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The Big Chili!
The Big Chili!
Spotted on Shelves...

Kettle Cuisine Three Bean Chili - The peeps at Kettle Cuisine -- makers of delicious, all-natural soup -- have an AMAZING new veggie chili out. It has THREE kinds of beans (doy), plus lots of vegetables and TONS of flavor. Each 10-oz. bowl has 220 calories, 3.5g fat, 450mg sodium, 36g carbs, 13g fiber, 12g sugars, and 11g protein (POINTS® value 4*). Kettle C. goods can be found in the freezer section of Whole Foods and select other grocery stores.

Yogi Granola Crisps - Two words, people: WOW, WOW. Alright, so that's the same word twice, but who cares! These are GREAT. They come in Fresh Strawberry Crunch, Baked Cinnamon Raisin, and Mountain Blueberry Flax (all amazingly delicious). A 1/2-cup serving of the all-natural crisps has 110 - 120 calories, 2.5g fat, 50mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 4 - 5g sugars, and 3g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Find Yogi products in select supermarkets or order these online. DO IT!

Gerber Graduates Lil' Crunchies, Zesty Tomato - You know we eat baby food. Get over it. These baked whole-grain corn snacks = AWESOME. An 18-piece serving has only 35 calories, 1.5g fat, 50mg sodium, 4g carbs, <1g fiber, 0g sugars, and 0g protein (POINTS® value 1*), plus they're SUPER-flavorful. Sweet, zesty... AHHHHHH, so gooood!
Let Starbucks Pick Your Brain!

Are you a java know-it-all? Have a spectacular coffee-related idea and no one to tell it to? YOU are in luck, kiddo. The folks at Starbucks want your ideas AND they plan to use 'em. Go to mystarbucksideas.com to submit your genius proposal. ("Dear SB... Have you considered offering Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze?") Maybe it'll catch on! Check out these 50+ ideas they've recently launched, including the fantastic Decaf Via. You can also scope out other people's suggestions and even vote on them. (Sign up to post ideas and to vote.) In fact, here are some we think are worth voting on...

Fat-Free Whipped Cream - No explanation needed!

Mini Cookies - Same great flavors, but fewer calories and lower cost.

More Sugar-Free Syrup Options - Coconut! Chocolate Macadamia Nut! Oreo! (Does that last one even exist? 'Cuz it should.)

Nicely done, Starbucks (and Starbucks suggesters)!
Starbucks: They're Good Listeners!
Starbucks: They're Good Listeners!
Happy Howl-idays!
Happy Howl-idays!
Don't Forget Your Furry Friends: Holiday Tips for Pet Owners...

We found some GREAT advice for keeping your non-human family members safe during the holidays. We're sharing it with you because WE CARE. How is this related to guilt-free food? Try reading it while chewing a VitaTop...

* Make sure to keep chocolate away from pets. They love it, but it's potentially VERY bad for them. Other super-fatty, sugary, and/or caffeinated human foods aren't good for them either.

* During a party, clean up any spilled alcohol and half-empty glasses of the stuff. It's SUPER-dangerous to pets.

* Take caution with live Christmas trees. Make sure the water stand is covered -- between bacteria and poisonous pine sap, that water can be detrimental to pets if they drink it. Also make sure to clean up loose pine needles, so your little pals don't ingest them.

* Beware of decorations that can be hazardous to pets! Animals can choke on tinsel, and that spray-on snow can be toxic.

* Festive plants are great, but some of them are poisonous. ACK! Avoid lilies, holly, and mistletoe... or at least anchor that mistletoe REALLY well and high up.

Find more holiday-time tips and precautions for the safety of your pets (and kiddies, too) by clicking here, here, and here. Oh, and don't forget to give a special pet-friendly treat (or two) to your favorite animal. Woof! Meow. Quack!
The HG Poll Results Are In!!!

Last week, we launched our Official 2009 HG Poll, and more than 30,000 of you responded within the first 12 hours! Here's what you had to say...

Sandwich Thins excluded, the 50-calorie, HG-endorsed Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt was voted the best new product. (YAY!) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet and Jell-O Mousse Temptations tied in a close second place. ***The BEST dessert recipe, according to YOU, is our Best of My Lava Chocolate Cake. Swingin' Cinna-Monkey Bread Singles also earned thousands and thousands of votes. ***When it comes to non-dessert recipes, the 10-Alarm Turkey Chili (in a crock pot) was voted the most popular. Tying for 2nd place: Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese and EZ Cheesy Lasagna for Two. ***Regarding the upcoming year, nearly 50% of you are most excited about new recipes that'll debut in the daily emails. ***Your favorite new addition to HG in '09 is crock pot recipes, by an overwhelming margin. ***The type of video content with the most votes? Recipe demos, like our H.O.T. Hot Boneless Buffalo Wings video! ***The winning snack duo of the year: Egg Beaters Original + Laughing Cow Light, a.k.a. The Egg Mug Classic, by a landslide. ***And as for the food trend you hope is here to stay? 100-calorie portion-controlled foods, followed closely by adding FIBER to everything. Yayayayayay! Thanks for taking our poll. That's all we've got. HG out!
We Asked, You Answered!
We Asked, You Answered!
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