Big Freezer-Aisle Finds, HG on Campus, Weight-Gain Study Findings & MORE!

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Spotted on Shelves...

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Satisfying Selections - Yay! They're here! Not only do these highly anticipated frozen dinners steam in the bag in mere minutes, but also they're 30 percent larger than the brand's standard frozen meals! And the stats are still totally reasonable. Choose from Ziti with Meatballs & Cheese (our favorite!), Sesame Chicken, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese, and Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry. Each package has 300 - 390 calories, 4 - 9g fat, 490 - 730mg sodium, 37 - 52g carbs, 3 - 6g fiber, 3 - 13g sugars, and 25 - 31g protein (PointsPlus® value 8 - 10).

Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte Larabar
- Oooh, it's a new dessert-inspired treat from Larabar! We've been fans of the Cherry Pie bar for years, so we had a feeling we'd really like this flavor. We were right! The perfect balance of tart and sweet. Each bar has 190 calories, 8g fat, 40mg sodium, 28g carbs, 3g fiber, 22g sugars, and 3g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). The bars are just now hitting store shelves, and you can order 'em online.

Bom Dia Coconut Splash Tropical Mango
- There's a TON of coconut water out there these days, but not all of it tastes great. This all-natural, electrolyte-packed stuff? Amazing! The flavor is fresh, fruity, and fun. An 8-fl.-oz. serving has 60 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 16g carbs, 0g fiber, 14g sugars, and 0g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Fun fact: A bottle of this has more potassium than a banana. Weeeee!

Calling All Students: Should HG Visit YOUR College?!

This is big, people, so listen up! The Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival tour kicks off in less than two weeks, and Lisa (HG herself) wants to add one very special tour stop: a college campus! If your school is in or near one of the tour locations -- Manhattan, NY; Cherry Hill, NJ (Philly area); Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; or Riverside, CA -- and you and a group of friends would be interested in hosting a Hungry Girl event at your college, click here NOW and tell us why Hungry Girl should come to YOUR school. You provide the location; we'll bring the free snacks! Who knows... If all goes well, we might be popping up at more colleges in the very near future!

Hungry Girl on Campus!
Hungry Girl on Campus!
Later, 'Taters. Hello, Pistachios!
Later, 'Taters. Hello, Pistachios!
New Study May Change the Face of Weight Management

Despite a population that has heard the "eat less, exercise more" advice a bazillion times over, obesity levels are still crazy-high. So a team of experts at Harvard University stepped up to investigate specific food choices and lifestyle habits that influence weight gain. More than 120,000 healthy men and women were observed over a period of 12 to 20 years, with evaluations every 4 years. (Side note: WOW.) Some of the results are surprising; others less so...

The foods that were found to be most closely associated with weight gain are potato chips, potatoes (including boiled or mashed potatoes and French fries), and sugar-sweetened drinks. Potatoes show nearly three times the impact of sweets and desserts!

People who ate more yogurt, fruit, nuts, veggies, and whole grains gained less weight over the years than others. Yogurt and nuts top the list of foods linked to less weight gain.

Those who slept less than 6 or more than 8 hours a night gained more weight than the 6 - 8 crowd. (Sleep = good. Too much = bad!) The more TV a person watched and the more alcohol he or she consumed, the greater the weight gain. (Um, not surprising!)

We just might be chomping on fewer potatoes and more pistachios this year, plus turning off the TV early to catch some extra zzzzzzzzs...

The Buzz...

Lots happening in the world of food recalls: More than 130,000 pounds of ground beef products have been recalled, deaths have been reported in association with the recent cantaloupe recall, and a tomato recall has gone nationwide. Click on the links, and be careful! ***Here's some positive produce news. Results of a recent study suggest that eating fruits and veggies with white flesh may significantly reduce stroke risk. Looks like that "apple a day" adage has some truth to it! ***We all know the fast-food world is filled with super-fattening items, but have you ever wondered which are the worst? Check out this somewhat frightening slideshow outlining the most caloric offenders at 25 popular chains in the United States. The worst item overall is a TUNA MELT, and a SALAD turns up in the top ten. Wowzers... ***Rumors are swirling that pumpkin may, yet again, be in short supply this holiday season. The horror! We're not so sure that supermarket supplies of canned pumpkin will truly be affected; but just in case, you might want to stock up by clicking here... ***How many times have you sat typing away on your laptop thinking, "If ONLY this computer could crank out some pancakes..."? Well, your mildly bizarre musings may be a thing of the future. The concept for the Electrolux Laptop Kitchen (which features a touch screen and could accommodate a 10-inch skillet) was selected as a finalist in a tech-savvy design contest earlier this year. Sadly, it lost out to a portable spot remover. Sigh... ***Last but not least, you can still get in on our "Pre-Order 2 Copies of Supermarket Survival, Get 12 Free VitaTops" promotion! Click here for all the details on how you can score a dozen of the world's best 100-calorie, high-fiber treats. And don't forget to check out the tour dates for HG's upcoming book-signing events! That's all we've got. HG out!

Recall Alert: Chew with Caution!
Recall Alert: Chew with Caution!

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