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Review of Lean Pockets With Whole Grain Crust

Lean Pockets Go Whole Grain

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.

Join The Conversation
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I think lean pockets have no taste...there are SO many better options.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I like Amy's pockets and burritos better, and I know people hate on this food, but if I'm going for convenience I prefer the Lean Pocket/Amy's to a granola bar...those bars just don't taste good to me because I have more of a savory than a sweet tooth!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Sheesh, could they make that WHOLE GRAIN on the package any bigger? :oy: Hot/lean pockets are nasty, I don't buy them anymore b/c I always used to bite into them and there would be like, I don't know... inedible meat-type product mixed in with the regular chicken. Nasty.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
no, i'm still completely and utterly disgusted with hot pockets. they are so freakin' bad for you! if time's really an issue why not get one of the Amy's organic microwaveable pocket sammiches? Much, MUCH better for you.
blue-skies blue-skies 9 years
I find it weird to think I wouldn't have the time to make your own dinner. I don't even own a microwave! I just hate microwave food!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
lean pockets are gross and greasy.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
As much as I hate to admit it, these are a regular for me in my freezer. I only choose the Lean, Whole Grain varieties (Chicken Fajita is my fave), and I generally succumb to them when I come home from a dance class and want something in my stomach before I shower and get to bed. Last night, after teaching dance for 3 hours with only a granola bar to keep me going, I came home, popped one in the microwave and had it with a couple spoonfuls of chicken salad. I went to bed sated, but not full, and didn't feel like I over-indulged in anything.
lacourt lacourt 9 years
Hot Pockets are disgusting- there are so many other things you can eat for the same amount of calories that are so much better for you. I wouldn't eat these if they paid me to.
ellipsery ellipsery 9 years
I've never liked Hot Pockets, and these whole grain ones are still not appealing. They keep in the trans fats because people aren't savvy enough to actually read the ingredients in the foods they eat.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I guess something is better than nothing but I still do not like the idea of putting processed, sodium-laden, artifical chemicals into my body.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I think you could find something better to eat than this if your on a road trip. One of my goals this year is to steer away from all the frozen convenience meals they really aren't that great. So far it has been great and I am eating so much healthier.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i was thrilled when hot pockets went lean and now that's great to see that they are going whole grain. not that i'd have an opportunity or desire to have them - i think that it's a great change for them. a step in the right direction.
EveyBites EveyBites 9 years
I eat lean pockets practically everyday.... I'm kind of a fan. I think they are tasty and quick, but you def need a lil something else with it.
justbreathe226 justbreathe226 9 years
They already tried this 2 years ago. It was called s Lean Pocket Ultra. It did really poorly mostly because it tasted like greasy cardboard.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I saw a commercial for these last night. I don't think it's something I would go for...
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