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Spotted on Shelves...
Kellogg's Special K Chocolatey Pretzel Bar - It's crunchy. It's chocolatey. It's PRETZELY! In a crowded sea of snack bars, this new chocolate-bottomed, pretzel-infused cereal bar from The K really IS special! Only 90 calories, 2g fat, 17g carbs, <1g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*) per bar. YUM!
Amy's Teriyaki Wrap - Amy's does it again! This perfectly sauced, just-sweet-enough, tofu-brown-rice-'n-veggie roll-up is a great mini-meal option for ANYONE. Even meat-eaters who THINK they're not tofu fans will love it. Trust us and try it! Also, check out these impressive nutritionals: Each 5.5-oz. wrap has 290 calories, 7g fat, 48g carbs, 5g fiber, and 9g protein (POINTS® value 6*). Amy, you've still got it!
FiberGourmet Lite Cheese Snacks - Well, this is more like "Spotted on the Web," but it's definitely worth mentioning. Our pals over at FiberGourmet (the high-fiber pasta and mac & cheese people) have whipped up little snack crackers that ROCK. These come in single-serving pouches, each with 80 calories, 2g fat, 22g carbs, 12g fiber, and 5g protein (POINTS® value 1*). Both flavors -- Nacho and original Cheese -- taste GREAT, and you get an awful lot of mini crackers for 80 calories. Yay!
New Products, Coming Soon...
Larabar Peanut Butter & Jelly - We got a sneak-chew of this new Larabar flavor, and it ROCKS beyond belief. It really tastes like a classic PB & J sandwich! With 220 calories, 10g fat, 28g carbs, 4g fiber, and 6g protein (POINTS® value 4*), it's a totally unique and delicious bar that's worth getting your hands (and teeth!) on. It's scheduled to hit store shelves in August, so be on the lookout.
Weight Watchers Endorsed Green Giant Just for One Veggies - Get excited, people! Brand-new varieties of these single-serving, sauced-up veggies are hitting store shelves next month, and every one will soon have the POINTS® value right on the package! Look for new Cauliflower & Cheese (40 calories and a POINTS® value of 0 per serving) and Peas & Corn in a Basil Butter Sauce (80 calories and a POINTS® value of 1 per serving) in freezer aisles next month. P.S. The classic Broccoli & Cheese Sauce now has lower stats -- only 45 calories and a POINTS® value of 0 per serving!
Hansen's Self Beauty Elixir in Tropical Bliss - Despite the somewhat off-putting marketing spin (pretty potion... really?), this all-natural, low-calorie juice drink tastes FANTASTIC. It's infused with loads of vitamins, minerals, fruit & botanical extracts, and more good stuff. The other flavors are just okay, but the Tropical Bliss gets two MAJOR thumbs up. Each 8-oz. can contains just 35 calories and 8g carbs (POINTS® value 1*). Expect to see these beauteously packaged beverages on shelves very soon.
PB & J, Hooray!
An A-Peeling Monkey...
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed (Back by Popular Demand!)
Animal House Kitchen Gadgets - If you like cute creatures and kitchen gadgets, you'll freak when you see these crazy-fun offerings. A monkey veggie peeler? A piranha pizza cutter? A parakeet garlic press?!? So cute... and reasonably priced, too!
Sushi Soap - We love sushi so much that not only do we want to eat it, we also want to wash our hands with it! Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme. And truthfully, this soap set is so cute you won't want to actually use it. It's a perfect gift for sushi lovers of all ages, shapes, and sizes!
Desktop Hydroponics - Attention cooks, chefs, and kitchen dwellers! As you probably know, the best herbs are fresh ones yanked (okay, delicately snipped) right from the garden. Don't have your own plant patch? That's about to change! Check out this adorable counter-friendly herbfest... AWESOME!!!
Fans of frozen cocktails MUST check out the latest from our pal Baja Bob: individual on-the-go packets of Sugar Free California Chocolate Coffee Mudslide Mix! Toss this no-calorie, Splenda-sweetened stuff in a blender with a little water (or Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze!), some vodka, and a bunch of ice... then BLEND! Click here to order it (or just read more about it). ***SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen last Sunday's episode of The Next Food Network Star and you don't want to know what happened, skip ahead to the next bit of Buzz. Otherwise, get this... As the champion of the Wood Grilling Challenge, (our favorite) contestant Jeffrey will have his winning dish featured on Red Lobster menus for a limited time. It sounds AMAZING and guilt-free: "Grilled, peppercorn-rubbed fresh tilapia over shrimp, sea scallops, asparagus, sweet peppers and a spicy soy shellfish broth." Yum! We can't wait to try it. Go, Jeffrey, go! ***Did you know that regular physical activity isn't just good for the body, but it's also good for the brain? It's true. Recent studies show that exercise can boost brain function in aging adults. Click here to read more about that. ***Speaking of brains, researchers in England have found that we may be able to trick our minds into thinking we've taken in extra fuel while exercising. Before a bike workout, study participants swished carb-containing drinks in their mouths and then spit them out without swallowing. Apparently, the bikers' brains sensed they were about to get more fuel (calories) and signaled the muscles to work harder. The cyclists showed increased heart rates, yet they reported no increase in effort involved. Interesting stuff, but we can't help but think that human brains (especially food-savvy ones like ours) would eventually figure out they're being fooled. That's all we've got. HG out!
Baja Bob: His Name is Mud(slide)!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, July 27th, is National Creme Brulee Day, and we just happen to have a recipe for the perfect celebration -- our 104-Calorie Creme Brulee!
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