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Spotted on Shelves...
Ready Pac Snack Pacs - We LOVE portion-controlled snacks and creative little food "projects" -- that's why we're flipping over these fruity little items. They're fun packages stocked with individual compartments of various fruits, dips, and toppings. We've spied three varieties -- Mango & Blueberry (Mango, Blueberries & Lemon Dip), Piña Colada (Pineapple, Grapes, Vanilla Dip & Coconut Flakes), and Apple Granola Yogurt (Apples, Vanilla Yogurt & Granola). Each pack has 100 - 110 calories, 1 - 3g fat, 20 - 24g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, and 1 - 3g protein (POINTS® value 2*). That rocks! Find them in the produce section at select markets.
Fiber One Premium Muffin Mix, Banana Nut - Yup, it's ANOTHER flavor of Fiber One boxed muffin mix. A quarter-cup of the mix itself -- one muffin's worth -- has 130 calories, 3g fat, 27g carbs, 5g fiber, and 3g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Ooooh, and look for the reduced-fat directions on the side of the box! Follow those, and each baked muffin will clock in with just 140 calories and 3g fat (POINTS® value 2*). Woohoo! BTW, if you follow the regular directions, your muffin will have 160 calories and 6g fat (POINTS® value 3*).
Refrigerated Almond Breeze Non-Dairy Milk Alternative - Heads up! Our favorite milk swap is no longer only found in the shelf-stable boxed milk section of stores. It can now be found next to all the regular milks in the chilled dairy section of select markets (it's currently in limited distribution). But WATCH OUT -- the folks behind these beverages have NOT launched their UNSWEETENED versions in these fridge-bound containers. So the ones you'll see in the fridge section -- in Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate -- contain sugar and have WAY more calories than the unsweetened kind we use in our recipes. (The sweetened ones have 60 - 120 calories, while the unsweetened ones have 40 - 45.)
Secret Foods Worth Seeking Out...
These little-known snacks are hard to find but WORTH the search!
Fruit Pearls - These are little beads of frozen fruit, yogurt, chocolate, etc., and they come in cute, portion-controlled cups! Each container has just 50 - 140 calories, 0 - 9g fat, 12 - 17g carbs, 4 - 6g fiber, and 0 - 4g protein (POINTS® value 0 - 3*). And there are a bazillion flavors (okay, 9... but 9 AMAZING flavors!). WE LOVE THESE!!! BTW, most flavors are fat-free -- only the chocolatey ones contain fat. For now, unfortunately, you need to order 'em online.
Tillen Farms Pickled Crispy Veggies - If you enjoy pickles and pickled things, you're gonna FREAK over these jars of pickled veggies (we did!) -- everything from carrots to green beans. They're low-cal, delicious, and some are even SPICY. Enjoy a serving (3 to 5 pieces or 1/4 cup) for 10 - 30 calories, 0g fat, 1 - 7g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, and 0 - 1g protein (POINTS® value 0*). Yup, you have to get these online as well (unless you're lucky, and a nearby store stocks 'em).
FoodShouldTasteGood Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips - Warning, these chips are so good, you'll want to inhale the whole bag in one sitting. Just being honest here. These are tortilla chips made with potato (not to be confused with potato chips!). A serving of about 10 chips clocks in with 130 calories, 6g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 3*). Find 'em online and at select natural foods stores, or click here to see where they're sold.
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed...
We Said Launch, Not Lunch! - This spring-loaded spoon -- called ZING! -- will help you fling super-fattening items FAR, FAR away. How convenient. But you may want to think twice about letting the kiddies play with it.
Burn, Baby, Burn - This MioPINK Motiva Heart Monitor Watch is like a personal trainer that sits on your wrist (only WAY more comfortable). The little genius of a device allows you to track your heart rate, calories consumed, AND calories burned during exercise. Check it out! An added bonus? 10% of retail sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization dedicated to curing breast cancer.
Are You Gonna Eat All THAT? - These Portionpals "food management discs" (the company's words -- not ours!) help you determine if your serving sizes are too large or small. (Pssst... they're typically too large.) These color-coded cutting boards will help you learn all about proper serving sizes for meat, sweets, fish, sides, and chicken. Fun. Cute. Helpful. Yay!
Exciting times at HG lately, with yesterday's QVC appearance and today's segment on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet -- but there's MORE! HG's Lisa is on the cover of Woman's World this week! See the cover here (look to the right!) -- then get your very own copy from a newsstand or supermarket. The story features a SLEW of HG recipes. Check it out! ***There's still time to "Lose For Good" -- click for the 411 on Weight Watchers' latest food-donation campaign. Your weight loss means lots of hungry people are getting fed. Awesome! ***Hey! A recent study suggests that meat-eaters may actually have larger brains than vegans or vegetarians. We don't make it up, people -- we're just passing it along. The research attributes brain shrinkage to low levels of vitamin B12, which is found in meat, fish, and milk. We suggest our veggie pals eat some fortified cereal with fortified soymilk! ***Woohoo! MORE 100-calorie packs of nuts are on the way. Our friends at Diamond Foods are coming out with a line of 'em, which will include their delicious Cocoa Roast Almonds. YES!!! That's all we've got. HG out!
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.