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Hungry Girl Today: 10.16.06
Is it Time to TOSS Bagged Salads?
Just because something's called "Ready to Eat" doesn't necessarily mean it
is. Recently, our pals at Consumer Reports tested a bunch of bagged salads
(6 different kinds, from Dole and Fresh Express) that were supposedly ready
to be eaten right out of the bag. The contents of these bags were
meticulously tested for the "yuck factor" by viewing and sniffing each piece,
then weighing the pieces that were deemed inedible or undesirable. The
percentage of inedible salad per bag ranged from 0.5% to 83%. And
sometimes, even salads with a very low percentage of inedible leaves were
so unappealing that the testers said they would have chucked the whole bag.
Many of the bags had "off" odors and smelled like rotting veggies,
sauerkraut, or chlorine. Gross! Our advice? Chop your own lettuce (it's
cheaper, too!). But if you do eat bagged salads, ALWAYS wash 'em first.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month...Get in the Pink!
Lots of companies are getting involved in raising awareness of, and money
for, breast cancer charities. Special edition pink knives are the result of a
partnership between Mundial (makers of high-quality cutlery) and the
National Breast Cancer Foundation. And these special edition pink porcelain
enamel covered pots and pans are available at Neiman Marcus -- along with
a slew of other "pink ribbon" products as well. A company called The
Republic of Tea has a whole "Sip for the Cure" line of teas -- including Pink
Rose Green Tea, Pink Grapefruit Green Tea, Pink Lemonade Green Tea and
more. This company has already contributed over a half a million dollars to
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Souplantation/Sweet
Tomatoes is another Susan G. Komen partner. Their "Drink for Pink"
campaign is going on right now. Every Friday in October, the company will
donate 5% of all beverage sales to the charity. Think pink, everyone!
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Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed...
Salad-On-Ice - No, it's not a new figure skating show starring Michelle Kwan
and a chicken caesar; Salad-On-Ice is an incredibly cool (literally) bowl that
has a hollow stand that you fill with ice to keep your salad chilled and fresh
throughout your entire meal. It's made of shatter-resistant acrylic (perfect
for the clumsy) and comes with a lid -- and it even includes a pair of serving
Photo Lunchboxes - Chances are you'll eat fewer calories if you pack your
own lunch, but it's not always easy to stay motivated and focused enough to
pull it off. Perhaps it'd be easier if your lunchbox had a pic of your kid,
favorite pet, hubby or a skinny pic of YOU on it. Check out these
custom photo lunchboxes from Ogg Studio. So cool!
LEGO My Ice Cube Tray - If you or anyone you know enjoys LEGOs, check
out the super-duper array of LEGO items for your home. In addition to ice
cube trays there are LEGO salt & pepper shakers, LEGO aprons, LEGO
coasters and LEGO corkscrews. Cute!
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Sometimes food is almost too cute to eat. Such is the case with the new Fig
Newtons Minis. They come in 130-calorie pouches and, in case you were
wondering, each shrunken cookie has 16 calories. Just some more news you
can use. ***Ooooooh HG needs your help. We're thinking about bringing
you some new content in different formats, but we want to know more about
what you want. Click here to take our poll. THANKS!!!!! ***Trader Joe's fans -
- check out their brand-new website. There are new locations popping up
EVERYWHERE these days. Woohoo! ***Dannon is so sure their Activia yogurt
will "regulate" you, that they're daring you to take their challenge. Eat the
stuff for two weeks, and if it doesn't "help naturally regulate your digestive
system," they'll refund your money. We're assuming this will all be based on
the honor system. That's all we've got. HG out!
CHEW ON THIS:
It's National Pork Month. In many cases, pork is as lean and low-cal as
chicken or turkey. Get the scoop here!
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