Category Archives: Frozen
I think it’s common knowledge that the grape is a pretty average fruit. Eating a grape certainly doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed, like eating a sweet summer watermelon does, and the grape does not possess the apple’s uncanny ability to capture the essence of an entire season with one crisp bite. Grapes don’t have a category, they don’t have a season. Grapes are just…grapes– and as I’m not usually one to settle for mediocrity, I tend to reach for a fruit that’s a bit less, um, pedestrian, when perusing the produce section.
But this was all before I discovered frozen grapes. Frozen grapes are not a new product; they are just ordinary grapes that have been in the freezer for a few hours. It’s hard to believe that the simple act of freezing can transform this uninspired fruit into something that tastes so regal. That’s right. Frozen grapes actually taste like royalty.
Non-frozen grapes often taste dry and chalky, but put your grapes in the freezer and they’ll taste like velvet. One of the biggest problems with eating grapes at room temperature is that you run the risk of accidentally grabbing a soft, soggy one. Just stick your grapes in the freezer and problem solved! When frozen, grapes don’t become rock-hard as one might expect. Instead they have a pleasantly firm outside while the inside has a bit of a crunch but still retains its juiciness. Frozen grapes are like the french fries of fruit.
Just remember to dry the grapes before you put them in your freezer…
The only thing I love more than a sweet, low-calorie, frozen treat is a sweet, low-calorie, frozen treat that I can eat using only one hand (Shopbop isn’t gonna browse itself, people). And there are even more advantages to sugar-free popsicles. You don’t need a plate, which means you don’t have to wash said plate; it takes a while to eat just one (the Holy Grail of low-calorie food qualities!); and the colors are so bright and pretty, just like me.
Popsicles are the perfect snack to eat while you’re at a computer, it’s like they were made for an office or study-room setting. I don’t even want to tell you how many of these I ate during college. Sometimes I stocked up on so many I’d have to take them out of the box in order to fit them all into my freezer (though admittedly, most of my other groceries had to go into the freezer as well). The brand of fruit-flavored popsicles that I always bought and highly recommend is the Popsicle brand, since who could possibly make better popsicles than the company NAMED “Popsicle”?! They only have 15 calories per popsicle, and absolutely zero of anything else remotely nutritious but who cares? Sure, they aren’t the “real fruit” ones with “no preservatives” or whatever, but come on, get over yourself–who are you, Michael Pollan?
And if you eat enough of them, you can make a popsicle-stick house, which could be one of those quirky conversation-starters that you use when you feel uncomfortable at a party.
On Saturday I shattered the screen of my iPhone. On Sunday I lost my entire wallet. And now it’s Monday. Broken phone + no wallet + Monday= the trifecta of unhappiness. I am less than enthused to go to work this morning.
But as I was watching the Today Show this morning, sulking about the impending work day and the fact that Kathie Lee and Hoda come on an hour too late for me to catch them, I remembered something incredible: last week, I put a box of 100 calorie Cinnamon Coffee Cakes in my fridge. My day is beginning to turn around!
I’m a big fan of 100 calorie packs in general– low in calories and fat, perfectly portioned, a ton of varieties– what’s not to love?! For years I’ve been loyal to the Chips Ahoy 100 cal pack, but last winter I discovered Cinnamon Coffee Cakes, and I haven’t looked back since. There are 3 cakes per pack, each one so small and so delicate it’s like eating a petit delicious cloud. They are lovely. The Cinnamon Coffee Cakes are sweet and they work great as an afternoon snack, but this is a very versatile treat. I ate a pack this morning while waiting for Al Roker to inform me whether or not I needed to wear a jacket today, and it was a wonderfully surprising breakfast! Just throw a pack in your bag and you’re good to go!
I suppose most people store coffee cakes in their kitchen at room temperature, but a friend of mine once shared with me the trick of keeping 100 cal coffee cakes in my fridge. A cold coffee cake is a whole new kind of snack, but these coffee cakes are good any time of day, at any temperature!
It’s 45 degrees and raining outside; I wore gloves on my walk to work this morning; we have the heat on in the office; and all I want in the whole world is ice cream (and a red wool jacket from J.Crew, a new pair of black over-the-knee boots, and an unlimited gift card to Shopbop.com); but mostly ice cream.
My craving for a freezing treat is especially odd not only because Al Roker warned us just this morning that winter is on its way, but also due to the fact that I NEVER eat ice cream. I do not like it. I never have. My mom used to order Italian ices AND ice cream for my birthday parties when I was little– ices for me and ice cream for my guests.
I assume that this cold-weather-ice-cream-dreaming is some Freudian regression to make up for all the ice cream cones I rejected during my childhood, and I refuse to deny myself the delicacy I hear that ice cream is for one more second. Twenty-three and a half years is long enough!!
I’d love a pint of Ben & Jerry’s right now, but let’s be honest: I’m no spring chicken anymore. Full-fat ice cream will do nothing for my waistline, and so I lament my fleeting youthfulness with a more reasonable serving of Arctic Zero. One pint of Arctic Zero contains just 150 calories– that’s less than one Luna Bar!! And Arctic Zero is fat free, low in sugar, and comes in eight flavors.
Despite the efforts of whoever designed the Arctic Zero container (putting “150 Calories per Pint” front and center was a seriously clever marketing move), swallowing a spoonful of this “ice cream” is more akin to sniffing a petite square of chocolate or chomping on a single coffee bean than savoring a sundae.
While Arctic Zero is essentially just chocolate flavored ice, when you’re craving ice cream this (kind of) does the trick.