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Spotted on Shelves...
Baked Classics Potato Crisps - Yup, the shelves are OVERFLOWING with guilt-free chip options, but Baked Classics are worth checking out. They come in Mesquite Barbeque and Sour Cream & Onion, and each 1-oz. bag has just 120 calories, 1.5 - 2.5g fat, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*). These chips are airy and crispy in texture (almost like super-light soy crisps or mini rice cakes). Mmmmmm! They can be found on select supermarket shelves and EASILY ordered online. Two YUMS up!
Jell-O Sugar Free Gelatin with Antioxidants - If you like your wiggly desserts to have cancer-fighting abilities, you'll be pleased to know that Jell-O has just launched a line of 10-calorie gelatin snack cups that are enhanced with vitamins A and E. Available in two flavors with healthy "buzzwords" -- Strawberry Acai and Raspberry Goji. We've heard a Cherry Pomegranate flavor has also been spotted at Costco.
Praeventia Cookies in Dark Chocolate Chip 70% Cocoa with Red Wine Extract and Orange Zest with Green Tea Extract - Okay, these bite-sized cookies win the award for having the WORST name and the most snoozefesty-sounding flavors, but they are REALLY good. We tried 'em and we LIKE 'em... a lot. They even come in cute little heart shapes and are made with healthy ingredients. Each pouch contains about eight cookies and has 140 - 150 calories, 5 - 6g fat, 21 - 22g carbs, 3 - 4g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 3*). BTW, we found ours at Target.
Soooo... Is Menu Labeling Changing Habits?!
As you know, chain restaurants in NYC with 15+ locations have been required to post calorie counts for a while now, and other cities are following suit. So is this blatant "calories in your face" approach working? It would appear so! In a recent survey, 82% of NYers said the posted nutritional info affects what they order. And, believe it or not, 60% say it's actually affecting which restaurants they visit. This is good news, people! It means we're becoming more responsible and a bit smarter about the foods we eat. Lawmakers in Philly, Los Angeles, and other cities have jumped on the calorie-posting bandwagon, too. (But the Philly law doesn't go into effect until 2010, and CA chains have until 2011 to post the stats... Boo!) Let's hope more and more cities and counties sign on soon. Know what would be even MORE effective? If your server said, "Are you SURE you don't want fruit instead of FRIES with that omelette?" or "OMG, you CANNOT order the Caesar dressing... it has 78 grams of fat!" We can dream...
Calories + Menus = Working!!!
BIGTIME HG News...
We LOVE breaking HG news, so here goes...
THE LATEST HG Video Short Has Launched! - Our brand-new "Ask Hungry Girl: Emergency Snacks" video is now online for your viewing pleasure! So click on it ASAP. The clip stars Lisa and her pal Jerry. WATCH IT, PEOPLE. Then tell us what you think. And ALWAYS remember to keep those emergency snacks handy...
Coming Soon! Our VERY FIRST Audio Release - Hungry Girl: The Official Survival Guides will be available this April (at bookstores, online, and downloadable at iTunes) -- but you can pre-order now! The exclusive 2-CD set is brand-new and not in print. It features tips & tricks for surviving any and every eating dilemma on the planet -- hotels, airports, airplanes, amusement parks, sushi, Mexican food, Italian food, coffee chains, parties, holidays, bar night, etc., etc. It's all there people! And all the info will be yapped at you by HG (Lisa) herself!
STILL MORE HG! - Don't have enough Hungry Girl in your life? Check out our EXCLUSIVE weekly content on WeightWatchers.com and on Yahoo!. Also -- do NOT forget to visit us on Facebook. We've got lots of behind-the-scenes stuff happening there. And a wall you can write on! And a discussion board, too. Yee-haaa!
Ooooh, Diet Cherry 7UP's gettin' an extreme makeover... an EXTREMELY COOL makeover actually. The new fizzfest of a beverage -- Diet Cherry 7UP Antioxidant -- packs 10% of your recommended vitamin E intake into each cup. Cool! ***A new study suggests that moms who are surrounded by chaos and face financial instability are more likely to be obese. So if your home is stress-and-pressure-packed, you're more likely to pack on pounds. The same study, however, suggests that chaotic households and instability do NOT affect the weight of the children living in these homes. Interesting stuff. Click here for more on that. ***Looking for clever, fun, inventive remedies that use NATURAL stuff and TOTALLY work? Check out this cool book from our pals the Wilen sisters. It's called Healing Remedies: More Than 1,000 Natural Ways to Relieve the Symptoms of Common Ailments, from Arthritis and Allergies to Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and Many Others!. Great book but, um, what is UP with that crazy-long title?! ***Want to live a more balanced life? Join Boca's Balanced Living group at Gather.com, share an inspirational change you want to make in your life, and you just may find yourself with 5,000 big ones (a.k.a. DOLLARS) to help you live out your plan. Oh, and you may want to forward this email to all your pals telling them to join the group, too, since group members will vote to pick the winner. Check out all the details here, and click here to join. ***Now for some scary fun. Have you seen thisiswhyyourefat.com yet? The site features "deliciously gross" images of insanely fattening foods.Click at your own risk, humans. Okay, that's all we've got. HG out!
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