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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps

Marisa from Trim the Fat always features these as a part of her snacks and now she even has them as a part of her Blogoversary giveaway. I was not the lucky winner, but that did not stop me from trying them out.  From the box, you can already tell that these are chocolate crisps similar to the shape of Pringles. I was expecting chocolate crisps the size of Pringles so I was slightly disappointed that they are a mini version — about 1/2 the size of a regular Pringle chip. The taste reminds me like Nestle Crunch bars, except much thinner. There are “crisps” in it just like in Nestle Crunch. Of course, I am assuming that the closer version will be the Milk Chocolate variety of these chocolate crisps. Half a serving of 6 pieces is a nice little treat already and only 110 calories worth in chocolate. Small portioned chocolate makes me happy. Thin chocolate is surprisingly very enjoyable.

Perfectly segregated into 3 sections with 12 piece in each little cabby. I have trouble remembering which side faces up and chocolate ends up on the floor. I may or may not have practiced the 5 second rule. Only 3 serving per box so these go pretty fast if you are not the only one eating these. My box was attacked by a hungry beast and did not stand a chance.

No artificial color or flavors and no preservatives.

On the box:
We’ve got a delectable sweet treat. Our dark Chocolate Crisps are wisp of rich, Belgian chocolate, curved for visual interest, and infused with crunchy bits to add some texture. These Crisps are definitely in!

One serving is of 12 pieces (42g) is 220 calories, 5 WW, 13 grams of fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecitin, natural vanilla flavor) Puffed Rice (rice flour, sugar, barley malt extract, salt, calcium carbonate, rapeseed oil, soy lecithin) Cocoa Solids 57% minimum.

Retails: $2.49 per 4.4 oz @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.49
Calories: 210 per serving (12 pieces)
WW: 5

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Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers

Kashi7GrainChecking back to my previous posts, it has been about 11 months since I had my first ever box of Kashi TLC crackers which was the Fire Roasted Vegetable. I almost forgot how much I loved the Kashi TLC crackers. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kashi and have been trying out numerous of their products this past year, but I seem to have neglected my all time favorite “soup cracker.” If you have not notice, soup season is officially on. Drinking soup for a meal is often too light for me, so I like a piping bowl of soup with a side of satisfying crackers. No more saltines or oyster crackers for me since I discovered Kashi TLC crackers. This time, I picked up the Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain. The crackers are nice little rectangles, which are dense and packed with whole grains. At times, there are some hard pieces of gain in there too. Delicious and hearty without all the fancy flavors, just a pure taste of the mix of whole grains. The small surface area of these crackers does not give much room for toppings, but Kashi has “party size” crackers for those occasions. These small size TLC are great to enjoy along with some soup or dip into hummus, salsa or guacamole. I know you can get it much cheaper when they are on sale at grocery store, but my trusty Trader Joe’s always carries them at a low everyday price of $2.79.

No Hydrogenated Oils ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural

Other Kashi TLC crackers to consider are: Country Cheddar, Fire Roasted Vegetable, Honey Sesame and Toasted Asiago.

One serving of 30 grams (about 15 crackers) is 130 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 160 milligram of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Original 7 Grain TLC crackers have heavenly taste you can feel good about, because they’re full of whole grain goodness with zero grams of the trans and saturated fat you don’t want. Original 7 Grain TLC crackers are our wholesome combination of oats, hard red winter wheat, rye, long grain brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat, and sesame seeds. We think you’ll love our tasty little crackers.

Retails: $2.79 per 9 oz box @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.79
Calories: 130 per serving (30 grams)
WW: 2

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Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Rice Cakes

Picture 149Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Rice Cakes are by no means filling or anything substantial, but I do like them because they are low calories and a little something crunchy to munch on. Only 35 calories per rice cake and provides a airy, crunchy base for you to snack off of. They are lightly salted. Usually I add peanut butter and thinly sliced apples on top for a nice afternoon snack or when I am in the mood for something lighter, I use Greek yogurt instead of peanut butter. The rice cakes can hold you toppings while you take a bite into it, but I did notice they started to crumble on me after my first bite. I think it might be because I abused this bag a little too much when carrying it home in my grocery bag. Good thing I eat off of a plate or else it would be quite messy. One serving of 2 cakes (20g) is 70 calories, 1 WW, 0.5 gram of fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, sea salt. Two simple ingredients. How perfect is that. Love the no sugar part too. Some rice cakes on the market has fancy flavors like apple cinnamon, caramel drizzle, and stuff like that. I like my rice cakes much more simpler. The package is clear with blue writings all over. Inside you will find 2 separate plastic bags of 7 rice cakes each. Keeps the whole package from going stale on you.


Retails: $1.29 per 5 oz bag @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.29
Calories: 70 per 2 cakes (20g)
WW: 1

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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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Trader Joe’s Wheat Pizza Dough

IMG_0563What’s a bloggette to do when the pizza craving strikes? Make a homemade pizza of course. With the convenience of Trader Joe’s Wheat Pizza Dough, making healthy pizzas and calzones is as easy as ordering take-out pizza. Taking a little inspiration from Kate over at Cooking with Kate, the pizza queen, I whipped up my first batch of homemade pizza. First thing I did was separate the dough into 4 smaller chunks and wrap the portion I will not be using in saran wrap and stow it away in the freezer. They freeze really well. Following the directions of letting it stand for 20 minutes, the dough got a little bigger. I then preceded to add my ingredients. My sauce was the Trader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza sauce, with mozzarella cheese, spinach, mushrooms, shredded carrots, zucchini and a generous shake of oregano. I like to spread my pizza dough really really thin to get more surface area. If you fold the pizza dough over each other to encase the toppings, then you have yourself a nice little calzone. I thought I did a pretty good job, but I realize that after it cooks, the dough puffs up and raises a little so I could have thinned out the dough even more. All-in-all, my pizza creation was delicious and so simple with pre-made pizza dough. The pizza came out thicker than I had hoped, but the pizza had really good texture. Very chewy and with my topping and seasoning, it was not bland at all. A little high in the sodium department, but I don’t make pizza often so these are nice to hand on hand in the freezer.

Simple ingredients: unbleached wheat flour, whole wheat flour, filtered water, canola olive oil blend, sea and fresh yeast. One serving of 2 ounce (1/8 of package) is 120 calories, 2 WW, 1.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 440 milligram of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, no sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Check out these simple instructions straight from the bag:
Gently remove dough from bag and place on lightly floured work surface. Let dough rest for 20 minutes, then, for best results, stretch with hand or roll out with rolling pin to 12-inch diameter. Top with your favorite toppings and bake in a preheated 450 degrees oven or BBQ grill for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese begins to boil and the bottom of crust is golden brown.Use a hot pizza stone or lightly oiled pan for optimum results. Mangia!

Retails: $1.29 @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.29
Calories: 120 per serving (1/8)
WW: 2

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Trader Joe’s Spicy Black Bean Dip

Picture 42Trader Joe’s Fat Free Spicy Black Bean Dip has become sort of a staple in my house. I used it for my “crack wraps” and it becomes so delicious. The dip is thick and smooth with a medium spicy level. The color is that of mushed black beans since the jar contains no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and no oils added. One serving is 2 tablespoon (28 grams) and only 30 calories, 0 WW, fat-free, cholesterol-free, 160 milligram of sodium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, no sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Not too shabby in the protein department considering this is only a dip. Simple ingredients list: black beans, water, tomato paste, onions, distilled vinegar (from corn), honey, salt, jalapenos, spices, and garlic. I can really taste the vinegar and jalapeno flavor in here which I love. Besides “crack wrap”, I like to use this to dip veggies too. Makes eating veggies all the more exciting and flavorful. Sort of like a low calories hummus in my opinion. Black beans instead of garbanzo beans and minus any fats like tahini. Shelf stable so I buy a few jars at a time. Of course, you have to refrigerate after opening. Very delicious and reasonably priced at only $1.69. You got to love Trader Joes.

Retails: $1.69  per 12 oz jar @ Trader Joes
My Cost: $1.69
Calories: 30 per 2 tbsp (28g)
WW: 0

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The Ginger People Ginger Chews

IMG_0595My Ginger People post continues… the third element of the package includes all the ginger chews The Ginger People has available. Lucky me, I know.

Original: Great ginger flavor with a nice spicy kick to it. Has a chewy factor that sticks to all the nitty gritty places between your teeth. Great to end your meals with — settle your stomach or just enjoy for the heck of it. Previous review here.

Hot Coffee: Great coffee candy for the times you want some coffee, but have no access to it. The coffee flavor and ginger flavor blends together well. You can taste both flavors in here. The coffee flavor is not as strong as an espresso, but it  does the trick.

Apple Spice: Such a Fall flavor. I know it is officially Fall right now, but it is too hot here for me to enjoy this flavor. Has the ginger spice in the end. My least favorite of the 4 flavors.

Peanut: Great peanut flavor, but lacks the ginger spice the original ginger chew has. I am in love with this flavor. It even has small ground peanut bits inside. When I want real ginger flavor, I’ll go for the original, but peanut flavor has a special place in my heart. Any PB addict will LOVE this candy. Highly recommend this one.

The general texture of the chews are chewy and very stretchable (if you play with your food like me). There is a faint sugar “dusting” on each chew so it come off the wrapper easily. For a more firm texture, I like to store them in the fridge (plus, harder for me to get to). The heat in my mouth softens the chew in a matter of seconds. Highly enjoyable treat after meals or on the go. The resealable, and individual packaging is very convenient.

One serving (2 pcs) is 40 calories, 1 WW, 0 to 0.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 0 to 4 milligram of sodium, 9 to 10 grams of carbohydrates, no dietary fiber, 8 to 10 grams of sugar and no protein.

Retails: $2.39 per 3 oz bag @ The Ginger People
My Cost: Free (won contest)
WW: 1

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