LightLife Buffalo Smart Wings is described on the packaging as veggie protein wings, i.e. a vegetarian option to Buffalo chicken wings. The description on their website reads, "It's about to get a little spicy in here, folks. Our juicy wings are bringing all kinds of sassy sauce to the table, whether it's a party or a plain old Tuesday. So pick up a box and start wingin' it!" Please note the words in bold, we'll come back to them later.
Let me start by saying, if you love wings, as I do, LEAVE this product alone. You will not be happy. You WILL think it's an insult to have the term "wings" in the product name. And "Smart Wings" at that. Of course, this is a vegetarian version, but some things are better left in the meat eating world, and this is a prime example. But, I might have to take some of the blame for making a lackluster product from these vegetarian wings. The directions for preparation on the box provided a "Skillet" and Microwave method. I did it in the microwave and that probably wasn't the best way - over at 125 Pounds, they had a good review of the pan-seared wings - but they did give me a choice!
Now, there are some redeeming qualities to LightLife Buffalo Smart Wings ... or rather, there is one redeeming quality ... the "buffalo" sauce isn't terrible. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "spicy" either, but it was flavorful. And while these veggie wings didn't come out dry, I also wouldn't call have referred to them as "juicy". What really weirded me out was the texture of these wing-shaped, veggie protein pieces. It's better if I wasn't thinking "wings" and was thinking textured protein - then this would have tasted just about as I expected.
A serving of 4 "wings" provides 110 calories, 3 grams of total fat (5% of the daily value), no saturated fat, 680 mg sodium (28% of the DV), 4 grams of fiber (16% of the DV), less than 1 gram of sugar and 13 grams of protein (here's the ingredients list). This is way healthier than traditional chicken wings! On it's own, I have to say this product is lackluster. But it seems like it would work if it were cut up and incorporated into a tasty pasta or rice dish.
The suggested retail price of a 6 ounce box of LightLife Buffalo Smart Wings with 2 servings is $4.79. I received samples of this product to review, and I hate that I have to give it a bad write-up, but thankfully, I know LightLife makes some great vegetarian products, like Lightlife Smart Deli Pepperoni, Lightlife Smart Bacon and Lightlife Smart Deli Bologna Style Veggie Protein Slices.
Have you ever tried vegetarian wings?