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Spotted on Shelves...
Garden Lites All-Natural Frozen Soufflés - Stop whatever you're doing/eating and pay attention! These freezer-aisle veggie soufflés are SUPER tasty, come in AMAZING varieties, and have GREAT stats. Each 7-oz. soufflé has 140 - 180 calories, 0 - 1.5g fat, 45 - 390mg sodium, 22 - 43g carbs, 2 - 5g fiber, 5 - 14g sugars, and 5 - 11g protein (POINTS® value 2 - 3*). There are also larger fresh soufflés with 60 - 70 cals per 3-oz. serving. Look for 'em at Publix, Wegmans, A&P, Safeway, Whole Foods, Costco, Winn-Dixie, Stop & Shop, and Ralphs. Worth tracking down...
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, Granulated - First there were packets with fiber, and now check this out: It's the zero-calorie granulated stuff that's fantastic for recipes and measures scoop-for-scoop like real sugar... but with fiber! Every teaspoon of this brand-new addition to the Splenda line has a gram of fiber. So if you're always looking to sneak a little bonus fiber into your life, try it out!
Oh Boy! Oberto Southern Style BBQ Pork Jerky - "Oh Boy" is right! Jerky is always good as a protein-packed snack on the go, but add a BBQ kick and you've got one SERIOUS treat. A 1-oz. serving (about a third of the pouch) has 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 550mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, and 10g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Find it, chew it, love it.
Snack Food on the Vend!
It's great that school cafeterias are getting revamped -- displaying calorie counts and offering healthier items -- but what about those junk-food-filled vending machines? A recent study found that students of all ages consume things like candy, cookies, and soda from vending machines on a regular basis. Luckily, a few schools are wising up and giving their snack dispensers a guilt-free makeover! We recently buzzed about a marketing plan to package baby carrots in cute little bags like chips... Now a couple of schools in New York and Ohio have all-carrot vending machines dispensing the snacks with surprising success. Del Monte just penned a distribution deal for its fruit-n-veggie snack machines. And the Cincinnati Public Schools system is setting guidelines for acceptable vending-machine treats, limiting the snacks' calories, fat, sugars, etc. YES! In sort-of-but-not-really-related news, have you heard about the Coca-Cola Happiness Machine? It looks like a normal Coke machine... until it starts spitting out bottle after bottle of free soda and literally handing out flower bouquets, Twister games, and multi-serving sandwiches. So if you see a Coke machine with human hands emerging from it, don't panic. It's not possessed; it's just happy.
Trends in Vending...
Look! Cute Things!
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed!
Looking for some fun new food-related items? Check out our latest picks...
John Derian for Target Melamine Apple Salad Plate Set - Plates that look like apples? SO CUTE! Plus, you get eight plates in a set for only $20. Eat food off them or hang 'em on the wall for decoration -- they're versatile like that.
The Baggler - Carrying tons of grocery bags that are cutting into your hand as you attempt to lug them all in one trip is definitely NOT FUN. (We all do it.) This little gizmo lets you hook three bags onto an easy-to-carry handle for a more comfortable grocery-hauling experience. (However, we're unsure how plastic hooks would fare when it comes to our massive loads of groceries at the HG HQ!)
Amazing Coffee Clip and Spoon in ONE! - This contraption is SUCH a smart idea. Use it to scoop your coffee grounds into the coffeemaker (or your beans into the grinder), and THEN use it to clip your bag o' coffee closed! Your remaining coffee will stay put, your cabinet will be mess-free, and you'll always be able to find your scoop! As Keurig K-Cup fans, we actually don't need this item... but we think it'd be super handy for bagged-coffee lovers!
Coming in December, a whole new set of reasons to love Amy's!The Light & Lean line will feature frozen meals with under 300 calories and 5g fat or less a pop. We got a sneak chew, and we're in love (especially with the 250-calorie Spinach Lasagna). Go, Amy, go! ***Want salad plus a little something on the side? Check out the new Pick 2 deal at Wendy's: You can pair a half-sized salad with one of seven items (like chili or a chicken wrap) for $4.99. We love options AND bargains! ***A couple of super-cool personal trainers from Chicago are taking on childhood obesity. Their vision is to launch a TV show called The Bod Squad, which will teach kids fun facts about the human body and keep them active at the same time. This is no couch-potato program! Click here to watch a webisode. And to learn more and possibly help 'em raise money for their cause, click here! ***If you're the type that would rather sleep than exercise, take this into consideration: A recent study found that regular aerobic exercise could help you sleep better. Researchers found that physical activity improved sleep quality, overall mood, and vitality in the mostly women test group. Who's up for a jog... followed by a nap? That's all we've got. HG out!
Big News from Amy's!
CHEW ON THIS: Yesterday, September 26th, was National Pancake Day. (Not to be confused with IHOP's holiday in late February.) If you forgot to celebrate, grab some Organic Batter Blaster TODAY. It's pancake/waffle batter IN A CAN, and a 1/4-cup serving (2 pancakes) has only 80 calories. Weeee!
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