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Our New Frozen Friend!
Our New Frozen Friend!
Spotted on Shelves...

Contessa Green Cuisine Stir-Fry Meals - These frozen bagged meals ROCK. Why? Because they're packed full of lean protein and veggies. No irritating starchy carbs. AND the sauce comes on the side (perfect for control freaks like us). In Shrimp, Chicken, and Beef, a serving of each without sauce (1 1/2 - 2 cups) has 120 - 150 calories, 1.5 - 3g fat, 11 - 14g carbs, 3 - 4g fiber, and 13 - 17g protein (POINTS® value 2*). If you use ALL the sauce, it'll add around 60 - 80 calories (and no fat) to each serving -- for a total POINTS® value of 3 - 4* per serving. Pssst... get a coupon here!

New Flavors! Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Snacks - They are getting CREATIVE over there in that Jell-O kitchen. They're crankin' out flavors of SF pudding like it's going out of style. (Thank goodness sugar-free pudding will NEVER go out of style.) The latest ones are Boston Cream Pie and Cinnamon Roll, each with 60 calories, 1g fat, 12g carbs, 0g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 1*). The Boston Cream Pie is good (but truth be told, it tastes EXACTLY like their Chocolate Vanilla Swirl). The Cinnamon Roll is FANTASTIC. We can't wait to have a little fun with it in the kitchen...

Banana Nut Cheerios - Cheerios are HUGELY popular for a reason, people. They're delicious and loveable and "O" shaped. All good things. And NOW they come in Banana Nut flavor. People are buzzing about these. A 3/4-cup serving has 100 calories, 1g fat, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Yum!
Ones to Watch Out For...

Here are a few little-known products we've sniffed out... You just may like 'em!

Baconnaise Lite - True the name "Baconnaise Lite" is a bit of an oxymoron, but go with it. This bacon-flavored mayo spread is INSANELY delicious (and vegetarian-friendly!). We've used it on wraps, mixed it with tuna, and even dunked our "Lord of the Onion Rings" in it. Next we're going to take it ice skating and propose to it. A tbsp. has 30 calories, 3g fat, and 1g carbs (POINTS® value 1*). Click here now to buy it online. And no, we're not REALLY going to ask for Baconnaise's hand in marriage...

TRUwhip All Natural Whipped Topping - Love the IDEA of Cool Whip but prefer a more natural alternative? Try TRUwhip. It comes frozen in a tub like CW, and it has stats similar to REGULAR Cool Whip (not Cool Whip Free) -- a 2-tbsp. serving has 30 calories, 2g fat, and 3g carbs (POINTS® value 1*) -- but it has NO trans fat, NO hydrogenated oils, and NO GMOs. So, if you care about that sort of thing, head over to Whole Foods (or select markets in your area) and pick it up. We've tried it and think it's pretty good. If you've tried it, click here to visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think!

Flavor Magic Portion Control Sheets - Wow! How futuristic! These magical little "sheets" not only add flavor to your protein, but they also help you control your portions. Just plate a sheet and top it with a same-sized piece of meat, fish, or poultry. It's like a cute little temporary tattoo -- only instead of imprinting a skull or a mermaid, it gives you FLAVOR. Let it marinate for a bit, then cook and, voilĂ , your food will be tasty and properly portioned! BTW, each sheet has only 4 calories. Available in Dijon Honey Mustard, Riviera Tomato & Basil, Garlic Citrus Teriyaki, and Zesty Cajun-Creole. Click here to order, and use coupon code FM15 to save 15% on all online orders before 3/31/09!
Reduced-Fat Mayo + Bacon Flavor = WOWOWOW!!!!
Reduced-Fat Mayo + Bacon Flavor = WOWOWOW!!!!
Hungry for Savings?!
Hungry for Savings?!
Cheapie Chews -- How Will the Recession Affect Our Eating Habits?

When people are trying to save money, they often cut costs by buying more cheap eats (processed junk food and dollar-menu fast food) and less of the healthy, more costly stuff (fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and whole grains). That's why some experts are predicting that obesity rates may increase as our economy continues to, well, have "issues". In any case, we'll be here supporting you any way we can. In general, you can save cash and still eat well by buying frozen fruits, frozen veggies, and canned goods like beans and soups. But we're also blabbing about some more exciting ways you can cut costs during these difficult times...

1. Starbucks Value Meals on the Way! - Next month, The 'Bucks will introduce "breakfast pairings" at reduced prices in the hopes of squashing misperceptions about the coffee chain being too expensive to indulge in during these cost-cutting times. So if you can't start your day without Starbucks, this'll save you some dough. No news on the specifics, but we hope SB pairs its spinach & feta wrap with a Venti (a.k.a. GINORMOUS) Caffè Misto for $1.99. Hey, we can dream...

2. Vitalicious Savings - Yes, it's that time again. TIME TO SAVE ON VITATOPS! If you're like us, you can't imagine a world without vitamin-infused, fiber-packed, 100-calorie treats. So don't miss our super-exciting special coming up TOMORROW (that's Tuesday, 2/10, for the confused or those of you who don't open your emails often enough). Surprises and a GREAT deal in store. Look in your inbox for all the fun mañana.

3. If you're into completely FREE stuff, click here for a free sample of True Delights (Quaker's latest and, dare we say, GREATEST bars), and click HERE for free Diet Dr Pepper, while supplies last. We SO spoil you!
The Buzz...

Are you looking for ways to snack LESS? Get more sleep. And not just because sleeping more cuts down on your available snacking time. A recent study found that when people slept 5 1/2 hours a night they ate 220 extra calories from snacks -- mostly carby ones -- compared to when they slept 8 1/2 hours. TOTALLY interesting. Click for more on that. ***Hey, if you want your man to smell like a big fat hamburger, you should know that Burger King's Flame (the cologne that reeks of fast food) is back in stock, and it's smellier than ever! (Okay, we're not sure about that last part -- we haven't sniffed it yet.) ***Do you often feel that your bananas are in danger? Clearly you are not alone. TWO competing products are vying for your bananas' affections -- the Banana Saver and the Banana Guard. Each of these little cases will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of your banana. (Pssst, we think the Banana Guard is cuter.) ***You know we feel Vitaminwater is a waste of calories, right? Well now the CSPI (our buddies who do their best to protect us from bad food crimes!) is SUING the Coca-Cola company for claims on the V-water labels. Are you REALLY getting all those "health benefits" or just a lot of sugary calories? Hmmmmmm... Okay, that's all we've got. HG out!
More Zzzzzzs = Less Calories!
More Zzzzzzs = Less Calories!
CHEW ON THIS:
Hey, Hey, Hey! Today, February 9th, is National Bagels and Lox Day. Grab a Western Bagel Alternative Bagel and slap some smoked salmon on it ASAP! Mmmmmm...
 
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