V8 Protein Bars, Panera Removes Artificial Ingredients, The Sportiest States

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V8 Protein Bars V8 Protein Bars - That's right, those famous veggie pushers have decided to put vegetables into protein-packed snack bars... and they taste great! Made with sweet potato and carrots, each yummy bar packs 1/4 cup of veggies, plus plenty of fiber and protein. Choose from Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pomegranate with cranberries, and Oatmeal Raisin. Each bar has 190 - 210 calories, 5 - 9g fat, 160 - 190mg sodium, 23 - 26g carbs, 5g fiber, 13 - 16g sugars, and 10g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Find them at major retailers nationwide, or order 'em online.

Vlasic Bold & Spicy Stackers - These pickles stack up! They're boldly flavored briny cucumber slices that fit perfectly on your sandwich. In Sweet Heat and Salsa Blend, each 1-oz. serving (about 1 1/2 slices) has 0 - 20 calories, 0g fat, 170 - 280mg sodium, <1 - 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 5g sugars, and 0g protein (PointsPlus® value 0 - 1*). Grab a jar at the grocery store or via Amazon... Burger season is coming!

Argo Unsweetened Teas - Anytime we track down unsweetened iced tea so flavorful that it doesn't even need sweetening, we're happy campers. This lineup features schmancy flavors you'll flip for: Hibiscus Apple, Green Tea Strawberry, and Ginger Peach. Each 13.5-oz. bottle contains 0 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 0g carbs... nothin' but tasty, naturally flavored tea. That Green Tea Strawberry is so good, even non-green-tea drinkers should it give it a try! Find these nationwide at select stores, including Sprouts and Stop & Shop, or order online.

Big Changes on the Way at Panera Bread: Clean Ingredients, Animal-Friendly Standards, and Menu Transparency

Panera Ditching Artificial Ingredients

Panera Bread is the latest in a growing list of food companies planning to ditch controversial ingredients. The chain recently announced a massive plan to clean up the food sold at its bakeries and cafés. What can you expect? Check it out...

By the end of 2016, Panera's food will be completely free of artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners, and flavors. Team PB has also re-upped on ongoing commitments to animal welfare and clean meat. They're working toward using eggs that come from only cage-free chickens, and nearly all their chicken, ham, and roasted turkey is antibiotic-free. Just another reason to love Panera!

Wondering which changes have already taken effect, and exactly which are to come? The chain has awesomely gone public with a "No No List" of all the ingredients they're nixing by 2016, and the handy key lets you know which ones have already been ousted. For example, aspartame and sucralose are already off-limits; added nitrates/nitrites and high-fructose corn syrup are on their way out. And as of last week, Panera is reportedly serving salads with "clean" dressings only. Certain salad toppings -- like croutons, tortilla strips, and bacon -- aren't quite clean yet. We'd suggest skipping those anyway...

The only bummer in Panera land? The chain recently got rid of its beloved hidden Power menu, which was packed with low-carb/high-protein meals. Accordingly, we'll be updating our Panera Bread Survival Guide, in order to help you make the smartest choices. (Even all-natural menu items can be loaded with calories.) Stay tuned for a brand-new guide, coming next month!

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The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook Is a NY Times Best SellerBreaking news: The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook has landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list! It's our tenth best seller, and our healthiest cookbook yet... We couldn't be prouder. To see what all the fuss is about, click here and snag a copy -- up to 42 percent off! ***If the US had a yearbook, what are the odds your state would score the "Most Sporty" superlative? All fifty states were ranked on their sportiness by Retale based on obesity levels, number of sporting-goods stores, number of Olympic medals it can claim, and more. The top slot goes to… Vermont! Massachusetts, Colorado, Hawaii, and Oregon round out the top five. At the bottom of list? Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Bummer. Click to see where your state landed... ***Is your home state Ohio or Pennsylvania? If so, plan a trip to Cleveland or Pittsburgh this week -- HG Super-Fun Night is coming to town! Take selfies with HG Lisa, score free snacks, win big prizes, and more... Click for full tour details. ***Time for a walk... at least for a couple of minutes. A new study found that walking for just 2 minutes each hour was linked to a 33 percent reduced risk of dying. You might wanna print out the study for when your boss questions your hourly laps around the break room. And you know how we feel about Housewalking! ***Poll time! Our pals and partners at Truvia Natural Sweetener want to know about your healthy-living habits, and we want to help them find out. Please, please, please take a minute to answer five fast questions. Click now, and sound off! ***Let's get ready to rumble... Introducing HG's Recipe Rumble! It's like a delicious game of "Would You Rather?" with guilt-free recipes at your fingertips. Have fun playing 'til you find the recipe you've GOT to make tonight. Click 'n play! And that's all we've got. 'Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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