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Hungry Girl Today: 11.08.10

Spotted on Shelves...

Oroweat Sandwich Thins Naturals - New flat buns with no high-fructose corn syrup? Nice! In 9 Grain and 100% Whole Wheat Flax & Fiber, each roll has only 100 calories, 1g fat, 210 - 220mg sodium, 21 - 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugars, and 5g protein (POINTS® value 1*). Yay!

Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats - If you prefer deli slices that taste like real roasted meat from a home-cooked feast, check these out! The new line features Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Slow Cooked Ham, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, and Slow Roasted Roast Beef. Perfect for a serious sandwich. Each 2-oz. serving has 60 - 70 calories, 1 - 2g fat, 480 - 560mg sodium, 0 - <1g carbs, and 12 - 13g protein (POINTS® value 1 - 2*). YUM!

Slim·Fast Snack Bars - Pumpin' out more than just shakes and meal bars these days, Slim·Fast has delicious 100-calorie snack bars in great new flavors. Our favorites? The Peanut Butter Crunch Time (tastes like a Butterfinger!) and Chocolatey Vanilla Blitz. Each bar has 100 calories, 2.5 - 5g fat, 55 - 80mg sodium, 14 - 17g carbs, 0 - 3g fiber, 6 - 13g sugars, and 1g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Well done!

Rockin' News from the Restaurant World

SALT SLASHING: The Boston Market people recently announced that they've reduced the sodium in their Rotisserie Chicken by 20 percent and cut the salt in their Poultry Gravy in half! WOW. (HG tip: Go with the white meat/no skin option for the chicken.)

FREE FOOD FOR VETS! Atten-TION! Applebee's is offering free meals on Veteran's Day, November 11th, to vets and active duty military. The honorees can choose from a 7-oz. House Sirloin, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, and more, on the house. Also getting into the Veteran's Day spirit? Dunkin' Donuts. The chain's donating a pound of coffee to the USO for every two pounds purchased online or at a DD location by 11/14/10.

ALLERGY DISCLOSURE: T.G.I. Friday's is now offering an allergen supplement menu at participating locations to help customers with a wide array of food allergies. That's great, Friday's, truly... but could you please provide nutritional stats for menu items on your website? You know, in case some of us have sensitivities to extremely fatty, high-calorie meals...

MORE SALT SLASHING! Over at Taco Bell, there has been some very sneaky test-marketing going on. The chain's been serving food with 23 percent less sodium at 150 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, area... and the customers didn't even know! There have reportedly been no complaints about the lower-salt items. Those tricky taco people!

Changes at the Chains!

Bargain City!!!

Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed: $10 or Less Edition!

TheFoodLoop - This item definitely falls into the "super-useful" category! Forget affixing your foods with toothpicks, trussing string, or other awkward items -- this food-safe cooking tool is reusable and made of heat-resistant silicone. Perfect for making HG's Stuffed Chick Cordon Bleu and Three-Cheese Chicken Cannelloni! Click here to snag a set of four on Amazon; click here to see what stores are carrying it.

Quick Cook Microwave Cooking Covers - Having to wipe splattered food off your microwave is a pain. Protect your nuke box with something more practical than plastic wrap or paper towels -- try these covers out! They come in two sizes, are non-toxic and FDA approved, and can be popped in the dishwasher. Ideal for SO many HG recipes!

Candy Cane Shot Glasses - Heads up, sale seekers! Everything at Fred Flare (online home of intensely cute items) is 30 percent off through next Monday (11/15/10) with discount code FLARE. That makes these cute and EDIBLE shot glasses less than $3 a pop. They're perfect for our Red Hot Shots (recipe in Hungry Girl Happy Hour)!

The Buzz...

Warning! The McRib at McDonald's is at large once again. The suspect has 500 calories and 26g fat, is smothered in sauce, and is considered extremely fattening. Take the proper precautions and make yourself this amazing HG swap... ***Trader Joe's is taking on new territory! The first store in Maine just opened in Portland, the brand-new West Des Moines location became Iowa's first TJ's, and a few stores are set to open soon in Nebraska and Minnesota. YES! ***FREEBIE ALERT! We love Kashi, we love free stuff, and we love fitness, so this is GREAT news. Get a free 20-minute yoga/Pilates workout DVD when you buy a box of Kashi GOLEAN cold cereal at Target locations this month. NICE! ***Do you feel less guilty when you plunk down your credit card to pay for junky food purchases? You're not alone. A new study shows that people are less likely to buy unhealthy food if they pay with cash. Maybe those green dollar bills remind us of the lettuce we should be eating... That's all we've got. HG out!

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Today, November 8th, is National Cappuccino Day. Did you know that a Grande Cappuccino with nonfat milk from Starbucks has only 80 calories? Now you do!

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