Almond Cashew Milk, Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes, Gluten-Free Panera Bread

Nov 9 2015

2 Breakout Beverages: Best-Ever Milk Swap and Natural Calorie-Free Soda

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Cashew Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend

This nondairy milk is both the creamiest and the lowest in calories of any we've ever tried (and we've tried a lot of 'em) -- it's enough to make us forgive the clunky name! Each cup has 25 calories, 2g fat, 170mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, and 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). Wow! Try it in Unsweetened Vanilla or Unsweetened Original. (The sweetened types have more calories.) Perfect in any HG recipe that calls for unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Find it with the refrigerated soymilk products.

Honest Fizz Organic Zero Calorie Soda

Not only is this fizzy beverage super yummy, it's also about as clean as a zero-calorie soda gets -- organic, non-GMO, and naturally sweetened with a blend of stevia and erythritol. It comes in Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale, Orange Pop, Professor Fizz (the HG favorite... it tastes like Dr. Pepper or Mr. PiBB!), and Lemon Limey. Each 12-oz. can has 0 calories, 0g fat, 25mg sodium, 6 - 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, and 0g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). Find it at Whole Foods and other natural food markets nationwide.

Hungry Girl Obsession: FlapJacked Carrot Spice Protein Pancake and Baking Mix

Sorry, pumpkin spice... There's a new orange superstar in town! We're obsessed with these protein-boosted pancakes that taste exactly like carrot cake. Upon trying 'em, HG Lisa immediately took the package home with her so she could whip up more p-cakes for dinner. (No shame in that.) Here are the deets…

The Stats: Each 1/2-cup serving of the just-add-water mix yields about two 4-inch pancakes, with a total of 200 calories, 3g fat, 350mg sodium, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g sugars, and 20g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Perfection.

The Bonus: In addition to those 20 grams of protein in the pancake mix, the product packaging lists preparation tips to increase it even more... up to 34 grams!

The Where-to-Find 411: FlapJacked products are sold at Kroger, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Lassens, GNC, and other retailers... Check out the store locator to see if they're sold near you. But the easiest way to get your hands on the Carrot Spice mix? Click right here, and order online. #worthit

4 Things You Need to Know About Right Now...

1. You can measure food portions without a scale. We can't be expected to weigh out every single thing we eat 24/7. Here are some quick tricks -- using your hand, a plate, etc. -- from our pals 'n partners at About.com Health. So helpful!

2. Have you heard? Hungry Girl Originals Pizza is now in more stores than ever. Delicious, portion controlled, fiber packed, and under 300 calories a pop, Hungry Girl Originals Pizza is now available at even more markets: Meijer, Hannaford, and Big Y! Click for a store locator, and click here for a coupon. Remember to look for it in the take-and-bake section, which is refrigerated, not frozen. And if it's not yet sold at your local grocery store, request it with this downloadable form. Do it!

3. Panera Bread is testing its first gluten-free bread. The chain is rolling out a Rosemary Focaccia Roll in its Detroit-area locations. The bread is reportedly thinner than standard loaves and made with clean ingredients. So what can gluten avoiders do while waiting for Panera to offer it nationwide? Check out this official guide to gluten-free eating at Panera.

4. Mason-jar-meal vending machines are officially a thing. Check out Farmer's Fridge kiosks! These vending-machine-style, fridge-esque contraptions feature healthy food packed into BPA-free recyclable plastic jars. They're currently just in Chicago, but we're hoping this catches on. (Also cool: Unsold salads are donated to local food pantries.) More companies like this, please!

Chew on this:

Some say Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day is November 9th (today); others claim it was the 8th. Either way, this marinated pork tenderloin recipe qualifies -- garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, vinegar… and it's crazy delicious.

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