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Diet Sunkist Has Caffeine!?

So, apparently I’m on a soda kick lately. Definitely odd considering I have made the leap, and stopped buying soda to keep in my fridge during the week (It’s been rough folks). Well, I still allow myself to drink diet soda, but not having it in the house, in theory, reduces my consumption of the stuff.

One of my favorite “usual” sodas that I reach for is Diet Sunkist. I like orange soda, and this one is a better tasting diet specimen. Whenever I was driving late at night, and wanted a drink that wouldn’t wire me too bad, it’s what I’d grab at a gas station. It helps that it’s one of the sodas that Circle K usually offers at two for $2.

Anyways, today I learned that apparently it has caffeine. I really thought that all orange soda was caffeine free. Apparently this one is not. Duly noted soda people, you are off the late night soda list.

Obscure Products: Diet Mountain Dew Code Red

Today I managed to taste an amazing revolution in diet soda. Sadly, it may have well been the last time that I’ll ever taste it again. Without delving into another long “Sorry I’ve been away” message, lets just say that I have started a new job, and have already been introduced to some new tastes by my coworkers.

One such thing is Diet Mountain Dew Code Red. You heard me right folks, diet Code Red. Let gamers, and couch potatoes rejoice, etc… In all seriousness though, it really does stink that all of Mountain Dew’s fantastic flavor creations never court to the diet minded crowd. When I saw my buddy at wok with this, I got really excited. When he gave me one to try, I was even more thrilled. In all honesty, this is one of the best diet sodas that I have ever tasted.

And that’s when the bombshell dropped. Where did he get this you may ask? Ohio… Yeah, he found it on vacation, and in his great wisdom brought 13 cases back with him. Very well planned, and even nicer that he shared one with me, but now what do we do. We have both agreed that this is a dilemma. We need more Diet Code Red. Looking online, so far, all I’ve been able to find is 34 packs on Amazon for $25 plus dollars. This will simply not stand!

So, point of the story? Diet Code Red is awesome if you are a fan of Dew, Code Red, or just cherry-like sodas. I didn’t even think it was diet when I tasted it. Oh, and the crushing disappointment that I may never taste this soda again. Here’s a call to post if any of you know where to get this in the North East. I will pay, and give major props to whoever can get me some more of this tasty liquid.

It’s Not Ice Cream: Talenti Gelato

So, I consider myself a fairly adventuresome eater, and am willing to try almost anything once (I’ll definitely “try” it more if I like it). Still, when it comes to Ice Cream, or “frozen desserts” I have pretty faithfully stuck by Ben & Jerry’s.

Well, a while back I stopped by a neat little place called Swan Chocolates in Merrimack, and managed to try some of their homemade gelato. Without going into a review of that, let’s just say that my eyes were opened to the possible wonders that gelato holds.

Now, for a little context. I won’t paste the Wikipedia article here, but I will point out that gelato differs from ice cream primarily by using less butterfat, and less sugar. The result is a much creamier texture, and a more vibrant flavor in every taste. Now this doesn’t really make gelato any healthier,  but it does make it a very different frozen animal.

Okay, on to the actual review. For a long time now, Talenti gelato has been catching my eye as it is parked next to my beloved Ben & Jerry’s in my local grocery store’s frozen food aisle. You can see some of the allure in the image above. Even though the shot is straight from Talenti’s website, it’s actually what it looked like in person (you know, excluding the cookie and caramel sitting next to it). Really, the stuff comes in a neat little plastic container with a screw top so you can see the food you’re buying. It’s pretty novel, and very eye-catching…you to distract you from the nearly five dollar price tag.

To the actual flavor: holy wow on my taste buds Batman! Gelato really doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to getting flavor to your brain. It’s instant, and delicious. It’s hard to put my finger on one flavor, but it’s really like the most pure cookies and cream flavor that I’ve ever tasted, infused with a rich, and decadent caramel that adds a deep body to the ice cream’s taste. Needless to say, more than one of these has already been consumed since I discovered this flavor. I haven’t even grabbed Ben & Jerry’s since. Now I’m not saying that this is better than the old B & J, but it’s definitely completely different, and a nice change of pace.

If you want to try something with a little more class, and give yourself a treat, try Talenti Gelato out. I will again, and will bring some thoughts on their other flavors here as well.

Attempted: Two Ingredient Brownies

I know, I say brownies, and then I show a  picture of truffles. I’m a horribly confusing person I know. Still, there is a connection here! This Halloween weekend, like most 20-something adults, I decided to throw a small, spooky shindig. As such, food was in order, so I decided to get creative and adapt this interesting brownie recipe into something to serve to my friends…

So, this is actually a  recipe post for my version of 3G brownies. With my odd fascination with pumpkin, and creative cooking, the idea of simply mixing a chocolate cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree was pretty enticing, especially with everything else I needed to do to get ready for a party. Oh yeah, here is the recipe form if you want to get professional:

Two Ingredient Brownies:

  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Mix cake mix and puree
  2. Put in pan
  3. Bake according to box directions

Yeah…it really is just that easy… I did try and mix this up a little. In an attempt to be classy, I actually baked these in a muffin tin, and put Lindt White chocolate truffles in the center in my attempt to create “Monster Eyes”. Yeah, it failed. The truffles browned in the heat of the oven, and caved in on themselves creating something that didn’t really…look..like..anything…Still, the flavor combination was spot on.

The pumpkin and dark chocolate really make to form a velvety cake texture. Yes, that means these really weren’t brownies, more like very silky cupcakes. Still, they were enjoyed by all, and the pairing of the white chocolate added the sweetness that was needed to make these truly a dessert item. My goal is to try them again with Ghirardelli white chocolate chips next time to more evenly spread the sweetness, and not waste Lindt truffles.

The best part of these though has nothing to do with their simplicity or their flavor. I got my friend who loathes pumpkin (or at least thinks he does) to eat one, and say that they were awesome before telling him halfway through a mouthful that 50% of what he had just crammed into his mouth was pumpkin. He wasn’t thrilled, but the rest of us sure got a good laugh. Just goes to show you that it’s always good to try new things, and expand your horizons…or ask what something is made of before eating it.

Oh, last note on the nutrition of these things. It’s just a guess, but I think we’re talking somewhere in the vicinity of 200 calories a muffin without the truffles in them. No point value as of now as I wasn’t aiming for health food on Halloween.

Blast from the Past: SpaghettiO’s

Oh the foods of our youth. Growing up, one of those was Spaghetti-O’s, a staple of the daycare I went to as a young-un. Well, recently, Campbell’s latest marketing campaign has been about not telling kids that the pasta rings in tomato goop is actually good for them. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t check this out right?

Well, cue a trip to my grocery store with my trusty Weight Watcher’s slide rule, and me hunching down in the aisle as mom’s shovel the cans into carriages for a look-see.

Looking into it, each can has 2 servings, but I combined the nutrition as I polish off a can myself. For sheer points, I looked at a can of the “Plus Calcium” because why not? More calcium? Sure! Nutritionally we’re talking 340 calories, 2g of fat, and 6 g of fiber per can giving us a point value of 6. Not too bad at all for a 66 cent price point.

What’s more amazing is what else these can’s have to offer. With my workout, I’m always looking to add more protein to my diet. These cans are packing a whopping 12 g per pop, not to mention 60% of my daily calcium, and 50% of vitamin D as well as other basic vitamins and minerals. This stuff is good…for you.

Well, I’ll be the first to admit it folks, as an adult, Spaghetti-O’s have become my staple go-to quick meal when I don’t have much time to cook dinner. I serve them up with a chopped up 98% Fat Free turkey dog, and some green beans and I am good to go. Freakishly nutritious, and childishly delicious. Hey, whatever works right?

Review: Smart Ones Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach

So, those of us in the diet world are all to aware of what waits for us in the frozen food section of the grocery store. Moving past the temptation that is the ice cream, and dessert section, we fall upon the frozen foods. Here we can focus on our three pillars: Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, and Healthy Choice (I’m sure there are other options, but these are what stare me in the face).

Over my years of dieting, I have learned one main rule of diet frozen food: sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is very very bad, and it has nothing to do with what the “intended” meal was. It’s just the way it goes, as some things lend themselves more easily to diet-ising. Some of my favorites are the Simple mac and cheese, or pasta with meat sauce. Salisbury steak is to be avoided at all costs. And still, that’s just my preference.

Anyways, Sunday night saw me trying to end the weekend on a positive note, so I was looking for cheap, easy, and healthy. Hello Smart Ones. Well, I say the “new” flavor, and said why not. It’s hard to go wrong with pasta and cheese.  Talk about luck, we have a winner folks.

This new frozen meal is awesome. The pasta in it was made up of hardy ribbons that oozed the surprisingly tasty and filling white cheese sauce. I mean, the stuff had substance. The pasta was weighty, and didn’t turn to mush in my mouth. The ricotta cheese sauce was actually thick, and flavorful without being a paste. If I hadn’t microwaved this, it might have been homemade for all I knew. I’m just saying this folks, for 5 points, you can’t go wrong here.

I will be buying this again, and keeping it as a staple in my freezer. You should do the same. It’s not a compromise, this stuff is a treat.

Lean Pockets Chart Pr0n

So, for some reason I’ve been on a kick of researching different product groups, and building charts out of them so I can find point values easily. It’s only fair that I pass on my “research” to you, the dieting and curious masses. Without further ado, here’s a break-down of the points and nutrition for Lean Pockets.

Oh, and sadly I could not do the same with the other Hot Pocket products as I can’t find their nutrition information published on the company’s website. Oh Well.



Per Serving Per Pkg
Flavor Calories Fat Fiber Points Points
Breakfast – Applewood Bacon, Egg & Cheese 290 8 2 6 12
Breakfast – Ham, Egg & Cheese 270 7 1 6 12
Breakfast – Sausage, Egg & Cheese 280 8 2 6 12
Breakfast Quesadilla – Southwest Style Turkey Sausage, Egg & Cheese 250 8 1 5 11
Cheeseburger 290 9 2 6 12
Chicken Parmesan 290 7 3 6 12
Culinary Creations – Chicken Bacon Dijon 270 8 3 5 11
Culinary Creations – Chipotle Chicken 260 7 4 5 11
Culinary Creations – Garlic Chicken White Pizza 270 8 3 5 11
Culinary Creations – Grilled Chicken, Mushroom & Spinach 240 6 3 5 10
Culinary Creations – Spinach Artichoke Chicken 240 6 3 5 10
Made with Whole Grain – Chicken, Broccoli & Cheddar 250 7 4 5 10
Made with Whole Grain – Ham & Cheddar 270 8 3 5 11
Made with Whole Grain – Meatballs & Mozzarella 240 7 4 5 10
Made with Whole Grain – Three Cheese & Broccoli 240 6 4 5 10
Made with Whole Grain – Turkey & Ham with Cheese 260 8 3 5 11
Made with Whole Grain – Turkey, Broccoli & Cheese 260 8 4 5 11
Made with Whole Grain Pizzeria – Supreme Pizza 220 6 4 4 9
Meatballs and Mozerella 290 9 3 6 12
Mexican Style – Chicken & Cheese 260 8 2 5 11
Mexican Style – Chicken Fiesta 240 7 3 5 10
Pepperoni Pizza 290 8 2 6 12
Philly Steak & Cheese 270 8 2 6 11
Pizzeria – Four Cheese Pizza 270 5 2 5 11
Pizzeria – Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza 280 8 2 6 12
Seasoned Crust Pizzeria – Grilled Chicken Mediterranean 330 7 3 7 7
Soft Baked SUBS – Italian Style Meatballs 250 7 3 5 10
Soft Baked SUBS – Pepperoni with Red Peppers 250 7 2 5 10
Soft Baked SUBS – Philly Steak & Cheese Made with Chicken 240 6 1 5 10
Stuffed Quesadilla – Grilled Chicken & Three Cheese 360 8 2 7 7
Stuffed Quesadilla – Grilled Chicken Fajita 350 8 2 7 7