Healthy Butter Swap, Alternative Milks, Meet Lolly

Feb 29 2016

Spotted on Shelves...

The Laughing Cow Creamy Asiago Spreadable Cheese Wedges

1 wedge: 35 calories, 1.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 190mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

For the first time in a while, our pals at LC have a brand-new flavor! Mild yet a little tangy, it's exactly what you'd expect from The Laughing Cow: creamy, delicious, portion-controlled perfection. In supermarkets nationwide.

DiMario All Natural Premium Smoked Snack Sticks

1 oz.: 45 - 60 calories, 1.5 - 4g total fat (0 - 1.5g sat fat), 280 - 370mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 5 - 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1 - 2*

Meat snacks have come a long way since old-school Slim Jims, and these insanely tasty and natural sticks are the best we've tried in a loooong time. Choose from chicken (Rosemary Herb) and pork (in Original, Hot, and Garlic & Fennel). Our top picks? The pork varieties -- especially the Garlic & Fennel. They're currently only in select Chicago-area stores, for the most part, but they're definitely worth ordering online. (Truly! Trust us on this one...)

Melt Organic Buttery Spread

1 tbsp.: 80 calories, 9g total fat (3.5 - 4g sat fat), 0 - 85mg sodium, 0 - 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 0g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3 - 4*

With nutritional stats just slightly lower than regular butter, you know this swap has to be pretty darn impressive to earn our praise... and it SO is. In Rich & Creamy, Honey, and Chocolate, this wildly delicious Dr. Oz-approved dairy-free spread is made from a precise blend of organic oils. The special blend delivers an ideal combo of saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats that's said to support healthy weight. It's also non-GMO and soy-free. Wowzers. Click to find, ASAP.

Move Over, Ordinary Almond Milk: Amazing Milk Finds!

Silk Nutchello

1 cup: 70 - 90 calories, 2 - 4g total fat (0 - 3.5g sat fat), 180 - 190mg sodium, 10 - 16g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 9 - 14g sugars, 0 - 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3 - 4*

Richer and a little sweeter than other nut milks, these decadent new offerings from our friends at Silk are crazy good. In Caramel Almond + Cashew, Toasted Coconut + Cashew, and Dark Chocolate + Walnut... How can you resist? You can't and shouldn't. Try 'em in your coffee, smoothies, cold cereal, and even oatmeal STAT.

Elmhurst Harvest Unsweetened Real Pistachio & Real Walnut Beverages

1 cup: 30 calories, 2.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 110mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

Finally, someone cracked the code to creating low-calorie milk from pistachios. (Tee-hee!) In Walnut too, these unsweetened drinks from Elmhurst Harvest are a total find. They're perfect for anyone avoiding dairy, almonds, sugar, and soy... and those of us who just love low-cal options. Bonus: You can buy 'em on Amazon.

a2 0% Fat Free Milk

1 cup: 100 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 160mg sodium, 14g carbs, 0g fiber, 13g sugars, 11g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

If you want the protein power of dairy but regular cow's milk doesn't sit well with your stomach, this is the option for you. The a2 peeps eliminated a hard-to-digest protein present in dairy milk and kept just the good stuff -- read up on it here. Then track down a carton! (Pssst... The low-fat and reduced-fat kinds are also worth checking out.)

3 Things to Know About Right Now…

Are you following I’m Lolly on Facebook yet? Do it... NOW! Lolly is HG Lisa's beloved Poodle-mix pup (we think she's part Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier!): an adorable Muppet of a dog who has a lot to say. If you like cute talking animals and behind-the-scenes Hungry Girl fun, you'll love I'm Lolly.

Research suggests there’s a limit to how many calories your body can burn with exercise. Whoa! A recent study found that while working out is certainly beneficial, your calorie-burning abilities can plateau at some point during extended physical activity. Yet another reason to prioritize healthy eating...

Starbucks & McDonald's are rolling out impressive new options. At the 'Bucks, try the Citrus Green Tea Latte: Get a short nonfat one for 90 calories and 5g protein (SmartPoints® value 4*). And in 800 Southern California locations, McDonald's is reportedly test-marketing a 250-calorie, 27g-protein egg-white breakfast bowl, complete with turkey sausage, spinach, and kale. Nice!

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It's February 29th, and we only get one every 4 years. So it's pretty important that you celebrate today's food holiday: National Surf and Turf Day! Click here for tips on lean steak, and pair it with your favorite seafood.

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