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Strawberry Margaritas = Health Food?
We LOVE this story! Recent findings by U.S. and Thai researchers suggest that combining ethanol (the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila, etc.) with strawberries and blackberries actually boosts the activity of the antioxidants in the fruits. In fact, they say ANY colored fruit might be more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol (and lucky for us, we can't think of too many colorless fruits!). The researchers accidentally learned that treating berries with alcohol increased their antioxidant capacity and free-radical scavenging ability (both very good things) while exploring ways to help keep strawberries fresh during storage. It could be time to blend up some fancy 'n fruity daiquiris. Just be sure to use lots of fresh fruit and go easy on the sweet mixers! BTW -- we don't recommend dousing all your fruit in alcohol, but if you're gonna indulge in some cocktails, it's good to know you'll be getting the most out of your fruit!
Spotted On Shelves...
More frozen finds to keep you cool...
Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream Bars - Taking Slow Churned to the next level, these chocolate-covered ice cream bars come in Creamy Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla w/ Nestlé Crunch Coating, and no-sugar-added Vanilla Almond. Expect to spend 150 - 160 calories and 8g of fat on the first three (3 Points, thanks to a gram of fiber), and 150 cals and 9 fat grams on the Vanilla Almond (a whopping 4 grams of fiber makes it just 3 Points, as well!).
Blue Bunny FrozFruit Superfruit Pomegranate Cherry Bars - Yep, the market is overflowing with pomegranate stuff, but these 2-Point, 80-calorie Superfruit bars taste awesome and pack a fat-free antioxidant punch!
Choc-U-Lator - We've all seen chocolate bars shaped like household items. Those are old hat (and fattening!). This find, however, is cutting-edge, super-cute and completely free of calories. It's an actual working calculator that is shaped like, and SMELLS like, a bar of chocolate! It even comes foil-wrapped in an adorable package. Our heads almost fell off when we viewed this thing! It's sold on a Japanese site, and doesn't appear to be available for purchase in the States yet. If anyone reads Japanese and can tell us how to get one of these funky gadgets we'll gladly share the info with the rest of you!
Egg Separator - This ceramic gadget will not only help you separate your egg whites from the yolks, it will likely make you giggle like a third grader EVERY time you use it. Some of you MAY find this item to be silly or gross, so we spared you the pic. To see it, click here. Click at your own risk (but we highly recommend you go for it!).
The Gardener's Pouch - Gardening is hard work (schlepping around the trash can and all that bending -- ugh!). This unique new Gardener's Pouch has lots of pockets and space for veggies, tools and debris -- and a convenient one-zip way to empty it! This handy gadget may cut down your workload but you'll still burn LOTS of calories! (Pssst...people who do yard work are FLIPPING over this thing!)
Scientists at the University of Florida just released a new study that highlights the fact that pink grapefruit juice provides more nutrients per calorie than the other 6 commonly consumed, 100-percent fruit juices (apple, grape, orange, pineapple, prune and white grapefruit). Go pink! ***Hey, if you looove Vertigo lollipops as much as we do, you'll be thrilled to know they're releasing a brand-new CHOCOLATE MINT version in time for the holidays. You'll have to wait a while for it (just after Halloween), but we were so excited that we wanted to share the news with you NOW! ***HG hit its 250,000 subscriber mark late last week (YAY US!), and we celebrated with a staff dinner at the fancy schmancy seafood chain McCormick & Schmick's. When the adorably thoughtful chef heard we were coming in, he went to our website, learned we had declared it National Zucchini Day, and presented us with a platter of yummy grilled zucchini upon our arrival. Thanks, M & S!!!! ***Looking for a way to show mom you love her? Get her healthy and delicious CHOCOLATE! Vitalicious has put together a limited edition chocolate pack that features TONS of their choco-rific products (including the discontinued, HG-developed Banana Fudge VitaTops for the first 800 orders!). Get 'em while you can! That's all we've got. HG out!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, April 30th, is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Our fave oatmeal cookie swap is the famous Cinnamon Raisin Gnu Bar. Yum!
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