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Hungry Girl Today: 12.23.13

Spotted on Shelves...
MorningStar Farms Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger - Wow! This meatless patty is a blend of red quinoa, soy, lentils, brown rice, veggies, and more. Health city! Each burger has 130 calories, 8g fat, 350mg sodium, 12g carbs, 7g fiber, 1g sugars, and 7g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Look for 'em at Walmart, Target, and other retailers. Is it time for lunch yet?

Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites - These adorable snacks are PERFECT for when you just need a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth. In Caramel Pretzel Bliss and Dreamy Coconut, each pouch has 70 calories, 2g fat, 45 - 65mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 5g sugars, and <1g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Currently at select Walmart and Target locations. They might be just the thing to keep you from a holiday cookie bender...

New Varieties! Pacific Foods Organic Soups - The peeps at Pacific recently released some hearty new soups into the wild! The Spicy Black Bean & Kale Soup is like a mild chili/soup hybrid, and the Reduced Sodium Vegetable Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper Soup is so good, you won't miss the extra salt. A 1-cup serving has 120 - 150 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 490 - 590mg sodium, 24 - 27g carbs, 7g fiber, 5g sugars, and 7 - 8g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). At natural food stores and other grocery retailers.

Diet Detective's 2013 Airline Snacking & Food-Service Ratings!
It's ba-aack! We love checking in with the Diet Detective to see what to expect during upcoming air travel. And DD's latest report on airline food offerings has arrived! This year, Virgin America and Air Canada are at the top of the heap. Virgin even has a Travel Light menu! Plus, we found an impressive Turkey Protein Platter meal option on the airline's website -- it's packed with wholesome stuff and has 410 calories, 13g fat, and 23g protein. And Air Canada works with Food with a Conscience to create some of its menu items. We're jazzed about the Greek yogurt with blueberry and pomegranate -- just 150 calories. Alaska Airlines, United, and JetBlue all deserve snaps for improvement. We love that JetBlue offers free PopCorners Popcorn Chips. But Allegiant Airlines earned the Diet Detective's "Shame on You" award, due to poor food selection (why so many servings in your individual snacks?) and unhelpful media folks. Click to read the extensive report, which includes lots of calorie counts and the amount of walking you would need to do to burn said calories. Just wait 'til they say you're free to walk about the cabin...

Holiday Sips and Snacks!
Pinnacle Peppermint Bark Vodka - This minty libation is actually available year-round, but it smacks of holiday time. With 119 calories in each 1.5-oz. shot, we're gonna combine it with diet hot cocoa mix for a spiked seasonal treat!

Limited Edition Flavors! Yoplait Peppermint Bark and Light Mocha Mint Yogurt - Hooray for dessert swaps! A 4-oz. container of the Peppermint Bark has 110 calories and 1g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*), and the same size container of the Light Mocha Mint has 60 fat-free calories (PointsPlus® value 2*). There are also 6-oz. containers: The Peppermint Bark has 170 calories and 1.5g fat each (PointsPlus® value 4*), and the Light Mocha Mint has 90 calories and 0g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*). Grab some STAT!

Popchips Salted Caramel Popcorn Chips - WOWOWOW! We can't wait to get our hands on these limited-edition chips. Each 1-oz. serving (about 16 chips) has just 130 calories and 4g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*). These are exclusively at US Target locations and ONLY until the end of the year. Stock up!

And we can't help but mention that Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Holiday Indulgents are back for the season. Have four of the chocolatey crisps for 120 - 130 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*). Seasons' eatings!

The Buzz…
Shocker alert! Listen up, moms... Wondering how many calories are in those fast-food kiddie meals? The Mother Jones website took a look at the numbers, and these meals are hardly happy. The worst offender reported is the Carl's Jr. cheeseburger kids' meal with onion rings and fruit punch, totaling 990 calories! Obviously, you can choose better sides, BUT STILL. Click and watch the video for more frightening findings. ***How healthy is YOUR state? The 2013 report from America's Health Rankings has just been released. In first place is Hawaii, while Mississippi came in last. And good news: Health in the USA is improving overall! Check out the interactive chart for more info. ***Picking up restaurant gift cards as holiday gifts? Here's a roundup of chains offering incentives! Many of those places have been featured in HG survival guides -- check 'em out before you dine! ***A fruit disease called "citrus greening" is sweeping the US, making oranges, lemons, and grapefruits taste bitter. The USDA is on the case, but there's a risk it could wipe out the nations' citrus production for a while. ACK. Speaking of citrus, if you've got a good orange handy, click to learn a new way to peel it! And that's all we've got. HG out!

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