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State-Fair Flavor + Applegate Goodness!
State-Fair Flavor + Applegate Goodness!
Spotted on Shelves (Junk-Food-Swaps Edition!)...

Applegate Naturals Wheat-Free Beef Corn Dogs - We'd tell you to sit down, but standing is totally the proper way to eat a corn dog. These gluten-free freezer-aisle pups are SO good, it would take an elaborate fireworks display to accurately express just HOW delicious they are! The corn coating is perfectly crisp, and the hot dog inside meets the taste standard we've come to expect from Applegate. Each corn dog has 180 calories, 8g fat, 410mg sodium, 21g carbs, 1g fiber, 6g sugars, and 7g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Look for them at a Whole Foods near you!

Weight Watchers Chicken Burgers - Wanna add some new burger patties into rotation? One can't live on Bocas alone! These frozen burgers are made from lean chicken breast and have some super-impressive stats: Each 4-oz. patty has just 140 calories, 4g fat, 115mg sodium, and 25g protein (PointsPlus® value 3). Find these ASAP, and fire up the grill (or grill pan)! P.S. The Double W also has new heat-n-eat chicken breast cutlets and tenders residing in the freezer aisle.

Palermo's Primo Thin Pizza - This find offers a super-effective way to squash SERIOUS pizza cravings. We tried several varieties in the huge lineup, and we FLIPPED. Some have more impressive stats than others -- our lighter picks are the Garden, Margherita, and Spinach, Bacon & Feta. A serving (1/3 pizza) of each of these three varieties has 260 - 270 calories, 12g fat, 600 - 680mg sodium, 25 - 28g carbs, 1 - 3g fiber, 3 - 5g sugars, and 12 - 14g protein (PointsPlus® value 7*). Find these at Costco locations nationwide, and call up a couple of friends for a pizza party!

Think Eating Smarter Costs More? Guess Again!

There's no shortage of excuses for why we don't eat better. And according to a recent poll by ShopSmart magazine, the most popular reason women give for not eating healthful food is that it costs too much. Well, good news: Nutritious foods may actually be cheaper than their junky counterparts! A new study by the US Department of Agriculture breaks it down like this: If you're looking at price per calorie, sure, many high-calorie junk foods are cheaper than wholesome stuff like low-calorie fruits and veggies. But if you consider the price per average portion size, then grains, veggies, fruit, and dairy give you the most bang for your buck. The study took into consideration the cost of more than 4,000 different foods to reach these conclusions... Talk about food for thought! Want some specific cash-saving tips? Click here for a boatload of budget-friendly know-how when it comes to guilt-free eating -- online coupon sites, warehouse store must-haves, aisle-by-aisle savings, and more. And click here for great at-work snack ideas that won't break the bank (or pop your pants buttons). Yay!

"Dollars to Donuts" Is Not a Money-Saving Formula.
Take Notes for Your Dog! (Dogs Have Terrible Handwriting.)
Take Notes for Your Dog! (Dogs Have Terrible Handwriting.)
Tips & Tricks for Our Furry BFFs!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled news for humans to bring you this doggie 411... Here is some wildly helpful info concerning the hairy, howl-y love of your life!

Work out safely with your pooch. Wanna get in some exercise for both you AND Fido? Click for tips from Cesar Millan, a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer, on things to consider before starting a doggy workout. WOOF!

Prepare your pets for hot summer months. Check out this info from petMD.com. It'll help you make sure your little buddy stays comfortable and out of trouble this time of year.

Take a hike... and take your dog! To celebrate the launch of Milk-Bone Trail Mix -- a snacky blend of rolled-oat biscuits and chewy bits made from beef and sweet potato -- the M-B peeps have rounded up a searchable list of dog-friendly events all over the country; check 'em out!

Make your dog some tea. Nope, it's not a joke -- California Tea House has created Machu's Blend Herbal Dog Tea, specially formulated for canines. The tea promotes healthy skin, fur, and digestion... It could even help to treat carsickness in dogs. Could be useful on that family road trip!

The Buzz...

Just last week, Mayor Bloomberg of NYC proposed a ban on selling sugary soft drinks larger than 16 oz. at restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas, and similar locations. The ban would not apply to drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-oz. serving, alcoholic drinks, fruit juices, or dairy-based beverages. (Refills and ordering additional drinks would still be okay.) So large Cokes are off-limits but fishbowl-sized margaritas and milkshakes are okay? Will the number of sugar packets one can add to iced tea be restricted? Hmmmm... ***Ever wish scientists would use their super smarts to solve your everyday problems? Wish granted -- researchers at MIT have created a nonstick ketchup bottle, coating the bottle with a food-safe substance that will allow your condiment to glide onto your burger with ease. Hooray for science! ***Listen up, commuters. As if the traffic isn't lousy enough, new research shows that a long commute is associated with a higher BMI and waist circumference, among other health issues. Bummer news, but knowledge is power -- take action to offset this trend. Try getting in a little exercise on your lunch break, and check out this roundup of better-for-you commuter snacks! ***Speaking of better-for-you snacks, here's another great reason to chomp on fresh fruit... According to data from the Nurses' Health Study, women over 70 who consumed two or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week over the past several decades showed reduced memory decline. So the next time you feel forgetful, remember to add berries to your market list. And that's all we've got. HG out!

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Happy June, a.k.a. National Iced Tea Month! We know how we'll be celebrating -- with Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka. YUM!!!

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