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Let Them Eat Cakesters!
Spotted on Shelves...
100 Calorie Packs Mini Cakesters - In Oreo and Golden Oreo, each 3-Cakester package has 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 15g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*). They're squishy and soft with a delicious creamy layer in the middle. The only problem is they're so good, you'll want to keep ripping packages open and popping more and more of 'em into your mouth. Consider yourself warned. (And click here for a coupon!)
Kettle Cuisine Soups - Check out these fancy schmancy, gluten-free, all-natural soups in the freezer aisle. We've tried (and loved) the Organic Carrot & Coriander Soup and the Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables, each with 100 - 110 calories, 3.5 - 4g fat, 14 - 15g carbs, 5g fiber, and 1 - 3g protein (POINTS® value 1 - 2*) per 10-oz., microwaveable, single-serving bowl. They come in a bunch of other varieties as well. (Read labels carefully -- some have better stats than others.) Click here to order online.
South Beach Living Fiber Fit Granola Bars - We've recently tried these granola bars, which come in Mocha and S'mores. Both are good, but we're REALLY crazy about the S'mores (and its insane top layer of marshmallow-ish goo!). Each bar has 120 calories, 4g fat, 25g carbs, 9g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*). If you can get your hands on these, DO IT!
Lean Cuisine Mania!
Heads up, frozen-food-chewers!!!! Lean Cuisine's rolling out a SLEW of new "recipes" in limited distribution. (Hopefully, if they're a hit, they'll show up on shelves everywhere.) There are almost too many to name... but okay, we'll do it! Here they are: Angel Hair Pomodoro, Beef & Broccoli, Beef Chow Fun, Beef Pot Roast, Cheddar Potatoes with Broccoli, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry, Classic Macaroni & Beef, Fiesta Grilled Chicken, Classic Five Cheese Lasagna, Five Cheese Rigatoni, Linguine Carbonara, Orange Chicken, Pasta Romano with Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken! These each have 210 - 360 calories, 2 - 9g fat, and a POINTS® value of 4 - 7*. More info to come once we taste 'em. BTW, we'll be adding Tofu Shirataki noodles and steamed veggies to these entrées to make them more filling ('cuz that's how we roll).
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Fun & Functional Fungi!
Mushrooms: The New Mood Food...
Feeling a little blue? Chomp on a portabello! Mushrooms are the only natural fresh veggie with vitamin D, which can help elevate your mood. And since it's tough to get enough vitamin D during winter months (due to lack of sunlight), now's the perfect time to up your intake of the friendly fungus. Mushrooms also have lots of energy-enhancing B vitamins typically found in meat, so they're great for vegetarians. And get this... scientists are creating super mushrooms enhanced with EXTRA vitamin D by exposing them to fancy ultraviolet lights. In the meantime, click here and here for some recipes from our lovely and talented friends at The Mushroom Council. Pssst... we recommend using Egg Beaters instead of eggs and nonstick spray instead of oil to save calories and fat.
Do something good for women. Join Campbell's AdDRESS Your Heart campaign. Click here to vote on the dress Jane Krakowski -- a.k.a. the insanely funny Jenna on TV's 30 Rock -- will wear to the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards. For each vote, Campbell will donate $1 to the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement. Pssst... we voted for Simply Red! ***The peanut butter scare is getting scarier! The processing plant linked to the current Salmonella outbreak is now recalling every peanut product it's made in the last two years. Many food products and even pet foods have now been recalled. Click here ASAP for the latest updates, and click here for a full list of recalled retail items. ***Attention, OJ lovers! (We mean orange juice, of course -- not "him".) There's an exciting new beverage on the way. Trop50 (sounds so cool!) comes from our pals at Tropicana, and it's due to hit shelves next month. This light orange juice drink has HALF the calories and sugar of regular orange juice, and it contains no artificial sweeteners (yep, it's sweetened with stevia). FYI, it's replacing Tropicana Light 'N Healthy. ***Speaking of juice, new research shows that regularly drinking apple juice could actually delay Alzheimer's disease.Click for more on that. ***Last month 55 busy cooks spent 60 hours whipping up the world's biggest cheesecake. Apparently it made it into the Guinness World Records without much competition. The thing weighed TWO TONS! Wonder how many calories and POINTS® that is?! ***And while we're on the subject of calories, cutting out extra calories could actually improve memory. In a recently published study, women 50 - 80 years old who reduced their caloric intake by 30% not only lost weight, but they also scored dramatically better than non-calorie-cutters on verbal memory tests. The study participants were all of normal weight or slightly overweight. Cool stuff! That's all we've got. HG out!
CHEW ON THIS: Yesterday, February 1st, was National Baked Alaska Day. Baked Alaska is a mixture of egg whites and sugar on ice cream over cake, which is then cooked, and sometimes doused with rum and set on fire. (Pssst... be careful when dousing things with rum and setting them on fire.)
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