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Kozy Shack Simplywell Pudding - This pudding is thick and full of fiber, calcium, and antioxidants. The French Vanilla is DELICIOUS, and the Dark Chocolate is good as well. As for the other three more "experimental" flavors: Lemon Ginger, Green Tea Chai, and Pear Mangosteen? Um, not so great. The Pear Mangosteen is acceptable, but we are NOT on board with the other two. We still love you, Kozy Shack! Each 4-oz. pudding cup has 100 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 17 - 18g carbs, 3g fiber, and 3 - 4g protein (POINTS® value 1 - 2*).
Coffee-mate Powder Stick Packs - These new single-serving packets of powdered creamer are GREAT to stash in your purse or desk, especially since you never know when you'll be faced with low-quality plain coffee. One little stick and you're saved. Choose between The Original (15 calories, 1g fat, 1g carbs, and a POINTS® value of 0* per packet) and French Vanilla (60 calories, 2.5g fat, 9g carbs, and a POINTS® value of 1* per packet). We'll likely be sticking (get it!?) with The Original until they start offering these in Sugar Free French Vanilla!
Biotta Premium Organic Juices - Hey, veggie-drinkers and fruit-sippers! Looking for an alternative to V8? Check out these adorable (and recyclable) bottles of veggie and fruit juice cocktails from Biotta. They contain more nutrients than most commercial juices. YAY! Our new favorite, the Vegetable Juice Cocktail, has only 60 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 1*) per 8.4-oz. bottle. There are some crazy varieties like Elderberry, Potato, and Sauerkraut, but those are a little TOO adventurous, even for us! Click here to find a few bottles near you or here to order online.
Really, Wal-Mart? REALLY? In what some consider a moustache-twirlingly diabolical move, Wal-Mart has decided to throw some competition in the direction of an American institution: The Girl Scouts. One mom/blogger feels Wal-Mart stooped pretty low when it unveiled knockoffs of the Scouts' top-selling cookies, Thin Mints and Tagalongs. But according to another blogger, Wal-Mart claims its versions are just "an alternative to the many fudge mint cookies and chocolate covered peanut butter cookies," pointing out that Kellogg's Keebler Fudge Shoppe Grasshoppers and Peanut Butter Filled Cookies are pretty similar to the Scouts' snacks too. A valid point. Apparently Wal-Mart also "supports the Girl Scouts . . . through cookie sales in front of [its] stores, local fundraising efforts, and donations." Hmmm. We're personally willing to pay a few extra bucks for the real thing if it means funding campouts and good wholesome fun for the little Hungry Girls out there. And the real Girl Scout Cookies rock so much, even we indulge in a few each year!
Jeffrey's Back and Smugglier Than Ever! We recently learned that The Next Food Network Star runner-up (and HG fave) Jeffrey Saad now has a series of webisodes based on his TV pilot, The Spice Smuggler. Yay! While you're over at the FN site, check out Jeffrey's tasty-looking recipes, conveniently posted for all to see. Sure, everyone's happy for NFNS winner Melissa d'Arabian and her new show, Ten Dollar Dinners, but the people demand more Jeffrey. Congrats to both of them!
Bon Appe-Tweet! What's Tony winner and TV host Marissa Jaret Winokur's new weight-management mantra? "Before I eat, I shall tweet." In her blog on People.com, she raves that her Twitter pals are like a support group in her quest to shed some pounds. It's already helped to change her latte-loving ways, and we think it's a pretty savvy idea. (Having to type I'm going to sit down and chow an entire bag of potato chips! can do a number on the appetite.) Read all about it, including her battles with hotel mini-bars. Then click HERE to follow MJW on Twitter and HERE to follow HG!
Just HOW Bad Is That Fast-Food Lunch? Um, it's pretty bad, people. Researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene surveyed nearly 8,000 customers from fast-food joints around NYC to see what they ordered. Turns out, the average lunch ordered at chicken chains contained around 931 calories -- the worst of any fast-food category. The lowest lunch average came from sandwich shops (734 calories). Horrifyingly enough, 34 percent of all the fast-food eaters surveyed ordered meals averaging 1,000 calories or more... and that's just for lunch! Eeeks. Consider yourself warned...
HOT & COLD!
Looking for another way to enjoy guilt-free hot chocolate? Hot Cocoa is the next limited edition flavor to join the ever-expanding Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream line. It has marshmallows and everything, humans. It'll hit the freezer aisle in October. We can't wait! ***More good news for chocolate-lovers. A long-term study has found that heart attack survivors who ate chocolate two or more times a week cut their risk of heart-disease-related death THREEFOLD compared to chocolate-avoiders. Pass it on! ***Pssst... Licorice oil may help burn fat. Don't start inhaling Twizzlers just yet, though. Click here for more. ***A new study suggests that eating out with a large group of female pals may cause you to consume more calories. To be safe, start talking about HG and all the great stuff you've read in recent emails before ordering. (Just a little tip!) The study also found that none of the variables -- like group size or gender of the other diners -- affected what the men ordered. (Sheesh!) But overall, the women still consumed fewer calories per meal than the men did. (Score!) That's all we've got. HG out!
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