Bush's Hummus Made Easy, Kashi GOLEAN Plant Powered Shakes, Healthy Chain Restaurant Menus

May 23 2016

Spotted on Shelves…

Bush's Hummus Made Easy

1 tbsp. mix: 40 - 50 calories, 3.5 - 4.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 65 - 115mg sodium, 1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1 - 2*

Love freshly prepared hummus... minus the hard work? Just blend this mix with canned beans, and voilà! Try all three varieties: Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, and Southwest Black Bean. Heads up: The above stats are for the mix itself; a 2-tbsp. serving of the prepared hummus has 45 - 70 calories. We love that these pouches are shelf stable; perfect for a last-minute get-together! Find 'em in the bean aisle of supermarkets nationwide.

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars: 3 New Flavors

1 bar: 100 calories, 1 - 2g total fat (0.5 - 1.5g sat fat), 40 - 60mg sodium, 16 - 19g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 13 - 16g sugars, 5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 5*

With the warm weather creeping in, we need new frozen desserts ASAP. And the newbies from Yasso are... Cookies 'n Cream, Chocolate Chip, and Cinnamon Bun! As always, the bars are creamy, low in fat, made with natural ingredients, and packed with a good dose of protein. Click to locate!

Kashi GOLEAN Plant Powered Shakes

2 scoops: 160 - 180 calories, 6 - 7g total fat (0.5 - 1g sat fat), 50 - 55mg sodium, 8 - 13g carbs, 4 - 9g fiber, 1g sugars, 20 - 21g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3 - 4*

We love using protein powder in creative ways. (Here's proof.) And since Kashi is known for making healthy stuff that tastes fantastic, we're thrilled that the brand recently debuted this line of plant-based protein powder. It's vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free, plus it has added probiotics. And look at the ingredient list: peas, beans, lentils, flax seeds, chia seeds... wow! Try all four: Original Inspiration, Vanilla Vinyasa, Matcha Tea Mantra, and Dark Cocoa Power. In stores this month.

Better-for-You Finds at Starbucks, Au Bon Pain & Applebee's!

Starbucks Mini Frappuccinos

Frankly, we don't know why these aren't a year-round option... 10-oz. Mini Fraps are here for the summer! If you're looking for a small sweet sipper (i.e. one with a small calorie commitment), snag one STAT. Stick with a Light pick, and it'll have around 110 calories or less. Your best bets: The Espresso Light (60 calories, SmartPoints® value 3*), the Cinnamon Dolce Light (70 calories, SmartPoints® value 4*), and the Coffee Light (60 calories, SmartPoints® value 3*).

Au Bon Pain's Seasonal Salad and Petit Plates

ABP has some fresh new items for late spring, and three in particular have got our attention. The Chicken, Strawberry & Watermelon Salad -- uh, YUM -- has a totally reasonable 310 calories (SmartPoints® value 9*). With all the fruit and feta, you might not even need dressing! And check out these two Petit Plates: the Balsamic Chicken (170 calories, SmartPoints® value 5*) and the Chickpea & Roasted Tomato Salad (150 calories, SmartPoints® value 4*); pair 'em up for a balanced lunch under 350 calories!

Applebee's Wood Fired Grill Create Your Own Masterpiece

This lineup is all about mix-n-match meats and sides! While there are plenty of heavy items (we see you, Garlic Fries and Double-Glazed Baby Back Ribs!), there are also lots of lean picks. Here are three combos under 600 calories...

6 oz. USDA Top Sirloin + Wood Fired Grilled Veggies + Garlicky Green Beans = 570 calories (SmartPoints® value 19*)

Grilled Chicken Breast + Hearty Grains & Rice + Steamed Broccoli = 530 calories (SmartPoints® value 13*)

Cedar-Grilled Salmon + Steamed Broccoli + Wood-Fired Grilled Veggies = 590 calories (SmartPoints® value 18*)

HG Tip: Request the veggies plain (no butter or oil) to reduce the calories and SmartPoints® values!

And that's all we've got! 'Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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