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Team Cocoa!
Team Cocoa!
Spotted on Shelves...

New Flavors! Quaker Chewy Granola Bars - Gooey snack bars studded with chocolate chips are good. Ones with real cocoa mixed in are a whole other story! Introducing the newest in the Chewy lineup, Chocolatey Mint and Chocolate Swirl! Each bar has 90 calories, 2g fat, 80mg sodium, 18 - 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 6g sugars, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Soooo good...

Dole Very Veggie Salad Blend - Enjoy the convenience of bagged salad but find the veggie combos less than thrilling? Hold the phone! (Unless the call's important.) In addition to the usual (delicious) salad suspects, this just-dress mix has SNOW PEAS! (We LOVE snow peas.) Score! A serving of about 1 1/2 cups has 20 calories, 0g fat, 20mg sodium, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 0*)... plus, a whole lotta CRUNCH. Have the entire bag for 80 cals!

Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics - As big fans of guilt-free cocktail indulgences, these tasty li'l candies caught our eye. The collection includes Margarita, Piña Colada, Peach Bellini, Pomegranate Cosmo, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Mojito flavors. (Sounds like it'd pair well with some HG cocktails!) Like most JB beans, each one has 4 calories, no fat, and about 1g carbs. Chomp on a 25-bean serving for 100 calories (POINTS® value 2*). Sweet! P.S. No alcohol in these. 
Bitty Bites!

HG Asks YOU! (TV Show Edition!)
Our Wednesday "Ask HG" emails are a time-honored Hungry Girl tradition, but we're turning the tables for a couple of weeks -- we want YOU to answer Qs for US! We'll be rolling out FUN polls to get your opinions about and experiences with items like pizza, comfort food, chocolate, and more! And get this: The results may be featured on the upcoming Hungry Girl show on Cooking Channel! We're kicking off the TV show polls right now! (We can't wait 'til Wednesday.) Click HERE for our first round of Qs... Do it!  

Get Competitive in the Kitchen!
Looking for a way to feed your creative side and maybe win some prizes? Check out these food-based competitions! Vlasic is asking pickle chewers, "What Does a Vlasic Do for You?" Just tell 'em your favorite Vlasic pickle and how you use it to zazzle up food; snap a photo of your pickle dish, and enter to win up to $1,000! (Ends 8/31/10.) If pickles aren't your bag, try your hand at the Chicken of the Sea SuperCook Contest. Enter an original recipe that uses a COTS product for a shot at the grand prize of $10,000! Runners-up will score big bucks, too. (Ends 8/15/10.) Happy crunching and cooking!
Balms, Bakers, and Bags...
Balms, Bakers, and Bags...
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed!

It's been a long time since we last featured some fun "food-y" items that can't be chewed. Look what we found...

Nacho Lip Balm - For anyone who's ever wanted to slather hot cheese on his or her mouth. (Don't act like it has never crossed your mind!) We're intrigued by this pseudo-cheese find...

Mini Cupcake Maker - Pop some batter into this thing (may we suggest some recipes?), and you'll have sweet treats in five minutes!

KOKO Jenn Insulated Lunch Bag, Hot Pink - Not only is this fashionable lunch tote super cute and a fabulous shade of pink (AWESOME), but it also comes with an intensely handy plastic fork-and-spoon set. Love. It.
The Buzz...

Who would've expected a sub chain called Blimpie to roll out a reduced-calorie lineup? Not us! Yet, here it is: The Lighter Stuff menu. Participating locations are serving up the line's six items, each with 370 cals and 6g fat or fewer. The Asian Teriyaki Chicken Sub sounds especially gooood! ***We think this new book about the crazy eating habits of notable humans should be called Celebrities Eat the Darndest Things. It's actually titled What the Great Ate: A Curious History of Food & Fame, and it's full of crazy facts. Ernest Hemingway once ate a porcupine?!?! We've gotta read this...  ***Ever dropped a piece of food on the floor and called out, "FIVE-SECOND RULE," and then happily popped it into your mouth? A food scientist (um, with too much time on his hands) has officially debunked the popular notion. Food is NOT necessarily safe from bacteria if grabbed within five seconds... but we're pretty sure no one ever REALLY thought that was a fact-based claim anyway. ***With all the exotic "superfoods" out there, we're excited to see a study that suggests simple grapes (red, green, and black) could reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. We're not waiting around for proven data; we're going to pop some grapes into our faces right now. That's all we've got. HG out!
Oh, Oh, Oh-Oh-Oh: The Light Stuff!
Oh, Oh, Oh-Oh-Oh: The Light Stuff!
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Happy Monday! Today, July 26th, is National Coffee Milkshake Day. Celebrate by sippin' and scoopin' a Toffee Crush Coffee Shake. YUM!
 
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