Category Archives: Whole Wheat

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!

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La Tortilla Factory’s Smart & Delicious 100-Calorie Tortillas

Tortilla wraps are pretty boring in and of themselves. In fact, I can’t think of one interesting anecdote or related celebrity news story or little-known fact to introduce them in this post, so I am just going to be direct. Though everybody thinks wraps are always the healthier option, this is not true, as wraps–just the tortilla wrap part, never mind what may be inside–often contain hundreds of calories and little nutritional value. A tortilla wrap can derail a healthy lunch faster than my boyfriend can race out of the room when I start talking about favorite baby names. (Which do NOT include “Blue Ivy,” Beyonce. Despite its “special meaning” to you.)

Maybe I'll name my child "Blue Tortilla". That is what has special meaning for ME.

Luckily, La Tortilla Factory makes “Smart & Delicious” tortillas, each of which is a healthy 100 calories and has 8 grams of fiber. Keep a pack of these in the office, and you can make a healthy and filling lunch or snack out of one whenever you want. No matter what other kinds of ingredients you have lying around, I assure you that you can make SOME creation out of it. That is the beauty of wraps, their versatility–I’ve been known to wrap one around a piece of string cheese, create a chopped-veggie-burger wrap, or eat wraps with nothing but barbecue sauce inside! (Um. Hm. That sounds less appealing in writing.)

With La Tortilla Factory’s Smart & Delicious 100-Calorie Tortillas (did I mention they are low-carb and come in whole wheat!?), there is no reason to eat a mystery-calorie wrap from a restaurant ever again!*

*Unless you’re out to eat. Don’t bring these with you to restaurants or anything. I mean, it’s good to try and eat healthily, but really, that would just be ridiculous. You’d look like a nutcase. I wouldn’t eat with you.

-Elena

SkinnySubmission: Whole Wheat English Muffins

Sometimes I fantasize about bread. In my daydreams, I buy a human-sized loaf, warm it up, slather it in butter, and spend all day eating it. I’m a bread fiend. I would take bread over ice cream, over Crème brûlée, over chocolate pudding, over cheesecake…

But bread (especially my personal kryptonite, those soft Italian rolls you get at restaurants) is not exactly a guilt-free snack. My solution: whole-wheat English muffins.

I'm not.

In fact, I just had one. I keep a package at my desk and pop one in the toaster when I’m feeling hungry and exhausted pre- or post-lunchtime. Usually, I eat mine with butter, but you can pair them with pretty much anything. They’re the snack equivalent of the little black dress. Speaking of, I bet Audrey Hepburn ate them, that goddess.

Some suggestions:

Pine nut hummus

Jam

Peanut or almond butter

Some sort of cheese that spreads easily, like goat cheese

There’s no shame in eating English muffins au naturel, but I suggest coupling them with a protein-heavy spread (like hummus) that can help tide you over until the next meal.

You might say that English muffins don’t count as a snack, because snacks have to be sweet or salty. To that, I say that an appetizer, done well, can beat out any entree or dessert. And who says your snack can’t function as a mini-appetizer? No one, that’s who.

Besides, doesn’t eating English cuisine make you feel so sophisticated?

A historical note: According to my research, the “Muffin Man” of nursery rhyme lore was actually selling English muffins, not those sugar-laden desserts that masquerade as breakfast.

Marielle S., 23, reporter, Boston, MA