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Sodium-Slashed Bacon, K-Cup Keepers, Treats of the Season & MORE!

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Breakin' Bacon News!
Breakin' Bacon News!
Spotted on Shelves...

Applegate Naturals Uncured Reduced Sodium Sunday Bacon - This salt-slashed bacon is welcome at our breakfast table any day of the week! It's all-natural -- no added nitrites or nitrates -- and hickory smoked. Best of all, it tastes incredible! Each 2-slice serving has just 60 calories, 5g fat, 200mg sodium, and 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). We love you, Applegate!

Dole Nutrition Plus Chia & Fruit Clusters - Imagine chewy, crunchy nuggets of oats, dried fruit, and chia seeds. Now imagine said nuggets are low in fat yet packed with around 40 percent of your daily omega-3s. That's exactly what these sweet little things from Dole are! They come in Mixed Berry, Cranberry Apple, and Tropical Fruit, and a 12-cluster serving has 120 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 85 - 95mg sodium, 22g carbs, 4g fiber, 8g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Track these down STAT!

Dasani Drops Flavor Enhancer - If you like controlling the amount of flavor intensity in your beverage but don't like having partial packets of powdered drink mix around, products like this are perfect for you. Sweetened mostly with sucralose, the squeeze-bottled drops come in Pink Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi (so good!), Pineapple Coconut, and Mixed Berry (THE BEST!). A 1/3-tsp. serving (8 oz. prepared) has zero calories and no sugar (PointsPlus® value 0*). Find it near the powdered drink mixes!

Exciting News from the World of Single-Serve Coffee Brewers!

One-cup-at-a-time coffee machines featuring those nifty little pods are more popular than ever! And there are SO many more options than the original Keurig cups 'n coffeemakers we've been into for years... First up, Starbucks fans will be clamoring for the new Starbucks Verismo machines -- the special pods make it possible to have freshly brewed SB coffee, lattes, and espresso drinks, all without leaving the house. Keurig isn't about to be left in the dust though... The brand's new pod system, Vue, offers more personalized options than its standard model, plus recyclable cups. Our favorite feature? THE FROTH BUTTON. Wanna go one step greener (and less expensive)? Get yourself a refillable filter pod. Companies like Ekobrew, Solofill, and (of course) Keurig make them, and you can find them at places like Bed Bath & Beyond. Just add coffee grounds, brew, clean, and repeat -- then say good-bye to a trash can full of single-use pods. And finally, Dunkin' Donuts enthusiasts in California (like US!) will be happy to know that they can score five varieties of DD K-Cups at participating Baskin-Robbins locations. Grab a mug!

Coffee by the K-Cup!
Coffee by the K-Cup!
'Tis the Season!
'Tis the Season!
Limited-Time Must-Trys!

This time of year brings a slew of seasonal food finds -- check out a few of our top picks! They won't be around forever...

Trader Joe's Nonfat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt - Get to a TJ's ASAP, and grab a tub of this yogurt -- it'll only be available through pumpkin season, and it is extremely delicious! The flavor is perfectly balanced, and there's no weird aftertaste (unlike some pumpkin-infused products). An 8-oz. container has 190 calories, plus a whopping 18g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*)! Perfect as a mini-meal or a couple of small snacks.

Angie's Artisan Treats Holidrizzle Kettle Corn - This popcorn should come with a warning: Highly delicious; due to fainting risk, sit before consuming! It comes in White Chocolatier Peppermint and Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt, both insanely decadent and wonderful. Each generously sized serving (1 1/2 - 1 2/3 cups) has 130 - 150 calories and 6 - 8g fat (PointsPlus® value 4*). Now available in select stores and online... Snag it before it's gone!

Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds - Wow. Just WOW. These nuts are perfectly spiced and seasoned -- not cloyingly sweet. They're satisfying and tasty without the addictive nature of super-sugary flavored nuts. A 1-oz. serving (about 25 pieces) has 160 calories and 12g fat (PointsPlus® value 4*). Currently available in select stores and online (but from the looks of the online retailers, they're selling fast!).

The Buzz...

Need some financial incentive to motivate your weight loss? Check this out... DietBet is a four-week weight-loss game with major perks! Join an existing game or start your own. Then place your wager, big or small -- the more people involved, the bigger the prize! And everyone who loses 4 percent of their body weight gets a share of the pot at the end. (Weights are verified confidentially by the DietBet peeps.) AMAZING! ***With the upcoming busy travel season in mind, here's some good news for wary travelers -- pharmaceutical scientists have created a gum that can help treat motion sickness. Researchers say that chewing the gum is faster and more effective than conventional treatments with the same active ingredient. Yay, science! ***On the heels of the recent food-trend predictions for 2013, some nutrition experts are predicting how we'll eat in 2050... and the future looks bright! Included in the forecast are healthier processed foods (think less sugar and sodium without less flavor, thanks to safe sugar substitutes and salt swaps), tech-savvy home gardens, and robot-like kitchen appliances. ("Crock pot: Freeze my leftover soup, please!") Sounds good to us! ***The good people at the Kellogg Company are doing their part to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy -- K Co. is contributing half a million dollars in support of relief efforts. The donation will be made in the form of cash for the American Red Cross and food for the hunger-relief charity Feeding America. Our friends at StarKist are pitching in as well. Way to go! To learn how YOU can help out, click here. ***Last but not least, a few HG favorites have been added to the Green Giant Fresh product lineup -- cubed butternut squash and bagged broccoli cole slaw. When it comes to precut winter squash and pre-shredded broccoli stems, one can never have too many options. And that's all we've got... HG out!

Wanna Lose Weight? You BET!
Wanna Lose Weight? You BET!

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Today, November 5th, is Doughnut Appreciation Day. Did you stock up last Tuesday for National Buy a Donut Day? If so, you can get straight to the appreciation! Click here for a hole lotta donut 411...

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