VitaTops — a quick snack but don’t believe the picture

Baked goods like cakes and even snack cakes (i.e. HoHos) have been largely off my diet since having angioplasty in 2012. And I miss them terribly.

So I’m always looking for something baked that I can eat without too much presumed damage to my arteries. That means looking for low-fat, low-salt baked items, almost an impossibility. But there are some. Normally they’re smaller than anything I once ate, but at least they satisfy my cravings a bit.

Look at all those chocolate chips on each top...
Look at all those chocolate chips on each top…
Here's what they really look like on a  small plate.Find the chips?
Here’s what they really look like on a small plate.Find the chips?

One such product is VitaTops. They’re essentially muffin tops with chocolate chips in them so I can taste a bit of chocolate. Each is only 100 calories and has only 3 grams of fat and 170 mgs of sodium. So eating two means 340 mgs of sodium, about a fifth of my daily 1,500 mg limit.

The tops come frozen, you heat them in a microwave so they’re warm when you eat them, a nice touch. Don’t expect the river of chocolate chips that the package art shows, however. It’s more like find the chocolate chip in these. Take a look at my photo of two on a plate and compare it to the package to see what I mean.

VitaTop nutritional information.
VitaTop nutritional information.

Twelve tops costs $16.99 on the maker’s website. I buy them at the supermarket when they’re on sale only, otherwise I consider them too expensive for what they are.


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