Huge Weight Watchers News, Chocolate-Coated Finds, Crazy Condiments & More!

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Athenos Greek Strained Nonfat Yogurt in Peach, Blueberry, and Strawberry - If you enjoy dual-compartment fruit 'n dairy combos and 100-calorie snacks, listen up! Athenos (maker of hummus, feta, etc.) has launched a line of Greek yogurt that a) is delicious, b) is fat-free, and c) features plain yogurt packed side-by-side with fruity add-ins! Each 5.3-oz. container has 100 calories, 0g fat, 50mg sodium, 14g carbs, 0g fiber, 9 - 10g sugars, and 11g protein. What a pair! P.S. There's also a with-honey version, but that has higher stats...

Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Chocolate Dips - Weeeee! Jelly Belly has taken some of its tasty beans and dunked 'em in dark chocolate! You've gotta taste 'em to believe how good they are. In Coconut, Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Very Cherry, a 40-piece serving of these choco-licious beans has a mere 150 calories, 4g fat, 25mg sodium, 31g carbs, 1g fiber, 20g sugars, and 0g protein. Score! Look for them in stores this month...

Manischewitz Ready to Serve Soup, Reduced Sodium Matzo Ball Chicken Soup - Cold weather calls for soup, soup, and more soup. And this new salt-slashed, matzo-ball-packed option from the folks at Manischewitz (love them!) is definitely a must-slurp. Each 1-cup serving has 120 calories and 4.5g fat. We feel better just thinking about it! The new Ready to Serve line also includes Chicken Noodle and Chicken & Rice soups (mmmmm!) with pretty decent stats.

BREAKING NEWS ALERT: An All-New Weight Watchers Plan Is Here!

There have been a lot of rumors circulating about Weight Watchers' plans to completely overhaul its famous POINTS® program. Well, the new PointsPlus® program has finally arrived, and we are SUPER-EXCITED! The new plan takes protein and carbs into consideration when calculating a food's value -- not just fat and fiber. Since emerging science establishes that the body processes each of these nutrients differently, the new values will be more effective in terms of weight loss. Some foods have higher values than they did on the old plan, but you get a bigger "points budget" to work with. And -- HUGE news -- just like most veggies, all fruit has a PointsPlus® value of ZERO!!!! (That's right, people. Enjoy those ZERO PointsPlus® value BANANAS. AHHHHHHH!) The plan also emphasizes what it calls Power Foods, stuff that's both filling and healthy. The WW plan is still super-flexible, but it's designed to help you make smarter food choices without even thinking about it. THAT ROCKS. Look for new PointsPlus® values rolling out VERY soon in your HG emails, and consult Weight Watchers for all the details on the new plan. Congrats, WW!

The Weight Is Over!
The Weight Is Over!
 Ketchup & Mustard: Movin' On Up
Ketchup & Mustard: Movin' On Up
Ketchup 'n Mustard Makeovers: From the Super-Schmancy to the Fast-Foody...
Apparently, it's no longer enough to just have quality ketchup and/or mustard to top food items with -- the classic condiments are stepping out in style. Check out these kooky creations... We love them!

Sir Kensington's Gourmet Scooping Ketchup - If ordinary squeezable ketchup just seems too bourgeois, here's the most fancy-pants ketchup in the land. We were having a good laugh at the name but the flavor shut us up quickly; this stuff is GOOD, especially the Spiced version!

Wild Forest Products Black Truffle Mustard - A jar of this spread made its way to the HG HQ. After ooh-ing and ahh-ing over its swanky nature, we tasted it and found it to be delicious in a very strong, salty, umami kind of way. YUM!

Plochman's Chili Dog Mustard - Finally, if you've ever munched on a hot dog topped with mustard and wished it tasted more like a chili dog, take note: This item tastes JUST the way one would hope... AMAZING!!!

P.S. Did we mention all of these are fat-free and top out at 15 calories per tablespoon? It's the truth...
The Buzz...

SNEAK-PEEK ALERT! Want to check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the new Hungry Girl TV show? (We're going to assume you said YES!) Click here to see our brand-new video, featuring Lisa (HG herself) on the set of the show, which premieres January 8th at 4pm ET on Cooking Channel! (Click here to make sure you get the channel.) How cool is THAT?! ***A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned a study that found exercise could decrease your risk of getting sick. Heads up! The American College of Sports Medicine is reminding people that intense workouts are NOT recommended if you're already sick. Click here for tips on determining when to work out and when to just stay in bed. Take care of yourself! ***After years of everyone squinting at the teeny-tiny numbers on nutritional labels, the FDA is considering new labeling requirements, like increasing the font size and adding a "percentage of total calories" listing. A study may soon be underway to get consumer feedback on the effectiveness of such changes -- go, FDA, GO! ***Super-caloric holiday drinks like eggnog lattes and caramel apple cappuccinos may be tempting you this time of year, but never fear! Starbucks is test-marketing a 100-calorie Skinny Peppermint Mocha in select markets. Let us know if you encounter one, you lucky beast! ***Those days of standing in front of a vending machine trying to decide what you want are OVER -- that is, if you're in front of one of these new drink-dispensing gizmos... and in Japan. The machines use facial-recognition technology to recommend a drink based on your gender and age -- they even factor in the time of day and temperature outside. Japan, is there ANYTHING you can't do? That's all we've got... HG out!

The <em>Hungry Girl</em> TV Show: Behind the Oven Mitts!
The Hungry Girl TV Show: Behind the Oven Mitts!

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Hope you had a great holiday weekend! Today, November 29th, is... National Chocolates Day. Have you tried Gayle's Miracles? Only 30 calories and 1g fat per truffle -- they ROCK!

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