New HG Favorites, the Work/Diet Connection, Important Recalls & More!

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Seaweed Gets Sweet 'n Savory!
Seaweed Gets Sweet 'n Savory!
Spotted on Shelves...

New Flavors! Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks - Crispy sheets of seaweed are a "love 'em or hate 'em" snack... and we LOVE 'EM! Introducing two new flavors: Cracked Pepper & Herbs (predictable but awesome) and Brown Sugar & Sea Salt (unexpected and INCREDIBLE!). A 10-sheet serving (about 1/2 container) has 25 calories, 1.5 - 2g fat, 60 - 70mg sodium, 1 - 2g carbs, and 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). Click to find stores that stock Annie's goodies, or order online.

New from Amy's! Frozen Bowls and a Meatless Burger - YAY! A Mushroom Risotto Bowl (SO creamy and filling) and a Vegetable Parmesan Bowl have joined the Amy's lineup, as has a Black Bean Veggie Burger. (Quick tip: For the best taste and texture, microwave the patty, and THEN pop it in the toaster oven.) Each bowl has 240 - 260 calories, 8 - 13g fat, 590 - 680mg sodium, 22 - 35g carbs, 2 - 6g fiber, 2 - 8g sugars, and 7 - 15g protein (PointsPlus® value 6 - 7*). The burger has 140 calories, 4.5g fat, 390mg sodium, 19g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars, and 6g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Check those freezer aisles ASAP!

Western Bagel Alternative 2.0 Bagels - Like WB's original Alternative Bagels? Then you're gonna LOVE the 2.0 line! Newly reformulated, these bagels are a TAD higher in calories and carbs than their predecessors, but they also contain more fiber and less sodium. YES! In Roasted Onion, Wheat, Blueberry, Cinnamon Spice, and Plain, each bagel has 120 calories, 0.5g fat, 170 - 180mg sodium, 28 - 29g carbs, 10g fiber, 1g sugars, and 7g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Now available in Western Bagel locations, Walmart Supercenters, and online. Coming soon to more retailers...

Work, Diet, Weight, and Health: How They're All Connected!

New reports indicate that sitting at your desk, working tirelessly all day long, takes a toll -- on your body, mind, and more. One study of working women found that occupational burnout was associated with emotional and/or uncontrolled eating. (BEEN THERE.) Another shows that among employed middle-aged women, those who work longer hours tend to gain more weight. (ACK!) And still another study found that subjects who engaged in unhealthy behaviors (poor diet, lack of regular exercise, smoking, etc.) had lower productivity levels than employees with more wholesome habits. The good news? According to findings reported in the Journal of Labor Research, subjects who regularly exercised earned a 6 to 10 percent wage increase. All work and no exercise makes you a dull (and underpaid) girl or boy! Take a break, move around, and make sure you're eating right. Need some help making change happen? The people at Sodexo have partnered up with MyFitnessPal, connecting the info on workplace menu items to the popular smartphone app to make monitoring your daily nutrition a little easier. Good work, everyone!

Healthy Habits = Work Perks!
Healthy Habits = Work Perks!
Refreshing New Products!
Refreshing New Products!
Thirsty? Cocktail Mixers, Fizzy Drinks, and More!

Summer is winding down (BOO!), so here are a few fun fruity beverages to help you celebrate the last weeks of the sunny season...

Refine Mixers - These just-add-alcohol Margarita, Cosmopolitan, and Mojito mixers are incredibly delicious, and we love that they're all-natural AND have zero calories per serving. They're a bit more concentrated than some bottled mixers (the consistency is almost syrup-like), so if you wanna enjoy them as mocktails, we recommend diluting 'em.

V8 V-Fusion Sparkling - These fizzy sippers would be great mixed with rum or vodka, but they're also fantastic alone. In Tangerine Raspberry, Strawberry Lemonade, and Black Cherry Pomegranate, each sleek can has a slim 50 - 60 calories (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*).

Polar Seltzer - Wowowow... This calorie-free, sugar-free seltzer comes in spectacular flavors! For a limited time (only until the end of the month!), find these varieties on store shelves: Orange Mango, Ginger Lemonade, Pineapple Passionfruit, Mint Mojito, and Piña Colada. The other fruity flavors are available year-round. Hooray!

The Buzz...

LISTEN UP! Ready Pac Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling diced and sliced apple products due to possible listeria contamination. The recalled products include those distributed to Burger King, McDonald's, and several grocery chains. Click, read, and be careful with the apples. ***Another warning -- Fresco Green Farms Inc. is recalling more than 1,600 cases of cilantro due to potential salmonella contamination. If you're in California or Minnesota, click to read more. ***Alright, let's lighten things up. Scratch 'n sniff mail may be coming soon to a post office near you! A design student in China came up with an idea for a food printer that captures both the image AND aroma of a food, and then prints 'em out onto a postcard. The concept won the "Most Fun" award at the Sony Student Design Workshop. Smells like a good idea to us! ***Eating foods with added fiber in order to feel more full? Don't be surprised if it doesn't work. A recent small study tested the satiating effects of adding different types of fiber to chocolate bars, and found that they didn't alter hunger, fullness, or food intake in the short term. If you're not great at getting fiber into your diet, fiber-boosted food might help; but for satiety, look to naturally fiber-ific foods like grains, beans, fruits, and veggies! ***And if you're staying at a Westin hotel sometime soon, we're kinda jealous -- the hotel chain has added ElliptiGO elliptical cycles for rental at select locations. Part elliptical, part bicycle, the devices look perfect for outdoor workouts and sightseeing. We might even book a trip just to take one out for a spin... And that's all we've got. HG out!

RECALLS! (It Can't All Be Good News.)
RECALLS! (It Can't All Be Good News.)

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