Dietary Guidelines News, Portion-Controlled Chips, Mushroom Kits & More!

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Spotted on Shelves...

Blueberry Muffin Larabar - The lovely Larabar folks have dished out a delicious new Blueberry Muffin variety of their fruit 'n nut bars. Each bar has 190 calories, 8g fat, 0mg sodium, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 17g sugars, and 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). No oven required...

Republic of Tea Chocolate Teas - If the thought of chocolate tea breaks your brain a little, you're not alone. But it's for real! A nearly calorie-free sipper with a hint of choco-rific flavor?! Why not? We're curious to taste these teas in wacky flavors like Double Dark Chocolate Maté and Red Velvet Chocolate Herbal Tea. Can you handle it?

New Flavors! 100-Calorie Bags of Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips
- Anyone acquainted with these baked chips (which taste identical to regular fried ones) is aware of their addictive nature and how easy it is to eat four servings in one sitting. The addition of Aged White Cheddar and Sea Salt & Vinegar to the 100-calorie-bag lineup is, needless to say, much appreciated. Each bag has 100 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 110 - 170mg sodium, 16 - 17g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*).

What's New & What's Not: The Latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Last week, the U.S. government officially released NEW recommended dietary guidelines. What's different? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 aims to address an unhealthy population... which, let's face it, we ARE. Here are some specific changes since the '05 edition...

Up Your Seafood Intake - New evidence supports the fact that the health benefits outweigh the risks (like those associated with mercury). Aim to get 20 percent of your protein from seafood, about 8 oz. per week.

Specific Foods to Limit - Ditch these substantial sources of sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fat, and added sugars. Top offenders include bread, butter, full-fat cheese, soda and energy drinks, fatty meats, and grain-based desserts (a.k.a. donuts, etc.).

Eating Behaviors to Avoid - Those with strong ties to obesity include excessive TV viewing, skipping breakfast, and eating fast food once or more each week.

What's the same? Control your portions, watch your sodium intake, fill your diet with fruits and veggies, and drink water instead of sugary drinks -- sounds pretty reasonable to us. Look for more out of HG Land in the coming weeks regarding the new guidelines...

Here Comes the Guide!
Here Comes the Guide!
Mushroom Makers & More Must-Haves!
Mushroom Makers & More Must-Haves!
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed: Foodie Edition!

Always on the lookout for creative kitchen items? Read on...

Mushroom Adventures Mushroom Kits - If there are fans of the fungus among us, they'll be pretty excited about these DIY sets. Grow portabellas, button mushrooms, or even wacky/freaky-looking varieties you wouldn't find in your local market. How earthy...

JAZ Innovations! Oven Rack Guards - Having been branded so often by our own oven racks (for real -- we have the scars to prove it), we cannot WAIT to get some of these rack guards for the HG HQ. Check 'em out... Your forearms will thank you!

Royal VKB Boomerang Wok - While stir-frying, have you ever tried the flip-the-food-and-have-it-stay-in-the-pan move... and had it miserably fail? Yeah, neither have we. (OK, fine, we have.) But this high-sided skillet significantly reduces your risk of flinging broccoli across your kitchen. Not that we've ever done that. (Heads up: It's pretty pricey.)

The Buzz...

App-tastic news, people -- Weight Watchers has a snazzy new iPad application full of super-user-friendly recipes... and it's FREE! The double W's Kitchen Companion app not only gives you the basic info for all its recipes, but it also helps you assemble a shopping list, walks you through tricky preparations with video demos, and has preset timers BUILT INTO THE RECIPES. We do wish it included full nutritional stats, but still... Amazing! ***It's as if someone has started a slimmed-down cocktail craze or something. (Hmmm... Who might have inspired that?) T.G.I. Friday's is officially riding the low-cal-drink express with new Skinny Margarita and Skinny Blackberry Margarita offerings. Way to get on board... but do we REALLY have to stress again how much we want nutritional info on your website?? ***Want to know how much people eat where you live? (Don't worry, it's by county -- there are no hidden cameras in your home.) Check out the USDA's Food Environment Atlas and scope out the facts. See where people eat a lot of fruit 'n veggies and which areas' residents guzzle soda in a serious way. Neat! ***And if you just discovered that you live in a place where people consume a lot of solid fats, here's a heads-up. New research shows that having too much unhealthy fat in your diet could increase your risk of depression. Come to think of it, picturing a tub of Crisco does kind of bum us out... ***And for anyone looking for recipes and product info featured on the Hungry Girl TV show, it's all RIGHT HERE. Our handy-dandy show site covers foods and recipes discussed on the show PLUS links to more recipes like those you saw on TV. Check it out and click around -- we've even got a page for last week's episode, "Chocolate 911!" AND a preview of next week's episode, "Comfortably YUM!" And that's all we've got. HG out!

Your New Constant (Digital) Companion...
Your New Constant (Digital) Companion...

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Today, February 7th, is one of our favorite food holidays, National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. Why? Because we love any excuse to throw together our Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo, and you will too! Click for a whole lotta Girlfredo madness!

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