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We're right in the middle of National Pretzel Month! And whether you like yours soft and steamy or hard and crunchy, we've got recipes, dip tips, food finds and more for you. Prepare to be PRETZELED, HG style...    
Personal Pretzel-Bottomed Ice Cream Pie!

PER SERVING (entire pie): 193 calories, 0.5g fat, 276 - 284mg sodium, 43 - 45g carbs, 5 - 6.5g fiber, 19 - 20g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

Look! It's a portion-controlled sweet 'n salty treat... yay!

Ingredients:
1/2 oz. thin salted hard pretzels (about 24 sticks); finely crushed
3/4 cup Breyers Double Churn Free ice cream, French Chocolate or Creamy Vanilla
1 tbsp. light vanilla soymilk
Optional: Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions:
Place crushed pretzels in a small bowl and stir in the soymilk. Once mixture is thoroughly blended, evenly spread it along the bottom and up along the sides of the bowl to form a "pie crust". Next, scoop ice cream into a separate, microwave-safe dish, and microwave for about 10 seconds (depending on how hard the ice cream is), until just softened. Give ice cream a thorough stir so that it is an even consistency. Spoon softened ice cream carefully onto the pretzel-crust, and use the back of the spoon to smooth it out evenly over the crust. (Don't worry if it's not perfect -- it's YOUR pie!) Place dish in the freezer until ice cream is hard again. If you like, top with some Fat Free Reddi-wip before digging in!

MAKES 1 SERVING
HOT Pretzel Picks 'n Tips!

Superpretzel Soft Pretzel Bites - We're crazy about Superpretzel's 160-calorie soft pretzels. Well from those same twisted minds that brought us that very pretzel come Soft Pretzel Bites! Each super-cute nugget contains just 30 calories, and they're practically fat-free (5 of them have just a half-gram of fat and a total POINTS® value of 3*). Just like their parent pretzel, they come frozen and thaw in just seconds. But unlike the big guys, you can choose to kick a pretzel craving with just a few of these and take in fewer calories. Yes!


The Snack Factory Deli Style Pretzel Crisps - We raved about these recently, and we're still CRAZY about 'em. Extra-thin pretzel crackers with stellar nutritionals (110 calories and a POINTS® value of 2* per 1-oz. serving) that come in outrageous flavor combos are ALWAYS exciting. Our new faves are Everything, Honey Mustard & Onion, and Original.





Hershey's 100 Calorie Pretzel Bars - No doubt about it, chocolate-covered pretzels ROCK. But controlling yourself around a giant bag of 'em is definitely a challenge. That's why we love Hershey's 100 Calorie Pretzel Bars. A thick coating of real Hershey's chocolate covers 2 nicely sized hard pretzels for a 100-calorie, pre-portioned treat (POINTS® value 2*). Score!




Kettle Bakes Pretzel Chips - With a potato-chip-like airy crunch, these snacks are crispy and delicious without a lot of calories or fat. They come in Original, Fully Loaded, and Honey Dijon, and have just 110 - 120 calories and 1 - 3g fat per 1-oz. serving (POINTS® value 2*). These are an awesome guilt-free supermarket snack find. However, we recommend bagging these up into single portions the second you unload your groceries -- they can be seriously addictive!





Pretzel Dip Tips! - There are soooo many fun, guilt-free things to dip your pretzels in. Here are a few good ones -- HG's Nacho-rific Cheese Sauce, Vivi's Original Sauce in Classic Carnival Mustard, the sweet dessert dip from our Groovy Grilled Fruit Fondue recipe, Hellmann's/Best Foods Dijonnaise, low-calorie honey mustard dressing, and T. Marzetti's Light or Fat Free Caramel Apple Dip (drizzle a small amount of that gooey stuff directly on your pretzels to make a little go a loooong way).
Soft Pretzel w/ Sweet Pumpkin Dip

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 188 calories, 1g fat, 200mg sodium, 39g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

Pumpkin and pudding and pretzels?! PERFECT!!!

Ingredients:
1 2.25-oz. Superpretzel soft pretzel (from the 6-count frozen package)
2 tbsp. light vanilla soymilk
2 tbsp. canned pure pumpkin
1/2 tsp. Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free instant pudding mix, Vanilla
1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda)
dash salt

Directions:
Thaw and heat pretzel per package instructions (optional addition of provided salt not included in nutritionals); set aside. Combine pudding mix with soymilk and stir. Add all other ingredients to mixture, stir until blended, and serve it alongside the warm pretzel.

MAKES 1 SERVING
CHEW ON THIS:
Not only is October National Pretzel Month, it's also National Popcorn Poppin' Month, people. So whip out your air-poppers or your microwave-friendly mini bags of 94% fat-free popcorn, and start celebrating!
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