I think it's downright evil that the most delicious of the macronutrients, the carbohydrate, is also the one that needs to be watched most closely when trying to drop a few pounds. Dieters everywhere are scrambling for suitable replacements for their favorite carbo-loaded meals and treats. Just spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you'll be overwhelmed by the number of low carb recipes for things that most definitely should not be low carb.
It's no surprise that food brands are trying to keep up with the times by offering a variety of favorite edibles that slash carbs without also slashing flavor and texture. Recently I had the opportunity to try out some goodies from one such brand, ThinSlim Foods, and I'd love to share my thoughts!
First I tried the almond square which defrosted quickly on my kitchen counter. Each square has 40 calories, 8 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 2 grams net carbs. See the full nutrition facts and ingredients list right here.
When I opened the package I was greeted with a delicious almond aroma. I love the smell of almonds, almond extract, almond anything! It's such a delicious smell. I couldn't wait to take a bite.
The texture of the almond square was insanely soft, moist, and it melted away in your mouth. The sweetness was mild and pleasant and the browned crust on the outside added a very slight toasted flavor. You could have fooled me about this being low carb, because it was straight up delicious. The almond flavor was smack-you-in-the-face powerful, which is everything I want in any almond-flavored baked good.
Without pause, I would buy the almond squares again. Sooooo good.
Next up I tried the brownie, each with 45 calories, 8 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 2 grams net carbs. See the full nutrition facts and ingredients list right here.
Straight out of the package the brownie had the familiar smell of unsweetened cocoa powder included in most chocolately baked goods. The bar felt light and soft between my fingers, more cake-like than dense brownie-like.
I took a bite and found a super moist and melty texture very similar to the almond square. I don't mind that the texture is more cake and less brownie because it really does have a pleasing consistency. I found that low carb chocolate treats work well for me because I enjoy when chocolate is not overly sweetened and prefer when the natural bitterness of the chocolate is allowed to shine. I like that this brownie was a nice balance between bitter and sweet. I did prefer the almond square over the brownie, but this is still a tasty treat.
The vanilla cookies each have 40 calories, 2 net carbs, and 6 grams of protein. Get the full nutrition facts and ingredients list right here.
The ThinSlim Foods Vanilla Cookie is a pretty big cookie! For only 40 calories, it feels like you're getting a much bigger treat. The cookie doesn't have much of an aroma, and when I took a bite I found it tasted a bit like a vanilla cake with a mild, pleasant amount of sweetness.
The texture of the cookies is a bit sturdier than the cake squares - not exactly chewy, but not as melt-in-your-mouth as the cakes. Definitely more of a cookie texture with a bit of layered flakiness in the crumb which I thought was quite nice! The cookies are also a bit easier to eat with bare hands as they are less sticky than the cakes. I really enjoyed the vanilla cookie and could see myself purchasing this one again in the future.
Next up is the ThinSlim Foods Chocolate Glazed Cookie, each with 45 calories, 2 grams net carbs, 6 grams of protein, and a whoppin' 22 grams of dietary fiber. Get the full nutrition facts and ingredient list right here.
I didn't detect any noticeable smell to the chocolate glazed cookie. The crumb texture is the same enjoyable layered flaky goodness of the vanilla cookie but with not as much vanilla present in the flavor. I felt that the chocolate glaze was a bit sticky and messy and that the chocolate flavor itself could have been more bold. In the future, I would skip over this flavor in favor of some of the other offerings (of which there are many!)
The ThinSlim Vanilla Muffins each have 40 calories, 6 grams protein, 8 grams of fiber, and 2 net carbs. Get the full nutrition facts and ingredients list right here.
I also took this one out of the freezer before eating dinner, planning to have it as dessert. It took a little longer than the cookies to thaw out because it's quite a bit thicker.
The texture of the muffin managed to be noticeably different from both the cookie and the cake squares - a bit more dense and crumbly (but not flaky and layered like the cookie) but still very, very moist. As with all of the baked items I sampled this one was also not overly sweetened and had a pleasant amount of vanilla flavor. It's delicious as-is, but I can also see it being a great vehicle for toppings, even something as simple as being served warm with a tad bit of melted butter. Yum yum!
I was most excited to try Impastable, which is ThinSlim Foods incredible low carb fettuccine. Pasta is one of the main things I miss when watching my carbs (doesn't everyone have this problem?) so the possibility that there would be an acceptable substitute out there made me sit up and pay attention. Each 2 ounce serving contains only 65 calories, 6 grams of protein, 6 grams net carbs and 36 grams of fiber (whoa!). See the full nutrition facts and ingredients list right here.
I really didn't know what to expect, so I jumped in with both feet and whipped up this dish:
This whole plate of delicious ground turkey fettuccine and braised Brussels sprouts is less than 350 calories, and you can get my recipe for it right here. Now what about the pasta?
Ohh my friends, this pasta. This pasta indeed. This is good low carb pasta. You cook it as you would any other pasta, though the instructions recommend boiling only 2-3 minutes or to the desired texture. In my case, I ended up boiling it closer to 6 minutes to get it nice and soft. I was soo impressed with the texture! It's not chalky or dry, it's smooth and slippery just like a real pasta should be. It doesn't have any weird or off-putting tastes and had I not told my husband in advance that it was low carb I doubt he would have even noticed - it is THAT GOOD!!
So yeah, two very enthusiastic thumbs up for ThinSlim Foods Impastable. I really can't say enough good things about it. I wish my pantry was overflowing with bags of this stuff.
Last but certainly not least is the ThinSlim Foods Love the Taste low carb bread. Along with pasta, bread is another one of the main foods that gets the big boot when trying to lower one's daily carb count. I've had several brands of low carb bread and they run the gamut of being flat out gross to deceptively close to real bread. I always get a little giddy to try a new brand of low carb bread in my ongoing search for a true substitute for the real thing. Each slice of ThinSlim foods low carb bread has 50 calories, 6 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein and only 1 net carb! See the full nutrition facts and ingredients list right here.
As with other ThinSlim Foods products, the bread is frozen and can be easily thawed by leaving it on the counter, straight up toasting it, or microwaving it for 10-15 seconds wrapped in a napkin (just my little tip for quickly defrosting bread while preserving texture!). I took a taste of the bread all by itself and was impressed with the texture. A lot of low carbs bread are too stiff and chewy, but this one is softer and has a much more pleasant taste. Well, I should clarify that these actually have a taste, as a lot of low carb bread that I've tried tastes the same as chewing on the shipping box it arrived in. I got really excited by the lovely flavor and consistency of this bread when eaten naked, so I couldn't wait to try it out in other ways!
My favorite way to eat this bread was making a simple grilled turkey and provolone sandwich. See how thick the slices are? You could be totally fooled into thinking that this is your regular run-of-the-mill white flour bread. I can't believe both slices of bread have only 2 total carbs! I tried it as regular toast with some melty peanut butter, a variety of sandwiches (egg breakfast sandwich hell-O, lover!) and as a side bread for many of our regular dinners.
I'm obsessed with this bread and can't recommend it enough for those looking to keep bread as a main staple in their low carb diets.
I was sent a package of items from ThinSlim Foods to review and share with all of you. We do not accept free product or compensation in return for a fully positive review. Remember our motto: if it sucks, we'll tell ya!