Bacon puts the “B” back into BLT’s. It is also great crumbled on a salad or baked.

Ingredients:

ORGANIC SOY TEMPEH (CULTURED ORGANIC SOYBEANS, WATER, ORGANIC BROWN RICE), WATER, ORGANIC SOY SAUCE (WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, ORGANIC WHEAT, SALT), ORGANIC VINEGAR, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, LESS THAN 2% OF: SPICES, BEET POWDER, ORGANIC ONION POWDER, SALT, NATURAL HICKORY FLAVOR, YEAST EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID (FROM PLANT SOURCES).


Retails: $3.69 per 6 oz package @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free w/ coupon
Calories: 100 per 3 slices (57g)
WW: 1

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Mary’s Stick & Twigs Curry Flavor

Picture 071After trying Mary’s Gone Crackers in the Original flavor, I’ve been trying to hunt down the Sticks and Twigs for a while. Luckily, I spotted all three of the Stick and Twigs flavor at a random Whole Foods I just happened to popped into. Of the three flavors, Sea Salt, Curry, and Chipotle Tomato, I picked the most interesting flavor — curry. Not many snacks are curry flavor and I was intrigued. I guess this is a new version of their Sticks & Twigs because it says that it now contains CHIA SEEDS. Awesome! As with all of Mary’s Gone Cracker products, they are organic, wheat-free, gluten-free, kosher, vegan & dairy free and made with whole grains you can see.

When you open the bag, you can definably smell the curry flavor. The stick & twigs come in long and short sizes and are hollow in the middle. Not as thick as the cracker form so it is easier to bite and chew. Hard and crunchy. A little on the salty side, or is it the curry flavor that is giving me a salty sensation? I like these better than the crackers actually. The curry flavor is interesting. Smells stronger than it taste, but at times, you get a twig that is like WOW — CURRY. The more I eat them, the more I like it. Delicious, but I am up for trying the Sea Salt and Chitpotle Tomato flavor as well. Like with the crackers, the sticks & twigs has visible seeds sand grains all over. Imagine these twigs like a Mary’s Gone crackers rolled up, leaving the center hallow, but not as thick. Love the simple and awesome ingredients in the toss: Brown Rice, flax seed, sesame seed, amaranth, millet, whole quinoa, whole red quinoa, and chia seeds. One serving (30g) is 150 calories, 3 WW, 5 grams of fat (o.5 gram saturated, 2.5 grams PUFA & 1.5 grams MUFA), no cholesterol, 190 milligram of sodium, 170 milligram of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, no sugar and 4 grams of protein. Now that is the kind of snack I don’t mind keeping around the house. I like to toss a few twigs in my salads to get a little crunch factor going on too. Mary’s Gone Crackers tweets too! Follow them @GoneCrackers.


Retails: $3.99 per 8 oz bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $3.99
Calories: 150 per ounce
WW: 3

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Wildwood Organics Royal Thai Baked Sproutofu

IMG_0614Wildwood Organics Royal Thai Baked tofu is similar to the smoked tofu in terms of texture. They both have the water pressed out of it and are already flavored and the tofu is dense and chewy. The Royal Thai Baked Sproutofu is a combination of flavors such as lemon grass, ginger, cilantro, and red peppers.  The package is vacuumed sealed and comes with 2 ready-to-eat servings. Again, the 3 ounce looks pretty small, but with all the water pressed out, these dense tofu blocks are packed with 15 grams of protein and are really filling. Eat with your stomach and not with your eyes and you will be really happy with this product. Since I feel like my meal is small when I enjoy these tofu blocks, I like to incorporate lots and lots of vegetables to my meal to make it seem like my meal is bigger. With this Thai flavor, it works excellent for homemade Thai dishes. Following a Thai theme, I whipped up a Peanut Butter Boy sauce and dipped the tofu in it. Now THAT was delicious. In the future, I can see myself using this to make tofu pad thai and tofu kabobs. You really can’t go wrong with Wildwood Organic sproutofu line — just pick a flavor you enjoy. I enjoy both the smoked and baked varieties equally. Many flavors to choose from: Baked Aloha, Savory Baked, and Teriyaki Baked. One serving of 3 ounce is 150 calories, 3 WW, 5 grams of fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 290 milligram of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 15 grams of protein.


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Retails: $3.99 per 6 oz package @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 150 per 3 ounce
WW: 3

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