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Hungry Girl Today: 03.28.11
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Dreyer's/Edy's All Natural Fruit Bars, Super Fruits Pack - Now you can get a whole lot of antioxidant-loaded freezy fruit bars in one box! This three-flavor pack includes Acai Blueberry, Pomegranate, and Goji White Grape pops -- each with just 50 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 12g carbs, 0g fiber, 11g sugars, and 0g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). There are also single-flavor boxes of larger Acai Blueberry and Pomegranate bars, with 60 - 70 calories per bar. Summer, we're ready when you are...
Joe's Crab Shack Eat at Home Perfectly Steamed Meals for 2 - Get this, people: These frozen meals feature seafood, sauce, and side dishes, all packaged separately in one main bag. The Tilapia with Shallot Dill Sauce (340 calories, 8g fat, PointsPlus® value 9*) and the Mahi Mahi with Tropical Salsa (350 calories, 4.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 9*) are the lightest picks, but they're all pretty reasonable, with 340 - 440 calories, 4.5 - 16g fat, 170 - 330mg sodium, 37 - 56g carbs, 3 - 5g fiber, 4 - 20g sugars, and 25 - 31g protein (PointsPlus® value 9 - 12*) per serving (half the package). WOW.
Lay's and Tostitos Dip Creations Seasoning Mixes - Shortcuts rule, especially when they lead us to deliciousness. Factor in all-natural ingredients? We're sold. These new just-add-sour-cream mixes for Country Ranch and Garden Onion dips and the just-add-avocados Freshly Made Guacamole mix will be good to keep on hand for the upcoming season of cookouts, BBQs, and potlucks. The mixes themselves have only 5 calories, 0g fat, 120 - 140mg sodium, and 1g carbs per serving (PointsPlus® value 0*). Use guilt-free ingredients like fat-free sour cream for the first two and extra veggies in the guac to keep 'em HG-friendly!
Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 Hits Shelves TOMORROW (Book Tour Kicks Off, Too)!!!
In case it wasn't evident from the three exclamation points above, we're REALLY excited about the launch of our latest, largest, and (dare we say) greatest book, Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories! Expect more recipes for meals than ever before, including 75+ three-ingredient recipes, a.k.a. TRIOS! And today (3/28) is officially your LAST CHANCE to get in on the "All That and a Bag of Chips!" pre-order promotion -- click for details and secure your FREE snacks NOW. "HG, what if I don't pre-order? Does that mean no extra fun or goodies for me?" NO WAY! Get your copy of 300 Under 300, snap a pic of yourself with it, and post it on our Facebook wall or send it straight to us by clicking here -- winners chosen at random will receive EXCLUSIVE HG items! If that's not enough, it gets BETTER. Click here to see our all-new 300 Under 300 section of the HG book site. FULL-COLOR PHOTOS and PointsPlus® values for ALL of the recipes in the book... Check it out! And if you wanna meet Lisa LIVE and have your book signed, come to the super-fun events in NY, NJ, FL, CA, MN, and TN. Tomorrow, it's Long Island, NY! Click for the 411 on all the events. YAY!
TOMORROW Is the Big Day!
More Restaurants Are Going Guilt-Free!
If you're looking for a happy hour with fun snacks that won't leave you frowning at the stats, head to P.F. Chang's. Some of the new Happy Hour items (which are available at participating locations) sound perfect, like the Tuna Tataki Crisps with 60 calories a serving (PointsPlus® value 2*). There are also six new steamed dumplings available, like the veggie-friendly Edamame variety and the decadent-sounding Bacon & Egg Siu Mai, with 40 - 70 calories per serving (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*). Nice! As for seasonal fare, take a trip to Seasons 52... home of the nothing-over-475-calories guarantee! Springtime menu additions include Artichoke-Stuffed Artichoke Leaves (which sound redundantly delicious) and the Spring Thyme & Parmesan Cheese Crispbread... YUM! Even the fast-food world's getting in on the guilt-free fun: Carl's Jr. and Hardee's have new turkey burgers on the way with under 500 calories. (Cut calories by requesting a giant lettuce "bun" in place of a regular one!) It's a good start and a heck of a lot better than those monstrosities with 1000+ calories!
Pork, long known as "The Other White Meat," is re-vamping its image. Instead of targeting non-pork eaters, which was the mission of the old motto, the National Pork Board is focusing on connecting with current pork eaters. The new slogan? "Pork: Be Inspired." (Not to be total smart alecks, but couldn't that be a slogan for anything? "Chocolate: Be Inspired." "Wire Hangers: Be Inspired.") ***If you've suddenly been inspired to eat some pork, we suggest serving it with some mustard, horseradish, or wasabi. Those products pack a compound called AITC, which could fight cancer; results aren't conclusive, but they're positive enough to encourage further studies AND further mustard consumption. ***Imagine if the checkout line at the grocery store were loaded with fruit, soy nuts, and sensible snack bars instead of candy. A supermarket in Albert Lea, MN, has done it; the store loaded one "Blue Zones" lane with only good-for-you foods and drinks. WE WANT LANES LIKE THIS EVERYWHERE! ***On the flip side, movie theater owners are fighting legislation that would require them to disclose the calorie counts of their snacks 'n sodas. Um, maybe if their snacks weren't all high-calorie items, this wouldn't be a problem. Just saying... ***Who's a cute little microwave? The iWavecube, that's who! This li'l guy is portable (it has a handle) and measures less than a cubic foot; due to its petite nature, it can't hold a mega-normous plate of food, which lends itself to portion control. Hot stuff! And that's all we've got. HG out!
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