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Mann Are These GOOOOOD!!!
Mann Are These GOOOOOD!!!
Spotted On Shelves...

Mann's Sunny Shores Light Bites - When it comes to veggies, the fine folks at Mann's have got it goin' on (pardon the dated expression). Light Bites are AWESOME. You get an assortment of crunchy and/or tasty produce (celery, carrots, apples, tomatoes, etc.) with a fantastic dipping partner -- Classic Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Sun Butter (made from sunflower seeds), or Vanilla Yogurt Dip. Each pack contains two servings (or one, if you're like us!), totaling 2 cups of produce and 2 tbsp. of dip. Each serving of the yogurt and hummus varieties has 50 - 60 calories, 1 - 2.5g fat, 8 - 11g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, and 1 - 2g protein (POINTS® value 1*). A serving of the Sun Butter pack has 100 calories, 6g fat, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*). These could potentially ROCK YOUR FACE OFF. (But let's hope they don't because your face comes in handy for chewing.)

NEW 100 Calorie Bars - There can never be too many portion-controlled candy bars in the world. And these are super-exciting! The newbies are... drumroll please... Snickers and Milky Way!!! Each bar has 4 - 5g fat, 13 - 16g carbs, 0g fiber, and 1 - 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Not bad! Thanks to the chocolate fiends at Mars for adding these to their line-up.

Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash Potatoes - No-guilt mashies?! Steam n' Mash allows you to steam your own pre-peeled and cut potatoes right in the bag and then mash 'em up with as much or as little butter, milk, etc., as you like. These come in four varieties -- Cut Russet Potatoes, Cut Sweet Potatoes, Three-Cheese Potatoes, and Garlic Seasoned Potatoes. An unprepared serving of the first three (3/4 cup - 1 cup) has 80 - 90 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 16 - 20g carbs, 1 - 3g fiber, and 1 - 2g protein (POINTS® value 1*). A 3/4-cup serving of the Garlic Seasoned Potatoes clocks in at 110 calories, 4g fat, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*). With numbers like that, feel free to spruce 'em up with a little Brummel & Brown and/or your light milk of choice.
HG ALERT: Lean Cuisine Recalls Almost 900,000 Pounds of Frozen Meals!

Heads up! Serious issue here. And while we warned you about this last week, it is definitely worth repeating. If you eat Lean Cuisine meals regularly (or have any in the freezer at all), you need to know that THREE different chicken meals have been recalled -- Café Classics Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta, Spa Cuisine Classics Chicken Mediterranean, and Dinnertime Selects Chicken Tuscan. Those meals are considered potentially dangerous because they may contain bits of hard blue plastic. The packages in question were distributed to retailers nationwide. The company issued the recall after receiving several complaints from consumers. Click here for the full details on the production codes and dates on the recalled boxes. Please spread the word to anyone and everyone you know. OOOOH, BREAKING NEWS! A GREAT new website has launched. USFoodSafety.com will keep all of us informed about the latest food safety issues. You can even sign up for free email notifications about recalls, allergen alerts, and more. Fantastic!
Lean Cuisine Recalls Chicken Meals
Lean Cuisine Recalls Chicken Meals
Caf Gaffes Exposed... FINALLY!!!
Caf Gaffes Exposed... FINALLY!!!
Put Your Decaf to the Test. DO IT!!!

Are you OBSESSIVE about making sure your coffee is decaffeinated? Do you know someone who is (like your pal who threatens to pummel the waiter if he serves up regular instead of decaf)? Good news! An innovative new product called D+caf Caffeine Test Strips can actually tell you whether or not your beverage has more than 20mg of caffeine per 6-oz. serving. Usable with both hot and cold beverages, they give you results in under a minute. According to the product website, studies show that up to 30% of decaf coffees ordered at stores and restaurants contain unacceptably high levels of caffeine. Yikes! Put an end to the madness by showing up with your D+caf Caffeine Test Strips. Then let the fun begin. We tried these out ourselves and, from what we can tell, they totally work! Pssst... these make EXCELLENT stocking stuffers, so CLICK away, people!
The Buzz...

Craving chocolate? Walk it off! New research shows that a brisk walk could actually tame a craving for the sweet stuff. Just don't take a brisk walk in the direction of a candy store. Click for more on that study. ***Congrats, creative HGers! We have heard from TWO of you who are finalists in the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid Jingle Jam contest.  To vote for our adorable and talented pals click here and here. They need you! ***Guess what the healthiest city in the U.S. is? Time's up! It's Burlington, Vermont. According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Burlington is among the top metropolitan areas in terms of exercise, and it's among the lowest in rates of obesity, diabetes, and illness. Well congrats, and la-dee-da to you, Burlington! ***Have you seen the fancy-schmancy new Tic Tac treats and their packaging? Tic Tac Chill mints are newer, hipper, larger Tic Tacs that also happen to be sugar-free. Same cooling goodness, and still 1 1/2 calories each. Nicely done, TT! That's all we've got. HG out!
Walk Your Cocoa Cravings Away... Weeeee!
Walk Your Cocoa Cravings Away... Weeeee!
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