Breakfast Finds, Better Eating Made Easy, Coconut Fun & MORE!

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Guess Whose Morning Just Got Sweeter?
Guess Whose Morning Just Got Sweeter?
Spotted on Shelves...

Apple Cinnamon Chex - There's a new cereal in town -- and we LOVE it! These crispy, gluten-free, whole-grain rice squares are coated with sweet cinnamon-apple deliciousness. A 3/4-cup serving has 130 calories, 2g fat, 190mg sodium, 26g carbs, <1g fiber, 8g sugars, and 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Look for it at your local market -- it's popping up in stores this month!

CedarLean by Cedarlane All Natural Egg White Frittatas - Cedarlane has started to roll out its slimmed-down CedarLean line, and kicking things off are these schmancy li'l egg-white mini meals! They come in Broccoli & Cheddar, Spinach & Roasted Tomato, and Roasted Chile & Cheese. YUMMMM! Each 6-oz. container has 160 - 200 calories, 6 - 8g fat, 210 - 300mg sodium, 16 - 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 4 - 5g sugars, and 10 - 13g protein (PointsPlus® value 4 - 5*). Click to find stores near you that carry Cedarlane...

Clif Kit's Organic Fruit + Nut Bars - Named after an owner of Clif Bar & Co. (Kit, not Nut Bar), these chewy treats are packed with delicious, good-for-us stuff. They come in Cashew, Berry Almond, Chocolate Almond Coconut (tastes like a fudgy brownie!), and Peanut Butter. Each bar has 170 - 200 calories, 8 - 12g fat, 65 - 105mg sodium, 25 - 27g carbs, 3 - 5g fiber, 15 - 16g sugars, and 3 - 6g protein (PointsPlus® value 5 - 6*). Starting this month, find the bars at natural-food stores and in the natural-food section of select supermarkets.

Creative Ways to Improve Eating Habits!

Making positive changes to your diet isn't always easy. Luckily, some food-industry folks are getting crafty to help put you on the right path! Unilever Food Solutions has put together a report for restaurant owners outlining a concept they call "seductive nutrition." (Oh my...) The report proposes healthy menu improvements (more veggies, smaller portion sizes, and lower calorie, fat, and sodium levels, to name a few) and recommends appealing ways to market the dishes, with terms like garden fresh, crisp, and big flavor. Smart thinking! And we all know drinking water is good for us, but did you know that it could actually help you eat more veggies? A recent study looked at the connection between sweetened drinks and vegetable intake. Researchers found that people were likely to pair soft drinks with high-calorie foods rather than vegetables and that children actually ate more veggies while drinking water as opposed to soda. So make water your beverage of choice with all of your meals; you just might trick yourself into making better food choices! Last but not least, here's another creative tactic for helping people eat smart: Study leaders gave participants stackable potato chips, some stacks containing the occasional red chip (designating the cut-off point of a serving size). Even though the meaning of the red chips was not explained, the subjects with the red chips ate 50 percent fewer chips than the control group AND were better able to guess how many chips they'd eaten. AMAZING! Keep the good ideas coming, food peeps.

Mmm Mmm Good for You!
Mmm Mmm Good for You!
Go Nuts... Coconuts!
Go Nuts... Coconuts!
Cracking Into the Coconut Craze: Nutty New Sips to Try!

Basic coconut beverages are so 2010. Check out these unique flavored sippers made with coconut...

CocoZona 100% Pure Coconut Water with Espresso - It's the trendy drink du jour with a coffee kick. We think this java'd-up sip kinda tastes like Yoo-hoo! And it makes a great iced-coffee swap with 70 fat-free calories per 14.5-oz. bottle (PointsPlus® value 2*). In stores nationwide.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer - An HG subscriber gave us the heads-up on this stuff, and we're SO glad she did. Each 1-tbsp. serving of the coconut-based, dairy-free creamer has 10 - 20 calories and no fat (PointsPlus® value 0*) -- use a measuring spoon to avoid an over-pour! It comes in Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut. Find it in the refrigerated section of select grocery stores.

Coco Brevé - We're a little weirded out by the idea of a coconut water malt beverage, but we'll reserve official judgment until we taste it. In Kiwi Lime and Mango Citrus, this spirit contains 4.2 percent alcohol. If you're feeling adventurous (and are of the legal drinking age, of course!), give it a try and let us know what you think. Now available in select markets.

And, saving the absolute best for last, we HAVE to give another shout-out to our favorite coconut item of the moment: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend. The name is a mouthful, but it's worth every word with only 45 super-creamy calories and 3.5g fat per cup (PointsPlus® value 1*).

The Buzz...

We know many restaurant meals are too large, but some of the latest statistics on the matter are truly staggering. According to a study published in Public Health Nutrition, about 96 percent of chain-restaurant entrées in the U.S. exceed the USDA recommended limits for fat, saturated fat, and sodium. MAJOR BUMMER! Sounds like a good time to brush up on your special-ordering skills... ***Think losing weight means losing food options? Not necessarily! A recent study took a look at the effect that limiting the variety of non-nutritious foods (like chips, ice cream, and cookies) had on weight loss. Turns out, restricting the choices didn't affect weight loss. So if you're craving rocky road one day instead of basic chocolate, go for it -- but we recommend you watch your portion size and opt for a fat-slashed line like Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned. ***How hard do YOU think it is to eat healthier? According to an annual survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation, more than half of all Americans think it's easier to do their income taxes than improve their diet. The survey also found that nearly all are at least trying to improve their eating habits, so there's hope. Hang in there... ***Good news for guilt-free-food budgeters... A new study shows that canned vegetables, fruit, fish, and beans provide as much of the necessary nutrients as fresh, frozen, or dried versions, but at a lower cost. Researchers factored in purchase price, food waste, and prep time. So if you're looking to save cash without sacrificing nutrition, a trip to the canned-food aisle might be in order. Click here for some of HG's canned favorites! ***Enough sensible news for today... How about some donut-flavored vodka? 360 Vodka just added a Glazed Donut variety to its lineup, with only 80 calories per ounce. Sounds like a hole in one! (Sorry.) P.S. Donut lovers should also check out this handy-dandy HG donut guide. And that's all we've got. HG out!

Forget the Fork; Make It a Forklift!
Forget the Fork; Make It a Forklift!

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