90-Calorie Pumpkin Bars, HG's Personal Trainer Joins the HG Cruise, Splenda Naturals

Sep 26 2016

Spotted on Shelves...

Fiber One Baked Bars Limited Edition Pumpkin Bar

1 bar: 90 calories, 2.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 85mg sodium, 18g carbs, 5g fiber, 8g sugars, <1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

We love a good calorie-controlled way to get a pumpkin fix this time of year! Crammed with cream-cheese chips and drizzled with icing, these soft bars are great for any occasion -- from breakfast to dessert. We tried 'em, and they're insanely delicious! Grab a box ASAP as a line of defense between yourself and the bakery counter... Available at supermarkets nationwide.

Ripple Original Unsweetened Nutritious Plant-Based Milk

8 fl. oz.: 75 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 120mg sodium, 0g carbs, <1g fiber, 0g sugars, 8g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

Wowowow... This new nondairy milk has so much protein! Made from peas, sunflower oil, and algal oil, it's also free of sugar, packed with omega-3s, loaded with calcium, and so creamy! All that, and fewer calories than skim milk. Find it at Target, Whole Foods, and Sprouts locations nationwide; click for locations.

EPIC Chicken Bits and Uncured Bacon Bits

9 pieces: 25 - 35 calories, 1 - 2g total fat (0 - 1g sat fat), 60 - 75mg sodium, 0 - 2g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 2g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

If you're still eating old-school Bac~Os, prepare to abandon them. EPIC, maker of delicious meat-based protein bars, has released these terrific salad toppers. We love 'em! Gluten-free and made with natural meats, they're perfectly seasoned with real spices and flavorings. In Sesame Chicken, Maple Bacon, and Hickory Smoked Bacon, you can find them nationwide at health food stores (including Whole Foods) and Vitamin Shoppe locations. They're also available over at Amazon.

Lisa's Personal Trainer Joins the Hungry Girl Cruise!

Just when you thought the Official Hungry Girl Cruise -- setting sail January 28th -- couldn't get any more exciting, IT DOES. In addition to Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien's personal makeup artist (Jackie Mgido!), Lisa's own personal trainer, Mandee Miller, will now be hitting the high seas for all the onboard fun! She'll be leading morning workouts and fun mid-session stretches, as well as teaching calorie-burning tips and tricks of her own. Based in Los Angeles, Mandee is a multi-faceted fitness professional with over a decade of experience in the health and wellness field. Her passion, energy, and knowledge make her the perfect fitness expert for the HG cruise! If you haven't already, check out the Official Hungry Girl Cruise, and book your spot. Island-hopping excursions, signature-ship luxuries, and life-changing presentations from Hungry Girl herself... Don't miss out! Have questions about the cruise? Send us an email!

This Week's 3 Things to Know

Don't stress: It may undo your healthy eating.

It's no surprise that stress is bad for our well-being, but now some new information has emerged. A recent study found that when unstressed women were fed nearly identical breakfasts -- either made with saturated fat or healthy monounsaturated sunflower oil -- subjects who ate the saturated fat had worse results on blood tests afterward. But when stressed women were fed the healthy fats, it didn't matter; the benefits linked to the monounsaturated oil were gone. No two ways around it: That stinks. (Side note: Where in the world did this study find unstressed women?)

Splenda adds a natural option to its sweetener lineup.

Into natural sweeteners these day? Good news: Splenda Naturals has arrived! Made with GMO-free stevia and erythritol (another popular natural sweetener), the no-calorie packets boast a non-bitter aftertaste, thanks to a specific stevia extract not used by the competition. Skeptical? The brand's offering a $1-off coupon (print it from your computer) and a money-back guarantee. Well played, Splenda…

Study finds any fresh fruit is good for the heart.

We typically hear about specific fruits that deliver health benefits. But according to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, higher consumption of ANY fresh fruit was associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. So no more "but pomegranates are so hard to break apart,” “berry seeds get stuck in my teeth," or any other excuses. Eat more fruit, for your heart's sake! Need more ways to incorporate fruit into your diet? Add it to a green salad, top off a bowl of yogurt, or whip up this tasty fruit salad.

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

Chew on this:

Today is National Pancake Day, September 26th (although IHOP celebrates this one in March). It's the perfect time to make these delicious flourless pancakes.

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