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Morningstar Farms Veggie Entrées and Grillers Turk'y Burger - HUGE NEWS. MF has just released TWO freezer-aisle meatless meals: Sweet & Sour Chik'n and Lasagna with Sausage-Style Crumbles! And (no big shock here) they're AMAZING. Each has 270 - 340 calories, 6g fat, 550 - 590mg sodium, 41 - 56g carbs, 4 - 6g fiber, 5 - 12g sugars, and 14 - 20g protein (POINTS® value 5 - 7*). The new turkey-esque veggie burger features avocado and tomatoes and has 90 calories, 5g fat, 390mg sodium, 7g carbs, 5g fiber, <1g sugars, and 9g protein (POINTS® value 1*). Click here to track 'em down!
Blue Bunny Personals All Natural Frozen Yogurt, White Chocolate Raspberry - We LOVE Blue Bunny's guilt-free frozen treats, so we had to give a shout-out to the brand's new line of fro yo in mini cartons. There are other fun flavors -- Double Raspberry, Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate, and Caramel Praline Crunch -- but this INSANELY DELICIOUS one is getting the major love today. A 1/2-cup serving has 120 calories, 3g fat, 55mg sodium, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 18g sugars, and 4g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Heads up: There are TWO servings per Personals container. Click here to locate, and hop to it! (Get it? Bunny? Hop? Never mind.)
Dr. Kracker Flatbreads - If you like your snacks big and crunchy, these sheets o' grainy goodness are definitely worth a chew. In five varieties -- Klassic 3 Seed, Pumpkin Seed Cheddar, Sunflower Cheddar, Seedlander, and Seeded Spelt -- each flatbread has 100 - 110 calories, 4 - 5g fat, 170 - 200mg sodium, 10 - 13g carbs, 2 - 4g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, and 4 - 5g protein (POINTS® value 2*). To find 'em, click here. Then get krackin'!
How Now, Laughing Cow?! BREAKING CHEESE NEWS!!!
We mentioned last week that three new flavors of The Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges were soon to come... and now we've got the FULL 411. Put on your cheese hats, and prepare for good news! The new flavors are... drumroll, please... Blue Cheese, Queso Fresco & Chipotle, and Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil!!! (That's one exclam for each new cheese.) There are no words to describe how RIDICULOUSLY FANTASTIC these 35-calorie wedges taste... We can't even pick a favorite! We're beyond ecstatic and have already begun to create new recipes with 'em. Start looking for these in June alongside the rest of the LC cheese wheels (sometimes stocked with the gourmet cheese or near the crackers). Then you can join in our crazy Cow-themed celebration. Moo with us, people! MOOOOOO!!!
Fast Food 411: New Stuff Popping Up at Popular Chains
Jack in the Box has released a slew of "grilled" items, some HG-friendly and some not. The Chicken Fajita Pita isn't bad at all, with 326 calories and 10g fat (POINTS® value 7*). And the cheese-topped Grilled Chicken Salad is impressive with only 251 calories and 9g fat (POINTS® value 5*), not including the dressing and croutons that come on the side. But don't be fooled by Jack's Grilled Sandwiches -- with 600+ calories and about 30 fat grams, they're as fattening as some of the burgers. Speaking of burger joints, McDonald's is testing out oatmeal in select regions, like Northern CA, as well as Real Fruit Smoothies in Vancouver, where Olympics attendees got a sneak sip. Those smoothies are scheduled for a summer rollout in the States, and the fate of the oatmeal is yet to be determined. We're eager to see the official stats on those items. And finally, Jamba Juice has branched out of the cold-drinks-only game and launched hot chocolate and tea lattes. A 12-oz. Classic Hot Chocolate made with nonfat milk has 220 calories and 1.5g fat (POINTS® value 4*), and a 12-oz. tea latte with nonfat milk has 150 - 170 cals and 0 - 1g fat (POINTS® value 3*). Mmmmm! Just beware of Jamba's soymilk, which can cause fat grams to rise kinda quickly in those hot drinks.
RECALL ALERT! A flavor enhancer used in many processed foods has been recalled due to salmonella. No illnesses have been reported, but the list of products being called back is growing rapidly. Brands with select recalled items include T. Marzetti (veggie dips), Trader Joe's (dressing/dip), McCormick (dip mixes and stuffing), and Hawaiian (chips). CLICK HERE for a complete list of products, and do NOT consume them. ***Let's change the subject, shall we? Ever dream of putting unique items on a sandwich... things like grapes, spaghetti sauce, or chocolate chips?Wonder Bread's website now has a feature allowing you to build a fantasy 'wich, AND it'll reveal the calorie count of your creation. There are also fun facts and tips for boosting certain nutrients. (Need iron? Add liverwurst! ACK! Never mind.) Make a normal sammy (there are plenty of normal items) or see just HOW horrifying a peanut butter/fig bar/candy corn sandwich would be... from the safety of your computer chair! ***Need more energy in your life? Check out Healthy To Go! nutrient-packed drink mix packets. They taste pretty good (much better than some similar items we've tried), and each flavor offers a different nutritional perk. Nice! ***Wish that your apple slicer offered more options? Try out this contraption -- the Dial-a-Slice Fruit Corer and Wedger has two settings, giving you either eight or sixteen perfectly uniform, coreless fruit segments. YAY! ***And topping the list of our favorite things this week... limited-edition retro General Mills cereal boxes at Target! There are FIVE kinds in all, including Lucky Charms and Trix. SO CUTE. (And while cute cereals are often sweet, they're typically fairly low in the calories and fat departments, so a cup here and there likely isn't a problem.) That's all we've got. HG out!
CHEW ON THIS: March is National Sauce Month AND National Celery Month. We recommend dipping celery in Vivi's Original Sauce (the world's best condiment). It makes celery 73 percent more delicious.
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