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Sample Spies: 6 Snacks We're Testing Now


Here at FITNESS, we have a shelf where editors place all the samples people send to our offices once we are done reviewing them. Frequent items include books, spandex, sports drinks and snacks. Snacks! Today's table is inundated with tasty treats of a bizarre assortment. In no particular order, we have:

Muscle Milk Light, Cafe Latte flavor. At 160 calories, this drinks packs 20 grams of protein and 11 grams of carbs. This stuff is no joke. My advice: Do not, I repeat, do NOT, drink the entire bottle before a hard workout if you are not used to it. Things will end...badly.

RW Garcia's Flaxseed Tortilla Chips. They're organic, wheat and gluten free and contain no trans fats. They're also nearly 1000 calories in one bag (7 servings) which makes this a good choice for someone else to keep on their desk!

Mann's Sugar Snap Peas. Pre-washed, ready for crisp crunching right at your desk. Directions on the back of the package suggest spraying snap peas with cooking spray, adding BBQ seasoning, shaking them around and "you'll think you're crunching on your favorite flavored chips—without the calories!" Can't vouch for that, as  have neither cooking spray nor BBQ seasoning at my desk. (Anyone else want to try it? Report back in the comments!)

Reddi Whip Fat-Free Whip Cream. Five calories a serving. Wish they'd sent it with a sundae to squirt it on.

Alo Exposed Original Aloe Drink. Name kind of says it all. No preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. There are, however, some unusual opaque things floating around in the bottle, slivers of aloe, perhaps? 120 calories in the bottle and a big dose of aloe vera in case you're missing any in your diet.

Michael Season's Reduced-Fat Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Tangy, crunchy and satisfying. Probably why there was a case of them on the table a minute ago, and now there are just two bags.

So there you have it - this morning's goodies. With all that distraction, it's a wonder we get any work done around here!