Mini Meat Sticks, Fresh Organic Soups, Oats with Extra Protein & More

May 22 2017

Spotted on Shelves…

Vermont Smoke & Cure Minis Meat Sticks in Spicy Italian Pork and BBQ Beef

Two 0.5-oz. sticks: 70 - 90 calories, 4.5 - 6g total fat (1.5 - 3g sat fat), 220 - 280mg sodium, 0 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 7 - 8g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2 - 3*

We could eat these all day long! Jerky and other meat snacks are perfect on-the-go protein fixes, and these half-sized sticks are ideal if you only need a little nibble: just 35 - 45 calories each! We loooove these new-to-us flavors as much as the others in the Minis lineup. Click to find Vermont Smoke & Cure products, or get 'em online!

Luna 5g Sugar Whole Nutrition Bars in Salted Caramel Cashew and Cinnamon Almond Swirl

1 bar: 170 - 180 calories, 8 - 9g total fat (1 - 1.5g sat fat), 160 - 210mg sodium, 19 - 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 5g sugars, 6 - 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

Joining the dark-chocolate flavors in the low-sugar line are these new options: One's sweet 'n salty, the other is cinna-licious! We're always in the market for tasty snack bars under 200 calories, and these are gluten-free with a nice punch of protein. Plus, Luna Bars are available pretty much everywhere. (You can even order online!)

Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder and Chicken Vegetable Chili

1 cup/8 oz.: 110 - 160 calories, 3.5 - 4.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 430 - 530mg sodium, 19 - 22g carbs, 2 - 6g fiber, 5 - 6g sugars, 4 - 10g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4 - 5*

We've been fans of Boulder's soups for a while, and we recently flipped over these flavors. The Green Chile Corn Chowder is light and sweet, and the Chicken Vegetable Chili is like chicken soup mixed with veggie chili! We may or may not have combined the two for one freakishly good bowl of yum. Click to find the refrigerated wonder soups near you.

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This Week's 3 Things to Know…

General Mills patent filed for oats with 40% more protein.

We love oats and we love protein, so this story has us pretty excited! While no product is slated for sale just yet, a patent application was recently published for a "tetraploid oat variety" that has up to 40% more protein than standard oats. Whatever tetraploid means, we're excited for those extra grams of filling protein in our oatmeal!

New survey confirms that "health halos" cause flawed food assumptions.

According to the International Food Information Council Foundation's 12th Annual Food and Health Survey, Americans are completely confused when it comes to making healthy choices. Despite a lack of evidence, many respondents said they feel that food with higher prices, brand names, fewer ingredients, and natural-food-store origins are inherently healthier than their counterparts. Our advice? Always read nutritional labels and ingredient lists to determine a food's true healthfulness... Don't be swayed by the price, packaging, or purchase location!

GrubHub reveals the most popular healthy-eating plans...

What's the hottest diet plan right now, according to GrubHub's food orders? Paleo! Orders for paleo-centric dishes went up by a whopping 370 percent last year. GrubHub data also shows that fitness-conscious guys are more likely to go for low-fat options, while women skew towards those ubiquitous juice cleanses. Here in Los Angeles, it's all about vegan food. And across the country in Atlanta, they favor gluten-free grub! Click for more findings.

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

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