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Hungry Girl Today: 1.23.12
Spotted on Shelves (Cereal Edition!)...
Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios - WARNING: Portion these babies out before you dig in -- they're ridiculously good and almost impossible to stop eating. A 3/4-cup serving has 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 130mg sodium, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 9g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). You can be sure these will be popping up in HG recipes soon...
Bakery On Main Gourmet Naturals Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal - "HG, have you gone gluten-free gaga?" Not necessarily (although there are gluten-less recipes coming this week), but a TON of great stuff is hitting the market that happens to be without gluten. This oatmeal comes in Apple Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, and Maple Multigrain Muffin flavors (WOW), and each packet has 190 - 200 calories, 3g fat, 40mg sodium, 35 - 36g carbs, 5g fiber, 10 - 11g sugars, and 6g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Click to locate stores, or buy some online.
Kellogg's Krave - It's morning; time to eat something sensible... but you've got chocolate on the brain. Meet your new b-fast indulgence: crunchy cereal filled with smooth chocolate. And in case the regular Chocolate flavor isn't enough for you, it also comes in Double Chocolate. Each 3/4-cup serving has 120 calories, 3.5g fat, 95 - 100mg sodium, 23 - 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 10 - 11g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Look for it in stores, or buy some online.
Rise of the Greek Goods!
The Greeks are coming... Greek yogurts, that is. The thick high-protein stuff has been increasing in popularity -- according to NPR, food industry analysts predict that sales this year could very likely amount to 2,500 percent that of five years ago! And some unique new products have definitely piqued our interest. TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) has announced it'll be selling soft-serve Greek fro yo beginning this April. If this news has you pining for springtime (for reasons other than the weather for once), tide yourself over with this tasty scoopable frozen Greek yogurt by Oikos. And on the savory side, Sabra (maker of tasty hummus and more) has a new line of Greek-yogurt-based veggie dips. The flavors have us feeling giddy: Onion & Fresh Herbs, Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Artichoke, and Sun Dried Tomato. And a 2-tbsp. serving has only 30 - 40 calories and 1.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). Look for these refrigerated dips in supermarket deli sections nationwide, and click for an HG veggie-dip recipe using Greek yogurt. Want some ideas on how to dress up ordinary Greek yogurt? Click 'n read!
Get Your Greek On...
Gadgets, and Websites, and Apps, Oh My!
Cool Tools to Help You Stay on Track...
Don't lose momentum -- stick with those resolutions! Need a little assistance? The Fitbit Ultra Wireless Tracker is a handy doodad that tracks your daily activity and calorie burn. It even monitors your sleep patterns. This is a good option for those willing to make a bit of an investment. Speaking of investments, HealthRally is a website that allows your friends and family to invest in YOU. You set a goal (anything from weight loss to quitting smoking), and your support system can pledge money or other contributions as incentives -- but you only get the rewards if you meet your goal. And here's an app with another kind of financial motivator... GymPact lets you earn or lose money depending on whether you make it to the gym. If you don't check in and work out, you lose whatever amount you've wagered. At the end of each week, the accumulated cash gets divided among those who met their attendance goals. Fit Freeway is another helpful app; it's an arcade-style race-car game... but you control the speed of your "car" by how fast you pedal your exercise bike or elliptical. Click here to try the free Lite version. We've tried it, and it's super-cool! And if you just need to check your heart rate (simple, but important), the Instant Heart Rate app will check your pulse using the camera feature on your phone. NUTTY!
There are SO many diets out there -- how's a person supposed to choose? Don't stress; U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of the best diets, featuring categories for weight loss, healthy eating, special dietary needs, and ease. Click! ***Sure, fast food might be cheap and taste good, but is it worth feeling crummy afterward? In a recent survey by HealthyWomen and Allrecipes, more than half of the people polled (mostly ladies) said they feel a bit guilty after eating fast food; 16 percent said they feel just plain bad. Not worth it! Click for our best fast-food swaps and more. ***The slimmed-down restaurant dishes keep on comin'! Tony Roma's has jumped on the bandwagon with its new Low Calorie Temptations. We hear that a 180-calorie strawberry pecan salad and 144-calorie mashed sweet potatoes are in the lineup, as well as a couple of steak dishes. Mmmm... ***Even though many of us recognize unnecessarily oversized portions, why is it that we still fall for them? A recent study suggests that large portions may be a subconscious status symbol. Participants described as feeling powerless were more likely to opt for larger portions, especially in public. Don't let emotional eating get to you! ***Here's a fun little tool currently being developed -- the Stem citrus fruit juice sprayer jabs straight into a citrus fruit and spritzes out some fresh juice. No slicing, no squeezing... Hurry up and get this on the market, Stem people! That's all we've got. HG out!
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