Snacks to Go, Red Meat News, Freezy Treats & More!

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Mobile Cottage Cheese ROCKS!
Mobile Cottage Cheese ROCKS!
Spotted on Shelves...

Friendship All Natural Fit to Go 1% Cottage Cheese - When it comes to guilt-free snacks, anything with "to go" in its name is our friend. So grab your favorite travel spoon and one of these mini tubs of all-natural cottage cheese! In plain or with pineapple, each 5-oz. container has 110 - 150 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 340 - 440mg sodium, 5 - 20g carbs, 0g fiber, 4 - 18g sugars, and 15 - 20g protein (PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*). FYI, Friendship products are available in supermarkets and specialty grocery stores along the Eastern Seaboard and in limited distribution in other states.

Crystal Light Peach Bellini and Pomtini Mocktails
- These could be the official drinks of bikini season. (Too soon for swimsuit talk?) Whether you use them as cocktail mixers or sip 'em straight, these new mocktail mixes are ready to party. The multi-serving packets make full pitchers -- each serving (1/8th of a packet; 8 fl. oz. prepared) has 5 calories and nothing else (PointsPlus® value 0*). They're only available through June or while supplies last, so grab 'em quick and stock up for summer!

SnackWell's Peanut Butter Pretzels
- For anyone who dreams of peanut butter and pretzels, here's good news -- SnackWell's has a sweet 'n salty single-serving snack just for you. Each pack of PB-coated pretzel rings has 110 calories, 4g fat, 180mg sodium, 15g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Look for these in the cookie aisle, not with the pretzels (or the peanut butter, for that matter).

Have You Heard? The Real Deal on Red Meat.

A major study recently came out with some startling findings concerning red-meat eaters -- as a staff mostly made up of omnivores, we took note of this at the HG HQ. The study examined more than 120,000 people over a 20-plus-year span. The research indicates that even a single serving of red meat per day could increase one's risk of death by about 15 percent, especially from cancer and heart disease. But here's the thing... Reportedly, the subjects who ate red meat were also more likely to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol and less likely to be physically active and eat fruit and vegetables. So how is a person supposed to react to information like this? We're not nutrition professionals over here, but moderation in all things has always been very important to us. If you frequently eat red meat, try cutting back. And don't discount the other findings of this study -- unhealthy habits like smoking and lack of physical activity are risk factors too. Researchers also estimate that swapping a daily serving of red meat for healthier foods like poultry, low-fat dairy, and whole grains could significantly reduce your mortality risk. So take care of yourself, and chew wisely!

If You Can't Take the Meat...
If You Can't Take the Meat...
Treat Yo' Self!
Treat Yo' Self!
New Guilt-Free Frozen Treats at Your Supermarket!

Creamy, freezy goodness is heading your way... and with totally reasonable stats!

Skinny Cow Shake-Stirs - OH WOW. These new Slimited Edition (no, that's not a typo!) just-add-milk-and-stir shakes look like a LOT of fun. They come in both White Mint Cookie and Double Chocolate Crumble. Prepared with 1/3 cup skim milk, each shake (about 11 oz.) has 220 - 230 calories and 2.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 6*). P.S. More Slimited Edition Skinny Cow treats are coming too: Best of Both Swirleds Sandwiches, Oh Fudge Nuts! Cones, and Mmmmocha Truffle Bars!

Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Snack Size Ice Cream Bars
- Our pals at BB have a handful of new goodies hitting the freezer aisles. These semi-chocolate-coated bars of no-sugar-added ice cream are sweet 'n petite with only 70 calories a pop (PointsPlus® value 2*), and they come in Raspberry & Vanilla, Chocolate & Vanilla, and Caramel & Vanilla. There are many more Sweet Freedom items in Blue Bunny's basket, like new Vanilla Ice Cream Cones (160 calories, 7g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*) and plenty of scoopable options. Check 'em out!

TCBY Frozen Yogurt Pints and Quarts - The fro yo that's been self-appointed as The Country's Best is coming to the frozen-food section of supermarkets and stores like Walmart and Target! Look for multiple flavors of the scoopable frozen yogurt in pints and quarts -- each 1/2-cup serving has 110 - 150 calories and 2 - 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*). Also on the horizon from TCBY are Classic Vanilla Sandwiches (180 calories, 3.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 5*) and several fun bars (80 - 110 calories, 1.5 - 2.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*). YUM.

The Buzz...

You know that cute Tropicana image of a straw stuck into an orange? Get this -- you can make that happen FOR REAL. This adorable tool (from Japan, of course; they have all the coolest stuff) turns a citrus fruit into a sippable beverage STAT. We want one now. ***This next topic is something you may not have thought of before. Does the potency of your food's scent influence the size of your bite? A recent study says for most people, the answer is yes -- we take smaller mouthfuls of foods with strong smells. Pair this with the info that taking smaller bites has been linked to feeling fuller faster, and heavily fragranced foods may be a good bet for your weight-management efforts. Smart! ***One of the cutest lollipop lineups around is getting a couple of flavor additions. Dum Dums are now available in Fruit Punch and Dulce de Leche. Sweet news, especially since each Dum Dum has only about 25 calories... ***More good news for snackers: New research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society revealed that popcorn contains even more antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables. This is because there is so little water contained in popcorn, unlike fruits and veggies, so the polyphenols are less diluted. Just make sure to floss afterward. ***On-the-go snacking may get taken to a whole new level. A team of NYU business students proposed a plan to put vending machines, dubbed TaxiTreats, inside NYC cabs -- the proposal even won a citywide contest for new business ideas. As much as we appreciate the concept of having breath mints and pain relievers available for emergencies, we're a bit perturbed by the chance to consume snacky calories while NOT burning calories by walking. Ah well. That's all we've got. HG out!

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Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, April 2nd! Instead of directing you to that annoying "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" video, we're sending you to this tasty parfait!

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