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Hungry Girl Today: 9.30.13
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Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray - We love grapeseed oil for its light taste, health benefits, and versatility. We love nonstick spray because it lets us control how much oil we add to our food. So naturally, we're over the moon that Pompeian's signature grapeseed oil now comes in spritzable form! Officially, a 1/4-second spray (0.25g) has no calories and no fat. But like all spray oil, those numbers are rounded down. A more realistic 1-second spritz has 8 calories and 1g fat (PointsPlus® value 0*). Still SO awesome! Find these at Walmart and select supermarkets (coming soon to more stores).
Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt - Oooh, 80-calorie Greek yogurt cups?! YUP! This lineup includes a slew of flavors, from classic fruit (like Blueberry) to Toasted Coconut Vanilla. Each 5.3-oz. container has 80 calories, 0g fat, 45 - 55mg sodium, 8 - 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 6 - 8g sugars, and 12g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Protein power!
Progresso Heart Healthy Soups - The line earns its heart-health cred thanks to downsized fat, cholesterol, and sodium counts. It earns our love thanks to impressive varieties like Creole-Style Chicken Gumbo and Italian-Style Wedding with Meatballs! Each cup (about half a can) has 80 - 120 calories, 0 - 3g fat, 470 - 480mg sodium, 11 - 22g carbs, 1 - 6g fiber, 1 - 14g sugars, and 3 - 7g protein (PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*). Check out all the flavors, soup slurpers!
Burger King's Satisfries: The Lowdown on BK's New Lower-Calorie French Fries...
Plenty of fast-food restaurants have slimmed down their burgers, but no mainstream national chain has churned out lightened-up fries... until now! Dubbed Satisfries, these crinkle-cut fries boast 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories. But is there more to them than meets the fry, er, eye? Here's the deal...
The Stats: A small order has 270 calories and 11g fat (PointsPlus® value 7*), and the value size has 190 calories and 8g fat (PointsPlus® value 5*). We wouldn't call those numbers super impressive, but they're not too bad!
The Claims: Although BK is touting big percentages of savings, those numbers are based on weight comparisons to an equal amount of fries from McDonald's. Since a small order at Mickey D's weighs less (71g), it actually has fewer calories and the same fat count as a small Satisfries (127g): 230 calories and 11g fat (PointsPlus® value 6*).
The Bottom Line: We got our hands on a small order of each and found that it really comes down to personal preference. If you like hefty fries packed with potato, the Satisfries should, well, satisfy. But if you prefer a portion of thin crunchy fries that comes with a smaller calorie price tag, the McDonald's fries are the one for you.
Click here for more french-fry fun and must-have info, and click here for our recent Burger King Survival Guide.
The Fries Have It!
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... Super Produce!
Surprising Benefits of Fruits & Veggies!
Fight Arthritis with Broccoli - We love that broccoli is delicious and packed with both vitamins and fiber, and now there's even more to love. Results of a new study suggest that compounds in broccoli could combat inflammation, and trials show this could help prevent osteoarthritis. Celebrate the news with this broccoli-loaded stir-fry!
Eat Blueberries and Grapes for an Immunity Boost - Researchers at Oregon State University analyzed 446 compounds for immunity-improving abilities. (Way to be thorough, OSU.) What they found is that both the resveratrol in red grapes and the pterostilbene in blueberries enhance immune function when combined with vitamin D. Nice! Anyone up for fruit salad or blueberry oatmeal?
Soothe Sore Muscles with Watermelon Juice? - This small study uncovered a potential benefit to consuming watermelon juice. When given to subjects following a workout, subjects experienced less muscle soreness after 24 hours. Looks like Gatorade might have some competition!
And click here for nine benefits of lemons that don't stem from eating them!
Breakout product alert... Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bars! We're fairly obsessed with Quest Bars on the whole. They're delicious and majorly filling. And this brand-new flavor may be the best yet! Each choco-rific bar has 160 calories and 6g fat, plus 16g fiber and 20g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Click to find, or buy online! ***In restaurant news, Olive Garden is reportedly taking its Tastes of Italy small plates menu to all locations (yay!), but not everything on it is a good choice (oh). Top picks include the Grilled Chicken Spiedini with Sweet Red Wine Sauce (170 calories, 2g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*) and the Parmesan Roasted Asparagus (90 calories, 7g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 3*). But steer clear of the Pizza Fritta Napoli -- 730 calories and 41g fat! ***Listen up, sleepy: A recent study in Sweden found that grocery shopping while sleep deprived can lead people to buy more food than if they're well rested. Looks like getting extra ZZZs could be good for your wallet! ***7-Eleven is all about making better snack choices available these days. In addition to the Fresh To Go line we told you about, they're now stocking some smart packaged snacks that happen to be HG approved! Skinny Pop, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Pretzel Crisps... SCORE. ***Finally, before you hit happy hour, you must check out this video comparing the calorie counts of common alcoholic drinks to those of popular food items. A piña colada = a cheeseburger? WHOA. And that's all we've got. HG out!
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