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Frozen Goodies, HG's Online Finds, Caramel Pudding Info & More!

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Spring Forward, Chew Back!
Spring Forward, Chew Back!
Spotted on Shelves...

Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls - HOORAY for quick, crunchy, guilt-free finger food! These new Casual Cuisine items from LC -- in Fajita-Style Chicken, Thai-Style Chicken, and Garlic Chicken -- make a fun app or hot snack. A 3-roll serving only has 200 calories, 7 - 8g fat, 580mg sodium, 20 - 24g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 3 - 4g sugars, and 10 - 15g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). We'll be grabbing the Garlic Chicken ones when we don't feel like making these guys (such similar ingredients!)...

Weight Watchers Coffee Cake - Before you tear into these individually wrapped snack cakes, here are three things to know... One, they're a tad on the small side. Two, they're REALLY delicious (as in hard to stop at just one). Three, if you're gonna have one with your coffee, pair it with some fruit (PointsPlus® value 0*) to keep you from getting hungry and grabbing another pastry. Each cake has 120 calories, 3.5g fat, 150mg sodium, 25g carbs, 5g fiber, 11g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3). P.S. The filling tastes AMAZING.

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta - You love regular pasta but aren't nuts about its low nutritional value and high stats. Shirataki noodles don't do it for you. What's a carb-lover to do? Try out these white-style noodles, enriched with calcium, vitamin D, and fiber! A 2-oz. uncooked serving has 180 calories, 0.5g fat, 5 - 15mg sodium, 43g carbs, 7g fiber, 1g sugars, and 6 - 7g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). And there are SEVEN varieties, like Elbows and Extra Wide Noodles. We LOVE options!

Foods Worth Ordering Online!

While it can seem like a hassle to order food items, some things are so worth it. These are our latest picks...

Lucero Flavored Balsamic Vinegars - We'll admit it: We're suckers for fancy vinegars. So much flavor + so few calories = true love. With 25 calories per tbsp., Lucero serves up five INSANELY amazing flavors: Blueberry, Fig, Peach, Red Apple, and Wild Cherry. They're sweet and slightly tart, in a very good way! And since a little bit goes far, a bottle will last a long time. Try 'em drizzled over berries or some grilled veggies. And check out this sampler pack of mini bottles!

New Varieties! Bagel Spice - Despite the "Spice up your life!" labels, these virtually calorie-free seasoning mixes have no affiliation with the Spice Girls. We previously mentioned the salt-free original blend, but now there's a Zesty Jalapeño version AND one with sea salt. Bagel flavor without bagel carbs! Mmmmm...

FiberGourmet Light Lasagna Noodles - MORE PASTA NEWS... There's now a middle ground between calorie-packed lasagna noodles and slabs of veggies as swaps. A 2-oz. uncooked serving of these fiber-loaded pasta sheets has 130 calories, 18 GRAMS OF FIBER, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*. Wow. FiberGourmet, you never cease to amaze us.

Special Delivery... YUM!
Special Delivery... YUM!
Bitty Bites!

Healthier Food Hits the (Wal)Mart
After years of being better known for its low prices than commitment to nutrition, Walmart has announced plans to significantly reduce the sodium and added sugars in its packaged foods by 2015. PLUS, the company's committing to lower the prices of fresh fruit and veggies as well as "better-for-you" packaged items that are often higher priced. High five, WM!  

Calorie Counts Are Just Around the Corner
Corner Bakery Cafe's "100 combos under 600 calories" thing is pretty groovy... and it just got groovier! This quickie calculator makes it WAY easy to put together a special two-item combo meal and get the total calorie count. A Turkey Frisco sandwich on Asiago Cheese Bread with Three Lentil Vegetable soup? Why, that's 505 calories. A California Grille Panini on Whole Grain Harvest Bread plus a Side Mixed Greens Salad? Only 430 calories. We could go on, but we won't...  

The Buzz...

On the hunt for 60-calorie sugar-free caramel pudding snacks to use in recipes like last Tuesday's... or just to snack on? Here's a tip: Although Jell-O no longer makes its Creamy Caramel variety, the brand's Dulce de Leche stuff is delicious and full of caramel flavor! Handi-Snacks has a 45-calorie Creamy Caramel option, and Snack Pack's Sugar Free Caramel version also fits the bill. And now you know... ***Need help picking the best cut of raw meat? Coming in 2012, many popular cuts of meat will actually list nutritional info on the packaging. Finally! ***Hope you're in the produce aisle... According to new research, that 5-a-day recommendation might not be enough. In order to cut the risk of heart disease, EIGHT servings of fruits and veggies could be needed. That's inflation for ya. ***On the good side, a recent study indicates that eating a mere cup of blueberries or strawberries per week might cut down a person's risk for high blood pressure. We LOVE berries, so we have no problem trying this out. ***Another thing that might lower your blood pressure? Faster lines at Starbucks. (Kidding... kind of.) Download a free app, and pay for your SB java using only your smartphone. After standing behind that person digging for correct change (or occasionally BEING that person), we welcome this. ***Guess what! This Saturday's episode of the Hungry Girl TV show is ALL ABOUT CHOCOLATE! Click here to see the preview, and tune in to Cooking Channel this Saturday (2/5) at 4pm ET/1pm PT for the full episode! And that's all we've got. HG out!

The Proof Is in the Pudding Aisle!
The Proof Is in the Pudding Aisle!

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Today, January 31st, is the last day of National Bread Machine Baking Month... and we didn't once use a bread machine. Oh well. Bring on the 100-calorie flat buns!

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