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Spotted on Shelves...
Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix - We told you it was coming, but now this product has actually been seen on supermarket shelves... pancake mix from our F1 friends! Great stats. A half-cup of the mix (which makes 3 pancakes) has 180 calories, 3.5g fat, 36g carbs, and 5g fiber (POINTS® value 3*). And all you have to add is water. We've tried it, and our p-cakes were fluffy and tasted great! Yum!
Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks - These chewy, yogurt-covered snacks come in Blueberry and Strawberry. They're fruit snacks with fancy coating. A 15-piece serving has 100 calories, 1.5g fat, and 21g carbs (POINTS® value 2*). Sweet! Pssst... there are 90-calorie pouches out there as well! (Those also have a POINTS® value of 2*.)
Special K Grab 'N Go Cereal Packs - Another portion-controlled cereal-in-a-pouch option. These come in both Vanilla Almond and Fruit & Yogurt, and each pouch has 100 calories, 1g fat, 21 - 22g carbs, and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 2*). Perfect for those who can't control their cereal desires and usually end up overdoing it.
Chicken Chatter -- Label Updates and Alerts!
Trader Joe's Update - Earlier this summer, we warned you that we had suspicions about the accuracy of the nutrition info for Trader Joe's Chili Lime Chicken Burgers. Immediately after our email went out, the burgers were pulled from shelves. The owner of the company that manufactures the product (who was extremely concerned and is an all-around genuine and lovely fellow) had the product re-tested, and the burgers are now back on shelves with new nutritional stats. They went from having 110 calories, 3g fat, 4g carbs, and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 2*) to having 150 calories, 6g fat, 3g carbs, and 2g fiber (POINTS® value 3*). Thanks to all of you for following up at your local TJ's. And GO US! We're all really making a difference -- let's keep it up!
Bell & Evans Chicken Heads Up - A very astute HG subscriber noticed that his (yes, we said HIS!) Breaded Chicken Breast seemed too oily to have just 2.5g fat like the product label stated, so he checked out the Bell & Evans website and contacted the company. He quickly learned that the product actually has 12 grams of fat (yes, TWELVE!). We called the company ourselves, and it's true! Apparently the company didn't take into account the OIL the chicken is fried with during the breading step. OOPS! We're told that they are taking steps to correct the labeling issue. But this once again proves that if food stats SEEM too good to be true, they very well could be inaccurate -- be careful...
Changing Times, Changing Labels!
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Tootsie Pops Q... Will It Be Answered At Last?! - That Tootsie owl is FINALLY going to get to the bottom of the mystery that has been plaguing him (and all Americans!) for DECADES. "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" Click here, take your best guess, and you could be $50,000 richer! Reminder: Tootsie Pops have just 60 calories and are fat-free (POINTS® value 1*). Woohoo!
Write a Tune About Tuna - The Chicken of the Sea folks are looking to add another verse to their beloved "Ask any mermaid you happen to see..." jingle. Think you've got the goods to get it done? Go for it! You'll need to put yourself on video performing your little ditty. Prizes include iPod shuffles, iTunes gift cards, a trip to Hollywood and MORE! Click here for some wacky inspiration!
The Snack Factory Wants to See & Hear You - Do you LOVE Pretzel Crisps, The Factory's fantastic flat pretzels? We do. Get creative and shoot a little commercial about these crispy treats, and you could win $3,500, a video camera, and/or lots of PRETZELS (arguably the best of all prizes!). Grab a bag and start crankin' out ideas...
If you're one of those stevia-lovers, you'll be happy to know that both Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are planning to put out a slew of beverages featuring the natural sweetener over the next few years. Some people think stevia is the next big (and safe) thing in no-calorie sweeteners, while others think it's bitter (and aren't convinced it's safe). Either way, you'll be seeing a lot of it VERY soon... ***Yogurt Alert! Remember when the folks at Dannon turned their yummy 80-calorie Light & Fit yogurt into thin, watery, less-good 60-calorie stuff? Well, they've come to their senses and added some flavor, texture (and those calories!) back into it. Look for the new containers with the words "Great New Taste!" on them at your local market. ***Recent research shows that adding spices to your diet may decrease the effects of high blood sugar, like tissue damage and inflammation. Spices are a virtually calorie-free way to flavor your food, so GET SPICE-HAPPY (even if you don't have high blood sugar)! ***Good news... people are starting to pay more attention to food labels. Apparently, 65% of Americans say they are noticing and reading labels more often than they were two years ago. Oddly, only 48% of us are consistently reading calorie counts. Keep checking those labels -- and remind your friends to do it, too! That's all we've got. HG out!
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CHEW ON THIS: YESTERDAY, Sunday, August 10th, was National S'mores Day. We want s'more of that holiday, so we're celebrating TODAY with our Gimme S'more Sundae!
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