Tags: 100 calorie pack

Yum. Junk Food. I mean really, who doesn’t love chips, cheese puffs & salty pretzels? 😀

LUCKILY- Michael Season’s makes versions of your typical unhealthy fare that are much more diet (and heart!) friendly. All of their snacks are healthier, and don’t contain all those nasty ingredients some companies put into their snacks.

The company sent me a few of their snacks to try, and one of my favorites was the Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs. Not only are these all natural, they are wheat and gluten free, have no hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, no artificial colors and no artificial flavors. AND- I was sent a bag of them in a pre-portioned 100 calorie pack- gotta love portion control!

Each one of them is about the size of your pinky finger, and a dusted with a coating of cheesey powder. What I liked was that it didn’t leave my fingers all greasy or ORANGE like some other cheese puffs can. The taste was amazing! STRONG cheesy flavor, similar to cheetos, and you can definietly taste the buttermilk undertones of flavor. Salty and cheddary, they provide a burst of flavor and some guilt free snacking. Plus, you get a lot in the bag for 100 calories! Normally 100 calorie packs scrimp on portions, but you get a good amount in each bag. Kudos, Michael Season’s, you get 4 1/2 stars!

1 bag is 100 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Cornmeal (40%), Cornmeal, Corn Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Whey, Reduced Lactose Whey, Butter (cream, salt, annatto extract), Buttermilk, Cheddar & Blue Cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), Salt, Disodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Natural Flavor, Color (paprika, tumeric, annatto), Citric Acid.

HEY! Ya know what goes good with cheese puffs? ALMOND MILK! well,  not really.. but enter my giveaway, anyway!!

Polly want a cracker?
Maybe not, but I do!

We all love crackers! With cheese, jelly, peanut butter, or even straight out of the box. Crackers are a perfect munchy, salty snack. A lot of them, however, are packed with hidden hydrogenated oils, sodium and artificial flavors and colors. THANKS, but I prefer my crackers au naturale.

So, I got to try some delicious cheddar and wheat crackers provided by Ian’s Natural Foods that are organic & quite tasty.The crackers are about the size of your standard Cheez-it, and are square in shape. Each variety comes with conveinent 100 calorie packs, with about 15-20 crackers in each pouch. There is actually a decent amount of crackers in each pouch, and I was satisfied with the portion given. Normally with 100 calorie packs, the calories may be low, but so is the nutrition and the amount of product you get. (Has anyone had the “100 calorie pack Mini Muffin” variety? HELLO- you get like, TWO muffins! What is THAT!? )

Anyway (rant over)-
Onto the tasting…

Cheddar- Yummmy! Forget Cheez-its– these are going to be my new cheesy cracker in my closet! They had a nice cheddar cheese flavor to it, and while they were a bit salty, they definitely satisfied. They are very crunchy and actually quite addictive. Although satisfied with 1 bag, I totally ate 2 in one serving (whhhhat! They were delicious! 😉 )

Wheat- Oooh. These are also good. They reminded me of a nuttier wheat thin. Slightly salty, and had a slight buttery taste to them. These were great as is, and also with some Laughing Cow Cheese spread on top, and as mini PB&J “sandwiches” (but when do you ever go wrong with peanut butter & jelly?) I also liked how they were made with some whole wheat flour as well.

Overall, these get 4 stars. Perfect for snacking and for on the go. I preferred the cheddar to the wheat, but both are quite tasty. I also love how the ingredients are organic and healthier than other cracker snacks. Plus, the box is 100% recycled paperboard- eco friendly too. Gooooo Ian’s!

1 serving (1 pouch) is 100 calories, 2-3.5 grams of fat, 15-18 carbohydrates, 1-2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Cheddar- Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Oils (safflower and/or palm fruit oils), Organic Cheddar Cheese [(organic cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes), Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Whey, Salt, Disodium Phosphate], Salt, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Leavining (monocalcium phosphate, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate), Natural Annatto, Yeast.

Wheat- Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Oils (safflower and/or palm fruit oils), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Salt, Organic Malt Extract, Leavining (baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate), organic paprika, natural annatto.

17 Aug 2009, Comments (0)

Ian's Cookie Buttons-Chocolate Chip

Author: healthnuttxo

 

Ian’s Natural Foods makes an assortment of delicious and yummy products. Of them there are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Buttons. You actually get a decent amount of “cookie buttons” in each pack! They are pretty tiny, about the size of a nickel, with itty-bitty chocolate chips in them. I would estimate about 20 of them in a pack at least, and i got the 100 calorie pack version.

As for the taste, they are excellent! It’s what you would expect when buying a chocolate chip cookie snack. They are sweet, with a touch of vanilla. They have a crispy consistency when you bite them, but they quickly melt in your mouth. I also detected a hint of a brown sugar flavor. They are really good.

One pouch (23g) is 100 calories, 5 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. My only complaint is that I wish these had a little more fiber in them, and they aren’t whole grain or whole wheat cookies.

Organic wheat flour, organic canola and/or soybean and/or sunflower oil, organic dehydrated cane juice, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin), organic invert sugar, sea salt, organic cocoa, ammonium bicarbonate, organic vanilla extract, soy lecithin.

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