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Food Finds: Sprite Green and Mini Cokes

sprite greenI predict that by early 2010, you’ll see something surprisingly new – small cans of Coke. How small you ask? The cans will run 7.5 ounces and come in at only 90 calories. These are “mini me” versions of the the real thing. Typically if you buy an individual bottle of soda you’re looking at 20 ounces, 2.5 servings, and a lot of excessive calories from sugar. But with these smaller cans, you get portion and calorie control. If you replace one 20 ounce soda (240 calories) with their 7.5 ounce mini-can (90 calories) you’re saving 150 calories.

Watch my video review of the small Coke cans and another new product, Sprite Green, sweetened naturally with Truvia, the sweetener made from the Stevia plant. Sprite Green has 70 calories in 12 ounces.


The 1,500 Calorie Donut Burger

We assure you that this is not a premature April Fool’s Day joke.donut burger

The “Craz-E Burger,” which was created by Food Network star and Southern cook Paula Deen, is a bacon-cheeseburger sandwiched between a buttered Krispy Kreme donut. Yes folks, two of the most saturated fat-friendly foods the American diet has created have joined together in a ceremonious union of heart attack meets muffin top.

The queen of Southern cooking, known for her very generous use of butter, first pioneered the burger on her food show. The heart-stopping creation was picked up by the restaurants and sandwich dives all over the country; including the Big E agriculture fair this past summer in Massachusetts, where more than 1,000 sold to curious and risk-taking fair-goers. (more…)

Food Find: Only 8 Frozen Yogurt

If your food Achilles heel is ice cream then listen up: Only 8 frozen yogurt is a new kind of soft-serve frozen treat that is cropping up in ice cream shops all over the country. Only 8 is similar to Pinkberry and Tasti D-lite in its taste, texture, nutrition stats and popularity. Only 8 frozen yogurt

Only 8 has a tart flavor like Pinkberry, thanks to its active yogurt cultures. Its wide selection of flavors like peanut butter, caramel and about 30 others allow ice cream shop owners to keep their customers returning for new tastes.

One half-cup serving supposedly contains 32 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol and four live active yogurt cultures. The “supposed” remark refers only to calories and serves as a gentle caution that the eight calorie per ounce labeling might be skewed depending upon how much syrup was added to the mix and the actual weight of the serving cup. (more…)

Food Find: TrueNorth’s New Nut Clusters and Nut Crisps

true north citrus burst nut clustersEvery time you run to the grocery store, it seems like a new snack item has found its way to the shelves of chips, crackers, granola bars and other sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, ooey or gooey eats. But like many of these snack treats, they are little more than nutrient-less fillers that contain a hefty slug of sugar, refined flours, and trans-fats. One such company that is committed to making snacks that are as good for you as they are good to eat is TrueNorth. This division of Frito-Lay first came out with its 100 percent natural snacks in 2008 with Pecan-Almond-Peanut Clusters, Almond Clusters, Pistachio Crisps and Almond Crisps.

Just this past month, they added three new yummy and healthy snacks: Apple-Cinnamon Nut Clusters, Citrus Burst Nut Clusters and Almond-Cranberry Nut Crisps. TrueNorth provided us with a few samples of their latest natural eats and here’s what we thought: (more…)

We Love Rachel’s Cottage Cheese

For some, cottage cheese is an abhorred diet food. But to others like myself, I go through cottage cheese like water. For me, it’s a near perfect food – low-fat, low-carb and filled with satiating protein and bone-strengthening calcium.

rachels cottage cheeseTherefore, when on a recent trip to Whole Foods, I discovered Rachel’s Wickedly Delicious single-servings of cottage cheese, I knew I had found a gem of a food find.

That is why, this week, We Love Rachel’s Cottage Cheese.

The dairy lovers at Rachel’s took plain ole cottage cheese and jazzed it up with sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, dill, cucumbers and all sort of other tantalizing seasonings, including fruits and veggies. So rather than you adding a bit of this and a bit of that to your cottage cheese, Rachel’s does it for you. Trust us food-lovers, here at DietsInReview, this is no ordinary cottage cheese; This is as gourmet as cottage cheese can get. (more…)

We Love Crystal Light’s Frozen Pops

This week we love Crystal Light’s Frozen Pops. These new fruity popsicles, created by the makers of the most popular powdered low-cal drink mixes, are sure to beat the heat without jeopardizing your bikini-clad bod.


The popsicles come in a slew of different yummy flavors: Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Peach Iced Tea, Classic Orange, Cherry Pomegranate and more. Each refreshing treat has only 15 calories and no sugar. (Compare that to a 360-calorie ice cream drumstick or a 500-calorie hand-dipped waffle cone.) (more…)

We Love Edy’s Slow-Churned Tart Frozen Yogurt Blends

edys tart honeyThis week, we are goo-goo, ga-ga in love with Edy’s Slow Churned Tart Frozen Yogurt. The key word here is “tart” because right now, not all stores are carrying these new flavors, Tart Mango and Tart Honey, so you don’t want to confuse them with Edy’s regular line of Frozen Yogurt Blends. Trust us ice cream-lovers, if you don’t find these new tart blends in the freezer section of your grocery stores, talk to the manager and beg and plead for him or her to get them in.

Coming in at just 100 calories per half cup serving, and 3 grams of fat, both flavors Tart Honey and Tart Mango contain live active yogurt cultures and 10 percent of your calcium needs. (more…)

We Love Figamajigs

This week, we LOVE Figamajigs – and not just for its fun and funky name. Figamajigs are dark chocolate-covered fig bars that are a delicious and natural way to make you feel like you’re eating a decadent chocolate candy bar when you’re actually eating something that is 100 percent healthy and 100 percent delish!!

Photo Courtesy of Figamajig

Figamajigs have a few different products to choose from: the original fig bar, almond fig bar and raspberry fig bar. Each bar contains 130 or 150 calories. There are also bite-sized Figamajig candies that are equally yummy and perfect for when you want a bag of M&Ms but don’t want the repercussions that come after eating one. (more…)

We Love Vitamin Water 10

vitamin-water-10This week, we love Vitamin Water 10. The enhanced water giant Glaceau trimmed about 100 calories from each bottle with its new line of Vitamin Water 10. The drinks still contain the same slug of vitamins that are in the full-calorie original versions and they are naturally sweetened.

Just keep in mind that there are 2.5 servings in each bottle so you’re actually consuming 25 calories in each 20 ounce bottle, not 10.

Currently, there are four flavors: Energy (Tropical Citrus), XXX (Acai-blueberry-pomegranate), Essential (orange-orange), and Multi-V (lemonade). (more…)

We Love Individual Kozy Shack Rice Pudding

kozy shack rice puddingThis week, we love the individually-portioned Kozy Shack rice puddings. We love (read: need ) the individual portions because this stuff is SO good, we must scarf down the entire 22-ounce container during an episode of The Office.

Rice pudding is the ultimate comfort food and no one makes rice pudding like Kozy Shack. Kozy Shack’s rice pudding also comes in no-sugar added, soy pudding, and flans in a slew of flavors other than rice. The regular sugar-filled kind has just 130 calories per cup, 4 grams of fat and 10% of your calcium needs.