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100-Calorie Cheese? How Krafty!
100-Calorie Cheese? How Krafty!
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Kraft 100 Calorie Packs Cheese Bites - If you can't be trusted around a big open package of queso cubes, grab these single-serving pouches. They come in four varieties: Cheddar, Cheddar & Monterey Jack, Three Cheese Blend (Mozzarella, Parmesan & White Cheddar), and Mozzarella, Garlic & Herb. Each 100-cal package has 8g fat, 290 - 320mg sodium, <1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, and 6g protein (POINTS® value 3*). We're dreaming about a reduced-fat version. Click now for a coupon!

Quaker True Delights Multigrain Fiber Crisps - Mmmmm, this snack is like the love child of a rice cake and fruity granola! Each crisp is packed with grains and flavor, and the stats are pretty impressive. In Wild Blueberry (our favorite!) and Blackberry Pomegranate, a 13-piece serving has a svelte 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 135mg sodium, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 6g sugars, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Start munching!

Buddig Fix Quix - Once in a while, a new product comes along that makes us wonder why no one came up with it before. These li'l portion-controlled cups of cooked & chopped lean meats DEFINITELY qualify. Try the Grilled Chicken, Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast, or Smoked Ham. Take one on the go and add it to your salad, soup, or any food item that needs a protein boost! Each container (about 2 oz.) has 60 - 70 calories, 1 - 2.5g fat, 310 - 460mg sodium, 1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, and 10 - 11g protein (POINTS® value 1 - 2*). They're currently in limited distribution, so request 'em at your local market!
The Secret's OUT and the Shipping's FREE!

Secret finds? We've got 'em! And since they can be hard to find locally, the awesome humans behind these products are offering HGers FREE SHIPPING until this Thursday, March 18th! Just order from the product websites linked to below, and use promo/coupon code: freeship. YAY!

Something Special Deli-Foods Ltd. Gourmet Antipasto - Is it a spread? A dip? Who cares?! This crazy-delicious line of chunky, tangy, veggie-based condiments includes Original (the with-tuna formula), Vegetarian (sans fish), and Picante (spicy!) antipastos. A 2-tbsp. serving has 30 calories, 1g fat, 170 - 190mg sodium, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, and 0.5 - 1g protein (POINTS® value 0*). You MUST try this stuff! Really. BTW, the free shipping applies to ANY order, not just cases!

Leonardo e Roberto's Gourmet Blends Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar - Another item so incredible, it defies labels. This aged vinegar is sweet and delicious and would be just as good on dessert as on dinner. A tbsp. has 49 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 14g carbs, 0g fiber, 9g sugars, and 0g protein (POINTS® value 1*). More calories -- and more costly -- than the average balsamic, but VERY worth it, especially considering a little goes a long way! P.S. The Asian Dipping Oil is also AMAZING!

FiberGourmet Lite Microwave Brownie and Cake Mixes - Our pasta-'n-cracker-creating pals have entered the world of just-add-water-and-nuke, single-serving dessert bowls! In Cinnamon Crumb Cake and Frosted Brownies, each bowl has 90 calories, 1g fat, 100mg sodium, 29 - 31g carbs, 12g fiber, 14 - 15g sugars, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 1*). Impressive!

Don't forget -- shipping is FREE until this Thursday (3/18) with coupon/promo code: freeship. P.S. These are NOT paid product mentions. We truly love these food finds, and the companies are simply nice enough to offer free shipping. Thanks, guys!
Special Savings!
Special Savings!
See Ya, Sodium!
See Ya, Sodium!
The Case of the Shrinking Sodium Counts!

We're all aware it's a good idea to reduce our sodium intake, but what do people really think when they see "reduced sodium" on a label? Apparently, many folks assume those products won't taste as good as the originals. And since a reduced-sodium claim requires a reduction of at least 25%, the change in taste often is noticeable. As a result, the sodium-slashed varieties don't sell as well. So food companies, under pressure to lower sodium counts, have had to get sneaky. Brands like ConAgra and Campbell have been discreetly cutting the salt content in food products little by little, so that the changes aren't all that noticeable to consumers. We understand the hush-hush-ness of it all, but we'd like to give a thumbs-up to these guys for their sodium-slashing ways. The most recent cuts to grab our attention? Campbell's original V8 veggie juice has had its SECOND salt cut in the last 3 years, and the Spicy Hot variety got a reduced-salt makeover, too. (HOORAY!) And Heinz will be reducing the sodium in its regular ketchup by 15 percent starting this summer. Just in time for all those backyard BBQs. Thank you, food people!
The Buzz...

Are those 24-oz. "Venti" iced drinks at Starbucks STILL not big enough for you? Good news: The 'Bucks is currently testing out a 31-oz. "Trenta" cup in Phoenix and Tampa, exclusively for iced coffees and teas. Good thing the full-fat Fraps aren't being offered in that size... Can you imagine the calorie counts!?! ***More beverage info: Silk, maker of refrigerated soymilks, has released a new product called Pure Almond. Yup, you guessed it; it's almond milk. In Original and Vanilla, the stuff has 60 - 90 calories per 8-oz. serving and can be found in the refrigerated milk section of select markets. We've tried it, and it's pretty good. But it's higher in calories than our beloved Unsweetened Almond Breeze and less delicious than regular Almond Breeze. ***If you don't like weighing out ground meat when making burgers, but you don't want to accidentally create and devour an 11-oz. patty, you may be interested in the Adjust-A-Burger Press. Get perfectly shaped and sized patties every time... and avoid any fights over who gets the biggest burger at the dinner table. There's even a mini version for making sliders! ***What do you get when you combine Evite, Open Table, and Yelp with social networking and the ability to VOTE? (This isn't a political joke; we promise.) You get Lunchwalla! This brand-new, free-to-use web service allows you to plan a meal out with friends in an easy and interactive way. Read reviews, poll your pals, set up reservations, get directions, and more. It's pretty neat! ***Wanna know what's coming up this week in your HG emails? There's a GIGANTIC frozen-foods review, a recipe for dessert ravioli, a Cheesecake Factory makeover, and a FREE-SHIPPING VitaTop special (tomorrow!), just to name a few things! That's all we've got. HG out!
Bathroom Lines at The 'Bucks Are About to Get Longer...
Bathroom Lines at The 'Bucks Are About to Get Longer...
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