Savory Oats a la Mac & Cheese, HG Cruise Updates, Peppermint Mocha Swap

Nov 14 2016

Spotted on Shelves...

Grainful Homestyle Cheddar Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats

1/4 package, about 1 cup prepared: 250 calories, 7g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 650mg sodium, 38g carbs, 4g fiber, 8g sugars, 9g protein -- SmartPoints® value 8*

Stop everything. This cheesy oatmeal tastes like the love child of risotto and mac 'n cheese! HG Lisa personally FLIPPED over it. Her tip: Stir in some lean protein and broccoli to make it a full-on meal! You'll want to stock up ASAP. Find it in select stores, or order online.

Nature's Own Life Bread

1 slice: 40 - 90 calories, <0.5 - 2g total fat (0g sat fat), 65 - 150mg sodium, 9 - 15g carbs, 1 - 4g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 2.5 - 8g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1 - 3*

Bread is delicious and comforting, but it's often a little too calorie dense and nutrient poor for us to get excited about. Not this line! Varieties include Honey Wheat (40 Calories), 100% Whole Grain Sugar Free, Double Fiber Wheat, and more. (The 7 Sprouted Grains and Wheat + Protein are the types with over 50 calories a slice.) Time to make the sandwich of your dreams. On supermarket shelves in the Northeast, South, southern Midwest, Southwest, and California.

Brio! Dairy Dessert

One 3.6-oz container: 135 - 145 calories, 5 - 6g total fat (2 - 3g sat fat), 40 - 74mg sodium, 16 - 18g carbs, 1.5 - 2g fiber, 13 - 15g sugars, 5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

Another healthy ice cream! This frozen treat is made with organic milk and natural flavorings, and it's packed with antioxidants and probiotics. There are multi-serving cartons, but we're major fans of these cute individual servings with their attached mini spoons. Try the Vanilla Caramel, Café Latte, Dark Chocolate, and more. Click to find, or stock up online!

Things to Know This Week…

HG Cruise update: Cabins are selling out!

If you've been contemplating booking your spot on the Official Hungry Girl Cruise, it's time to make the call. Four kinds of cabins have already sold out! For your ideal accommodations, book ASAP. This trip is going to be equal parts life changing and incredibly fun! Get tips & tricks directly from Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, hit the Caribbean beaches, and enjoy the luxury of a Holland America cruise ship. This trip has it ALL, so book now!

The cost of sleep deprivation? Nearly 400 calories.

We've all heard that sleep is important to weight-management efforts, but this new research reveals just how vital it is. Sleep-deprived subjects consumed an average of 385 additional calories per day than those who got at least 7 hours of sleep. That can add up fast! Try to wind down earlier, and you might see an improvement on the scale...

We taste-tested popular peppermint mochas and came up with a low-calorie swap!

Move over, pumpkin spice lattes: It's all about the peppermint mocha these days! We tried varieties from Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and McDonald's, and there was a clear winner... Starbucks! A short with skim milk and no whip has 160 calories and a SmartPoints® value of 8*. A "Skinny" one has even less! To save calories and tons of sugar, whip up our 77-calorie swap, with a SmartPoints® value of just 2*! Watch the whole taste test here.

Chew on this:

On this day, November 14th, back in 2006, we debuted our I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie recipe. We've since made some upgrades, and it's as delicious as ever!

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