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Food Finds
July 18th, 2006 by Anna

It’s always very important to me to get more bang for my buck in regards to food. More food with less points. Here are some food finds I’ve discovered that helped me keep flavor high, and points low. I’ve put brand names in red to stand out easier.

Crystal Light
I’m not sure why I didn’t already have this on the Food Finds list. This stuff is awesome! Get the calcium fortified Crystal Light (I prefer Tangerine Strawberry) and you get 20% calcium in each 8-ounce serving. And only 5 calories! Go to the web site and check out some of the recipes, too! I’m going to have to try those! If you’re not trying to get your servings of calcium check out Sunrise. It’s a very smooth tasting orange flavor. FIVE CALORIES! And tons of Vitamin C!

Our Daily Muffins!
Okay, so this company found me. And I finally tried the muffins they sent me awhile back. Omigosh! They’re SO GOOD!!! This would have been fabulous when I was pregnant if for no other reason than for how healthy they are. But I kept forgetting I had them in my freezer. I have to be careful… just two points for a chocolate muffin that tastes more like a cupcake (especially when you spray butter it), this could be a red-light food if I’m not careful. Check out their site at http://www.ourdailymuffin.com/ and tell them Anna sent you!

PriaBars!
The same company that makes PowerBars makes a PriaBar. They’re loaded with all kinds of vitamins and minerals and have 25% calcium. There are a few flavors, two or three that are covered in “chocolate.” I don’t think they taste as good as candy bars, but for 2.5 points and a count towards my dairy, they’re great!

French Toast – 2 slices for 1 point!
And that includes butter and syrup! I whisk together 2 egg whites (zero points), with Splenda (zero points) and cinnamon (zero points) to taste. I soak in two slices of low point bread (I use IronKids Crustless bread) and pan fry it using just butter-flavored Pam (zero points). Then I spritz on I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spread (zero points) and 1/4 cup of Vermont Sugar Free Maple Syrup (zero points). If you add 2 slices of Jennie-O Turkey Bacon, you add a mere 1 point and have a nice satisfying breakfast!

Jell-O and Cool Whip – 0 points!
Sugar free Jell-O is just 10 calories a serving! Add that with a 15 calorie serving of Fat Free Cool Whip and you have a great zero point treat! Walmart has their own fat free dairy topping that’s cheaper than Cool Whip and has the same points.

Strawberry Pie – 2 points per slice!
Put 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1 1/2 cups of water and heat it until it thickens. Add a 4-serving package of sugar free strawberry instant Jell-O, and 4 packages of Splenda (or other sweetener). Add 3 cups of sliced strawberries (fresh that you slice yourself, or frozen that aren’t in sugar) and then pour into a ready-made reduced fat pie crust (I use Keebler’s graham cracker). Chill it for 2 or 3 hours. 2 points for 1/8th of the pie.

Fudge bar – 1 point!
Blue Bunny makes a fat free fudge bar called “Health Smart.” They also have an orange cream and raspberry cream version as well. The orange tastes just like those orange dream pops!

Cheese Quesadilla – 3 points!
This will count towards 2 of your milk product requirements, too. I use one Tia Rosa’s 98% Fat Free Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla and ‘butter’ it with ICBINB spread or Parkay’s Fat Free butter spray. Spray the pan with butter Pam and pan fry the tortilla. While it’s frying, I top with 1/4 cup of Kraft fat-free shredded cheddar and 1/4 cups Kraft fat-free shredded mozzarella. Then I add 1 diced tomato (or I cheat and top with some canned diced tomatoes or tomatoes and green chilies) and any other zero point veggies I think might taste good. I fold over the tortilla and make sure everything is good and hot inside. Very yummy! And you can even use a tablespoon of Daisy fat-free sour cream to dip it into and you don’t even add any points! This is really a huge serving, by the way. You could split it between two people.

Grilled cheese sandwich – 2 points!
Borden makes a fat free single in various cheese flavors that’s enough calcium to count as your milk product. But it’s only 30 calories so you can have 2 and still be 1 point! Put two slices between your low-fat bread (the kind that’s 1 point for 2 slices) and grill it with butter flavor Pam or ICBINB spray or spread and you have a yummy sandwich that let’s you mark off TWO milk products!

Hot chocolate – 1 point!
I actually have two suggestions for 1 point hot chocolate. Swiss Miss makes a fat-free hot chocolate mix that’s calcium fortified so you can count as a milk product. It’s very yummy but don’t make the mistake of seeing how much better it would taste with milk instead of water. You’re better off not knowing and just thinking it’s tastes perfect that way! Nestle’s also makes a fat free calcium fortified hot chocolate milk mix, but there’s is only 25 calories so you can have two for a single point and will have had two dairies on the day. The catch is that Nestle’s isn’t as good, in my humble opinion… but you could use two servings with one serving of water to thicken it up… or better yet, add it to your coffee like I do. The chocolate flavor is enough to give it a mocha taste and take the bitter out of your coffee. Yum!

Fruit spread – 0 points!
Fifty-50 is a company that specializes in products for diabetics. 50% of their profits go to diabetes research. They make a sugar free spread that’s 10 calories a serving. So use that 1/2 point per slice bread and add a few spritzes of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray and then a serving of raspberry jelly! Or grape! Or strawberry! A serving is 1 tablespoon. I usually put 1/2 tablespoon on each of two slices. If you look hard enough, you’ll find other brands of sugar free or low sugar jellies… but at least with Fifty-50, you’re also helping a good cause.


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