New Finds, Dietary Report Card, HG Book Signing & MORE!

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Tasty Takeout Swap!
Tasty Takeout Swap!
Spotted on Shelves...

Gardein Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips - We're not vegetarians, but we love ANY great-tasting food that's easy to prepare and has reasonable stats. Gardein is fast becoming one of our favorite meat-swap companies, and this zesty product is a perfect example of why! A third of the package (including 1 tbsp. sauce) has 205 calories, 7g fat, 365mg sodium, 22g carbs, 1g fiber, 4g sugars, and 11g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Find it at Whole Foods and select retailers.

South Beach Diet Snack Bars - If you need something sweet to sink your teeth into, South Beach has some new grab-n-go options. In four decadent flavors (we can't stop thinking about the Whipped Peanut Butter), each bar has 100 calories, 3.5 - 4g fat, 85 - 130mg sodium, 14 - 15g carbs, 6g fiber, 5 - 7g sugars, and 6g protein (PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*). In stores nationwide!

Garden Lites Pumpkin Spice Soufflé - It's pumpkin season, and the flavor du jour has reached these frozen veggie-packed treats. Each limited-edition 7-oz. soufflé has 190 calories, 2.5g fat, 230mg sodium, 34g carbs, 4g fiber, 20g sugars, and 11g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). It's a little sweet, a lot satisfying, and easy to heat up on a chilly day. Click to find!

Report Card of the American Diet Shows We're Barely Passing (Plus Tips to Turn Things Around)!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (a.k.a. the notorious CSPI) has graded the American public on dietary trends from 1970 to 2010, and we're not exactly excelling. Here are some highlights (lowlights?), and ideas for improvement!

Dairy: C-. Cheese is yummy, but we're eating WAY too much of it -- the average person eats 23 pounds a year! Cut back, and keep it light. Click for picks that'll get you on the dean's list.... assuming the dean enjoys a good wedge of The Laughing Cow.

Meat, Poultry & Seafood: B. The good news is that red-meat consumption is down and chicken chewin' is up. But we're STILL not eating a whole lot of fish. Worry not... Here's a trio of fish dishes to entice you!

Sweeteners: D+. Consumption of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup remains through the roof, a big chunk of which comes from soda and sugary drinks. If you need some sugar-free alternatives but aren't into artificial sweeteners, check out all the stevia-sweetened options on shelves.

Grains: C. You know what's really startling here? How little we're eating heart-healthy oats! If you find a single serving of standard oats unsatisfying (we get it!), our Growing Oatmeal Bowls will change your mind... and your grade.

Overall, we're consuming about 20 percent more calories per day than we did in 1970... an average of 2,535 calories. Click here for a guide to all things calorie related, and click here to download the CSPI's full report.

Honor Roll? Not Exactly...
Honor Roll? Not Exactly...
HG Is Coming to Albany, NY!
HG Is Coming to Albany, NY!
The Buzz…

ATTENTION, ALBANY, NY! A week from Friday (10/18), there'll be a Hungry Girl book signing in your 'hood (on the University at Albany SUNY campus)! Lisa will be answering Qs, giving out prizes and, of course, signing books. Woohoo! Click for the full scoop... ***Excuse us while we take a lap around the office, raising the roof... The newest flavor of Extra Dessert Delights Sugarfree Gum is Raspberry Vanilla Cupcake. Only 5 calories, and it tastes like a cupcake, people! ***In further amazing news, McDonald's will soon be offering side salads, fruit, and vegetables as value-meal sides (instead of just fries). FINALLY! This change comes along with several other health-oriented developments made in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Thanks, Mickey D's! ***If you're looking to meet a special someone who shares your foodie interests, now's a great time to scope out the newly redesigned! BTW, "CookingCaveman" is an HG pal, and one we'd totally set up with a friend. (Any takers?) ***Sure, you like to have a glass of wine now and then, but are you pouring more than a single serving (and taking in the extra calories that come with it)? A new study has found that there are ways to outsmart the over-pouring habit. The research suggests using narrower glasses and not holding the glass in your hand while you pour. Cheers! ***What can you expect to see on menus in the coming year? At this year's Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference, several HG favorites were revealed as on-trend ingredients. YAY! Look for cruciferous veggies (like Brussels sprouts, kale, and broccoli), protein superfoods (like Greek yogurt and quinoa), and sriracha hot chili sauce. And that's all we've got. HG out!

A guilt-free steak swap, peanut-butter snack bars, healthier fast food, and more?! Sounds like a good day to click "Send to a Friend!"


Get happy for National Frappe Day, which is today, October 7th. Caramel Apple Frappe, we're coming for you!

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