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Cool Snack... 34 Degrees!
Cool Snack... 34 Degrees!
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34ยบ Whole Grain Crispbread - Don't get all confused by the word "crispbread" -- these things are basically super-light, super-thin crackers with the wafery consistency of flat-bottomed ice cream cones. And with an INCREDIBLY low 35 calories, no fat, 110mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 0*) for NINE crackers, they ROCK!!! Click to find or buy online.

Litehouse Tangy Orange Citrus Dressing, Sauce & Marinade - See that name? This award-winning find DOES IT ALL. The flavor is perfect, and it's not just for salads and slaws; it's also great on grilled chicken or fish! A 2-tbsp. serving has only 50 calories, 0g fat, 190mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, and 0g protein (POINTS® value 1*). It's THICK, so feel free to add a little water for a more dressing-like consistency. Look for it in the fridge section. Get it now!

New Varieties! Morningstar Farms Veggie Entrées - Meatless munchers, get excited! MF's first foray into entrée-land was SO deliciously successful, our heads nearly fell off when we tried the meals. So when we heard there are MORE... Let's just say we can't wait to taste the Chik'n Enchilada (with seasoned brown rice) and the Sesame Chik'n (with edamame, snap peas, and sesame noodles)! Each has 280 - 310 calories, 7 - 9g fat, 520 - 530mg sodium, 46 - 47g carbs, 4 - 6g fiber, 6 - 16g sugars, and 12 - 14g protein (POINTS® value 5 - 6*). Yippee!
Sodium Slim Down! How Low Can You Go?

As far as food trends go, low-sodium seems to be the hot thing these days. One of our new friends in the fight against high sodium levels? AlsoSalt! Here's the scoop. AlsoSalt Sodium Free Salt Substitute -- a versatile salt swap in original, butter-flavored, and garlic-flavored varieties -- has been around for a while. But lately, it's been cropping up in low-sodium versions of popular products! Heinz No Salt Added Tomato Ketchup uses it to achieve its 5mg-per-tbsp. sodium level, and our pals at La Tortilla Factory are using it in their Smart & Delicious Low Fat/Low Sodium Tortillas. We'd like to take this opportunity to BEG the company to make a low-sodium version of our beloved 80-calorie Smart & Delicious Low Carb/High Fiber Tortillas. We love those wraps and want less salt. Let's all email LTF and request that they make it happen!!! And if any other makers of guilt-free foods want to step up to the plate, we'd loooove to hear about it...
AlsoSalt = Sodium-Slashin' Superhero!
AlsoSalt = Sodium-Slashin' Superhero!
Approved for All Appetites!
Approved for All Appetites!
These Menu Finds Are Rated G... for Guilt-Free!

Last week, we served up some of the most explicitly offensive stats from CSPI's 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards. So this week, we've got new restaurant items you can chew without fear. Read on...

Applebee's Pick 'N Pair Lunch Combo: Asian Crunch Salad with Chicken Tortilla Soup - Match this new salad with the Mexican-inspired soup, and you'll have a satisfying meal for 380 calories and 11.5g fat. YAY! As for other good options on the weekday Pick 'N Pair lineup? The Black Bean and Chicken Noodle soups and the Grilled Shrimp 'N Spinach Salad. (Heads up: Make sure one of these soups is the Soup of the Day.) 

Romano's Macaroni Grill Aged Beef Tenderloin Spiedini - We really like those rosemary skewers they've got going on over there, and the folks at the Grill have released a couple of new versions. We love this lean beef option -- only 410 calories and 12g fat, including the roasted veggies. There's also a Center-Cut Lamb one with 500 cals and 24g fat. Not bad!

Ruby Tuesday Crab Cake Dinner and Barbecue Grilled Chicken - We found TWO guilt-free newbies at Ruby Tues'... BUT they require a little swapping in the sides department. Skip the heavy succotash and cheesy mashies, and choose two from steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, and sautéed portabellas. Then your crab cake meal will have about 465 calories and 28g fat, and the entire chicken dinner will have just around 515 calories and 14g fat!

TCBY Ruby Red Grapefruit Frozen Sorbet and Butter Pecan Frozen Yogurt - Two AMAZING-sounding seasonal items from the classic fro yo joint. The sorbet has 100 calories and no fat per 1/2-cup serving, and the Butter Pecan soft-serve has only 120 calories and 2g fat in half a cup. Enjoy, but watch those portion sizes...
The Buzz...

There's still time to bid on a VIP visit to the Hungry Girl HQ! Proceeds benefit Project Angel Food, a group that delivers healthy home-cooked meals -- free of charge -- to people affected by life-threatening illnesses. Do good things, and you might GET good things... like a chance to hang out and chew items with us! ***According to new research, coffee drinkers may have a disease-fighting edge. A study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that coffee helped improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of high blood sugar in lab mice. This means java-drinking humans could be at lower risk for developing diabetes -- as long as that joe isn't loaded with sugar! ***Want another way to decrease your likelihood of getting diabetes? Eat brown rice. Researchers in Boston recently announced these findings: Among nearly 200,000 subjects, consumption of more white rice was linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while a high intake of brown rice was associated with a lower risk. Whole-grain stuff is better for us, anyway, so eat it (in moderation, of course)! ***Big week coming up, people. Hungry Girl Happy Hour arrives in stores tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22nd! Catch Lisa on Good Morning America tomorrow morning, and see her on The Joy Behar Show Wednesday night. And click here to find out about our upcoming book-signings and cocktail parties. This week... NY and PA! Hope to see you there! That's all we've got. HG out! 
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Today, June 21st, is National Peaches & Cream Day. Celebrate this one with our Just Peachy Cobbler... topped off with LOTS of fat-free whipped cream!
 
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