I know this may read like one big ad but it's just my excitement over two new food products I found in the supermarket last week, both variations on longtime favorites.
Chocolate Cheerios – Well, why not? Aside from the popular classic plain, Cheerios comes in nine other flavors like Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, and Yogurt Burst, so a chocolately version was inevitable. Made with naturally low fat cocoa, the nutrition content of Chocolate Cheerios isn’t too far off from the original with a few more calories and grams of sugar per serving. Although still a good source of iron, it contains less than the original (something moms of finicky toddlers might want to know since Cheerios is often a big source of their iron intake). The taste isn’t as sweet as Cocoa Puffs but has just enough cocoa to satisfy a chocolate craving and yes the milk gets chocolately! Here's a yummy prescription for that chocolate itch: add a half cup of Chocolate Cheerios to a container of Yoplait Whips Chocolate Mousse (only 225 calories and 5 grams of fat and you get a boost of calcium and protein).
Peter Pan Whipped Peanut Butter – What a great way to improve a nutritious but high fat staple: simply whip in air and you remove almost a third of the fat without sacrificing flavor. You also get a product that is remarkably lighter and easier to spread than the original. My knife literally flung out of the jar when scooping out the spread because the consistency was so much lighter than I expected, almost like that of a chocolate mousse. Nutrition-wise, Peter Pan original peanut butter has 210 calories, 17 grams fat, and 8 grams protein per serving; Peter Pan Whipped contains 150 calories, 12 grams fat, and 6 grams protein. Although I don't mind the taste of reduced fat peanut butters, they can be sticky and hard to spread. This whipped version glides easily onto thin crackers and apple slices. Keep in mind it's still a high calorie food that is very easy to overeat, so stick with the serving size of two tablespoons.