At-Home Chai Skinny Latte, FDA Redefines "Healthy," Foodie Halloween Costumes

Oct 10 2016

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TAZO Chai Skinny Latte Black Tea Concentrate

1/2 cup: 35 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 0mg sodium, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 9g sugars, 0g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

Move over, pumpkin spice latte… Here's an incredibly delicious option for those who prefer tea to coffee (and for coffee lovers who like to change it up)! Lightly sweetened with cane sugar and honey, it delivers the chai spice you love for half the calories of the brand's original concentrate. We tried it iced with a half a cup of unsweetened almond milk -- only about 50 calories total! Look for it at Target and Walmart locations.

Boulder Organic! Chicken Quinoa & Kale and Roasted Tomato Basil Soups

8 oz.: 90 - 150 calories, 3.5 - 4.5g total fat (0.5 - 2g sat fat), 530 - 580mg sodium, 10 - 20g carbs, 2 - 5g fiber, 4 - 6g sugars, 2 - 10g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

We're major soup fans, and with the temperature dropping, soup season is finally in sight. We recently tried and flipped for Boulder's hearty Chicken Quinoa & Kale and flavorful Roasted Tomato Basil varieties. So comforting! The brand makes other yummy flavors, but the stats vary, so check the labels before you buy. Find these in the prepared-foods aisle or refrigerated deli section -- click for a store locator and coupon!

Biena Chickpea Snack Packs

One 1.2-oz. pouch: 140 - 150 calories, 3.5 - 5g total fat (0g sat fat), 120 - 280mg sodium, 21 - 24g carbs, 7 - 8g fiber, 0 - 5g sugars, 6 - 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4 - 5*

Crunchy chickpeas are one smart snack, particularly when they're portion controlled. (Even with healthy snacks, you don't want to overdo it!) Enter these perfect portions of Biena's tasty beans. The 1.2-oz. slim packs are available in Sea Salt, Honey Roasted, and brand-new Rockin' Ranch. (The Habanero, Barbeque, and Cinnamon Crunch only come in larger 2-oz. or 5-oz. bags.) Click to locate, or order online!

3 Things to Know This Week…

What does "healthy" mean to you? The FDA wants to know!

The FDA is taking another look at what "healthy" means when it comes to packaged foods, and the administration wants YOUR input. Currently, foods labeled healthy must be low in fat, meet specific sodium and cholesterol conditions, and contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of certain beneficial nutrients. We can do better than that! Here at HG, we think a reasonable number of calories per serving is important, too. What do you think? Submit your comments here!

Active vacation idea: Hit these national parks!

Now that it's not quite so hot, we're more inclined to spend long stretches of time outside. Whether you're looking at a full-on camping trip or simply a vacation with quality sightseeing, look no further than our U.S. national parks. From Hawaii to Alaska and across the mainland (did you know there are caves in Kentucky?!), you've got so many options. And our pals at About.com put together this standout list: 33 National Parks to See Before You Die. You'll feel a lot better exploring nature than you would standing in line at another theme park… and think about all those steps you'll rack up! Get your adventure on!

The latest food trend is… dressing up like food!

Halloween is on the way, and food costumes are hotter than ever. We spied some adorable (and affordable) options over on Amazon, from this Chinese-food takeout container to a slew of fun couples costumes. (Who's the PB to your J?) There are foodie costumes for kids 'n babies too, and we'd be lying if we said we weren't a little obsessed with this sushi dog costume. Order up! Like a batch of tasty treats, good costumes disappear fast...

Chew on this:

Happy National Angel Food Cake Day, October 10th. Angel food is one of the lightest cakes around... Top it off with light whipped cream and berries!

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