Special K Apple Cinnamon Cereal, Foods with Pea Protein, Taco Bell Vegetarian Menu

Oct 12 2015

Spotted on Shelves...

Kellogg's Special K Limited Edition Apple Cinnamon Crunch Cereal The autumn leaves aren't the only things crunching these days... Have you checked out this seasonal cereal? Light flakes of rice and wheat with clusters of cinnamon-y apples... Mmmmm! Each 3/4-cup serving has 120 calories, 1.5g fat, 200mg sodium, 27g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). We'll be sprinkling it over yogurt and munching on it as a snack... Available nationwide while supplies last.

Lundberg Rice Chips The snack pros at Lundberg just added a trio of new flavors to their Rice Chip lineup: Smoky Maple, Crabby Chesapeake Bay Style Seasoning, and Sriracha! And with options like Honey Dijon and Santa Fe Barbecue, the entire line is definitely worth checking out. A 1-oz. serving (about 9 chips) has 140 calories, 6 - 8g fat, 80 - 160mg sodium, 17 - 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). Track some down STAT. Some varieties even come in portion-controlled 1.5-oz. bags...

New Flavors! Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt We're huge fans of protein-packed Greek fro yo, especially in decadent flavors like these: Cookies & Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel. Each 1/2-cup serving of the new flavors has 140 - 160 calories, 3g fat, 35 - 85mg sodium, 23 - 28g carbs, 0g fiber, 18 - 20g sugars, and 6g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). Click to find, and get yourself a pint... or two... or three.

Trend Alert: Pea Protein!

Those little green orbs are becoming more and more popular as a source of protein in packaged foods and drinks. Makes sense, since a cup of cooked peas has 8.5 grams of filling protein. Give peas a chance... and check out these pea-protein-packed options!

Snack Bars

We discovered Larabar ALT Bars a few years ago, and we're glad we did! The Lemon Pound Cake bar has just 210 calories, plus 10g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). And a brand we love, Health Warrior, makes Chia Protein Bars in yummy flavors like Peanut Butter Cacao; each bar has 190 - 210 calories and 10g protein (PointsPlus® value 5 - 6*).


The name's a mouthful, but this product is great: So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Almond Plus 5X Protein! Almond Milk. It has five times more protein than similar products. Each cup has 40 calories and 5g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). Go, peas!

Crispy Snacks

Mediterranean Snacks BeanStalks are a recent find, and the stats are definitely impressive. Have 24 stalks for just 130 calories, plus a respectable 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). And check out Simply Protein Chips... A 140-calorie serving has a whopping 15 - 16g protein (PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*)!

Protein Powder

Pea protein powder is great for people who are sensitive to dairy or soy. A 1-scoop serving of the kind by NutraSumma has 100 calories and 20g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). And Swanson Organic Pea Protein Powder has just 80 calories per scoop, plus 15g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Either would be perfect in these HG recipes!

The Buzz…

Big news: Taco Bell is now the first fast-food restaurant to have items certified by the American Vegetarian Association. To see which menu options have gotten the veggie-friendly seal of approval, click here. Of course, this doesn't mean they're all smart choices. Our top pick? A Black Bean Burrito ordered Fresco-style: 340 calories and 8g fat, plus 8g fiber and 11g protein (PointsPlus® value 9*). Yum! ***In related news, we asked you to vote for the chain that'll be featured in our next survival guide, and the winner is... Taco Bell! We can't wait to put together the best finds using the restaurant's new nutrition calculator... Look for the brand-new guide later this month! ***Have you seen those desks that allow you to sit OR stand while you work? They're pretty neat, and a new study found that office workers with these hybrid sit-stand desks burned an average of 87 more calories per day than those with sitting-only desks. Could Officestanding be the new Housewalking? ***Are you one of those people who gives iceberg lettuce an eye-roll? Our pals and partners at About.com Health answer the question, "Does iceberg lettuce have any nutritional value?" Read up before you chow down. And that's all we've got. 'Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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Did you know that October is National Pork Month? Click here for some truly incredible pork recipes, courtesy of yours truly...

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