New Quest Bars, Savory Steel-Cut Oats, Exercise to Combat Sitting

Aug 8 2016

Spotted on Shelves…

Quest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Bar

1 bar: 190 calories, 8g total fat (1.5g sat. fat), 180mg sodium, 22g carbs, 15g fiber, 1g sugars, 20g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

When it comes to satisfying snack bars, the folks at Quest sure know their stuff. This new flavor takes all the goodness of the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor and adds chewy oats and a major zap of cinnamon... So good! Protein, fiber, and top-notch texture. Look for it in stores, or order a box online. A must for cookie cravers!

Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Dressings: Salsa Verde Avocado and Creamy Roasted Garlic

2 tbsp.: 40 - 45 calories, 2.5 - 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 190 - 200mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1 - 2*

Bolthouse's yogurt-based dressings are as insanely delicious as they are low in calories. Let's all welcome the two newest flavors: Salsa Verde Avocado and Creamy Roasted Garlic! Use them as dressings, dips, or sauces for a major flavor upgrade. Click to locate Bolthouse Farms dressings near you; look for them in the refrigerated section.

MorningStar Farms Breakfast Sausage and Grain Breakfast Patties

1 patty: 90 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 210mg sodium, 6g carbs, 3g fiber, 1g sugars, 6g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

Our meat-swapping buddies at MorningStar are branching out! These savory veggie sausage patties have steel-cut oats and red quinoa in the mix. Super nutritious, and 66 percent less fat than traditional pork sausage patties. Stash these in your freezer, and you'll have a much easier time convincing yourself to get out of bed in the morning. Rolling out nationwide...

This Week's 3 Things to Know…

Here's how much exercise it takes to counteract sitting all day.

The buzz has been strong about the ill effects of sitting for hours on end, but what do you do if it's just a part of your life? (For example, if you work for a food website, requiring you to be at your computer all day.) Results of a new study suggest that 60 - 75 minutes of moderately intense activity per day eliminate the increased risk of death that comes with a lot of sitting time. No time (or energy) for an hour-plus workout after a full day's work? Try getting in a half hour before you get to the office (do some Power Housewalking!) and another 30 minutes or so on your lunch break. That's what we do...

Your next Amazon purchase should be Grainful Steel Cut Sides.

1/4 package (about 1 cup prepared): 190 - 220 calories, 2.5 - 6g total fat (0 - 2g sat. fat), 320 - 520mg sodium, 35 - 38g carbs, 5 - 6g fiber, 3 - 10g sugars, 6 - 9g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6 - 7*

These hearty blends are proof that anything rice can do, oats can do better. Sooooooo filling and flavorful! In Cheesy Oats, Jambalaya, Tomato Risotto, and Madras Curry, they're the perfect pantry staple for easy last-minute meal starters. Savory oats for the win! They're not super easy to find in stores, but they're just a click away on Amazon. (BTW, the brand's frozen meals are insanely incredible, but those can only be ordered in bulk.)

McDonald's is going more natural.

You read that right. McDonald's, long associated with junky fast food, is cleaning up its act. The chain's chicken is now 100 percent free of human antibiotics (almost a year ahead of schedule). The company also announced its plan to ditch artificial preservatives from many products, and they'll stop serving burger buns made with high-fructose corn syrup. Way to super-size those positive changes! Now how about some more reduced-calorie menu options?

Chew on this:

It's baaaaack… Happy Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night, August 8th! If you're the recipient of some zucchini, use it to make this shrimp-topped pasta swap.

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