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Special Snack Finds, Amazing Ice Creams, HG Poll Results & MORE!

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Flavor of the Greek!
Flavor of the Greek!
Spotted on Shelves...

Dannon Oikos Dips - We've been making slimmed-down dips with Greek yogurt in place of sour cream for a while, so we LOVE that someone else is doing the work for us! These dips come in French Onion, Cucumber Dill, Roasted Red Pepper, and Vegetable & Herb. Each 2-tbsp. serving has 25 calories, 1g fat, 110 - 160mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1 - 2g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). Bet they'd be great paired with this next find...

Kashi Hummus Crisps - These new made-with-chickpeas crisps don't really taste like hummus. But we couldn't care less, because the air-popped snacks are insanely delicious! In Sea Salt & Olive Oil, Caramelized Onion (mind-blowingly good!), and Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta, a 27-crisp serving has 120 calories, 3.5g fat, 180 - 190mg sodium, 21g carbs, 4g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, and 3 - 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Find them at Walmart and Target locations. (Coming soon to supermarkets!)

New Flavors! Special K Pastry Crisps - We've been fans of these sweet treats since there were just a few fruit flavors. What are the new varieties, you ask? Chocolatey Caramel and Cookies & Crème!!! Right?! We know!! Each 2-crisp pack has 100 calories, 2 - 2.5g fat, 105 - 125mg sodium, 19 - 20g carbs, <1g fiber, 7g sugars, and <1 - 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Find these STAT!

Baskin-Robbins Brings Guilt-Free Summer Satisfaction with New Frozen Desserts!

Summer officially begins this week, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than with new BRight Choices flavors! Look for these at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide...

Toasted Marshmallow Chip Premium Churned Light Ice Cream - WOWOWOWOW! Toasty marshmallow ice cream with a chocolate 'mallow ribbon and chocolate chips? Yes, please! Have a 2.5-oz. scoop for 140 calories and 3g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*). Get it now, 'cuz it'll be gone come September!

Watermelon Chip Ice - This returning favorite sounds absolutely incredible: watermelon flavor speckled with chocolate "seeds." Cute! And a 2.5-oz. scoop has just 80 calories and 0.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*). Available now through August.

Lemonade Iced Tea Sorbet - Also here through August is this fruity pick. It's like a frozen Arnold Palmer! A 2.5-oz. scoop has only 70 fat-free calories (PointsPlus® value 2*). Impressive!

Maui Brownie Madness Frozen Yogurt - Mark your calendars, because this flavor arrives in just two weeks! From July through September, enjoy chocolate fro yo that's studded with brownie chunks 'n macadamia nuts and laced with chocolate fudge. All that for 150 calories and 3.5g fat per 2.5-oz. scoop (PointsPlus® value 3*).

Pineapple Coconut No Sugar Added Ice Cream - This tropical option is available all year long! Sounds good, since a 2.5-oz. scoop has just 100 calories and 4g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*).

Scoop Your Way Into Summer!
Scoop Your Way Into Summer!
Hide Your Straws!
Hide Your Straws!
Attack of the Summer Beverages! (Plus Guilt-Free Swaps)

Sadly, it's not all fun, sunshine, and guilt-free treats out there. Consider this your HG PSA about the dangers of summer's shockingly fattening frozen drinks...

Denny's Seasonal Shakes and Frosty Coffee - Are you sitting down? The new fruity milkshakes -- in Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon Icebox Pie, and Blueberry Cheesecake -- each have an outrageous 1,070 - 1,110 calories and 62 - 65g fat! And the innocent-sounding Frosty Roast blended coffee has a shocking 380 calories and 24g fat. Eeeks! Instead of a shake, get the yogurt-based White Lemon Chill with 260 fat-free calories (PointsPlus® value 7*). Better yet, have an HG Banana-Berry Cloud at home! And swap the blended coffee drink for the Iced Coffee, which has 110 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*). Or click here and enjoy a creamy HG coffee drink that's super low in fat!

Dunkin' Donuts Hot Chocolate Coolatta - We love you, DD, but this new sipper is NOT COOL. Even a small one packs 410 calories and 5g fat, and the large version has a staggering 820 calories and 10g fat... plus 144 grams of sugar! If it's frozen hot chocolate you're after, we've got a swap for that: our Freakishly Good Frozen Hot Chocolate! If you find yourself at Dunkin' D this summer, stick to the iced coffee and be smart about the add-ins. (Click to calculate!)

The Buzz…

Exciting fast-food scoop: Taco Bell is reportedly testing a "Fresco Power" menu, featuring lower-carb items with at least 20g protein and less than 400 calories each! We hear it's very similar to the Cantina Bell menu, but stripped of heavy ingredients like rice and creamy dressing. We LOVE this idea and want to see it go nationwide. If you do too, click here and let the folks at the Bell know!!! There's strength in numbers, people... ***Remember our "Would You Rather... ?" poll from last week? Thousands of you weighed in, and we've got the results! When it comes to choosing between being at a healthy body weight forever and winning $5 million in the lottery, respondents were (surprisingly!) pretty evenly split; same with deciding between having a personal chef and a personal trainer. But when given the hypothetical option to either never have to exercise or never have to count calories, 68 percent would prefer to ditch the calorie counting. Also, 61 percent would rather have a better metabolism than a better memory, and an overwhelming 88 percent would rather that their favorite food be free of calories than free of charge. Interesting stuff! Thanks to everyone who participated. ***Trying to shed pounds and keep 'em off long term? According to recent findings, a low-carb diet could be more effective than a low-fat one. As published in this month's British Journal of Nutrition, researchers came to the conclusion after analyzing the results of more than a dozen studies. (That less-carby Taco Bell test menu is looking better and better!) ***Cool news! Pinkberry has just launched Pinkberrysmoothies made with Greek yogurt, most with 210 - 280 calories, 0 - 1.5g fat, and 11 - 12g protein each (PointsPlus® value 6 - 8*)! Choose from conventional fruity flavors like Strawberry Banana as well as offbeat options like Cucumber Mint. P.S. The only exception to the aforementioned stats is the Peanut Butter Banana pick, with 420 calories and 14g fat. And that's all we've got. HG out!

Protein Power!
Protein Power!

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