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Girl Scout Cookie Snack Bars, Food Companies Ditching Artificial Ingredients, Where to Buy Hungry Girl Pizza

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Quaker Chewy Girl Scouts Granola Bars Quaker Chewy Girl Scouts Granola Bars - Snacks that taste like Girl Scout cookies but are guilt-free and available all year long? Sign us up! In Thin Mints and Caramel Coconut, each bar has 100 calories, 3g fat, 70 - 75mg sodium, 18g carbs, <1 - 1g fiber, 7 - 8g sugars, and 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Click to find the Thin Mints snacks, and scout out (tee-hee) the Caramel Coconut version at Target.

Kraft Seasoned Grated Parmesan - We love shortcuts, whether they're on our morning commute or in the kitchen. And this new line of seasoned grated cheese is a shortcut to FLAVORTOWN. In Classic Italian, Hot Pepper Trio, Rosemary & Garlic, and Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil, a 2-tsp. serving has 25 calories, 1.5g fat, 80 - 85mg sodium, 0 - <1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). These are going on our spaghetti squash ASAP. Click to find, or buy online...

Fusion Jerky - We're hot for jerky. And in flavors like Island Teriyaki, Garlic Jalapeno, and Basil Citrus, we're definitely hot for Fusion Jerky. There are beef, pork, turkey, and chicken jerkies in the lineup, and an ounce of any flavor has 70 - 90 calories, 0 - 2g fat, 200 - 420mg sodium, 6 - 9g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 6 - 7g sugars, and 9 - 11g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Find these at Cost Plus World Market and select Bed Bath & Beyond locations... or just order online.

Healthy Changes from Food Companies Keep on Coming!

Update & Recap: Food Makers Ditching Artificial Ingredients

The latest news is that Kellogg Co. will have ditched artificial colors and flavors in all its cereals and snack bars by the end of 2018 -- apparently, 75 percent of the cereal lineup is already free of artificial colors, and more than half are without artificial flavoring. Nice! Campbell Soup Co. is also scaling back on artificial ingredients in its North American products, with all artificial colors and flavors set to be gone by summer 2018. The soup gurus will also be increasing their organic offerings. (Have you seen the new soup line? Yum!) And ConAgra -- maker of Pam cooking sprays, Hunt's tomato products, and so much more -- recently announced that ALL of its canned goods that come out of the U.S. and Canada are now BPA-free. Hooray for that!

These days, it seems like every week, some food company or restaurant is jumping on this bandwagon. Allow us to recap many of the brands that have thrown their hat into the ring...

Companies that have pledged to remove or significantly reduce artificial ingredients: Campbell Soup Co., General Mills (cereal), Kellogg Co. (cereal and snack bars), Kraft (mac and cheese), Nestlé (candy), Hershey's (chocolate), Noodles & Co., Pizza Hut, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Subway, and Taco Bell.

Companies that have pledged to use chicken free of human antibiotics or all antibiotics: Chick-fil-A, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Foster Farms, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Perdue Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Tyson Foods.

Other: ConAgra is using cans free of BPA liners, Chipotle Mexican Grill is removing all GMOs, Diet Pepsi is ditching aspartame, and General Mills is moving toward using cage-free eggs.

The Buzz…

Laiki Rice CrackersNew find worth ordering online: Laiki Rice Crackers! Crunchy and delicious, they kind of remind us of Bugles. And since snacks like these can be dangerous when eaten from a big multi-serving bag, we're glad they're available in 100-calorie bags. Bonus? Shipping is free through the Laiki website. Sweet! ***We all get "hangry" (hungry + angry) now and then. You know, that uncontrollable rage that would go away in a heartbeat if you grabbed a snack? Turns out, there's a biological explanation for why we get hangry. It all has to do with our glucose levels, which have a direct impact on our brain function. Hungry Girl's #1 way to prevent hangry from happening? Eating several mini meals throughout the day. Click for tips and recipes... ***Wanna get your hands (and mouth) on some Hungry Girl Originals Pizza? You're in luck -- the distribution has expanded, and HG pizza is now available at Hannaford locations. Still can't find it at a store near you? Request it; click to download a form! ***We all know that we're supposed to drink a lot of water every day… but is there such a thing as drinking too much water? Click 'n read for the answer, courtesy of our pals and partners at About.com Health. ***And in case you missed it, we've got a new Hungry Girl Hack Attack video all about making… FOIL PACKS! Yup, we break down the basic formula and show you the proper technique for baking food in foil... No muss, no fuss! Click to watch, and click here for our best foil-pack recipes. And that's all we've got. 'Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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It's National S'mores Day, August 10th. We can't in good conscience not remind you about our mouth-wateringly delicious S'mores Swappuccino recipe. It would go against the spirit of the holiday.

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