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Hungry Girl Today: 4.22.13
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Spotted on Shelves...
LUNA Bar Carrot Cake - To satisfy cravings for sweets with something more substantial than pastries, we often look to LUNA. And this brand-new cake flavor -- complete with icing, walnuts, and raisins -- is a superb addition to the lineup. Each bar has 180 calories, 6g fat, 130mg sodium, 28g carbs, 3g fiber, 13g sugars, and 8g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). It's just now hitting store shelves, so keep an eye out!
SunChips 6 Grain Medley - It's hard not to love SunChips, what with their perfectly salty and slightly sweet flavor. Well, here's another reason to love 'em: The new 6 Grain varieties have a whopping 21g whole grains per serving (thanks to oats, quinoa, and more), and they come in amazing flavors! Choose from Creamy Roasted Garlic and Parmesan & Herb. A 1-oz. serving (about 15 chips) has 140 calories, 6g fat, 140 - 150mg sodium, 18 - 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, and 2 - 3g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). In chip aisles nationwide...
Weight Watchers Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars - Greek yogurt is the latest trend in the world of frozen treats, and WW has jumped on the bandwagon with these impressive goodies! In Blueberry Swirl and Peach Swirl, each nicely sized bar has just 80 calories, 0.5g fat, 60mg sodium, 13 - 14g carbs, 0g fiber, 13g sugars, and 5g protein (PointsPlus® value 2). We love an ice cream fix with a protein bonus! Find these in freezer aisles nationwide.
What's Fresh at 7-Eleven!
To borrow the chain's tagline... Oh, Thank Heaven! 7-Eleven's Fresh To Go line is now packed with smart options that are fresh and flavorful. Pretty impressive for a convenience store! Here are our top picks...
Snack Attack: We love the 90-calorie fruit cups, which come in varieties like Fruit Medley (with cantaloupe, watermelon, etc.) and Fruit Mania (with pineapple, apples, and more)! There are also packs of carrots and celery with light ranch dip. SCORE.
Meal Madness: For breakfast, grab the Yogurt & Fruit Parfait with Oats 'n Honey Granola, featuring HG fave Yoplait yogurt (240 calories, 2.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 6*). Super filling and very delicious! Also good? The 7-Smart Combo Club wheat-bread sandwich (330 calories, 3.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 8*). And coming in May, the Very Berry Salad with Chicken (210 calories, 15g fat, PointsPlus® value 6*)!
Dessert Find: If you absolutely NEED a donut but don't want to derail your diet with a full-sized version, try the tasty new Mini Donuts. The Boston Crème ones each have 100 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*). Not too bad!
HG Heads-Up: Not every fresh item available is guilt-free. A few of the sandwiches, in particular, are on the heavy side. Luckily, pretty much everything is labeled with nutritional info, so you can choose accordingly!
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Happy Meatless Monday!
Meat-Free Mega Finds! (Meatballs & More)
Tofurky Chorizo Style - We enjoy a good soy chorizo, and this one from Tofurky is ESPECIALLY awesome. The texture is very meaty, and the flavor is just terrific. A 1/3-cup serving has 120 calories and 8g fat, PLUS 4g fiber and 8g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Look for it with the refrigerated tofu at the supermarket. Then try it in this b-fast pizza recipe!
Amy's Meatless Veggie Meatballs - Finding veggie meatballs that are guilt-free and great tasting can be a tall order. But the stats here are impressive and, even though we've yet to try these, we love pretty much everything that comes out of Amy's kitchen! Chomp on 8 meatballs for 190 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 5*). Find 'em in the freezer aisle.
MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burgers - Here's a unique veggie burger option! It's made with chickpeas (doy), Greek herbs, spinach, and Roma tomatoes. WOWZERS. And each burger has 110 calories, 4.5g fat, and SEVEN grams of fiber (PointsPlus® value 3*). Race you to the frozen-food section...
Need another reason to get excited about Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts, our brand-new ALL-DESSERTS cookbook? A new book means a new book tour! This one's mostly on the East Coast. Come hang with HG Lisa, enjoy free snacks, win fun prizes, and MORE. Allentown, PA! Monmouth County, NJ! Bucks County, PA! Long Island, NY! New York City! Oxnard, CA! Get excited... ***The peeps at Panda Express are making a few health-conscious changes. They now offer brown rice (more filling than white rice) and have a new Wok Smart menu item: Samurai Surf & Turf! The chain's latest entrée sounds GREAT, with a mix of steak, shrimp, and veggies in a zesty sauce. All that for only 230 calories and 9g fat (PointsPlus® value 6*). They also now make their fried rice with brown rice and are reportedly switching to whole-grain chow mein in June -- but both of those dishes are still fried, so they're probably not your best bets... ***Here's some cool health news: Recent study findings link eating omega-3-heavy fish to living a longer life. The lower mortality rate was partly attributed to fewer deaths from heart disease. For a delicious way to get more omega-3s in your life, check out this fabulous salmon foil pack from yours truly! ***Looking for inspiration to exercise? As part of "The Great Calorie Drive," Zumba Fitness is donating meals to hunger-fighting organizations based on calories YOU burn at Zumba classes! Click here for full info, and shake it! ***Lastly, let's have a sugary blast from the past... Here are 40 retro candies that are gone but not forgotten. Mr. T Gold Chain Bubble Gum, we miss you the most. And that's all we've got. HG out!
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