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More 60-Calorie Pudding... Yay!
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Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Snacks in Dark Chocolate - Seems like these 60-calorie cups of creamy goodness keep popping up in new and different flavors. The latest is Dark Chocolate (1.5g fat, 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 1*)! We tasted it, and it's really good (not that much different than the regular Chocolate, but good!). By the way, we hear our favorite flavor in the line, Dulce de Leche Vanilla Caramel Sundae, has finally been making its way onto many more store shelves across America. It's about time! (Also, there's a cool Jell-O contest going on now. Check it out!)
Blue Diamond Natural Oven Roasted Almonds in FLAVORS - If you're cuckoo for almonds, you need to check out the new varieties available from our pals at Blue Diamond. There's No Salt, Sea Salt, Vanilla Bean, and Cinnamon Brown Sugar (they really hit it out of the park with those last two!). An ounce of each (about 24 nuts) has 160 - 170 calories, 14 - 15g fat, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 4*). These do NOT come in portion-controlled packs, but the containers do feature a cool little window that shows you when you've eaten an ounce. Still, you may be better off sticking with their 100-calorie packs of whole natural almonds, if you can't be trusted around a full bottle of these things.
If there's ice cream news, you NEED to know about it...
Breyers Double Churn Free in NEW FLAVORS!! - They're really steppin' it up this spring over at Breyers (nice work, guys!). Their Double Churn Free line of fat-free ice cream is so successful, they're rolling out FOUR new flavors -- Chocolate Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Mint Fudge, and Strawberry. The stats on these ice creams are PHENOMENAL -- a 1/2-cup serving of each has 90 - 110 fat-free calories and 3 - 4g fiber (POINTS® value 1 - 2*), so expect to see them showing up in our fun summer recipes (and in our dessert bowls). Pssst... the Strawberry and the Chocolate Fudge Brownie are the flavors with a POINTS® value of 1* per serving (yes!).
Ice Cream PEOPLE?! - If you dig looking at pictures of food with faces, here's a site for you. It showcases TONS of pics of frozen desserts that have eyes, noses, and mouths. Yeah, it's weird -- but eyeballing "Ice Cream People" is calorie-free (and admit it -- FUN!).
New! Delicious! Churned TWICE!
Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed...
Garden Patch Cakelet Pan - Hmmmmm... maybe if you bake cakes in the shapes of vegetables, they'll have fewer calories and less fat. NOT! Still, this pan bakes up the CUTEST mini muffins 'n cakes shaped like carrots, radishes, cabbages and pea pods. SO CUTE! Try whipping up a batch of your favorite VitaMuffins at home using it!
DoneRight Timer - This insanely handy must-have gadget keeps track of up to FIVE items cooking simultaneously. AND it's shaped like an oven, with the timers located in spots corresponding to your food! How come no one else has thought of this? Sheesh!
JumpSnap the Ropeless Jump Rope - Jumping rope burns calories like MAD. But if you don't have a lot of space and/or you're the type who keeps smashing the thing into your leg (it happens!), you may be interested in this "ropeless" version. It is VERY cool and even tracks how long you've been jumping, how many calories you've burned, and more. You can also up the intensity by inserting the weights that it comes with into the handles. Check it out!
Heads up! Malt-O-Meal has recalled its unsweetened Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat cereals that have "best if used by" dates of April 8, 2008 to March 18, 2009. This INCLUDES some store-branded bags, as well (click here for full details). Please check to see if you have these in your house, people -- then return them for a full refund or simply get rid of them, as they may contain salmonella. ***Looking for more motivation to count calories? New research shows that a high-calorie diet may activate certain receptors in your skin that could cause cancer cells to grow more quickly. Click here for more on this.***Need more reasons to love apples? A recent study suggests that apple-eaters have a significantly reduced risk of metabolic syndrome -- making them less likely to be overweight, have high blood pressure, and experience heart problems. Plus, apples taste GREAT, don't have a lot of calories, and are fun to cook with. Our faves are Fujis, BTW. ***HG Book Update! In case you haven't seen it yet, our OFFICIAL BOOK SITE is up and running -- with full-color photos of all 165 recipes (and Weight WatchersPOINTS®values*)! The on-sale date is rapidly approaching (see below!), and the HG Book-Signing Tour is on the way as well. AHHHHHHHH, so much excitement, we can hardly stand it! That's all we've got... HG out!
IMPORTANT: Cereal Recall!!!
CHEW ON THIS: Hey! Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Take reusable tote bags (like HG's free-with-2-book-buys one) with you when you go grocery shopping!
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