Yummy Candies, Surprising Salsa, Top Picks of 2010 & More!

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Top of the Drops!
Top of the Drops!
Spotted on Shelves...

Candy Cane Tootsie Pop Drops - Starlight mints are looking a lot less enticing with these chocolatey-chew-filled candies around... They're the stick-free versions of the peppermint-enrobed Tootsie Pops we enjoy year after year. YUM! A 4-piece serving has just 60 calories, 15g carbs, and 11g sugars (PointsPlus® value 2*). Our days are looking merrier and brighter already.

Williams Farm Thick 'N Chunky Veggies Plus Salsa - Talk about burying the lead! People, this might appear to be your average salsa, but behold -- it has EDAMAME in it. Williams Farm, play up your attributes! A 2-tbsp. serving of this hearty salsa has 10 calories, 135mg sodium, 1g carbs, 1g sugars, and 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 0*). Heads up: Find it only at Whole Foods.

Kellogg's Special K Multigrain Oats & Honey Cereal - Crunchy, sweet, and... good for you? What a combo! This morning item takes wheat, rice, oats, and corn, and then dresses 'em up with delicious honey. Eat a 2/3-cup serving for 100 calories, 0.5g fat, 140mg sodium, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 8g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). We think it would rock in a yogurt parfait...

Year in Review: Our TOP ATE Finds of 2010!

These are the greatest things we started chewing & sipping this year...

So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage - A cup of this crazy-creamy stuff has just 50 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). LOVE. IT.

Thomas' Bagel Thins - 110 calories of low-fat, high-fiber bagel goodness (PointsPlus® value 3*). The Everything flavor will rock your face off!

Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka Tea - We love Bret Michaels, and we really love his fruity 5-calorie tea (PointsPlus® value 0*). Snapple, don't ever stop making this flavor!

Healthy Snackin's Simply Snackin Dried Gourmet Meat Snacks - Best. Jerky. Ever. This schmancy, protein-packed snack has just 50 calories per piece (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*). YES!

Dr. Kracker Flatbreads - Giant, tasty, hearty crackers with 100 - 110 calories each (PointsPlus® value 2*)?! Nicely done, Doc!

The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges in Blue Cheese, Queso Fresco & Chipotle, and Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil - If you haven't tried these latest flavors of the 35-calorie wedges (PointsPlus® value 1*), what ARE you waiting for?

Kabocha Squash - Start scouring the produce aisle for this Japanese gourd! Just 30 calories (PointsPlus® value 0*) per 3-oz. serving, people.

Tropicana Trop50 Pineapple Mango Juice Drink - With 50 calories a cup (PointsPlus® value 2*), this fruity beverage makes us super-happy...

Who Made the List?
Who Made the List?
Peek Into the Crystal Ball!
Peek Into the Crystal Ball!
Food Trend Predictions: What We're Looking Forward To...

No, we didn't visit some kind of food psychic. (Although that would be pretty cool.) These are the 2011 trend predictions from food-service research and consulting firm Technomic that we're most excited about!

Crazy Cocktails - That includes low-cal "skinny" ones! WEEEEE!

Food Trucks & Pop-Up Locations - Fingers crossed for guilt-free food on wheels... 

Celebrity Farmers - Let's hear it for the folks behind the fruits and veggies!

Social Media + Food - We're all about food apps and online coupons, but we confess we're still baffled by Foursquare.

Spend or Save? - Forecasters say diners will return to luxury restaurants but will continue to bargain hunt. We'll keep pinching pennies for now...

Like Mom Used to Make - Comfort foods. 'Nuf said.

Light vs. LTO - New calorie-posting laws are bringing about more healthful menu items, BUT providing info on limited-time-only items isn't required. Don't get lured in by the decadent specials!

The Buzz...

Attention! The U.S. Army is overhauling the fuel it feeds to hard-working soldiers. Milk and juice are replacing soda, healthy foods are being color-coded for easy identification, and whole grains are popping up in place of white bread and pasta. Drill sergeants are even chewing out (pun intended) those who don't take enough fruit or drink enough water. WHOA! ***Looking for a less aggressive way to make better food choices? Super-helpful site Healthy Dining Finder has added a Sodium Savvy category. Salt avoiders can browse lower-sodium restaurant options available at different chain locations... all on one site. ***On the sweet side, PepsiCo Inc. has announced it's ready to launch some great-tasting products with a new mix of low-calorie sweeteners and flavor modifiers. We'll be waiting with bated taste buds... ***Chew your sweets with a little something extra -- a line of fancy new sugar-free gum called Trident Vitality is on the way. A strawberry-citrus flavor dubbed Vigorate has vitamin C, the Rejuve variety blends mint with white tea, and the peppermint-y Awaken option packs a touch of ginseng. Mmmmm... ***Heard the phrase "think yourself thin"? It might not be as crazy as it sounds. According to a new study, merely envisioning yourself eating a specific food could reduce how much of that food you actually consume. Which is convenient for us, because we think about eating some specific fattening foods ALL DAY LONG. ***Thirsty for more HG? Don't miss the January issue of Redbook, on stands this week, featuring a column by yours truly all about cocktails! ***Last but not least, we know there's going to be a LOT of food preparation going on over the next few weeks. So click here and here for some valuable tips on safely handling, preparing, and reheating foods. Be safe, will ya? And that's all we've got. HG out!

Drop and give me four... servings of veggies!
Drop and give me four... servings of veggies!

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