|Looking for something different to pair with your pita? Spread on your bread? Zip up your dip? Then youre looking for a flavored hummus like Athenos.|
Hummuspuréed chickpeas, tahini (sesame butter), lemon juice, and olive oilis a great snack. You can scoop it up with pita, smear it on a sandwich or bagel, or use it as a dip for sliced bell peppers, carrots, celery, raw broccoli, tortilla chips, whole-wheat crackers, whatever.
Athenos has given the Middle Eastern spread a facelift by adding touches like black olives, roasted red peppers, garlic, scallions, and dill.
We loved the Spicy Three Pepper, the pungent Roasted Eggplant, and the zingy Pesto. But the other six varieties are no slouches in the flavor department either.
Two tablespoonsenough to coat a bagelsupply around 50 calories and four grams of fat, almost all of it unsaturated. (That much peanut butter would cost you 190 calories and 16 grams of fat.)
Athenos isnt the only company thats got a handle on hummus. Check your supermarkets refrigerated deli case for delicious flavored hummuses by brands like Cedars and Tribe of Two Sheiks.
Athenos (Kraft): (800) 343-1976
|No one walks into The Cheesecake Factory expecting to get a low-calorie dessert. But whod ever suspect that one slicerepeat, one sliceof the Factorys Carrot Cake has 1,560 calories?|
Note: The average adult needs about 2,000 calories in an entire day. Is The Cheesecake Factory in cahoots with Lane Bryant or what?
The Factorys Black Out, Amys Fudge, and Fabulous Chocolate Mousse cakes are in the same ballpark (the one with new, oversized seats, that is). A slice of each has approximately 1,400 calories. That makes a slice of the Original Cheesecake, at only 710 calories, look like a bargain.
Its not just the ingredients that make these cakes hip-huggers. The corn oil, cream cheese, eggs, butter, palm kernel oil, butterfat, and hydrogenated palm oil explain why a slice of the Carrot Cake has 84 grams of fat, 23 of them saturated. (Memo to diners not taking cholesterol-lowering drugs: Thats more than a days worth of sat fat.)
Its also the sheer size of the cakes that makes them stick to your ribs (and thighs, abs, and hips). A slice of each six-inch-high layer cake weighs almost a pound, for goodness sakes. Indulgent? Only if thats how youd describe eating three McDonalds Quarter Pounders for dessert.
The Cheesecake Factory: (818) 871-3000