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Double-Protein Instant Oatmeal, Snack Habit Discoveries, Whole Foods Price Cuts

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Dole Strawberry Dippers
Go Ahead -- Treat Yourself!
Spotted on Shelves...

Dole Strawberry Dippers - To satisfy your fancy-pants tastes in an everyday, portion-controlled way, stock up on these dark-chocolate-coated strawberry bites! Each pack (4 halves) has 60 calories, 4g fat, 10mg sodium, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 4g sugars, and <1g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). We're on our way to the freezer aisle...

Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal - Speedy oats are essential for super-busy mornings, but we need some protein to power up our day! Our pals at Quaker clearly get that, as evidenced by this new line. In Banana Nut and Cranberry Almond, each quick-cooking packet has 240 calories, 4.5 - 5g fat, 190mg sodium, 40 - 41g carbs, 4 - 5g fiber, 12 - 13g sugars, and 10g protein (PointsPlus value 6*). That's more than twice the protein in standard instant oats! Count. Us. In.

McCormick Skillet Sauces - The folks at McCormick know flavor, so we're pretty excited about these saucy meal starters. Especially since they come in convenient pouches with sealable spouts! Choose from seven tasty varieties, including Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes and Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry. Each serving (1 tbsp. - 1/4 cup) has 15 - 50 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 250 - 430mg sodium, 3 - 10g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, <1 - 8g sugars, and 0g protein (PointsPlus® value 0 - 1*). Yum time...

American Snack Habits Revealed, Plus Better-for-You Alternatives!

We know Americans love their snack food, but what do they love the most? The Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking polled people from 60 countries, and here's what representatives from North America said they'd snacked on in the past month...

63% - Chips/Crisps: Chips are delicious, but they're generally loaded with calories and fat. (Especially considering it's so hard to stick to a single portion!) But that doesn't mean you can't indulge. Check out our picks in the baked and popped departments. Or DIY with some tortillas or kale!

59% - Chocolate: Who doesn't love chocolate? Just make sure you get your fix in a smart way. Our top advice? Look for portion-controlled picks. Here's a roundup of some HG chocolicious faves! As for a hot new find, check out Corazonas Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Oatmeal Squares -- only 190 calories and 6g fat each, plus 5g fiber (PointsPlus® value 5*).

58% - Cheese: Can't argue with cheese! (Well, you can try, but you may find yourself shouting at a lump of cultured milk.) When we snack on cheese, single-serve picks like light string cheese and Mini Babybel top our list. Looking for something new? The Laughing Cow Creamy Spicy Pepper Jack cheese wedges are incredible, and just 35 calories and 1.5g fat each (PointsPlus® value 1*). Spread one onto some Old London Melba Toasts -- cheese 'n crackers don't have to be boring!

American Snacks by the Stats
What Are YOU Snacking On?
Whole Foods Tests Lower Prices
Whole-y Price Cuts!
The Buzz…

Whole Foods is experimenting with something new in Austin-area locations... This far-out concept is called "price-cutting." Crazy, right?! All sarcasm aside, we're thrilled the natural-food mecca is attempting to lower costs; they're also testing a customer-reward program. We hope that both go national fast... ***Worth-ordering-online alert! Check out Matt's Munchies Premium Fruit Snacks -- chewy, all-natural, fun-to-eat fruit snacks with just 35 - 80 calories per package (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*). This line is like the love child of fruit leather and candy buttons! The Island Mango is especially incredible, with coconut mixed into the tangy mango base. Order on Amazon, or look for 'em at select Whole Foods, Gelson's, and other natural-food stores. ***Hungry for More Hungry Girl? Check out the recently redesigned Diet Advice section of About.com! It's crammed exclusively with HG content like Filling Breakfast Ideas for Weight Loss or Maintenance and Low-Carb Ways to Satisfy a Pasta Craving. Browse around, and check back often for the latest! ***If you find you just can't get into the taste of kale, there might be a real, scientific reason. A recent study at Penn State found that those with a certain genetic trait tasted more bitterness in foods than most people. Interesting! Is there a sweet gene? If so, we hope we have it! ***However, if you do chomp on that kale, you might get some extra benefits from it. A study in England found that eating a lot of fruit and veggies was consistently associated with high mental well-being. Those in the lowest mental well-being category were more likely to report eating less produce. Sounds like a perfect reason to check out our fall produce guide. And that's all we've got. HG out!

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