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Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals - They're baked, and they're natural (hence the name), but these new crunchy offerings (Wheat Crisps, Pretzel Thins and Snack Sticks, in various and sundry flavors) from the peeps at Pepp F. also taste great. So great, in fact, that you may want to break the box down into single servings or keep the stuff in another part of the house (or locked in a cabinet!) -- if you don't, there's a good chance you'll snarf down an entire box without thinking about it. Don't say we didn't warn you. A serving of each of these snacks (11 - 17 pieces) has 110 - 140 calories, 0 - 6g fat, <1 - 2g fiber and a POINTS® value of 2 - 3*.
South Beach Living Hot Sandwich Melts - Cheese + Meat + Sauce + Whole Wheat Buns = the new South Beach Living Hot Sandwich Melts. These fridge kits are great for when you're crunched for time. In Turkey Santa Fe (350 calories, 15g fat, 8g fiber -- POINTS® value 7*) and Oven Roasted Ham & Swiss (320 calories, 11g fat, 8g fiber -- POINTS® value 7*). Some assembly required.
Brach's 100 Calorie Packs, Orchard Fruit Tiny Gummi Bears - If you're the type of person who appreciates cute food, your head may explode when you catch a glimpse of these teeny tiny colorful gummis. Each pack (100 calories, 0g fat, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 2*) contains 48 itty bitty bears in a lovely array of colors and flavors. It's crowded in that bag, peeps! Made from real fruit juice, these bears are loaded with vitamin C -- 60% the RDA in each pack!
Wondering what to make of this whole tomato salmonella fiasco? Here's the scoop. The FDA is recommending that people do NOT eat raw red Roma tomatoes, raw red plum tomatoes, raw red round tomatoes, or products containing them (unless said tomatoes have been grown and harvested in select areas listed on the FDA website). Restaurants and grocery stores have been advised not to serve or sell these tomatoes, as well. Tomatoes not associated with this salmonella scare are cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home. For more information on this, click here for the latest updates. FYI, experts say simply washing your tomatoes really well is NOT enough to get rid of the contamination, and the FDA does not recommend cooking these tomatoes either. So stick with those tomato types not associated with the outbreak -- at least for the time being!
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Listen Up, Weight Watchers Followers... Have you lost weight with Weight Watchers? Do you have an inspiring story you'd LOVE to share with others? Enter the Weight Watchers Inspiring Stories of the Year contest! You can either write a short essay (essays don't have to be boring, people!) or make a short DVD (no fancy camera skills required). There are lots of prizes to win here -- 6 grand-prize winners will get trips to NYC (for 2 people, including a lovely dinner, a shopping spree and more!), and 34 finalists will each win a $300 gift card to Macy's. Click for the full 411, and be sure to get your entries in by 6/30/08. (We know it says the contest ended yesterday, but you have 'til the 30th to enter -- trust us!)
Cupcakes for a Cause... Throw together a guilt-free cupcake sale (yes... guilt-free cupcakes, like our Death By Chocolate and 14-Carat cupcakes), raise money for CancerCare for Kids, and have a chance to win great prizes like savings bonds and Cuisinart mixers. And everyone who enters the contest wins a T-shirt! This one comes to us from the kind folks at Duncan Hines. Click, click, click for more!
Another hot book find, people! Need a little help figuring out what to believe when it comes to all the conflicting info about your health? The Healthy Skeptic is a MUST-READ! It's packed with info that will help you figure out what you should and shouldn't believe (and why) when it comes to health-related hype. The book's author, Robert Davis, is a close personal pal of ours, and he explains (in very simple terms!) how to evaluate studies. He also reveals fantastic resources for unbiased information. Simply put, THIS BOOK ROCKS! Click here for more info or to order a copy. ***Speaking of being a "healthy skeptic", the Grocery Manufacturers Association recently released a guide designed to provide accurate info on high-fructose corn syrup. The guide highlights the findings of an expert panel at The University of Maryland Center for Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy. The panel concluded, "HFCS does not appear to contribute to overweight and obesity any differently than any other energy sources." In other words, high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other caloric sweeteners -- it can be part of a healthy lifestyle as long as it's used in moderation. We've been hearing that same thing from our nutrition expert friends for a few years now -- good news! ***We knew THIS was bound to happen... A Seattle woman is suing some major chain restaurants because she claims they have derailed her diet (click here for the story that likely led to this lawsuit). While the suit may be extreme, in some odd way we're on board with it. We support ANYTHING at all that can help FORCE food companies and restaurants to be truthful and careful about their nutritional info. More on that as the story develops. And, that's all we've got. HG out!
Be a Healthy Skeptic... or Just Act Like One!
CHEW ON THIS: Hey, hungry people! Today, June 16th, is National Fudge Day. Whip up a batch of our Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Then chew it (but not all at once).
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