I am not a huge fan of fast or processed food, but I am a realist. There are going to be times when you can’t make a square meal and when it comes to food on the go it can be a serious challenge to find something healthy to keep you going. I just tried a Lean Whole Grain Pocket for the first time in the middle of a fast paced crazy day. Yep, Hot Pockets are going healthy. I guess they have been "lean" for some time, but now they are introducing whole grain crusts.
The Lean Whole Grain Pockets with whole grain crust contain four grams of fiber and a multi-grain, whole grain crust, so you will get the benefits of the whole grain, like a little bit more iron. However, that crust is also made with margarine that contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil, aka a trans fat. And there is some partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil in the filling, in small enough amounts to be considered a trans fat free food. Foods that contain less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving can use the phrase "0g Trans Fat per serving." Interesting to me that they would add nutritious whole grains, but not take out the trans fat.
To see what I thought of the taste and how a Lean Whole grain Pocket compares with a regular Hot Pocket
Moving away from the ingredients to the taste of this stuffed sandwich, I would have to say the pocket tasted fine. It was cheesy with veggies and pieces of white meat chicken. It kept me full for two and half hours, but one pocket is not a stand alone meal. You definitely need to round out the pocket with a piece of fruit or a healthy snack a couple hours post.
Here's a side by side comparison for you:
|Type of Pocket (1 Sandwich)||Calories||Fat (g)||Protein (g)||Fiber (g)||Sodium (mg)||Sugar (g)|
|Lean Pocket – Chicken, Broccoli Cheddar||250||7||10||4||440||13|
|Hot Pocket – Chicken, Broccoli Cheddar||320||14||10||3||560||11|
I wouldn’t make these a part of my regular dining experience, but if I was on a road trip and could find microwavable foods at 7/11, this would be my choice. I just hope I would have an apple and some nuts around to bring me back to my sense of health.