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Organic, Apple-y Fun!
Organic, Apple-y Fun!
Spotted on Shelves...

Bare Fruit Snacks - Here we have 100% organic, no-sugar-added, bake-dried deliciousness! These come in a bunch of varieties, and some are available in single-serving bags. The Cinnamon Apple Chips may be the most delicious dried apples EVER. Each small-ish serving of these fruit snacks has only 29 - 64 calories, 0 - 1g fat, 8 - 16g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, and 0 - 2g protein (POINTS® value 0 - 1*). Toss 'em on salads, in yogurt, or over guilt-free ice cream... or just snack on 'em straight! Look for these at Costco and Walmart, or order some online.

Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins in Seedless Rye - The buzz on the high-fiber, 100-calorie Sandwich Thins (and even their copycats!) has been INCREDIBLE. And it won't stop. We love 'em as much as you all do, so we're happy to report there's a new variety on shelves RIGHT NOW -- Seedless Rye! We hear each "roll" has 100 calories, 1g fat, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, and 4g protein (POINTS® value 1*). Yee-haaa! Check it out, especially if you like rye (and hate seeds!).

Gripz Mighty Tiny Cookies and Crackers Variety Packs - If you like teeny tiny snacks stuffed in a little bag and then packed in a box with other little bags that are filled with teeny tiny snacks, then THIS is for you. Each 14-count pack contains an assortment of individual pouches full of mini Cheez-Its, Chips Deluxe Cookies, or Cinnamon Grahams. And each pouch has just 100 - 120 calories, 3 - 6g fat, 15 - 20g carbs, <1 - 3g fiber, and 1 - 3g protein (POINTS® value 2 - 3*). Hooray for large boxes of portion-controlled snacks!
Bitty Bites...

I Can't Believe It's Not Made with Partially Hydrogenated Oils!
Interesting news from our food-producing pals over at Unilever. They've decided to remove ALL partially hydrogenated oils (a.k.a. artificial trans fats) from their "tubbed" buttery spreads by the middle of next year. (Among those products are TWO HG faves -- Brummel & Brown and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!) As a result, the spreads will have 0g trans fat per serving. The saturated fat content will remain at 2g (or less) per serving. There goes Smart Balance's smear campaign. (Get it?! Smear!?!)


Is It Soup Yet???
If you enjoy adding water to concentrated canned soup, listen up. Campbell's is introducing a line of "light" condensed soup this fall. Each of the five soups debuting in September will contain just 70 - 80 calories per serving. We don't have the full details on all the varieties just yet, but we know that one will be called Vegetable Orzo. And in case you're wondering, these "just add water and heat" soups will cost you about 70 cents less per can than their heat 'n eat counterparts. P.S. Some of the existing condensed soups have as few as 60 cals per serving, so don't limit yourself to light... just read labels carefully!


Drivers Fed...
Check this out. According to an online auto insurance agency, here are the top 10 foods you should avoid while driving...

1. Coffee ('cuz it's hot)
2. Hot soup (like we said, HOT)
3. Tacos (volatile structures)
4. Chili dogs (high risk of drips)
5. Hamburgers (grease = slippery steering wheel)
6. Ribs and wings (potential finger-licking interference)
7. Fried chicken (again, grease)
8. Jelly donuts (the draw of the oozy center is apparently distracting)
9. Soda (fizz leads to sneezing)
10. Chocolate (warm hands cause melting; slick steering wheels cause swerving)

We think you should pretty much avoid eating most of these even when you're NOT driving. (Unless they're guilt-free HG versions, of course.) And, um, we don't really recommend eating ANYTHING while driving.


"So Sue Me!"
Now that nutritionals are being made public, restaurants REALLY need to watch their backs. Applebee's has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit as some of its Weight Watchers dishes were tested and found to have more fat and calories than the menus claimed. Scary stuff for consumers and chains, considering the fact that the kid whipping up an entree in the kitchen probably couldn't give a rat's hat about the three extra tablespoons of oil he poured on your tilapia. Be careful, people... it's a greasy world out there.
Alton-Mania!!!
Alton-Mania!!!
The Buzz...

Do you love Alton Brown HALF as much as we do? PROVE IT! Upload a one-minute video or a photo that expresses your love of Good Eats, and you could win tickets to the taping of the 10th Anniversary Special on August 29th in Atlanta, GA. If you win, you'll get to meet Alton, too! Hurry, you've only got 'til Friday (8/7) to enter. ***Rumor has it, a Swiss company has developed a chocolate substitute that has 90% FEWER calories than regular chocolate -- and apparently the stuff won't even melt in your hands. We'll believe that when we see it (along with conclusive lab results). ***According to new research, within a few short years of tying the knot, married people are far more likely than single people to become obese. FYI, the same study suggests that individuals who simply move in with their partners (and remain unmarried) also pack on pounds. Lesson learned? Cohabitating with a significant other makes you hungry... or lazy... or BOTH. ***Research is showing that snack ads on television are causing kids to eat more. A recent experiment conducted by Yale University found that TV-watching children who viewed commercials for snack foods ate 45% more than kids who only saw commercials for games and other non-food-related items. Exercise your right to TiVo, parents! Then click fast-forward!!! That's all we've got. HG out!
 
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CHEW ON THIS:
Today, August 3rd, is National Watermelon Day. Watermelon is delicious, refreshing, and low in calories (just 46 per cup). Eat some!!!
 
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