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Your Tiny Twix Fix!
Spotted on Shelves...
Twixels - At 35 calories a pop, we're kind of excited about these little candy-coated cookie sticks... and also a little afraid of them. (So many! Big opened package!) They come in French Vanilla, Creamy Caramel, and Triple Chocolate, and each 4-bar serving has 140 calories, 8g fat, 16 - 17g carbs, 1g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 3*). Look for these at Target and Walmart. Fingers crossed for portion-controlled packs...
Sunsweet 60 Calorie Packs - If it's been years since you've tried prunes (or you NEVER have), these are the ones to eat. In addition to being good for you -- packed with FIBER, low in calories, and loaded with vitamins & antioxidants -- these dried plums are really delicious and come in little 60-calorie servings. Each fat-free snack pack (about 3 prunes) has 16g carbs, 2g fiber, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 1*). There's also a Cherry Essence flavor -- can't wait to try that!
Honey Nut Chex - Happy days for people who avoid gluten. This crunchy, lightly honey-sweetened stuff is now GLUTEN-FREE! A 3/4-cup serving (without milk) has 120 calories, 0.5g fat, 28g carbs, 1g fiber, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*). We're thrilled that more and more yummy gluten-less items are popping up on shelves... Thanks, Chex!
Holiday Beverages Hit Coffee Shops!
Tempted by the seasonal drinks your local baristas are pushing? Here's a bit of knowledge before you buy...
Starbucks - BAD NEWS for eggnog lovers! It's the season of nog lattes (you either love 'em or hate 'em; there's no in between), but even if you order your Grande with nonfat milk, that cup's still slugging EGGNOG and will have 450 calories and 18g fat! But it's not ALL bad: A Grande Caramel Brulee Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee has just 180 calories and 1g fat (POINTS® value 3*).
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - GOOD NEWS for tea drinkers! A 12-oz. Winter Dream or Orange Spice Tea Latte with no-sugar-added vanilla powder has only 100 calories. SOOOOOO good. Woohoo!
Seattle's Best Coffee - NOT-BAD NEWS for latte and mocha fans. If ordered with nonfat milk and no whip, a small Gingerbread Latte has 170 calories and 1g fat (POINTS® value 3*), a small Peppermint Mocha Trio has 210 calories and 1g fat (POINTS® value 4*), and a small Sugar & Spice Latte has 220 cals and 5g fat (POINTS® value 5*). Not great, but as we said, not bad.
And in case you didn't know, Seattle's Best is a subsidiary of Starbucks, which means you'll want to avoid the Eggnog Lattes (and consider the nonfat/no whip Gingerbread Lattes) at BOTH places.
Let's NOT Go to the Lobby... More good news/bad news. The good news is that AMC movie theatres in California (home of the HG HQ) have started posting calorie counts for their snacks and drinks right on the menu boards! The bad news? The numbers are kind of frightening. Even a SMALL popcorn WITHOUT added butter has 434 calories. A simple hot dog? 629 calories. A box of candy? Anywhere between 340 and 1,140 calories. ACK! And heaven forbid you should order nachos and a large regular soda -- that combo adds up to nearly 2,000 calories! And you thought Paranormal Activity was scary...
What's Nu, Sodium-Counters? For those people who want something in between the strict no-salt lifestyle and the world of high-sodium table salt and seasonings, there's NutraSalt Low Sodium Sea Salt. To quote the company, it's an "all-natural, rich in potassium, healthier Sea Salt delivering the great salt taste without the excess sodium." Not too shabby. We think it's a GREAT alternative to regular salt and seasonings, with 66% less sodium. Plus, it comes in SO many different flavors. Choose from blends like Texas BBQ, Lemon Dill, Spicy Cajun, Bold Chipotle, Asian Fusion, and SO many more. You can order the salts individually or in special variety packs: Mediterranean Taste, Hometown Flavors, and Exotic Zest. Check 'em out! (P.S. We really like the Texas BBQ.)
RECALL ALERT! Snacks on Racks is recalling 73 varieties of its Gourmet Snack Packs, due to potentially undeclared allergens such as milk, soy, nuts, and wheat. These snacks are sold at hospitals, colleges, and corporate cafeterias, and they come in clear plastic containers with blue Snacks on Racks labels. Click here for the full 411. ***Pumpkin update, and it's not pretty. According to our pals at Libby's, heavy rains are to blame for poor-quality pumpkins, so they've decided to stop pumpkin production and packing for the rest of the year. Until next fall's harvest, their canned pumpkin will be VERY hard to find. Waaaaah! We recommend stocking up STAT. ***Tons of fun news for you from California Pizza Kitchen! First of all, there's a slew of new menu items, including a honey-wheat 'n whole-grains pizza crust option and two soups with 106 - 140 calories a cup (Asparagus and Tuscan White Bean Minestrone). Secondly, the pizza co. has pulled calorie counts from its CA menus (boo!) but is now offering a nutritional brochure with more than just calories (yay!)... AND IT'S ONLINE, TOO! Thanks, CPK! Now if you could only find a way to lighten up those pizzas... ***Get excited, chocoholics! Pinkberry will soon roll out chocolate-flavored frozen yogurt. Will it be tart like classic Pinkberry or sweet like regular fro yo? Only time will tell. (FYI: If you visit the PB website, be prepared for a yogurt-themed pop song to blast from your speakers.) That's all we've got. HG out!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, November 23rd, is National Cashew Day. We'll be counting out Yumnuts to snack on (while wishing they came in portion-controlled packs!)...
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