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Makin' the Switch to Low-fat Cheese, Mickey?
Disney Puts a Limit on Character Licensing
The Walt Disney Company recently announced that it'll now be limiting licensing for most of its characters to food products low in fat and sugar. Seems pressure from lawmakers who blame marketers for childhood obesity have caused The Mouse to cave. But don't expect the change to happen overnight. Existing contracts will play out as planned, and some questionable food items will likely continue to feature Disney characters on packaging for as long as seven more years (so, no need to start surfing eBay for boxes of Lilo & Stitch cereal just yet). In addition, Disney will focus on making kids' meals at its theme parks healthier. So, what can we expect? Chip 'n Dale Kale Chips? Bambi Butternut Squash Fries? Only time will tell...
SPLENDA & The Big Apple...Literally!
SPLENDA (HG's sweetener of choice) celebrated the launch of the official brand cookbook, The SPLENDA World of Sweetness, by assembling the most ginormous candied apple the world has ever seen, in Manhattan last week. The humungous "fruit" stood 15 feet tall, was 12 feet wide, and weighed 3,000 lbs. It was covered with 100 gallons of candy coating made from 800 lbs. of SPLENDA Sugar Blend (that translates to a savings of 1,228,800 calories worth of added sugars!). Now, the splendid SPLENDA folks are auctioning off FIVE copies of the new book (which are autographed by some of the book's contributing chefs). You have 'til the 29th to bid. All proceeds from these auctions will go to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that helps over 260,000 hungry NYers find their next meals. (City Harvest was also the recipient of the 10,000 apples it took to build the colossal fruity structure!) Get your bids in early, peeps!
The Wine Lover's Healthy Weight Loss Plan - The concept is simple enough. This book shows how you can easily rid yourself of excess poundage and still enjoy and benefit from your favorite wines.
Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cooking Made Light - Sandra's latest book promises "nutritious, delicious, healthful recipes that taste like they were made from scratch" -- brought to us by the Food Network star. Heads up, this one has beauteous color pics of the recipes!
A Ukrainian pastry chef (and our current hero) made his wife's wedding dress entirely out of cream puffs. The thing was made from over 1,500 pastries (that's around 9,000 Points if you count!), but it weighed just 20 lbs. (which is likely the same amount of weight you'd GAIN if you ate it). ***Have you sampled the controversial "diet" drink Enviga yet? The Coca-Cola Company and Nestle (the folks behind this sparkling green tea beverage) insist that the fizzy beverage increases calorie burning. Experts aren't so quick to agree. And we're confused. More on this soon; in the meantime we'll taste it. ***This just in from the world of pudding (sounds like a fun place to visit, doesn't it?): HG subscribers have spotted Sugar Free Jell-O Pudding Snacks in brand-new CRAZY flavors like Mochachino and Dulce de Leche. There's no mention of these elusive puddings on Kraft's website, or anywhere else on the web for that matter; so we're wondering if these 60-calorie cups really exist, or if they're just figments of some very active imaginations. HELP! That's all we've got. HG out!