Panera Bread Secret Menu, Competitive Weight Loss and More

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Time for Tender Turkey!
Time for Tender Turkey!
Spotted on Shelves...

Jack Link's Oven Roasted Turkey Tender Bites - We love jerky, and Jack Link's makes some of the best there is. That's why we can't wait to get our hands on this new stuff! Chomp on an ounce for 60 calories, 1g fat, 380mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, and 11g protein (PointsPlus® value 1*). Yum, yum, yum!

New Flavors! Kashi Soft n' Chewy Bars - Not only do these treats taste like delicious baked goods, but they're also made with whole grains, fruit, and even vegetables! (Don't worry; you can't taste the veggies.) The new flavors -- Apple Cobbler and Berry Muffin -- have 130 calories, 3g fat, 135 - 140mg sodium, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, 10g sugars, and 3g protein per bar (PointsPlus® value 3*). Good goin', Kashi!

Crunchmaster Grammy Crisps and Cheezy Crisps - Once again, we've fallen in love with snacks that were created for kids. And once again, we do not care, because they are DELICIOUS. Choose from Cinnamon & Sugar Grammy Crisps (like Cinnamon Toast Crunch in cracker form) and Cheddar Cheezy Crisps (so cheesy, it hurts!). Each serving (25 Grammy Crisps or 60 Cheezy Crisps) has 120 - 130 calories, 2 - 3g fat, 150 - 220mg sodium, 23 - 25g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 2 - 5g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). P.S. These crisps are gluten-free... We kid you not! 

ALERT: The 411 on Panera Bread's SUPER-SECRET HIDDEN MENU!!!

We heart Panera Bread, and we love the popular chain even more now that we know there's a hidden menu packed with secret low-carb/high-protein "POWER" foods, all TOTALLY up our alley! The hush-hush offerings CANNOT be found on in-store menu boards (that's the "hidden" part!), but you can get 'em at any Panera location. They all sound INCREDIBLE and have fantastic stats! For breakfast, try the Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey (190 calories, 7g fat, PointsPlus® value 5*). For lunch, enjoy a Power Chicken Hummus Bowl (330 calories, 13g fat, PointsPlus® value 8*). And for dinner, chomp on the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps (210 calories, 9g fat, PointsPlus® value 5*). Check out the full menu RIGHT HERE. This is HUGE news for fans of Panera, since the chain's regular menu is packed with many delicious higher-calorie foods that need to be slimmed down by special ordering. With this new menu, you don't have to ask them to leave off any ingredients at all. Just tell 'em you're ordering from the hidden menu, and voilà -- a completely guilt-free meal will be yours! Hey, Panera -- why keep these things hidden? If you've got it, flaunt it!!!

The Secret's Out!
The Secret's Out!
You Weigh In = They Pay Out!
You Weigh In = They Pay Out!
A Little Competition Encourages a Lot of Weight Loss!

Competitive weight loss is a serious trend in the diet world... and not just on reality TV, but also in the workplace and online. Last year, a survey of over 500 employers found that more than two-thirds of them offered monetary rewards to employees for adopting healthier lifestyles. Many workplaces set up office-wide team competitions. That's good news, considering a recent study of over 3,000 dieters found that team support increased the likelihood of weight loss! Online competitions are also picking up steam -- this couple won $6,000 for losing a combined 120 pounds. Even pets are getting in on the trend -- one UK pet-food manufacturer launched a weigh-in club competition, and the PDSA (also of the UK) crowned its own Pet Fit Club winner! If you need a little extra incentive to shed the pounds, competitions like these might do the trick -- ask someone in the human resources department if your company offers any healthy-habit incentives, or check out an online competition site like Fair warning: Some studies (such as this one) show that winners are likely to gain back the weight once the promise of reward is off the table. Our suggestion? Use your winnings to support your newfound healthy lifestyle: Buy exercise DVDs, a food journal, and/or some cute workout clothes!

The Buzz...

Make room in your grocery cart for two amazing new cereals from our pals at General Mills... Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch! The Peanut Butter Toast Crunch is so good, we could barely stop eating it long enough to write this sentence. And the new Cheerios offering is perfect if you love Honey Nut Cheerios but crave more flavor and more CRUNCH! A 3/4-cup serving of either cereal has 120 calories, 1.5 - 3g fat, and 2g fiber (PointsPlus® value 3*). Mmmmm! ***Good news, America: Fruit as a snack is on the rise! A new report from the NPD Group reveals that fresh fruit is the number one snack consumed in the US, and it's one of the fastest growing in the snack category! We'll raise a Fuji to THAT. ***Speaking of fruit, you can do more than just eat it... You can WEAR it! Okay, take that cantaloupe half off your head, silly -- we're talking about Real Fruit Jewelry, made from preserved and sealed fruit that is both beauteous and durable. These blood-orange earrings look pretty fresh! ***Calling all Lean Cuisine fans: Collect 20 codes from LC packages, and redeem 'em for an adorable free lunch tote! You've got until March 31st, so hit the freezer aisle and start stocking up! ***Weight Watchers news! Better'n Eggs and AllWhites egg products are now endorsed by the double W, each with a PointsPlus® value of 0 per serving. HEADS UP: Just like fresh-from-the-shell egg whites, the PointsPlus® value will increase if you have more than one serving of 3 - 4 tbsp. (Egg whites aren't a zero-value food like fruit.) With that out of the way, bring on the HG egg mugs... YEE-HAAA! And that's all we've got. HG out!

Crunch on This!
Crunch on This!

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today, January 21st, is also New England Clam Chowder Day -- celebrate with a microwavable container of Campbell's 100% Natural 98% Fat Free New England Clam Chowder. (Just don't forget to double the stats if you eat both servings!)

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