Single-Serve Cake Mix, Cooking Light Diet, Dirty Dozen Produce

Mar 13 2017

Spotted on Shelves...

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Decadent Vanilla Bean Cake and Decadent Chocolate Lover's Cake Mixes

1 pouch: 250 - 300 calories, 5 - 9g total fat (3 - 6g sat fat), 370 - 380mg sodium, 46 - 53g carbs, <1 - 2g fiber, 26 - 32g sugars, 3 - 4g protein -- SmartPoints® value 11 - 14*

Single-serve cake mixes? Genius! This lineup includes a whopping 18 varieties -- including muffin mixes and more -- but we're focusing on the classic vanilla and chocolate cake versions. (Many of the others are higher in calories and fat.) Just add to a mug with 3 tbsp. of water, and microwave up your individual treat in minutes. Sure, these aren't super low in calories (or SmartPoints®), but they're great options if you need a quick portion-controlled dessert. Find them at retailers such as Publix, ShopRite, Meijer, and Walmart.

Snyder's of Hanover "Wholey Cheese!" Crispy Baked Crackers

1 oz. (about 28 crackers): 120 - 130 calories, 3.5 - 5g total fat (1g sat fat), 260 - 280mg sodium, 19 - 21g carbs, <1g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

Move over, Cheez-Its. There's a delicious new cheese cracker in town! These are so light that you can have a big serving without a big ol' calorie price tag. The crunchy snacks come in Mild Cheddar, Smoked Gouda (which we're kinda obsessed with), and Swiss & Black Pepper. You need these! Find them at Walmart, Sam's Club, Publix, and more.

New Chobani Flips: Cinnabun Fun, Carrot Cake Creation, S'more S'mores

One 5.3-oz. container: 180 - 200 calories, 4.5 - 8g total fat (2.5 - 5g sat fat), 75 - 90mg sodium, 22 - 25g carbs, <1g fiber, 17 - 19g sugars, 11 - 12g protein -- SmartPoints® value 7 - 8*

If you're jonesing for something decadent yet nutritious, Chobani Flips are a great compromise. And the new flavors are dessert perfection! Cinnabun Fun contains real pastry crumbles, Carrot Cake Creation has actual cake pieces, and S'more S'mores is loaded with grahams and chocolate. Keep a couple in your fridge... You never know when those sweets cravings are gonna hit.

We Love It: The Cooking Light Diet!

We don't often write about specific diets, so you KNOW this one's got to be great! Our pals and partners over at Cooking Light have come up with a customizable diet plan that's pretty genius. Starting as low as around $1.50 per week, a subscription gets you a calorie-driven weekly meal plan based on your individual goals and preferences. Vegetarian? Gluten-free? Avoiding processed foods? No problem! And if you want to make changes to the meal plan, the huge recipe database makes it easy. All the recipes are fast, simple, nutritious, and (of course!) delicious. You also get printable grocery lists and access to a mobile-friendly diet hub that helps you plan, cook, and track. Plus, the diet's super-active Facebook group serves up support, motivation, and more! If you've been looking for a diet plan that's convenient, flexible, and most of all, EFFECTIVE, look no further. Give the Cooking Light Diet a try NOW, and thank us later...

This Week's 3 Things to Know

Let's hear it for early birds: Morning people make healthier food choices.

Getting an early start to your day could really set you up for success. Researchers studied data to determine whether a person's chronotype (a.k.a. biological clock rhythm) affects how and when they eat. Turns out, it does! Night owls typically eat less protein throughout the day, plus more sugar and fat in the evening. Three cheers for those early risers!

Score a VIP visit to meet Lisa at the Hungry Girl headquarters by supporting an amazing animal charity!

If you love Hungry Girl and helping sweet furry pets, you need to check out this amazing opportunity! Precious Paws, a nonprofit organization committed to responsible animal guardianship, is holding a virtual auction over on eBay. We've donated a deluxe visit to Hungryland in sunny Los Angeles, complete with a VIP tour, lunch with Lisa and the staff, an official taste testing, an exclusive gift bag of HG goodies, and more. Check it out, and get your bid in! (Travel expenses not included. Bidding deadline 3/19/17. See description at link for more details.)

The 2017 "Dirty Dozen" list is here, and there's a new food to watch out for...

The Environmental Working Group has just released its annual list of the twelve types of produce most likely to contain pesticide residue. This year, spinach shot up to second place (right behind strawberries... boo!), while PEARS have vaulted up to sixth place after not even cracking the top 12 last year. To avoid the icky pesticides, you might want to consider going organic when buying these foods. Read up for the full list, plus the "Clean 15!"

Chew on this:

Today, March 13th, is National Coconut Torte Day. That's a little obscure. How about some Coconut-Crusted Chicken Nuggets instead?

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