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Weight Watchers Chocolate Creme Cake

Weight Watchers Chocolate Creme CakeI didn’t have dessert in my lunchbox very often, but I remember having Zingers with Snoopy on the package. I don’t remember if I preferred the vanilla or the chocolate Zingers, and I know both had white filling.

Weight Watchers has its own Zingers in Weight Watchers Chocolate Creme Cake. Instead of white filling, it’s chocolate. Even the frosting has the recognizable lines like those found on the Zingers. Of course, the top layer on the Weight Watchers is slightly thinner. It’s also very thick that it doesn’t dissolve in your mouth. Now, I haven’t had Zingers or anything like it in decades.

The creme cake leaves an oily residue on your fingers and lips. Surprising. The size is about the same or slightly smaller than a Zinger. But the taste is not quite there. The frosting tastes like a notch above canned frosting except stiffer, which I hate. The filling tastes like a watered down chocolate sauce.

I didn’t look for these to taste like the original Zingers. I don’t even remember what they tasted like, but I know they weren’t my favorite thing. Maybe it was because they felt like a cheap version of a good cake. That’s what the chocolate creme cake is. So maybe it’s exactly like those Zingers except with chocolate creme instead of white. Calling it creme feels misleading.

The most exciting thing about the cake is 4g of fiber. Nice.

Nutrition facts for one cake

80 calories
3.5g fat
1.5g sat fat
20mg cholesterol
95mg sodium
16g carbs
4g fiber
9g sugars
1g protein

Verdict

**½

Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada

Amys Black Beans and Vegetables EnchiladaI can’t find my favorite enchiladas from CedarLane anymore 🙁 So when I came across Amy’s Black Bean and Vegetable Enchilada, I had high hopes that I had found a replacement.

Amy uses organic tortillas filled with organic vegetables, which includes zucchini, yellow corn and onions. Accompanying the veggie medley are black beans, tofu, olives, bell peppers and green chiles. Topping the whole enchilada(s) is a Mexican sauce with a mild-to-medium kick and a sprinkling of chives. It’s not bad. Unfortunately, these don’t fill the emptiness I have for healthier enchiladas.

This pales in comparison when you’ve had CedarLane’s Garden Vegetable Enchiladas. Now that I can’t find it … my current go-to healthier Tex Mex frozen dish is CedarLane Three-Layer Enchilada Pie.

Like CedarLane, the nutrition facts cover one enchilada and there are two servings per box. C’mon. Who’s going to eat just one enchilada when they both come in one box?

Although this is dairy free, cholesterol free and gluten free, it may not be safe for people with food allergies. The box says, “This product is made in a facility that processes foods containing wheat, milk, tree nuts and seeds. Amy’s Kitchen does not use any peanuts, fish, shellfish or eggs in a facility that processes wheat. I don’t know if if it be 100 percent sure that no trace of gluten gets into the product.)

Verdict

***½

Nutrition facts

This is for the whole enchiladaS — two enchiladas.

Calories: 320
Calories from fat: 100
Total Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 780mg
Total carbohydrates: 44g
Dietary fiber: 8g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 10g

Health Warrior Chia Bar

Health Warrior Chia BarsI read about Health Warrior Chia Bars in a newsletter and noted it so I could watch for it when I go shopping at the specialty store. Who can pass it up when the website says, “We started eating Chia every day, on everything. Suddenly we were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.” The main ingredient in the Health Warrior Chia Bars is … you guessed it … chia.

According to the company’s website, its name means “runner’s food” because the Tarhumara Indians ate it before going on long-distance runs. The small chia bar contains 1000 mg of omega-3, 4g of fiber and 4g of protein.

The chia seeds provides whole-food plant-based protein, which is supposedly easier to digest. It also has amino acids, magnesium, potassium and five antioxidants (Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, Myricetin, Quercetin, and Kaempferol). What language are we speaking here? The bar is gluten, dairy and soy free. 100 percent vegan. 100 percent natural.

The company’s website says that eating a chia bar will sustain energy, increase fullness, improve digestion and increase focus.

First pick was the chocolate peanut butter as I love chocolate and peanut butter together in all kinds of things. The soft bar fills your mouth with deep chocolate flavor and your teeth with chia seeds (like having sesame seeds). It’s a good clean bar, but it won’t quench your cravings for sweets. Maybe for chocolate. Notice I haven’t mentioned the peanut butter? That’s because I can’t taste any.

I ate the bar after a workout, so I was hungry and my palate clean. While the bar satisfied the taste buds, it didn’t erase the hunger or give me a boost. I’m not even going to bother with other flavors of the Health Warrior Chia Bars. (Acai Berry, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Coconut and Coffee.) The bars are too small for 100 calories and don’t satisfy.

Word is the chia craze is dying down … so who knows if these will be around longer.

Nutrition: 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 45mg sodium, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugar and 4g protein.

Verdict

***

Amy’s Light and Lean Spaghetti Italiano

Amy's Light and Lean Spaghetti ItalianThe meatballs in Amy’s Light and Lean Spaghetti Italiano disappoint. Bland. I typically gobble down meatless meat, but these weren’t worth finishing. I let another family member who can eat just about anything finish them off.

The spaghetti and sauce tasted fine. Just your basic noodles swimming in tomatoey liquid. It’s hard to noodles and sauce taste less than stellar. I never expected the meatless meat to be my least favorite part. It was.

It’s not worth talking about hence this short review.

Verdict

**

BAI5 Drink

Bai5 Brasilia BlueberryI’ve been looking for Bai for a long time. While I could order it online, it was too expensive and risky because you can’t just order one of each flavor.

First up is Ipanema Pomegranate, an antioxidant infusion. It lives up to the company’s description in that it’s tingly tart then smoothly sweet. The tartness may be the culprit as to why I’m not a fan of this tastes-like-a-weak-tart-juice drink.

**½

Brasilia Blueberry is blueberry all right. Although the antioxidant-infused drink tastes more like watered down blueberry juice, I liked it the best. But it’s only three stars, so that’s not saying much. I could drink it again when I need something to hold me until the next meal or snack.

***

Sumatra Dragonfruit has peach and mango undertones. Not a good thing for me because I dislike peaches. Mangoes. It depends on how they’re used. Sometimes they lean toward the peach-like taste and the drink did.

**½

Costa Rica Clementine also smells more like peach than orange. Maybe it’s because the flavor resembles more of an orange rind than the sweet part of an orange. The funny thing is the scent was a turnoff, but the taste wasn’t as bad as the scent hints it to be. Still, I was disappointed it wasn’t more like a gently sweet orange treat.

**½

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