Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great Snack! Cocopop treats!

I am always excited to find a new snack item that is filled with lots of flavor plus low in calories, fat and points! I shop most days at a local grocery called Wegman's and they often have a lot of great, healthy options to choose from. This time they wowed me big time though with a new items called Coco Pop.

This delicious treat comes in at 0 points®! Yes, you read that correctly, ZERO! How can you beat this? Now remember, that's for a single serving so you can't eat the bag and call it zero points®, while to be honest with you an entire bag would probably come out at around 3 or so points® anyways!

Coco Pop snacks are a multi-grain, wafer crisp that is somewhat like a rice cake only with a lot more flavor and a lot more potential! They're made fresh, in the store too with no preservatives, no crazy chemicals and no ingredients you can't pronounce. They featured them in a set up near the meat and bread departments, giving out free samples and one taste told me they were well worth the $2.49 a bag price! While the package doesn't say how many are in a bag, I guessed that my bag had about 18 total. Each snack is 16 calories and about the size of a small tortilla. They taste air popped, with just a touch of almost buttery flavor. The best part is almost any type of "topping" can be added to kill whatever "craving" you're having. For example, when sweets are a need, a squirt of light chocolate syrup makes an amazing sweet treat. Top that with a dollop of fat free cool whip and you're still pulling in 1 point® or less, depending on the amount of toppings you use.
I love adding a some roasted red pepper hummus to my Coco Pop! Oh, what a delectable treat! The hummus is only 40 calories for 2 tablespoons and I barely use a teaspoon to lightly coat the snack! Keeping my points® at 0 for a wonderful burst of flavor and a little crunchiness!

Add a teaspoon or two of fresh salsa and if you're feeling crazy a dollop of fat free sour cream! Yummo! You have a little mexican treat that screams fiesta in your mouth!!! A little shredded fat free cheddar? Oh yeah!

I was feeling a sweet tooth coming on this morning (Thursday) so I used 1/2 a container of Yoplait "Red Velvet Cake" yogurt, spread along the top. DELISH! And 1 point® (what the yogurt counted as) for the treat/cake. Of course I finished the yogurt so it was a total of 2 points®. Added a banana, some tea and had a great sweet breakfast treat!

I topped mine with a dollop of unsweetened strawberry jam to kill a sweets craving and then realized the potential to use these babies as a base for any fresh fruits over the summer with a smidgeon of fat free topping or even some light chocolate syrup. Can't you just imagine some fresh berries, a dollup of whipped cream and a hint of chocolate over top! Oh yeah!!!

I hope this inspired you to run out and grab some Coco Pop snacks. Hopefully Wegman's isn't the only place you can get these wonderful babies! They're going to become a staple at my house!

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