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New & Improved! Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup - The old SF chocolate syrup was only OK, so our buddies over at Hershey's took a step back, reconfigured the stuff, and rebuilt it -- better... stronger... faster... MORE chocolatey! It's WAY better! A 2-tbsp. serving has just 15 calories, 0g fat, 5g carbs, <1g fiber, and <1g protein (POINTS® value 0*). Sweet!
Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat Cereal - Don't let the name fool you. This is actually a COLD cereal, flavored with cinnamon & spices that pack some... warmth! In addition to being delicious, this AM treat is also loaded with antioxidants, including green tea, white tea, and grape seed extracts. A 3/4-cup serving has 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 24g carbs, 5g fiber, and 4g protein (POINTS® value 2*). PLUS, it's low in sodium and pretty much all-around AMAZING.
Yo-Plus Light Yogurt - Yoplait's fancy digestion-balancing yogurt, Yo-Plus, is now available in three calorie-slashed, fiber-packed flavors -- Light Key Lime Pie, Light Strawberry Banana, and Light Honey Vanilla. They're all DELICIOUS, but we're especially impressed with the Honey Vanilla. Each 4-oz. container has 70 fat-free calories, 15g carbs, 3g fiber, and 4g protein (POINTS® value 1*). Yay, Yoplait!
Label Lies -- Worse Than We Thought! If someone told you that the nutritional stats on one out of every four labels tested were found to be WRONG, you'd probably FREAK. Well according to this article, it's true. Not only do food companies get away with inaccurate labeling, but the products most likely to be mislabeled are those targeted at people with certain dietary concerns (like sodium-watchers and carb-counters). Check out the article (featuring input from HG herself), and then tell us what YOU think about it on our Facebook page. And for advice on how to prevent lying labels from derailing your diet, click HERE.
Serving Size 101 and a BRAND-SPANKIN'-NEW HG Video!!! How CRAZY are restaurant portion sizes?! Um, VERY. Here are a couple of FABULOUS resources to help you battle super-sized servings. First, this slideshow is packed with tips on how to spot and serve the reasonable portions of many common foods. For example, a 3-oz. serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards, a single serving of cooked pasta should be half the size of a baseball, and if you want rice, have about as much as would be contained in a cupcake wrapper. Next, click HERE to check out this never-before-seen HG video about the shocking truth surrounding the serving size of a super-familiar breakfast food. Then go out into the world, armed with your newfound knowledge, and CHEW THINGS!
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed...
The Lunchbox by OOTS! - This multi-containered thing has been called "the Cadillac of lunchboxes," and for good reason. We recently got our hands on one, and it ROCKS. That strap on the top is more than just a handle -- it's also a water-bottle holder. The 'Box includes a whole bunch of little bento-esque containers (which fit perfectly inside) that can hold tons of different food items. COOL! This super-deluxe item isn't exactly cheap, so our friends at delight.com are hooking you up with free shipping on ALL orders over $45 with coupon code: HG09. (That's 09 as in 2009, and be sure to cap the HG. Offer expires 10/2.)
Condiment Gun - Warning: The following product may inspire extremely messy food fights. Proceed with caution. Alright, now that THAT's out of the way, HOW FUN IS THIS?! Load up your "gun" with ketchup or mustard (or any other sauce you want to shoot) and fire away. Those hot dogs and hamburgers won't know what hit 'em! You may want to keep your new toy away from children, though... and immature friends.
Write-On Glassware - As crazed multi-taskers, we love to make lists and keep 'em handy. If you're sick of burning through Post-it Notes like they're going out of style, maybe this mug or tumbler is right for you. And at the end of the day, just erase your old to-do list, and you're ready for another day of coffee-fueled productivity. Right on, write-on glassware!
Hey, sneakypants! If you're a fan of red velvet (the flavor, not the fabric), head over to a local Weight Watchers meeting location and grab a box of the company's little-known Red Velvet Mini Bars, with a POINTS® value of 1 per bar. They're GOOD. Many locations let you pop in to buy stuff even if you're not a member. You could also scope the web for some. RED VELVET... Mmmmmmm! Grab a few boxes before they're gone. (You know how these flavors come and go!) ***Want to know all about food recalls and food safety in general? FoodSafety.gov is a great online resource, with tons of info provided by government agencies. Totally worth checking out, so click! ***Sugar-free preserves with FIBER? It's true! Polaner has come out with an entire line of fruit-flavored sugar-free spreads that are jammed (get it?!) with fiber -- 3 grams per tablespoon! More on that soon. ***Oooh, limited-edition sandwich alert! Subway is serving up a brand-new Low-Fat Buffalo Chicken sub. With sauce-glazed chicken and a new light ranch dressing, a six-inch sub has 370 calories and 7g fat (POINTS® value 7*), but you can shave off around 200 calories by getting it salad-style over lettuce. It'll only be around 'til the middle of next month, so order up! ***Need some help understanding sweeteners, from the artificial to naturally derived? Here's a good article that breaks it all down for you. Nicely done! That's all we've got. HG out!
(Red) Velvet Underground
CHEW ON THIS: Hey! September 28th (today, people!) is Strawberry Cream Pie Day. Why not whip up a Strawberry Cloud Pie and have a creamy little party?!
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