Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Yoplait Lemon Cream Pie Yogurt


As I said last few weeks, I've recently tried a bunch of the 110 calories or less dessert flavors Yoplait offers. Another flavor that I've enjoyed it is the Lemon Cream Pie flavor. As I found with the the key lime pie flavor, the smooth and creamy texture really adds to the experience. It is like eating spoonfuls of pie filling or a sweet variety of lemon churd. Like the others this flavor has 20% of your daily requirement of calcium and vitamin D in the 6 oz tub. It really does taste like dessert and makes a great after dinner snack.

Click here for a $1 off coupon for the yogurt.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Reader Contest: Progresso Broth


Three people can win the above prize! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe using chicken broth is and your email address so I can contact you if you win. You have until Monday at noon to enter!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


As I said last week, I've recently tried a bunch of the 110 calories or less dessert flavors Yoplait offers (Click here for a $1 off coupon for the yogurt.)and they are all pretty good. I think my next favorite is the pineapple upside down cake. While it certainly has a very different texture than an actual pineapple upside down cake it really tastes like the real thing. Like the others this flavor has 20% of your daily requirement of calcium and vitamin D in the 6 oz tub. This flavor has only 110 calories which make it the perfect choice for a light breakfast or snack. This flavor, like the apple turnover isn't completely smooth, it has little chunks of pineapple spread through out. They provided a nice texture contrast and bursts of pineapple flavor. Unlike the apple turnover, the cake flavor wasn't as pronounced but the pineapple flavor was clear and tasty so I didn't mind.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Healthy Snacking

Lately I've been getting a lot of requests for healthy snack ideas. While you can buy those 100 calorie packs (or just pay attention to lables and serving sizes) of snack foods but there are other options that might be healthier and tastier!
Homemade hummus

A stalk of celery+1 tablespoon peanut butter is about 100 calories
A 1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds is 75 calories.
1/2 cup of sorbet is about 100 calories or less
2 cups of cubed watermelon is about 85 calories
1 cup of blueberries is 90 calories
2 large plums are about 90 calories
Campbell's Soup at Hand chicken noodle is only 80 calories
1/4 cup of Craisins are about 100 calories
3 cups of air popped popcorn is about 90 calories
2 large (dill) pickles are only 25 calories
hummus and a small pita is about 100 calories




Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Yoplait Light Apple Turnover


As I said last week, I've recently tried a bunch of the 110 calories or less dessert flavors Yoplait offers (Click here for a $1 off coupon for the yogurt.)and they are all pretty good. I think my second favorite is the apple turnover. My husband tried it as well and it is his top favorite out of the line up. While it certainly has a very different texture than an actual apple turnover (and a completely different nutritional makeup, like the others this flavor has 20% of your daily requirement of calcium and vitamin D in the 6 oz tub) it tastes freakishly like an apple turnover. There are small chunks of apple throughout but they are not soggy or gross like some fruit-in yogurt varieties, they are hardly noticeable but for the bits of apple flavor they add. There is also a very definite but subtle taste of crust in the yogurt. I don't know how they do it, but it works. I think this flavor is one of the better ones to have as a snack, the apple flavor is distinctive (I don't know if I have ever had apple yogurt before) and oddly filling. A nice change from the more common strawberry or blueberry.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Kraft Recipe Assistant



Kraft has recently launched a pretty cool tool for home cooks. It is a widget that you can embed in your Facebook, MySpace or other social networking page so you can access your recipes from any computer. The best part is that while it is easy to include Kraft recipes and they have a recipe of the day feature, you can also use it to organize any recipe from any source. For example you could upload a family recipe or add one from your favorite food blog to your personal online recipe box. You can then organize, print, rate, and create shopping lists from your recipes. I find it pretty handy because I am constantly coming across recipes I want to save for later but they normally get lost in the shuffle when I simply bookmark them. I also like sorting them into categories like "quick" or "slow cooker".

Friday, January 09, 2009

Pretzel Rolls

Is anyone else obsessed with pretzel rolls? My mom goes all the way to PA periodically just to pick up a bunch of pretzel rolls made by Smitties Pretzels. They are amazing, not to dense and have a pretzel-y taste. I wish we could find some closer than Isaac's Deli in Hershey. Anyone have an alternative supplier?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Key Lime Pie Yoplait Yogurt


Recently I've tried a whole slew of the new(ish) 110 calories or less dessert flavors Yoplait offers. The idea behind them is that rather than having the actual dessert you can substitute a the yogurt version. This works with varying success. The Key Lime Pie flavor works the best, since the pie is creamy and the yogurt is, of course, creamy it is almost like you are eating Key Lime Pie filling with a spoon. It is sweet but not overly so and has a realistic lime flavor. It made a great sweet snack and warded off hunger more than say a piece of candy would. It is fat-free but has a remarkably creamy mouthfeel that really helps sells the Key Lime Pie aspect. I also like that it has 20% of your daily requirement of calcium and vitamin D in the 6 oz tub. 6 oz is the perfect size for me, a lot of other brands come in 8 or 10 oz sizes and that is just too much yogurt for me to eat in one sitting, especially if I am not trying to use it to replace an entire meal.

As a side note, I wish they were made with 100% real sugar though, sometimes artificial sweeteners give me a bit of a headache, especially if I say, ate more than one yogurt in a day. Perhaps one day they will use agave or stevia? However, the artificial sweetener taste isn't to strong in most of the flavors so it isn't as big of an issue as it is in say, diet Coke.

Click here for a $1 off coupon for the yogurt.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Friday, January 02, 2009

'60s Night

Each year on New Year's Eve we have a night devoted to a different decade. First was '80s night and we watched '80s movies and made pesto pizza and poke cake. Last year was '70s movies, fondue and California rolls. This year it was the '60s which was great because a lot of party food came into existance during that time. The rule is that the food had to have been introduced or invented during in the decade we are celebrating. Look for the recipes I created over at Coconut & Lime over the next couple of weeks!