Archive for January, 2009

100 calorie Twinkies

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Twinkie Bites

Twinkie Bites

Hostess continues to add to its popular 100 calorie pack line with Twinkie Bites, which taste like, well, Twinkies. Each pack (totally 1.2 ounce) includes three golden sponge cakes with the famous creamy filling. They’re moist and so rich that you could open a pack, set it on your desk at work and enjoy one every hour or so. They pack a lot of flavor into the little round cakes. Speaking of round, I’m not sure why Hostess didn’t make the Twinkie Bites in the classic long Twinkie shape, but it’s not at all disconcerting and doesn’t hurt the taste, either.

Other cakes in the Hostess 100 calorie pack line include: Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cakes (my favorite) and Carrot Cake as well as Banana Muffins, Blueberry Muffins, Chocolate Cupcakes, Golden Cakes and Strawberry Cupcakes.

100 calorie pack Craisins

Monday, January 26th, 2009
Craisins

Craisins

Mmmm… Craisins. My husband is addicted to these things. Even thought they’re sweetened, they’re a little on the tart side for me, these dried cranberries that are shriveled like raisins. He puts them on his oatmeal. They’re a popular snack at my kid’s preschool. And now they’re available in 100 calorie packs. Perfectly portioned, these 100 calorie packs of Craisins are great for a zingy treat on the go.

Progresso chicken dumpling soup 100 calories per serving

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Progresso Chicken & Dumplings

Progresso Chicken & Dumplings

You wouldn’t want to have just 100 calories for lunch (that wouldn’t be healthy), but you’d be off to a good start with Progress Traditional Chicken & Herb Dumplings soup. The can touts that it’s 100 calories per serving, as are several Progresso soup products. Each can contains about two servings. Heat up the soup and add a couple of sides (maybe fruit and half and sandwich) and you’ve refueled until dinner! I’ve had this soup many times and it’s delicious. You don’t add water. The chicken is tender and tasty, the carrots and celery are in generous chunks and the dumplings are, of course, the best part.

Golden Oreo Mini Cakesters

Monday, January 19th, 2009
Mini Cakesters

Mini Cakesters

When I first heard about Oreo Cakesters it was to hear several friends raving about how tasty they are. The raving was invariably followed by regret at the high calorie count. Nabisco must have been listening, because now Cakesters have been packaged in 100 Calorie Packs for those of us who lack self-control when it comes to portion control. There are three cakes in each pack. Cakesters consist of two fluffy outer layers with a cake-like texture but an Oreo taste (Cakesters also come in original Oreo flavor.) It becomes a sandwich cake thanks to Oreo cream filling in between. I split a pack of Golden Oreo Mini Cakesters with my kid and the tiny (.81 ounce total) cakes were gone too fast, but I’ll definitely be returning to the cookie aisle for these golden treats, and their chocolatey cousins.

Del Monte Lite 100 Calorie Fruit cans

Monday, January 12th, 2009
Del Monte

Del Monte

Del Monte is promoting its new 100-calorie fruit cans (as well as the concept of eating more fruits and vegetable) with its newsletter The Dish. Even better, Del Monte is giving away a free can of 100 calorie fruit to the first 50,000 newsletter subscribers who respond. Del Monte Lite 100 calorie fruit includes fruit cocktail. Interestingly, a Del Monte brand is also the maker of Pup-Peroni 50-calorie dog treats.