Protein-Packed Pasta, Healthy Changes from Major Food Companies, FDA to Ban Trans Fats

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Nestlé Outshine Simply Yogurt BarsNestlé Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars - Put these on your summer must-have list... Just fruit and yogurt, y'all! No artificial colors or flavors, no high-fructose corn syrup, no funny business. That definitely helps these frozen treats outshine the competition... Each bar has 80 - 90 calories, 2g fat, 30 - 35mg sodium, 11 - 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 10 - 12g sugars, and 5g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Available nationwide at Target, Walmart, Ralphs, Safeway, and Stop & Shop.

Barilla ProteinPLUS Multigrain Pasta - Not only are these noodles crammed with protein, they're also high in fiber and have 20 fewer calories per serving than the brand's old PLUS line... Score! Each 2-oz. serving of the uncooked pasta has 190 calories, 2g fat, 25mg sodium, 38g carbs, 4g fiber, 2g sugars, and 10g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Find it at Walmart and Target locations nationwide, as well as at select regional grocers.

Blue Diamond Almonds in Sea Salt Dark Chocolate or Salted Caramel - Are your almonds a little lackluster? Step up your nut game with these decadent new flavors. An ounce (about 24 - 28 almonds) has 160 calories, 13 - 14g fat, 35 - 60mg sodium, 7 - 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 3 - 4g sugars, and 5 - 6g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). We strongly suggest portioning these out so that you don't go overboard. Have 16 or 17 for about 100 calories! Find them at grocery stores like Albertsons, Stop & Shop, and Pathmark, or at Walmart and Target locations nationwide. You can also snag these chocolate and caramel almonds online.

Big Brands Continue to Clean Up Their Food: Taco Bell, Walmart & More

More Food Companies Making Healthy Changes

Major chain restaurants and retailers are rolling in fast and furious with consumer-demanded updates to their products. Artificial additives are dropping like flies, and a lot more attention is being paid to the source of ingredients. The latest changes...

Taco Bell has vowed to remove all artificial flavors and colors by the end of the year. Plus, T. Bell plans to nix added trans fats and upgrade its palm oil to a more sustainable version. Even more additives should be gone by the end of 2017. Word is that these changes will affect 95 percent of the menu items. WOW. P.S. Check out the recently launched nutrition calculator -- it allows you to customize your order, and see the changing stats!

Pizza Hut announced a similar plan -- artificial flavors and colors will be gone by the end of July. Also on the way is an interactive nutrition calculator and allergen tool. And Pizza Hut will continue to reduce the sodium content of its pizzas and offer those great Skinny Slices. Nice!

Target recently made headlines when it announced it would no longer showcase packaged foods, instead focusing on fresher fare like Greek yogurt and veggies. This doesn't mean they'll stop selling the packaged stuff, but it does mean the more natural items will be featured front and center, making consumers more likely to purchase them.

Lastly, Walmart has unveiled new criteria for animal welfare standards when it comes to products sold at its stores. The retailer lists the globally recognized "Five Freedoms" the animals should be granted, including freedom from discomfort and freedom from fear and distress. Love that...

Keep these changes comin', food peeps!

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