Category Archives: Crunchy

Doctor Kracker Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Crispbreads

Today’s product review can be attributed to my father and his penchant for buying healthy snacks instead of the good old-fashioned junk I crave. Sometimes this works out, but other times the snacks are so terrible that someone would have to actually pay me to eat them (these random sugar-free cookies come to mind). These Doctor Kracker Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Crispbreads fall under the former, so thanks Dad!

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Chocolite Pecan Clusters

Dear Skinny Office,

I have been reading your blog for several weeks now and I thoroughly enjoy it. One minor difference for me is that I am not a skinny girl, in a skinny office. I am a chubby chick surrounded by other fellow chubby co-workers. The vending machine isn’t far from my desk. Even though my knees hurt from my weight while walking to select my favorite junk snacks, I push it that extra burn to get to my prized food of choice. And not to put myself down, just telling it like it is, I suppose if I used the same amount of energy to exercise I’d be better off, none the less I do move to get my food, does that count for anything? However, all kidding aside, your blog has helped me to begin to change my habits. At first, I will not lie, I felt sad thinking why can’t I think like they do and just eat skinny food for skinny people. But, after a few reads of your food choices and that you actually do eat the stuff you write about, I thought why don’t I follow their suggestions and at least try.

The reason I am writing this, is because after taking in all that you have been teaching me on your blog, I have started an exercise regimen and even joined a weightloss group and I have set a weightloss goal! (Do you realize how many woman who are struggling with their weight, are stuck in their mindset of eating all the wrong foods, continually making poor food choices, who can benefit from the information you write on your blog? And you even make it light and cheerful and smart and funny!) The fact is that I like what you have to say, and yet I am not as skinny as either of you (by the looks of your logo and the few scattered photos I have seen on your site, I see that you are in fact skinny true to written form). Nor am I as skinny as the majority of NYC’s young, lithe, office workers in their fabulous fashions. But just maybe if I do make the healthy choices that you suggest, I will maybe be one step closer to my target weight and hey, if you wanna be healthy skinny, do as skinny office girls do.

Now trust me, I have enjoyed getting to the poundage I am at now. The food was wonderfully satisfying, until I stood on the scale after gorging. Understand though, I do believe people are beautiful in all sizes, big and small. But for me, I also want to feel good, and well, being overweight does not make your body feel good. It is a burden especially walking, and most painfully walking up and down stairs, and when you start to wobble, well that is a clear indication that you pretty much have to start to reduce. And quite frankly, I wasn’t born fat so I really should not be fat. An extra meatball, a pizza slice and pretty much an extra of anything I could get my grubby little hands on (as well as stress) led me to this unwanted and unnecessary weight gain.

Your blog and sense of humor have been slowly inspiring me to see the ‘light’ (in snack food). And even though you and I are not similar in physical and gastronomical respects, I do enjoy the healthy snack ideas that make the two of you stay so very slim and trim, and I tried a few of your suggestions and I can actually say that I can eat this stuff and feel satisfied. For instance, I find the mini babybel light cheeses quite tasty and a great idea for on the go when you have to rush out the door without breakfast or lunch.

Most importantly, I started to take control of my situation and my health and my life. Thanks to you girls, I even started to do some research on my own, looking for a healthy snack that can be substituted for one of my fave junk food items and I found an online website that carries this DELICIOUS candy snack that is actually low-cal, low-carb and high fiber and it tastes like one of those chocolate turtle candies that I can buy in any weight per bag candy store! I kid you not skinny girls, this chubby girl found something that even you and I can be on the same level playing field with, CHOCOLATE, and it is not the high calorie scrumptious chocolate, but it’s every bit as pleasing to the taste buds. The new prized food “Chocolite Pecan Clusters” (the website sells several different varieties of chocolate candies). Believe me and I know you will, considering I am a walking resume of knowing my food. This stuff tastes great, and it can actually be eaten without guilt!!! Don’t ya just love me? I mean ‘it’?

Here goes:
Chocolite Pecan Clusters
30 calorie a piece/2 pieces per package
1 net carb
6g fiber

Chocolite website:
http://www.healthsmartfoods.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

Well, there you have it, I just want to share this with you girls and all of my sister tribe out there, no matter how big or small you are. Girls unite for a firmer derriere and a healthy body, mind and through-the-roof confidence and maybe even a whistle or two when you walk down the street.

Thank you so much Skinny Office,
On my way to being healthy skinny and still being fabulous all the way to my goal,
Your virtual office friend,
Kate K.

Kettle Baked Potato Chips – Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper

Something very unusual and surprising happened the other night. Well, a few things, the first being that I decided to COOK dinner and the second thing being that I decided to make pasta bolognese–probably the most un-Skinnyoffice dish in existence, but whatever, sometimes a girl just needs her meat sauce. Boys always need meat sauce, so of course I was cooking this with (or more like “for”) my boyfriend. The surprising event was that while we were unpacking our groceries, he pulled out a bag of salt and pepper potato chips, which he called an “appetizer.”

Now, I was a little skeptical. Potato chips with salt are good, but salt and pepper? Either they were going to be disgusting, or they were going to be so good that I would have to eat the whole bag. Neither outcome was to my liking. I hesitantly tried one, and I have to admit, it was pretty good. But of course my boyfriend can never do anything completely right, and these were completely regular, unhealthy potato chips, which was fortunately enough to keep me from eating too many. I knew there had to be a better, baked alternative, and I found them the next day in the Kettle brand.

The best part of my home-cooked meal.

The Kettle chips have 65% less fat than other chips and also actually have some fiber. You can have about 20 for 120 calories, making them the perfect mid-afternoon workday snack, and eating salt-and-pepper chips seems SO much cooler than regular just-salt chips. They’re like hipster chips. Not that I want to be hipster, just like sort of accidentally casually a little bit hipster. Sometimes.

P.S. As I write this I am watching a movie on BET called “Phat Girlz.” It’s not the most, um, refined movie, but it’s about body image acceptance and I kind of recommend watching it. If it like already happens to be on TV. Don’t go Netflixing it or anything. It’s not quite THAT good.

Suzie’s Thin Cakes

There’s not much to say about Susie’s Thin Cakes. When I grabbed them off the shelf at the supermarket I didn’t even think about what I was buying–I liked them before I even tried them. I mean, they have the words “thin” and “cake” in the title, which is convincing enough for me.  Of course the word cake is deceiving in this particular circumstance. Suzie’s Thin Cakes are more comparable to cardboard than to actual cakes, but with only 15 calories per “cake,” you can top these whole-grain cracker-type things with just about anything and you’ll still have an insanely low-calorie snack. I like to top mine with: cream cheese, regular cheese, hummus, salsa, turkey, and basically anything else that I have laying around.

I would say more about what Susie’s Thin Cakes actually taste like, but really, that’s not the point here (they’re good enough, and that’s all I’m going to say.) The point is, Susie’s Thin Cakes taste like whatever you want them to taste like, if you put the right stuff on top. I guess you could eat them plain, but as your um, “nutritionist” in this situation, I’m going to recommend that you find some dip or spread before breaking open a pack of Thin Cakes. I guess if I’m playing nutritionist for the moment I should also mention that they’re made of brown rice…yay.

Now you're talking!

Pickles

What’s a girl to do when she wants a little four o’ clock snack, but doesn’t want to get too full for dinner, and doesn’t want to completely negate her twenty-minute-half-assed elliptical workout of that morning?

She eats pickles.

They’re more than just cucumbers. They’re more than just Snooki’s favorite snack. They’re more than that impossible-to-open jar. Pickles are the ultimate SkinnySnack.

Pickle Queen.

These salty cucumbers-in-disguise have practically zero calories in addition to being so tasty that no girl, despite their somewhat questionable coolness factor, can say no to one. Or five.

Sure, eating a pickle in the office can be far from discreet–pickles smell kind of strong (but like totally in a good way!), and one must be careful to avoid any seemingly risqué behavior in eating one. Come on. Y’all know what I mean.

These are some real beauts.

Slice ’em, eat ’em whole, put ’em on a turkey wrap–honestly, there are many amazing uses for pickles besides just being a sidekick to the turkey club you ordered at that diner. And there are so many KINDS of pickles–dill, sour, garlic, the crunchy kind with that weird bird–that it’s actually been proven to be scientifically impossible not to like at least one variety. So what if they’re a little funny-looking?

One pickle tip: However tempting it may be to eat a whole gaggle of pickles in one sitting, don’t. I promise, you won’t feel your best.

Skinny Pop Popcorn

Well, the past few days have certainly been a whirlwind in terms of celebrity news. I guess there’s been a lot going on in real news too, with the republican debates and all, but who had time to pay any attention to that! I mean, Beyonce’s BABY WAS BORN yesterday. I bet that even Mitt Romney himself was flipping back and forth from Fox News to E! all weekend, just to make sure he knew what the baby was named (reports have been unclear, but I believe it’s been confirmed that the baby girl is named Blue Ivy Carter). As if I wasn’t busy enough reading every single word ever written on the birth of this superstar baby, today is Kate Middleton’s 30th birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE!!! I simply do not know if there are enough hours in the day for me to scour the web for a minute-by-minute update on Kate’s birthday plans while simultaneously checking for new updates on baby Blue.

Princess Kate

It’s barely 11am and I’m already feeling a bit overwhelmed about the amount of amount of “news” I’m going to consume today, and needless to say, I see some seriously stress-snacking in my immediate future. On a day as special as this one, my snack of choice must be fit for royalty (both the real kind of royalty, like Kate, and the Hollywood kind, like Blue and her superstar parents). And that is why I’m sitting here with some SkinnyPop Popcorn, one hand typing, the other reaching deep into a bag of this guilt-free, 39-calories per cup popcorn.

Princess Blue

I promise you, SkinnyPop tastes exactly like any full-calorie popcorn, and you can even taste a light hint of butter. It’s a perfect snack for mindless eating (which I will be doing all day, as I am physically unable to concentrate on anything other than the internet), and since this popcorn is so low in calories, I don’t have to worry about gaining an ounce! I’m gonna be eating a lot of popcorn today….

 

The princess of all popcorn

Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps

I know that I’ve been blogging a lot about apple-related snacks lately. And now that I think about it, I’ve blogged about Apple Pie Gum, an apple flavored popcorn, and City Snacks, which I particularly like in the apple variety. Based upon this information, one may think that I’m an apple fanatic, especially as I sit here typing this on my Apple computer, with my iPad and iPhone not far from my reach. But the truth is that my affinity for the fruit goes no further than the confines of SkinnyOffice– despite popular belief, I do not spend my free time scouring the globe for the tastiest apple-flavored snacks. All these apple snacks, and the one I’m going to introduce you to today, just seem to fall into my lap more often than they might for another person.

The way I discovered Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps (the apple kind) was certainly strange. It was last winter, and I was maneuvering a wide cart through the narrow aisles of an Asian grocery store down in the Financial District. I had picked up my dried seaweed, my Hi-Chew candies, and a 1/4 pound of honey-maple turkey. And then for some reason that I still cannot grasp, I threw a small pouch of some unknown snack into my cart. Even more curious is that the package had Mickey Mouse on it, who I do not like even the slightest bit.  The Mickey snack just caught my eye, and at that moment I knew I had to have it!

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

When I arrived home and tore the picture of Mickey’s head in half as I tried to reach the snack deep inside, I realized that what I had bought was just freeze-dried apples in kid-friendly packaging. They were delicious. I let each dusty sliver of apple melt on my tongue and as it transformed from crunchy to soft, I not only could taste the real apple from which it was made, but I was able to feel the texture of an actual apple too. Unlike other dried fruits, Brothers-All-Natural is light and fluffy and a bit less dense than some of it’s competitors.

Brothers-All-Natural fruit crisps only have 40 calories per pouch, and they come in ten flavors, so there is definitely a fruit crisp for every taste! It turns out that the Mickey pouch I grabbed was part of Brothers-All-Natural’s Disney Collection (they come in Princess pouches, too!) The original packaging is much more discreet…but these are so good and so low-cal that not even the most anti-Disney person on earth would be embarrassed to pull out this Mickey snack at work.

 

SkinnySubmission: PopCorners

When I was first informed about this website in the middle of October, I was instantly intrigued. After graduating college in 2009 and waitressing for a good year and half-two years while hitting the pavement everyday looking for what my friends and I would refer to as a “big girl job” I didn’t really worry about what I was consuming because I would run around a restaurant 5 days a week, 5-9 hours a day and it wasn’t really a huge concern. However, once I got my first “big girl job” in October, I found myself wanting to snack because I was bored sitting at my desk.

A good friend of mine sent me this link and I was instantly addicted. Now when I go shopping every two weeks for snacks, soup, Diet Coke, and cat food for my fatty cat (who needs a skinnycat blog), I tend to look for low-calorie goodness or ways I can make my classic choices a little bit lighter.

While I was in my hometown of Poughquag I ventured into a little deli which housed a shelf full of gluten-free items. On that shelf I stopped when I got to a product called PopCorners. “The New Shape Of Popcorn,” the catchy phrase underneath the title, states that they take a new shape.  These awesome little triangles are delicious and come in 5 flavors: sea salt, white cheddar, kettle corn, cheesy jalapeno, and butter.  I picked up a sandwich and a bag of the butter flavored PopCorners and set out for my next doctor’s appointment. To my amazment these “chips” taste just like a bag full of movie theater butter popcorn…yumm…cannot beat that!

We've seen popped corn, and popped collars, but popped chips! What will they think of next...

The best part is, they are only 120 calories and 3.5 grams of fat for 1 ounce, or 28 grams of these “chips” and they fill you right up!  Plus, you have the crunch of a real chip and the softness of popcorn so it is like you are eating a surprise within each different bite! My gluten-free co-worker has found my stash and cleaned me out! Guess I will be on the hunt for some more PopCorners! This time, I think I will try the white cheddar ones considering I LOVE white cheddar popcorn; however, I do not love the 10 grams of fat that are in a lunch sized bag…

So to all my fellow Skinnyoffice-rs out there, give ’em a try and let me know what you think!

Happy New Year to everyone!

–Alison, 25, MVP Health Care

Guiltless Gourmet Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

So Georgia may be pretty pleased with herself for having gotten in the last word of 2011, but she obviously didn’t realize that I am now getting the first of 2012! And I want to use it to say that I agree with her belief in making small, gradual changes throughout the year as one sees fit, rather than suddenly trying to be a totally different person on January 1st. Like, my mother suggested to me that I watch less television this year, and I was just like, whoa, Mom, let’s not get crazy here.

But I also think that some of the general optimism and enthusiasm that come along with the new year make now as good a time as ever to try to make one of those small changes. So I have first decided to target my unfortunate affection for tortilla chips, which would be difficult–okay, impossible–to avoid entirely.  (For one thing, that would mean an unacceptable decline in my salsa consumption.) My plan isn’t really to have any fewer tortilla chips this year I did last year, it’s just to have healthier tortilla chips. Instead of buying the Tostitos brand that always looks so familiar and appealing and ooh bright colors!, I’m going to go for a less well-known but equally tasty brand: Guiltless Gourmet.

New Year's Resolution #1. No, make that #2. #1 is to come up with better captions.

The only negative to Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips is that they’re called “Guiltless Gourmet.” Seriously, I mean, I love alliteration and gourmet things and not feeling guilty and all, but I don’t like to be REMINDED by that word “guiltless” that I’m dieting. (If you can really call my need to have at least two peach rings a day “dieting.”) I personally prefer to pretend that these chips are just plain gourmet, and so guess what–I can! They’re so good that it’s even worth taking the time to pack some into a plastic baggie to bring to work with you. They’re all 120 calories per serving, and they come in many different flavors. There are the usual chip flavors Yellow Corn and Blue Corn…you know, “plain” and “the dark kind” to us non-tortilla-chip-manufacturers. And then they come in cool special flavors such as Black Bean, Mucho Nacho, and my personal favorite, Chili Lime. One upside to the Chili Lime chips is that they are super flavorful even without salsa, meaning that you don’t have to bring an awkward bowl of salsa to your desk. And I know not many of you out there are into the whole “lime” chip craze, but I promise, the chili and lime seasoning on these chips makes you feel like you’re in a touristy yet enjoyable Mexican restaurant with a live Jimmy Buffett cover band. Which to me means nothing short of “home.”

-Elena