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I don't add products without personally trying them first
and I give my personal opinion on each item.
Of course since it's only my opinion, you should try
things and decide if you like them as well.
Everyone's taste is different.

Products are in no particular order.
(Click on each product image to visit their website)

 

  Heaven's Bistro Pizzas are low in fat, and high in fiber. I was a little disappointed in the size at first, but I thought it was worth the points since the crust is heavy. I tried the Grilled Vegetable pizza, which is 4 points per serving. You can have half of the pizza for 6 points which would be filling, or the whole thing for 13 points and it would be VERY filling. They also have other flavors that look good, but I can't get them where I live. Most are 4 points per serving, but a couple of them are 5 points per serving. Make sure you follow the baking directions closely for a crisp crust. If you like a thick crust, you should try this pizza.
     
  If you haven't tried these muffins yet, you really shouldn't wait any longer! They are so moist, generous in size, and filling!  All of the flavors (with the exception of chocolate) are only 2 points, fat free and contain 8 grams of fiber (which will help make you feel full). The chocolate is still only 2 points and just as big. It contains 1/2 a gram of fat and 5 grams of fiber, which is still excellent! The more you order, the cheaper the muffins are, so get some friends together and place an order. This company advertises mostly by word of mouth, so be sure to tell everyone!
     
  Silhouette Skinny Cow ice cream products are really good.  My favorite is the ice cream sandwiches, which are 2-3 points depending on which flavor you choose. The bad news is they aren't really cheap and I can't seem to stay out of them. LOL! They also offer sundae cups and fudge bars for 2 points, and skinny carb bars for 3 points (which I haven't tried). 
     
  The No Pudge Brownie Mixes are very handy, especially when you just want one brownie without having to make an entire pan (you can make the whole pan if you want, the directions are on the box). By making just one brownie, they'll always be warm and you won't be tempted to eat the whole pan at once. :) The good news is, each brownie is only going to cost you 2 points! These come in 4 different flavors, but my favorite is the original. 
     
  Pirate's Booty White Cheddar snacks are really good! The only down side to them is you only get 1 oz. for 3 points. They remind me of a cheese puff, but you don't get orange fingers from eating them. LOL! 
     
  Skinny Corn Chips are like a really thin Frito shaped sort of like a small pasta shell. You get 1 oz. for 1 point (original and barbeque flavors).
     
  Krusteaz Fat Free Muffin Mixes are easy to make. All you have to do is add water and they're only 2 points. They also sell cornbread mix and brownie mix, but I haven't tried the cornbread mix and I prefer Betty Crocker's Low fat Brownie mix better.
     
  Pria Bars remind me of different flavored rice crispy treats covered in chocolate. The package states that they are 2 points each, but they are actually 2.5 points each. These are very good when you're hungry for a candy bar. Also, if you have a Sam's Club near you, they sell them in a large box for about 66 cents per bar.
     
  Splenda No Calorie Sweetener is made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar. It measures cup for cup just like sugar too. I use it in almost everything that calls for sugar and it doesn't have the after taste that you usually get from sweeteners (to me anyway). It's great for diabetics too! I buy it in a large bag since I use so much of it. :)
     
  Natural Ovens Bread and Bagels are my favorite. The bread reminds me of homemade bread and both the bread and bagels are heavy in weight and high in fiber. My favorite bread is Sunny Millet and my favorite bagel is Raspberry. The bread is 1 point per slice and the raspberry bagel is 3 points. Check out their website for a complete listing of products and nutritional information. Some health food stores are now carrying this bread as thrift (cheaper) too.
     
  Walden Farms Fat Free, No Calorie products have been talked about many times on the WW message boards.  I really like the bacon ranch dressing and the chocolate syrup the best.  What I didn't like were the dips. I thought the dips tasted too much like vinegar, but that's just my opinion. You might like them if you like vinegar.
     
  This is another Health Valley product that I really like. The Fat Free Healthy Chips Double Chocolate Cookies are my favorite flavor, but they also come in Apple Spice, Apricot Delight, Raisin Oatmeal, Old Fashioned and Original Style. You get 3 cookies for 100 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Make sure the package says fat free on it because they also make regular cookies and the boxes look a lot alike. 
     
  Kashi Products are high in fiber,  minimally processed and free of highly refined sugars, unnecessary additives, and preservatives. I like their cereals especially, but they also sell bars (they're ok), shakes (I didn't like) and crackers (very good).  My favorite cereal is the Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I made a breakfast cookie recipe with it and it was chosen as recipe of the month back in November 2003. If you'd like the recipe, click here. I also like the Heart to Heart cereal because it reminds me of cheerios, but more dense. The Good Friends and Go Lean cereals are very good too. Check out their website for more information.
     
  Laughing Cow Cheese is really rich and creamy. It comes in wedges and has the consistency of cream cheese. I really like it on sandwiches and on toasted english muffins, toast and bagels. It comes in light and a couple of different flavors. I like the original the best. You can usually buy it cheaper at Sam's Club, but you have to buy 3 containers at once. 
     
  I really like SACO Buttermilk powder. I always have some on hand and it keeps for quite some time in the refrigerator. When a recipe calls for buttermilk, all I have to do mix up the amount that I need and I don't have to worry about it spoiling, or trying to find ways to use up leftover buttermilk. You should be able to find this in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. Most of the time it's located on the top shelf.
     
  I really enjoy using Bob's Red Mill products. Any time you see a recipe on my site that calls for wheat bran, bulgur, oat bran, or any other weird sounding grains, this is the brand I use. I find it in the health section at Kroger. If your local grocery store doesn't have a health food section, try looking where the flour is. Sometimes it's in a clear plastic bag too. Not all grocery stores are up to speed, so you may have to check your local health food store or visit Bob's Red Mill website and contact them to see which stores in your area carry it. 
     
  I have to admit, I don't like all Boca products. I do like the crumbles, burgers and spicy sausage links. I don't eat the spicy sausage links by themselves, but they're good crumbled up on homemade pizza. :) The crumbles can be used in any recipe that calls for ground beef. Visit their site for a complete listing of products available.
     
  Morningstar Farms products are really good. I like to use the Grillers Recipe Crumbles, Sausage Style Recipe Crumbles, Burgers, Chicken Patties, Sausage Links, Sausage Patties, and Corn Dogs. The Recipe Crumbles can be used in any recipe in place of ground beef or ground sausage. I like the sausage crumbles in quiche. Visit their site for a complete listing of products available.
     
  I eat Gardenburger products from time to time. My favorites are the Meatless Meatballs, and the Meatless Riblets (I highly recommend them). I tried the the Meatless Meatloaf once, but didn't really care for it. Visit their site for a complete listing of products available.
     
   I really like the taste and texture of Hodgson Mill's whole wheat pastas. They're low in fat and high in fiber. One serving which is 2 oz. uncooked is 3 points and it doesn't taste like whole wheat.
     
     
  Nestle Fat Free Hot Cocoa Mix gets me through the Winter. I've been known to drink it year round when I want a chocolaty treat too. You get a cup for only 25 calories and it's made with sucralose (Splenda). I drink so much of this stuff, I buy it by the canister. I've only been able to find the canisters at my local Meijer stores, but their website has a store locator and you can see if it's available in your are. If you can't find the canister, you should be able to find it in the envelopes.
     
  I use Smart Beat Smart Squeeze Fat Free Margarine for almost everything. I even bake with it. 1 Tablespoon is only 5 calories and it's trans fat free. I especially like it on toast and corn. Some people have said they can't find it so I've stopped using it in recipes. If you can't find it, you might ask your local grocery store manager to stock it.
     
  I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! I've been using the fat free spread in recipes lately since everyone can't find the Smart Squeeze mentioned above. Again, this is only 5 calories per tablespoon and does not contain any trans fats (per serving).  The spray is very useful for popcorn, toast, biscuits, corn, etc. but you need to be careful as to how much you use. A serving has zero calories, but keep in mind the whole bottle has like 900 calories and 90 grams of fat. It's not really wise to unscrew the lid and pour the butter. For more information, check my FAQ page for serving size and calories.
     
  DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free syrups are made with Splenda and really good. Best of all they have zero calories! My favorite flavor is raspberry. I like to put it into my Nestle hot cocoa (mentioned above). You can also put these in your coffee or you can even bake with them. I have about 15 flavors. I also like to make snow cones for zero points. You can usually find the vanilla and hazelnut in the coffee section of Super Walmart and Kroger. The closer to Washington you are, the easier they probably are to find since that's where they're made. Marshall's and TJ Maxx carry them also (and cheaper) but I've had a hard time finding them there. Check their website for recipes.

 

 

 

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