What do you look for when you want to find the perfect snack? What criteria does a food have to meet? For me, the basic requirements are that it be tasty but not detrimental to my health. My personal favorite snack is probably the Quest bar, a portable, high-protein, low-carb, no sugar added bar that tastes like dessert. Quest bars are the best bars, hands down.
However, Quest bars are ridiculously expensive (up to $3 per 60 gram bar at my local GNC!), so if you’re looking for a somewhat cheaper and also less processed snack, I would recommend Greek yogurt. My favorite plain Fage 0% has 22 g of protein and 9 g of sugar, all naturally-occurring from the lactose in milk. Just add some fruit/nuts/seeds/spices/whatever and it’s perfect! I have Fage for breakfast almost every morning.
Sometimes, though, you crave cakes and cookies and brownies and you don’t want to bother putting together a health-ified batch. Or you are way too tired to cook something and you know better than to stuff your face with greasy Chinese delivery.
This week, Vitalicious kindly shipped us a few boxes of their products. We received various flavors of VitaTops, frozen muffin tops (no, not that kind) that are lower in calories and healthier than most similar products, and a box of frozen VitaEgg flatbread sandwiches. I was super excited to try them, and the haze from the dry ice contributed to the ambiance of suspense and anticipation. Props to Vitalicious for providing an element of mystique to their frozen food!
I must admit, the VitaTops and VitaEgg sandwiches don’t look very pretty when you remove the overwrap and plop them on a plate to microwave them. But after they’re heated up, they smell delicious and taste even better. The VitaTops are moist (I know people hate that word; just pretend I said “not dry”) and rich-tasting, and I would definitely recommend them.
To be honest, I didn’t like the VitaEgg sandwiches as much – it’s tough, after all, to make frozen and reheated egg whites taste good. Audrey thought they were okay though. The Vitalicious products have a lot of added vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a lot healthier than your average pastry, and each VitaTop has 100 kcal. However, unless you get the sugar-free version, they do have 11 g of sugar each, so don’t overdo it. Additionally, many of them are made with mostly refined wheat flour (if it just says “wheat flour” and not “whole wheat flour” or “100% whole wheat flour” then you can definitely assume it’s just white flour).
Favorite snack staples:
- plain nonfat Fage
- Quest bars
If you’re craving pastries and want convenience:
- (and I guess Quest bars again)
Pros of VitaTops:
- taste like dessert, but healthier
- lower in cals than real pastries
Cons of VitaTops:
- some are high in sugar (still much less than real pastries!)
- made with refined flour (but have fiber added in so it’s not as bad)
In conclusion: VitaTops are pretty good if you have a sweet tooth. VitaEgg sandwiches are less good.