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November 11, 2011   9 Comments

Looking for a way to drink hot chocolate without a bunch of calories? The stores are filled with artificially sweetened hot cocoa mix that tastes...well...okay.

How about if you took the cocoa beans and actually ground them up and made a "coffee" like drink? Instead of using roasted and ground coffee beans in your coffee maker, you use roasted and ground COCOA beans.

Crio Brű is a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints approved drink that is only 10 calories for four ounces and tastes of CHOCOLATE. It isn't sweet, but I found that I liked it without adding any sugar or milk.

It is intensely flavorful and something for chocolate lovers to try. It has all the antioxidants of chocolate without the calories. Buy at Crio Brű or Amazon.com (below).

alfresco

A reader e-mailed me about al fresco chicken sausages so I had to give them a try. I think fully cooked sausages or meatballs are a great meal short cut - and THESE taste delicious.

al fresco's products feature no artificial ingredients, MSG, nitrates, preservatives, or nitrites AND they have 60%-70% less fat than pork and beef products. My favorite are the "Tomato and Basil Chicken Meatballs". Here are the nutrition facts for 4 meatballs:

160 calories, 9 g fat, 4 g carbohydrates, 16 g protein, 0 g fiber, 380 mg sodium, 4 Points+

A package of 16 retails for $4.99 and can be found here: Find al fresco

jollyllama

My kids went nuts over these Jolly Llama Sorbet Squeezups that are made with whole fruit - not concentrates or juices. There is added sugar but unlike other popsicles that I have reviewed (see: Don't Be Fooled By This Popsicle Marketing Trick), the FIRST ingredient is fruit.

They come in blueberry, raspberry, peach, mango, strawberry, acai berry, and banana coconut sorbet flavors.

They taste AMAZING and are a great fix for when you want to eat a tub of Ben and Jerry's because the portion size is figured out for you. Here are the nutrition facts for one Raspberry Sorbet Squeezup:

70 calories, 0 g fat, 19 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 3 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 2 Points+

A package of 4 retails for $4.99 and can be found here: Jolly Llama Where To Buy

These products were received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.


Crio Bru Ground Cocoa Beans, Cavalla Ivory Coast, 12 Ounce

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9 Comments:

I absolutely LOVE al fresco products too :) SO flavorful and healthy. Something I can definitely feel good about snacking (or mealing!) on!

on November 11, 2011

Thanks for the Al Fresco tip! Looks like they sell at my local markets. I'm going to try those.

on November 11, 2011

I just tried the brewed cocoa a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE it! I love coffee but can't handle caffeine and I find this is a great substitute. I drink it "black" but I'm sure it would be great with milk or sweetener too.

on November 11, 2011

Thanks for stating that the Crio Bru is LDS approved. I think I will purchase some and try it!

on November 11, 2011

I have not heard of brewed cocoa, but it sounds fabulous! I also love al fresco products - the apple flavored chicken sausage was a fantastic addition to my shrimp and grits a while back!!

on November 11, 2011

we recently tried Thin & Trim's Chicken Sausage. There were free samples of the Apple & Cinnamon sausage at the market. This is combination I never would have thought to try - but we love it! It is like a sweet breakfast sausage. I only bought 1 package because I thought it was a bit pricey and cut it up to split over 2 breakfasts. I haven't tried Al Fresco brand but I will look for it when I shop this upcoming week.

on November 11, 2011

Thank you so much for your wonderful tips. I love your newsletter and can't wait to try the Crio Bru.

on November 11, 2011

Literally a day or 2 after reading this post I watched Alton Brown's final Good Eats episode about chocolate. He made hot cocoa (that looked amazing and rather high in calories) using ground cocoa beans and brewed them just like coffee (then he added many more things). However, he didn't use a pre-packaged ground cocoa product. He just stated any good "perveyor of chocolate" would have ground beans, but I don't know where to find one of those. I really want to try it though (the coffee like drink, not his hot cocoa - well, I would love to try that, but I think it would be my calories for the day).

on February 15, 2012

I reviewed Crio Bru on my blog - I really like it!

on May 23, 2012


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