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Label Updates...

Dr. Praeger's - A few months back, there was a little issue with the nutritional labeling on Dr. P's veggie burgers.  Since then, the burgers were reformulated and repackaged.  The company stands by their current labeling.  Please note that their American Heart Association seal has been removed from the packages.  We love Praeger's products, but we highly recommend blotting the oil off (very well!) before swallowing 'em!

Galaxy Granola - Wow, if only we had a dime for every email we've received about  the recent changes made to Galaxy Granola's labels.  The once 87 calories per 1/2 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Munch recently shot up to an astounding 155 calories per 1/2 cup.  Here's the deal; the company recently changed hands, and the new owners had the product tested and have decided to be honest (thank you!) and post the real nutritional info.  Apparently, the stuff had been mislabeled all along. It's a scary world out there, people...
Spotted On Shelves...

Kellogg's All-Bran Snack Bites - We've heard nothing but raves about these crunchy little 100-calorie, 5g-of-fat, fiber-packed snacks that come in  Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Honey Oat & Strawberry.  We can't wait to give 'em a chew!

Lender's NY Style Bagels - If you dig doughy bagels, Lender's has got a line featuring some healthier bagel options.  Select varieties of their New York Style Bagels are made with whole grains and come in flavors like 100% Whole Wheat, Whole Grain-Multi Grain, and Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin. Found in your market's fresh bread section, these things are huge and not exactly low-cal (270-280 calories), but they pack in 7-8 grams of fiber.

Quaker Steel Cut Oats - If instant oatmeal isn't your thing, check out the new steel-cut oatmeal from our oaty pals over at Quaker.  (Pssst-- steel-cut oatmeal has more fiber and slows down the absorption of sugar.)

Tropicana Pure 100% Juices - These premium 100% juice blends are rich in antioxidants and come in flavors like Mango Orange and Pomegranate Blueberry.   HG Tip!  Since they do pack in a LOT of calories (110-130 per 8 oz.), we recommend adding only a few ounces of the stuff to crushed ice and water -- or to diet lemon-lime soda.  It's an AWESOME way to make your own yummy, low-cal beverage!  Look for them in the produce section, not the juice aisle.
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed...

Scales For Dieters - Perhaps you'll fear the scale less if it has cute, funny pictures on it.  A company called Art de Toilette is banking on it.  They've produced a line of bathroom scales that feature images of fatty foods, and other diet-ish things -- like a battle between a hot dog and hot dog bun, a box of chocolate, etc.  Click here to check 'em out.

Bacon Wallet - If you crave bacon, but avoid it 'cuz it's not healthy, here's a way to get your fix. It's a bacon wallet!  Silly?  Yes.  Cute, funny and attention-getting? Suuure!  We're not sure why, but we love this thing. 

In-Car Coffee Makers -  Ok, if you think talking on the cell phone is a driving distraction, how about a fully functional espresso machine that lives on the armrest between the driver and passenger?  If you're going to indulge in such a silly piece of equipment when it becomes available (it's currently in development, thanks to Audi), we recommend going for the back seat version, so you can't actually become a barista while driving your vehicle.

 
The Buzz...

This just in from the exciting world of berries; a new study shows that they may protect against damage to brain function in aging adults.  The results of this study are in line with similar findings from studies conducted over the past eight years.  Go berries! ***If you're one of those people who've jumped on the dark chocolate bandwagon (it's way healthier than milk chocolate), you'll be happy to know that M&M's Dark Chocolate Candies have become a permanent addition to the line.  Woohoo!  ***Would it creep you out to know that your favorite yogurt may be colored that pretty pink thanks to the help of crushed beetles?  If so, forget you just read that.  That's all we've got.  HG out!
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