New Veggie Rice, Easy Side Dishes, Low-Sugar Candy & More

Jan 4 2021

Spotted on Shelves... Super-Sized Edition!

Palmini Hearts of Palm Rice

75g: 20 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 60mg sodium, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

This is so innovative! There's a new all-veg rice option in town, and it’s shelf stable and ready to go: Just drain, heat, and chew! It’s made from hearts of palm, and you can use it any place you’d use ordinary rice: soup, side dishes, casseroles… You name it. If you're already a fan of Palmini's hearts of palm pasta, you can expect the same taste and texture. If you're new to the Palmini line, consider this a golden opportunity to catch up! Stock up via Amazon.

La Tortilla Factory Authentic Side Dishes

1/2 - 1 cup: 110 - 200 calories, 3 - 3.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 400 - 450mg sodium, 21 - 40g carbs, 3 - 8g fiber, 2 - 3g sugars, 5 - 6g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3 - 6*

WOWOWOWOW. These 90-second microwavable side dishes are phenomenal. They come in shelf-stable pouches, and they’re perfectly seasoned. We can't wait to turn one into a full-on meal! Choose from Chipotle Brown Rice + Quinoa, Mexican-Style Black Beans, and Ancho Rice + Beans. If your New Year's resolution includes eating more whole grains and beans, this is an easy and delicious way to do it. Order from Amazon or via the La Tortilla Factory website -- they’ll be hitting stores this year.

StarKist Premium White Chicken

One 2.6-oz. pouch: 80 calories, 2g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 270 - 360mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 15g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

More precooked protein to add to our lives? We'll take it! StarKist now has tender chunks of white-meat chicken in their convenient no-drain pouches -- perfect for salads, wraps, tacos, protein bowls, and more. In addition to the original variety, there’s a 25% Less Sodium one. Simple, ready-to-eat, lean protein... We love you, StarKist! Click to find, or order on Amazon.

SmartSweets Red Twists

1 bag: 110 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 55mg sodium, 40g carbs, 12g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

The masters of low-sugar chewy candy now make red licorice bites! SmartSweets keeps the sugar counts low by sweetening their candy with stevia and allulose -- no artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, or added sugar. All their sweets taste fantastic, and we’re so excited about this Twizzlers swap! It’s sure to become a staple of at-home movie nights. Available now on the SmartSweets website, and coming to stores early this year.

French’s Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Mustard Dipping Sauce

2 tbsp.: 50 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 240mg sodium, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, <1 protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

This new condiment reminds us a lot of French’s (sadly discontinued) Twangy BBQ Mustard, but it's smokier and lives up to its name! Super tasty and oh so versatile: Try it on sandwiches, chicken breast, veggies, turkey slices, and anything else that needs a flavor boost. Available nationwide -- look for it at your local supermarket!

Popchips Corn Chips

1 oz. (about 48 chips): 120 calories, 4g total fat (0g sat fat), 180mg sodium, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

Do you spend your days dreaming about Fritos? Good news: Our pals at Popchips have bite-sized corn chips that will squash those cravings ASAP. Like the whole Popchips lineup, they're air-popped not fried, which means maximum crunch with minimum fat. Also great: They have just 4 ingredients! And of course, they taste insanely delicious. (Imagine if corn chips & Corn Chex had a baby!) Order them online, or pick them up at Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, and more.

Bohana Popped Water Lily Seeds in Sweet Flavors

1 oz.: 120 calories, 4g total fat (2g sat fat), 0 - 30mg sodium, 20 - 21g carbs, <1 - 1g fiber, 6 - 7g sugars, 2g protein -- SmartPoints® value 5*

We're big fans of the original savory flavors of these popped snacks, so we flipped when the new sweet varieties hit store shelves. In Sweet Cinnamon Drizzle and Sea Salt Chocolatey Drizzle, one serving of these puffs is half the bag -- volume snackers, rejoice! We love the combination of the light & crunchy texture with the slightly sweet topping. Order from the Bohana site... You can even get a variety pack! And if you live in the Northeast, click to find Bohana products near you.
And coming soon in 2021... Vegan Babybel! Word on the web is that the wax-covered wheels we all love are getting a plant-based little sister. It’s not out yet, but we just had to share the exciting news... We'll let you know more as soon as WE know more!

HUGE NEWS: Join Lisa for Fast & Easy Tuesdays on Facebook Live!

To celebrate the launch of her new cookbook, Hungry Girl Fast & Easy (on shelves January 12th!), Lisa will be going LIVE on Facebook every Tuesday in January at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET. Each week, she’ll highlight a different fast & easy meal concept AND share an exclusive recipe from the book! Mark your calendar for…

Tuesday, 1/5 (Tomorrow!): 10-Minute Power Bowls, featuring a Chicken Enchilada Bowl

Tuesday, 1/12: Fast & Easy Sheet-Pan Meals, featuring Honey BBQ Chicken & Broccoli

Tuesday, 1/19: One-Pot Comfort Food, featuring Turkey Burger Chili

Tuesday, 1/26: Faux-Fried Creations, featuring BBQ Chicken Nuggets

Bonus: Lisa will be giving out TONS of prizes like Hungry Girl dish towels, free-product coupons from brands like Green Giant and Enlightened, free samples of Your Daily Bright Boost, and more! Be there or be square…

And that's all we've got. 'Til next time... Chew the right thing!

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Happy National Spaghetti Day, January 4th! If you're placing an order for Palmini Rice, you might as well add in some of the brand's linguine or angel hair while you're at it...

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