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Hungry Girl Today: 02.29.08
GIRLS BITE OUT
It's so annoying when a product tries to appear "light" or "healthy" when
clearly it's NOT. Or when something as seemingly innocent as a bottle of
WATER contains almost as many calories as can of regular Coke. Read on
for the full 411!
TRAITOR JOE STRIKES AGAIN
Trader Joe's Veggie Chips (Potato Snacks)
PER SERVING (about 26 chips, 1 oz.): 160 calories, 10g fat, 240mg sodium,
16g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- POINTS® value 4*
At first glance, you'd probably think these Veggie Chips are a great
alternative to potato chips, right? The package shows giant red tomatoes and
leafy green spinach. At the very least, they must contain some good-for-you
veggies... right?!? WRONG! After potato, oil, and salt on the ingredients list,
you'll find "tomato powder" and "spinach powder" listed as the only veggie-
related items. Spinach powder!? Don't be fooled by these glorified greasy
LITE DONE WRONG
Ken's Steak House Dressing, Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
PER SERVING (2 tbsp.): 80 calories, 6g fat, 120mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g
fiber, 6g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
We hate to out you like this, Ken, especially since we love SOME of your light
dressings. But the people NEED to know. We can handle the fact that your
Lite Chunky Blue Cheese and Lite Creamy Caesar dressings have dozens of
calories and too many fat grams per tablespoon, but we're not so forgiving
with this fruity vinaigrette. Especially considering the fact that all the other
vinaigrettes in the Lite lineup have much lower stats than this one. We've
said it before and we'll say it again -- ALWAYS read labels carefully on "light"
BAD NEWS BARS
ThinkThin Bars, Assorted Flavors
PER SERVING (1 bar): 240 calories, 7 - 8g fat, 115 - 260mg sodium, 25 - 27g
carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 0g sugars, 20g protein -- POINTS® value 5*
This company has a slew of "Think" bar lines, including ThinkGreen and
ThinkOrganic. The odd thing about these particular skinny-sounding ones is
that they're higher in calories & fat than almost all the bars in those other
lines! Most of the offerings in the Green and Organic lines have only 150 -
180 calories and 5 - 7g fat! True, the ThinkThin bars are slightly larger than
the others. But why oh why would they choose to make the THIN bars
BIGGER and higher in calories?!? They may be protein-packed and all-
natural, but don't be duped into thinking one of these diet-friendly posers is a
low-cal, low-fat choice (it's not). You're better off grabbing one of these HG
faves (pssst -- they taste better, too!)...
Glacéau VitaminWater, Assorted Flavors
PER SERVING (8 oz.): 50 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0g fiber,
13g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Those stats might not seem shocking, but this is WATER, people! And FYI,
each standard-sized 20-ouncer contains 2.5 servings, so you'll be swallowing
125 calories (POINTS® value 3*) with a bottle of this water! We're not totally
opposed to spending a couple of calories on some really good fruit-flavored
or protein-packed water. But a bottle with a calorie count in the triple digits is
silly. FYI, you might wanna avoid SoBe Life Water as well. That agua's got
100 cals per bottle. Crazy times...
Want the 411 on more supermarket shockers lurking in the aisles? Check out
these frightening finds from last fall!
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CHEW ON THIS:
February 29th is the very last day of Grapefruit Month, people (and not every
February even HAS a 29th!). So grab a juicy Ruby Red and whoop it up!
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by
Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe
or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the
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