Bolthouse Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt Dressing

I came across this dressing while looking to try something different. Bolthouse Farms makes all sorts of different flavours, I just picked this one because I love caesar dressing.

It is delicious.

The best part is, it is made with yogurt – thus reducing the calories. It is about half the calories of most other full fat creamy/caesar salad dressings and it doesn’t lose any flavour. The yogurt does give it a bit of a delicious tangy taste.

This stuff really is good. Really good. I am looking forward to using it all so I can try some of the other flavours. Not every day you find a delicious creaming salad dressing for 40 calories a TBSP. I know there are other options out there but they always have that “light” or “fake” taste – not this one though! I found it with the other refrigerated dressing.

Nutritional Information for Bolthouse Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt Dressing
per 2 tbsp
80 calories
6.5 grams of fat
3 grams carbohydrates
1 gram protein

Healthy Planet Thai Coconut Soup

This is one of my favourite soups ever. Fresh, healthy and delicious. I picked mine up at Costco but I have seen it at the health food store and my local super market. I have tried other flavours but I LOVE this one. Such a wonderful taste. It is great on it’s own or with stuff added (like red peppers, spinach and shrimp!) I usually pair mine with a salad for a nice lunch. It does have a bit of a kick (spice) to it, but not too bad. You will never ever find anything this good from a can. Trust me on this.

It is slightly expensive, at around $5 a bag ($8 for two at Costco). There is roughly two cups a bag, not sure if the Costco bags are bigger. But it is totally worth it! Delicious! Calories are very low for how deliciously awesome it is.

Healthy Planet Thai Coconut Soup Nutritional Information
per one cup of soup
140 calories
9 grams of fat
19 grams carbohydrates
2 grams fiber
2 grams fat

Janet and Greta’s Gourmet Chicken Burgers With Fire Roasted Vegetables

I have been eyeing these up for a while now, finally caved last night and got them. Picked them up at Costco and heated one in a frying pan for dinner.

It wasn’t bad.
It wasn’t great.
I might get them again.

To be fair, I ate then plain – no bun, nothing. So that doesn’t help things. I think I just expected them to be utterly amazing coming from some of my most favourite ladies in the planet. I am sure there are better dressed up in a bun with lettuce and tomato, bet there are fabulous then. But there was just, not sure, something off.

Janet and Greta's Gourmet Chicken Burgers With Fire Roasted Vegetables

I do like they are are pre-cooked, nice and easy to bring to work to work for lunch. Calories are not too bad either, nice size.

Calories in Janet and Greta’s Gourmet Chicken Burgers With Fire Roasted Vegetables
per burger
200 calories
9 grams of fat
2 grams of carbohydrates
0 grams of fiber
25 grams of protien

I was really on a burger trying kick yesterday, huh.

Veggie Patch Meatless Garlic Portabella Burgers

Found these on sale last night so thought I would give them a try. By no means am I vegetarian but I don’t mind trying something new. I had one for lunch today, no bun – just with some veggies and salad. It was pretty good. By no means was it a hamburger but for the calories and taste I would eat it again. I think it would probably be better with a bun, but I am trying to cut back on my amount of starchy carbs. Not sure I would go out of my way to buy them again, but if they happened to be on sale I would probably grab some. I find a lot of the “veggie” products expensive.

Veggie Patch Meatless Garlic Portabella Burgers

The calories / nutritional information in them is not too bad either.

Nutritional Information for Veggie Patch Meatless Garlic Portabella Burgers
per burger
120 Calories
6 grams fat
9 grams carbohydrates
4 grams fiber
11 grams protein

The Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge Calories

I seriously love this Laughing Cow cheese – it is great and so low in calories. But, I have always been confused about the calories of it. My package says it is 35 calories for one wedge of Original Laughing Cow Swiss. It confused me because everything online said 50 calories per wedge for Original and 35 calories for Light. Finally I looked into this mystery and it has to do with the fact that I live in Canada and 99% of the Nutritional Information online is for the US.

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So why is the Canadian laughing cow less calories then the US? Normally Canadian products have more calories, it is law in Canada to declare fiber calories but in the US they can omit them. A good example of this is Regular Fiber One cereal – in Canada a serving is 100 calories and in the US a serving is 60 calories. Technically your body doesn’t use fiber calories so that is why they don’t have to declare those calories or something… anyway back to the topic of Laughing Cow or La Vache Quirit as it is commonly called in Canada.

The reason Canada Laughing Cow Cheese has less calorie per wedge then the US is *drum roll* the wedges in Canada are smaller! DUH! I feel kind of silly for having to research this to figure out the answer. One Wedge in the US is 21 grams while a Canadian wedge is only 16.5 grams. So there you have it folks, our Canadian cheese is small. I personally find one Canadian sized laughing cow cheese wedge to be the perfect size.

If you haven’t tried this cheese yet you must! It is kind of like cream cheese but a million times better. Apparently they make all kinds of flavours of it; never tried them though. I buy my Laughing Cow at Costco – it’s about a dollar or two more then the grocery store and I get 4 times more Laughing Cow. So if you like this stuff, I strongly suggest you get it at Costco!

The Laughing Cow cheese is awesome on crackers, sandwiches, toast, bagels, fruit, pasta, veggies – the list goes on and on. This is one of my favourtie “low calorie” foods.

Food Find: Schneider’s Low Calorie / Low Fat Hot Dogs

This isn’t a new food find; I have been buying these on and off for years – figured it was time to share them. For starters, I am sure there is nothing at all nutritious about these. But at 35 calories and 4 grams of protein they are hard to pass up! They are still a hot dog, they taste like a hot dog – and not a good juicy beef a hot dog. Just a simple processed hot dog – but only 35 calories! One downfall – you can’t put them on the BBQ. Not sure what happens if you do; but they recommend that you don’t.

Anyway these make a nice low calorie snack. Sometimes I even put one or two on an english muffin with hot sauce and eat it for breakfast. I wouldn’t eat these daily but nice to have once and a while.

Schneider's Hot Dogs

Nutritional Information per one Schneider Low Fat Hot Dog
35 calories, .3 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of protein

Fun with Trail Mix

Trail mix is something I usually avoid. It is high in calories and fat. Not all bad though, nuts and seeds are good for you – but I just usually don’t want to spend my calories eating so little of something so high in calories.

But, I decided I needed a different snack for a change. I went to the grocery store last night and bought a few different things in bulk that were on sale. The fun part of this is what I get to put only what I like in my mix!

trail mix

So what’s in my trail mix right now?

1/4 cup banana chips
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, unsalted
1 tbsp sunflower seeds, salted
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp craisins
1 tbsp almonds

Calories in my serving of trail mix: 264 calories

The calories may not be exact, a few different sites gave me different information for the same serving size.

Genmaicha – Green Tea with Roasted Brown Rice

Is my favourite drink; along with coffee and water of course!

We all know that green tea is good for us, we hear it time and time again.

Incase you need a refresher about the benefits of green tea here is an expert from Wikipedia; click here to read more.

Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.[1] Green tea has also been claimed as useful for “weight loss management” — a claim with no scientific support according to medical databases such as PubMed.

I enjoy a lot of green teas but have found it be really tricky to find a green tea that I love. Some green teas are down right gross. But green tea with brown rice (known as Genmaicha) is delicious and has a wonderful smell to it.

Description from Wikipedia

Tea steeped from these tea leaves has a light yellow hue. Its flavor is mild and combines the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice.

If you like green tea and haven’t tried Genmaicha then you must! I have found it in tea bag form made by Yamamotoyama – I found it in the asian isle of my local supermarket. You would think it would be with the rest of the tea’s but it wasn’t.

Yamamotoyama Genmaicha

More recently I have found it loose leaf form. It’s funny because it has little ‘popcorn’ bits in it. I didn’t know what it was until I saw on Wikipedia that it is normal and sometimes even called “popcorn tea” because of it. Cute. Although drinking it kind of creeps me out so I usually pick those bits out.

green tea with roasted brown rice

Apparently it is also a poor man’s tea because the rice serves as filler. Interesting. Regardless it is delicious and if you like green tea – try it!

Snack Time: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Pieces

I recently discovered Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Pieces. These are not really diet friendly. But boy, are they ever good – so so good. I like to tell myself they are a better choice then chips – in truth, they probably aren’t really, but I think I like them better. These little flavourful bites with the delicious taste of pretzels. What more could you want out of a snack food?

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The pictured flavours are Cheddar Cheese and Buttermilk Ranch. I haven’t tried the cheese yet, but the Buttermilk Ranch is very good. My favourite flavour is Hot Buffalo Wing (not pictured) – I have also seen Honey Mustard & Onion, but that doesn’t appeal to me much. They have some other flavours on the website, but I haven’t seem them around (like Jalapeno and Garlic Bread both sound delicious).

Sometimes we all need to indulge a little – for me, these are my favourite treat right now.

Nutritional Information of Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces
Serving Size 1oz
140 calories
7 grams of fat
17 carbohydrates
2 grams of protien
(does vary very slightly based on the flavour)

See the website with the nutritional information here.

Because it’s not all about ‘dieting.’

Bell Plantation PB2 – Shipping Peanut Butter to Canada

Has everyone heard of PB2? Probably not, so I will explain.

pb2 powdered peanut butter

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter – It’s what’s not in PB2 that makes it so good for you. For starters, our special process removes 85% of the fat calories without the chemicals typically used in producing reduced fat foods. Something else you won’t find in PB2 is preservatives. What you will find is natural roasted peanut flavor that’s also available in a rich chocolate variety.

From the Bell Plantation Website

Basically 2TBSP of PB2 Peanut Butter is around 50 calories. Around 1/4 of the calories of regular peanut butter. I will admit that mixing powdered peanut butter with water sounds gross but the calorie count is really tempting. I read a lot of people bake with it or mix it smoothies, etc.

I have always wanted to try this stuff. See what it is like and at $16 it is not too badly priced.

I went over to the Bell Plantation store and added some PB2 Peanut Butter to my shopping cart and went to check out. The shipping costs of this stuff to Canada… is… $92.61. SAY WHAT? And that is the cheapest and only shipping option to Canada.

$92.61. $92.61. $92.61.
For some damn peanut butter?

I would also like to add that they ship UPS. Meaning when it comes to my door I would probably have to pay another $20 or so in UPS handling fees and another few dollars in taxes. FYI: UPS shipping to Canada is horrible. Just horrible.

My total for my order was $108.57 and that was for 4×6.7 ounces of PB2 (smallest order).

I bought a huge Costco 2kg size jar of regular Kraft Peanut butter last week. It was on sale for $4.50. I could buy 24 jars of Costco peanut butter for this price – that is 48kg of peanut butter. Let me tell you, I would rather eat that many jars of Costco peanut butter then pay $92.61 for shipping. That is outrageous. Living in Canada I am used to seeing high shipping costs, but never in my life have I seen anything as stupid at this and I shop online a lot.

I also don’t need to eat this crap to tell you that regular peanut butter tastes way better. Save yourself some money and buy your self some peanut butter from your local store.

You can order a sample pack for $4 and that includes shipping. But let me tell you, this company will never be getting my business.

$92.61 for shipping.

Fail Bell Plantation. Epic Fail.

PS – shipping within the US is around $10.