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It’s time for Grocery Friday!
Every Friday, I’m going to highlight a great grocery item I’ve discovered. I’m really a pretty terrible cook - I’m much better at assembling. I’m also a big snacker, so it will probably lean more in that direction as well. Basically, I don’t know how many times I’ve pulled some health/diet product off the shelf and contemplated it for ages, wondering if it was really any good or if it would taste like cardboard. I’m hoping to be able to help offer some products I’ve tried, so you at least know that someone out there didn’t waste the $4.99 for a box of crackers, or whatever.
First up, we have Skinny Pop popcorn. I am a total popcorn freak, and could probably chow through this whole bag in one sitting if I let myself (I promise I don’t). I usually see them for $3.99 in gourmet grocery stores, but have also recently found them in my local Pathmark (yay!). This snack is only 39 calories per cup, so I can fill a nice sized bowl for under 200 calories! It’s extremely satisfying. In terms of taste, it has a nice, light butter flavor. I also like to add some popcorn seasonings to it (I prefer Target brand) for a different flavor. Happy shopping!
It’s another installment of Grocery Friday!
This week, we have Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger. Now, let me start by saying that I’m not a vegetarian. In fact, I love me some meat. While I’ve gotten healthier, I’ve switched from beef burgers to turkey burgers without much complaint from my taste buds, and thought it was good enough. At the same time, I tasted these burgers at the summer camp I work at and LOVED them. This is not a patty made from some ground up green nonsense, and it’s not trying to be fake meat. You can see all of the individual veggies in the burger, which I really liked. The flavor is great - just don’t try to actually grill them. Mine turned to mush. You’re supposed to cook them in the oven, or you could probably do it in a pan as well. Dr. Praeger’s burgers also come in a gluten free variety, as well as a curry and tex-mex flavor. 110 calories per burger. I got them for $3.49 for a box of 4 at Stop and Shop supermarket, and also saw them at Pathmark recently.
Grocery Friday, ice cream style!
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Here’s an easy treat you can have at your weekend BBQ without ruining your day calorically. Skinny Cow ice cream probably isn’t new to anyone, but it’s not always cheap, and it could taste like crap. I’m here to tell you that it definitely does NOT taste like crap. I’ve had the fudge bar and the chocolate truffle bar, and wowzas. I’m not always into sweets (I like salty snacks better), but it’s summer, which means ice cream. Now when my friends are chowing down on whatever treat they’ve yanked out of the freezer at 7-11, I can bring one of these along. 100 calories of deliciousness, I’ve seen Skinny Cow products varying in prices, no higher than $6.49 for a box of 6, at any grocery store, and even CVS!