One way to stretch those cheese calories is to serve cheese cubes on skewers instead of a slice-all-you-want cheese board. Alternate the cheese cubes with grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, bell pepper strips and other favorite crudités. Then, you save the bread and cracker calories too! Avoid high-fat Brie and other double-and triple-crémes: the creamier the cheese, the higher the butterfat and calories. Soft and semi-soft cheeses like Brie contain 60%-74% butterfat, triple-crème cheeses like Saint André and Explorateur have at least 75% butterfat. Stick with Parmesan (40%), Cheddar (43%), Swiss (43%), Gouda (48%), mozzarella (24%) and other cheeses with a firm or dry consistency (called the “paste”).We love Cabot’s Light Cheddars—regular, Garlic & Herb and Jalapeño, just 7% total fat. Find more of our favorite calorie-reduced foods in the Diet Nibbles section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
PB2 peanut powder mixed with water creates a type of reduced-fat peanut butter. We put ours on a bagel with apple slices.
People who love peanut butter but can’t have the fat have a new friend in PB2. It’s peanut powder made from roasted peanuts that have been 75% defatted and ground into an aromatic and tasty powder. The powder reconstitutes with water to a homemade PB-like consistency; but has equal uses as powdered garnish/flavoring and a cooking/baking ingredient. Thus, it belongs in every kitchen. As a PB substitute, without all of peanut butter’s natural oil and creamy mouthfeel, you won’t mistake PB2 for the real thing, any more than fat-free milk can be mistaken for whole milk. But it’s far superior in taste than other PB substitutes, and at 54 calories per 2 tablespoons and just 2.8g total fat, it saves calories and fat for those who can’t have one or both and want their peanut butter. By analogy, fat-free milk is better than no milk at all, and can be quite enjoyable once you get used to it. Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine. If you’re looking for more reduced-calorie products, see our Diet Nibbles section.
What happens when you mix Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice with green, white and red teas? You get three flavors of Light Tea Pom, a captivating new beverage that, as Candide might have said, is the best of all possible worlds. There’s the rich, ripe flavor of pomegranate juice and the lightness of tea, all for just 35 calories per eight ounces. There’s the double antioxidant hit of these two antioxidant powerhouses. There’s a keepsake glass with each purchase. And, the teas make great cocktail mixers. The best of all possible worlds, indeed! Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine, and find more of our favorite iced teas in our Tea Section.
Today is English Toffee Day, so get yourself a box. But don’t toss out the “crumbs” at the bottom: They’re delicious on ice cream, cheesecake, yogurt or cake frosting. In fact, Enstrom’s, one of our favorite toffee makers, sells crumbs by the bag for toffee fans who find many other uses for them. Click here to read our article on Things To Do With Toffee.You’ll also find reviews of our favorite toffees in the Toffee & Buttercrunch Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm
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Icelandic Glacial has been named the “Best Water of 2007” by BevNET, a trade magazine for the beverage industry which recently released its “Best Of” list. Icelandic Glacial was singled out not only for its purity, but also for its recent carbon neutral certification and commitment to continually reduce its overall carbon imprint on the environment—a growing issue in the bottled water industry, which is increasingly subject to criticism related to its overall impact on the environment. This includes the carbon emission caused by creating bottles and transporting them over long distances, plus the litter, landfill and recycling costs of the plastic. Icelandic Glacial has been recognized for its leadership position within the industry to reduce its overall carbon footprint. Read our review of Icelandic Glacial in the December 2006 issue of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
The first bottled water to be certified carbon-neutral.
Bombilla & Gourd Maté Tea was named Best Non-Carbonated Beverage for its fruit-flavored bottled yerba mateé drinks. Read our review of these teas, published in the October 2007 issue of THE NIBBLE online magazne.