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Spice Up Your Snack Life!
Spotted on Shelves...
Rock-n-Roll Gourmet 100% All Natural Rock & Pop Jalapeño Korn - Here's a popcorn snack that's sweet and kinda HOT (like you!). And -- BONUS! -- it comes in single-serve packs. Each 1-oz. bag has 120 calories, 4g fat, 220mg sodium, 20g carbs, <1g fiber, 2g sugars, and 2g protein (POINTS® value 3*). Hooray for non-boring snack foods! Click to find or order online!
AriZona Sugar Free Iced Tea Stix, Pomegranate Green Tea - Carry these around, iced tea fans! Half a packet (a.k.a. one serving) has 0 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium... (POINTS® value 0*). It pretty much has FLAVOR (and sweetness, courtesy of Splenda). We like it! P.S. AriZona's also got a 5-calories-per-serving Arnold Palmer variety -- half iced tea, half lemonade!
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Morning Express Ham and Cheese Scramble - Craving a down-home breakfast of ham, potatoes, cheese, and eggs, but don't have time to make it? This freezer find works. The whole scramble has 220 calories, 9g fat, 610mg sodium, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, and 21g protein (POINTS® value 5). Nice!
Organic PANIC! Are YOU Underestimating Calories in Your Snacks?
Organic food can be great, but beware -- organic junk food is still junk food. In a recent study carried out by the folks at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, all of the subjects were given organic cookies and chips. Some of these snacks were labeled "organic," while others weren't; ALL of the snacks were actually organic. Reportedly, those who chewed the snacks labeled "organic" estimated the cookies had 40 percent fewer calories, compared to estimates by those who consumed the snacks without the labels. 40 percent! Another interesting tidbit? Apparently, the people who most underestimated calories are those who said they usually buy organic goods and consider themselves nutrition-savvy label readers. Yikes. Just because it's organic doesn't mean it's low in calories, people! A co-author of the study describes organic foods as having a "health halo," meaning they seem more virtuous than they actually are; as a result, people frequently underestimate calories in organic food and reward themselves by eating more of it. This also happens, he says, with foods labeled "low fat" or "healthy." BE CAREFUL and don't fall into this trap. Read those nutrition panels. Just a friendly HG warning. (P.S. Don't miss Friday's email when we salute one of our favorite guilt-free organic items!)
To Chew or Not to Chew?
Customize Your Coffee!
Frappuccino Frenzy: Hot News, Cold Coffee!
It's almost as if the world is going all HG on us! Check out Starbucks' latest development: the "However-You-Want-It" Frappuccino. What does this mean? You can now customize your blended beverage in a slew of different ways: milk type, coffee intensity, syrup flavor and amount, whether you want whipped topping (and if so, how much), and any other quirky requests you desire. As an added bonus, calorie counts in the Light Fraps have dropped! How can this get better? From now 'til Sunday (5/16), participating Starbucks locations will be celebrating Happy Hour, selling HALF-PRICE Fraps from 3 - 5 PM. (Yeah, that's actually two hours, but we're not going to nitpick when we're being given cheap coffee drinks!) And just when you think you can't handle any more great news... Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, the best instant coffee ever, is coming to grocery stores next month! No more having to swing by The 'Bucks to stock up; just get it on your regular grocery run. Look for it at Kroger, Costco, Target, Safeway, Walmart, and CVS locations. WE LOVE YOU, STARBUCKS!
HG pal and fellow bestselling author Jane Buckingham has a funny and super-helpful book coming out tomorrow: The Modern Girl's Guide to Sticky Situations. It's packed with fast fixes for everything -- from text-message mistakes to beauty blunders. Proceeds will benefit the family of a close friend of Jane's who is battling a serious illness. Click HERE to order, or seek it out in stores tomorrow. And Jane, YOU COMPLETELY ROCK. ***Need more zero-calories-per-serving butter spray in your life (and fridge)? Check out Bestlife Buttery Spray from our pal Bob Greene, and click here for a coupon! ***Got a great idea for improving health and wellness in your community? Enter the Post Grant for Good Health, and you could win $25,000 in funding for the project. Click NOW for the details; contest ends next Monday (5/17)! ***In random research news, a recent study found that 87 percent of the nearly 3,000 people surveyed enjoy onions in the foods they eat. FASCINATING. And good to know for your next BBQ, when debating whether to add onions to your chicken skewers. ***Attention, Chicago and Memphis HGers! The HG 1-2-3 book tour returns with events on Monday, 5/24 (Oak Brook, IL), and Thursday, 5/27 (Germantown, TN). Meet Lisa and have your book signed! There'll be SNACKS, PRIZES, and assorted fun. Click the dates for details! That's all we've got. HG out!
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