Friday, May 25, 2012

Deep & Velvety Chocolate VitaBrownies

There is nothing like a moist chocolate brownie.  The smell, the sweetness and taste is like a hug from a loved one.  Unfortunately, these brownie treats do not always agree with our bodies for various reasons.  Don’t fret; I believe I have found a delicious alternative that will not divert us from our healthy eating regimens.

I first discovered the Vitalicious brand browsing through the freezer section of the supermarket.  The box boasts low calories and fat, while full of vitamins and fiber.  Sounds like a dieter’s dream, unfortunately flashbacks of similar products I had tried in the past went through my mind.  As I relived the memories of eating sawdust-tasting products, I quickly put the Vitalicious product back in the freezer.  I just resigned to the fact that I would have to give up these types of treats.

Over the next couple of weeks the Vitalicious brand kept popping up all over.  They were highly recommended by fellow students and on several TV shows including Hungry Girl and Dr. Oz.  Then they went on sale at my supermarket, well for sure that was my sign to try these products.  Vitalicious has several products to choose from, but I of course was drawn to the Deep & Velvety Chocolate VitaBrownies.

I find these brownies to be a fantastic alternative to their sugar laden counterparts.  They are indeed very chocolately (is that a real word?) and moist.  Now let me just say I have read other reviews that say these taste JUST like the brownies your grandmother used to make.  If you buy these expecting your grandmother’s brownie, you will be disappointed.  The vitabrownies have a different texture, they are a little denser, they are not as sweet and there is a faint vitamin taste in the background.  This in no way takes away from the fact that they are a terrific little snack.

Vitabrownies are a great 100-calorie snack and they are actually nutritious.  Each generous 2 oz. brownie as 2 grams of fat, 10 grams of fiber and loaded with vitamins essential to a healthy you.  Getting 100% of your recommended daily requirements of essential vitamins and minerals is the key to staying strong and healthy. Vitalicious products are fortified with as many as 15 of the crucial vitamins and minerals you need, including folic acid, niacin, iron, calcium, vitamins A, B, C, E and more. In fact, a 4 oz. serving of Vitalicious products are USDA certified to have 100% of the recommended daily adult requirements of many of the most important vitamins and minerals.  I do not recommend you ONLY use these to get your daily vitamins.

This product contains no artificial additives or preservatives.  Ingredients: Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Sugar, Egg Whites, Natural Chicory Fiber (Inulin), Cocoa Powder, Soy Fiber, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Vanilla), Wheat Gluten, Dried Honey, Wheat Protein Isolate, Walnuts, Natural Flavor, Leavening (Potassium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate), Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Natural Sweetener (Rebiana), Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Iron, Biotin, Zinc. Contains: Egg, soy, walnuts and wheat.

About Vitalicious

“Vitalicious is the creator of innovative "vital and delicious" baked goods that promote a healthy lifestyle, without sacrificing taste. Vitalicious is leading the way to a holistic approach to maximize satisfaction with minimum calories, with products that are low fat and high in fiber and nutrients. Vitalicious has created a unique triangle of need-satisfaction, All-Natural ingredients + Nutraceuticals + Weight Management. What are Nutraceuticals?  Nutraceuticals are foods that are enriched with the kinds of vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining health and preventing illness. Vitalicious offers a variety of unique and healthy products.”   Visit their website at  Vitalicious products are sold nationwide at a variety of stores including Fairway Supermarkets, Pathmark, Waldbaums, Target and Stop & Shop.

I highly recommend vitabrownies as a part of your overall healthy eating plan.  I eat them several ways, defrosted right from the freezer, warmed up topped with frozen yogurt and crumbled over greek yogurt.  Even my husband, who is a sweetaholic (I know that’s not a word!), likes them.

If you try the vitabrownies or have already tried them or any other vitalicious product please tell me about your experience.

Healthy eating…

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