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Hungry Girl Today: 10.5.12
GIRLS BITE OUT

Ah, the microwave. So convenient. So time saving. So lovable! We've rounded up some of the best new microwave-friendly food finds, and they're worth getting excited about! Try them SOON...


BetterOats Lavish Dark Chocolate Old Fashioned Instant Oatmeal
1 pouch: 160 calories, 2.5g fat, 220mg sodium, 33g carbs, 3g fiber, 12g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

If you've ever woken up craving chocolate for breakfast, here's a nutritious new craving buster that's totally guilt-free! The BetterOats peeps make amazing instant oatmeal packets, and this flavor is at the top of the heap. It's made with real chocolate morsels and 100 percent whole-grain oats. It's also got flaxseeds -- YAY omega-3s! We're feeling better already...



Three Cheese Egg Beaters
3 tbsp.: 25 calories, 0.5g fat, 135mg sodium, <1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

If you're not hip to our egg-mug obsession, you may be wondering how this item made its way into an email of microwaveable food finds. Well, click here to read all about how we make egg scrambles in the microwave. Go on; we'll wait. Back? Good! We're psyched about this new variety of Egg Beaters (our favorite brand of egg substitute). It's crammed with cheddar, Swiss, and provolone goodness! We cannot even begin to imagine how delicious it would be with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light cheese mixed in. We'll try it and report back...



Gardein Slow Cooked Barbecue Riblets
1 riblet with sauce: 160 calories, 5g fat, 310mg sodium, 15g carbs, 1g fiber, 11g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Not only is this refrigerated meat-free item microwaveable -- which means preparing it is easier than looking up whether McDonald's is currently selling the McRib, getting in your car, and driving over to purchase said calorie-packed sandwich -- but it's also got half as much sodium as similar meatless riblets on the market. Pretty cool! Use one to make our slimmed-down swap for the McRib, and shave 310mg sodium off the total. Or just enjoy it over a bed of steamed broccoli slaw. Mmmmmmm!



Weight Watchers Smart Ones Smart Beginnings English Muffin Sandwich with Turkey Sausage
1 sandwich: 230 calories, 8g fat, 490mg sodium, 26g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 14g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6

Another nukeable food ready to save you from drive-thru destruction! We crunched some numbers, and the average sausage 'n egg sandwich has 510 calories and 32g fat. ACK! It's pretty clear that Smart Ones' frozen turkey sausage 'n egg whites sandwich is, in fact, the SMARTEST one.



Amy's Mushroom Risotto Bowl
1 bowl: 240 calories, 8g fat, 590mg sodium, 35g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

This isn't just some bowl of rice, people. If you want restaurant-style risotto, frozen-dinner speed, and HG-approved stats, this find right here is your new BFF (best frozen friend). It's creamy, rich, and (super-importantly) filling. We've tasted other freezer-aisle risottos out there, and we think this tastes the best!



Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Honey BBQ Seasoned Chicken Breast Strips
3 oz.: 110 calories, 2.5g fat, 580mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 18g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

These frozen strips have BBQ seasoning cooked right in. How unique! Those seeking BBQ flavor without the saucy mess will surely appreciate this protein-packed pick. While you're at it, check out ALL the options in the Grilled & Ready line -- crazy delicious and easy to prepare.



Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Frozen Vegetables
1/2 cup (prepared): 60 - 110 calories, 2 - 4g fat, 180 - 340mg sodium, 6 - 20g carbs, 1 - 3g fiber, 1 - 6g sugars, <1 - 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 3*

If ever there were frozen veggies worth getting excited over, these are those veggies. They almost need to be tasted to be believed. The Mediterranean Blend, Brussels Sprouts with Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, Honey Dijon Carrots, and Backyard Grilled Potatoes are all wonderful... but the Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli is mind-blowingly delicious. Three cheers for the big green guy! (The Jolly Green Giant, not the Hulk.)



Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets
7 nuggets: 180 calories, 9g fat, 210mg sodium, 12g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 12g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Family-friendly food find! Family-friendly food find! These all-natural nuggets are extremely enjoyable -- moist, yummy, amazing! And you get to chomp on SEVEN of them for under 200 calories. With stats this great, you can chew (and dip!) sans guilt. Find them in the freezer aisle.



Garden Lites Southwestern Soufflé
One 7-oz. soufflé: 180 calories, 2.5g fat, 650mg sodium, 30g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

This frozen veggie soufflé hit the scene at the same time as Garden Lites' pizza-flavored standout... so it got overshadowed a bit. Well, now is the perfect time to show some love for this zesty li'l dish. Made from egg whites and veggies, we like it best topped off with a spoonful of salsa. Yummm!



Mann's Rainbow Salad
3 oz.: 25 calories, 0g fat, 25mg sodium, 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Astute HG readers will know right away that this is not a new product. But it has recently undergone a mini makeover -- the veggie shreds now have tiny broccoli florets mixed in! Astute HG readers will ALSO know that this is more than a standard slaw or salad. It can be steamed in the bag and used anywhere broccoli cole slaw could be used... which is a lot of places! Find it in the produce section.



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CHEW ON THIS:
Since it's International Microwave Month, we decided to kick off the first week of October with these fun picks. Pssst! New microwave-only recipes are coming next week!



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