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Spotted on Shelves...
Lotus Biscoff Cookies - We have our fantasies of sitting in a cute European café, enjoying coffee with biscuits while peering mysteriously over our oversized sunglasses. For now, though, we'll be nibbling on these Belgian-style cookies. They come in several varieties, including portion-controlled options like the 0.5-oz. Two-Pack, which has 73 calories, 3g fat, 58mg sodium, 11g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 6g sugars, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Ooh la la! Click here to order (and check out the nicely priced Extra Large version!) and click here to see if they're sold near you.
Activate Drinks - Not only do these stevia-sweetened drinks come in cute bottles but also, in an effort to preserve the nutrients, the vitamins stay separate from the water until the last second. Just twist the cap to release the good stuff, shake it up, and sip! The lineup includes a fantastic array of benefit/flavor varieties, like Workout/Passion Fruit and Immunity/Orange. Each 16-oz. bottle has just 5 calories, 0 - 75mg sodium, and 1g carbs (POINTS® value 0*). Find 'em at select stores in CA, NV, HI, and AZ, or buy some online -- they rock!
Heinz Simply Heinz Tomato Ketchup - Ketchup is definitely on the HG's Favorite Things list (along with bunnies and reality TV). And if you're into an all-natural way of living, you DON'T have to cut the yummy tomato condiment out of your life. This stuff is made with simple ingredients (hence the name), like sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. A 1-tbsp. serving has just 20 calories, 190mg sodium, 5g carbs, and 4g sugars (POINTS® value 0*), so start dipping!
HG Special Orders... New Fast-Food Salads!
There are some fantastic-sounding new salads out in fast-food land! And while ordering salad at a burger joint might seem like a safe bet, it can be anything but. Luckily, we're giving a couple of lettuce-based bowls the HG treatment and saving you TONS of calories...
Carl's Jr. Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Salad - Wowsers! This new bed o' greens is topped with grilled chicken, pineapple slices, cucumber, and red onion. It's "served with" wonton strips and Asian dressing, and we're gonna assume those aren't included in the stats. (The dressing alone has 120 cals and 8g fat.) So skip 'em both and opt for the 35-calorie Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette. Then your salad will clock in at 295 calories, 9.5g fat, and 4g fiber (POINTS® value 6*). Sweet!
Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad - Another enticing newbie on the salad scene. Save the pack of pecans that comes on the side for a pick-me-up snack later in the day, and use just half of the 2-oz. serving of Pomegranate Vinaigrette. The resulting salad will still have plenty of fruity dressing, two types of apples, dried cranberries, chicken, and blue cheese crumbles for 410 calories, 15g fat, and 5g fiber (POINTS® value 9*). Pretty great for a decadent drive-thru salad!
Foods of the Future!
We're no fortune-tellers -- we just get the inside info on the craziest new food items on the market. First up, fruit with a surprising hue in the middle. When you bite into a red apple, you don't expect to see MORE RED inside. Well, prepare to... New Redlove Era apples have pretty pinkish red flesh! Sometimes beauty ISN'T only skin deep... Next, pasta entrées with SUPER-LOW calorie counts?! Check out these saucy "noo" pasta dishes from NoOodle (a company that makes no-calorie yam-flour noodles): Mamma Mia Marinara!, Terri-Yaki Chicken, Ultra-Lite Primavera, and Say Cheese, Pleeeze! The 10-oz. entrées have as few as 30 calories each! INSANE. Look for these heat-'n-eat meals to start showing up on refrigerated shelves in September. And from the world of liquids, The Coca-Cola Company has scientists drumming up wild new stuff, from a carbonated dairy drink to "products that aren't necessarily liquids." WHOA. The future is coming, people...
Welcome to a fruit-'n-veggie-filled edition of The Buzz! Wish you could meet that special someone who enjoys veggies as much as you do? The crazies behind quick-service restaurant Just Salad have come up with the solution: SaladMatch.com! Find dates based on which Just Salad location you frequent and your favorite toppings. Wow. Sadly, locations are currently limited to NYC and Hong Kong, but this story is too cute to have passed up. ***BAD NEWS!According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salsa and guacamole are among the more common sources of food poisoning when dining out -- nearly 4 percent of ALL traceable restaurant outbreaks between 1998 and 2008 started with one of those dips. That's more than double the amount in previous years. YIKES! However, this info might make it a tad easier to avoid that chip basket... ***Ever wondered what your fruit and veggies would look like if you gave 'em an MRI? OK, neither had we, but they look COOL! Observe their (mildly creepy) beauty. ***Finally, if you think veggies (or other food items) just don't fill you up enough, it may be all in your head. New research from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior indicates that people who thought they were eating more reported feeling fuller than others who believed they were consuming less... even though they all got the same amount. Pretty tricky. That's all we've got. HG out!
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