Crustless Quiche with Quinoa, Healthy Oatmeal Cookies, Panera's Clean Summer Menu

May 16 2016

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Kellogg's Special K Crustless Quiche

1 quiche: 130 - 170 calories, 8 - 13g total fat (3.5 - 5g sat. fat), 400 - 550mg sodium, 6 - 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 1 - 2g sugars, 10 - 11g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4 - 6*

Hit the freezer aisle for these single-serving quiches -- microwave ready in just two minutes! Try all three varieties: Portabella, Quinoa, Parmesan, Asiago & Kale; Uncured Ham, Cheese, Quinoa & Peppers; and Sausage, Quinoa, Peppers, Mozzarella & Asiago. The flavor names are a mouthful, but we're totally feeling these low-carb breakfast options...

Skinny Pop Dusted Dark Chocolate Popcorn

3 cups: 130 calories, 8g total fat (1g sat. fat), 170mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

Calling all fans of high-volume snacks! Chocolate and popcorn are both classic and craveable, but you wouldn't expect the combo to be diet friendly. Behold: This is light popcorn dressed with real cocoa, and each cup has just 43 calories. Plus, nothing artificial, and it's non-GMO and dairy-free... Score! Click to locate, or order online.

Marzetti Veggie Drizzle Finishing Sauces

1 tbsp.: 20 - 45 calories, 0 - 4.5g total fat (0 - 0.5g sat. fat), 120 - 140mg sodium, 1 - 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 4g sugars, 0 - 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

Think salad dressing, but for cooked veggies… Great idea! These are just the kinds of condiments that make veggies more appetizing. In Garlic Parmesan, Honey Balsamic, Lemon Basil, and Thai Chili, there's a perfect pairing for your favorite vegetable. We can't wait to try the Garlic Parmesan over some roasted Brussels sprouts!

Breakout Snack Find: Alyssa's Bakery Healthy Oatmeal Bites and Healthy Vegan Bites

2 pieces: 90 calories, 3g total fat (0.6g sat. fat), 10mg sodium, 14g carbs, 10g fiber, 2g sugars, 4g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

HG Lisa discovered these cookie treats during her book tour and promptly fell in love with 'em... They are to die for, and seriously satisfying! The texture is fantastic: We're crazy about the combination of oats, oat bran, flax seeds, and chia seeds. And they're made without any added sugar -- just dried fruit and chicory root fiber for sweetness. So yummy! These are mostly sold in Florida and Texas (click to find), but you can -- and should -- order them online. We don't know exactly who this Alyssa is, but she sure knows her way around a sweet snack...

This Week's 3 Things You Need to Know...

The UK's Royal Society for Public Health Proposes "Activity Equivalents" on Food Labels

Food labels are getting pretty cluttered these days. But could symbols representing the physical activity needed to burn off the product's calories be helpful? We love this idea! What do you think? Would knowing it requires an hour hike to work off the calories in a chocolate bar make you less likely to chew it? Sound off on Facebook!


Panera Bread Debuts 3 New Clean Menu Items

We LOVE Panera's emphasis on clean ingredients and its commitment to get rid of artificial preservatives, colors, etc., by the end of the year. Well, now the chain is rolling out a few new clean picks! Try the Chinese Citrus Cashew with Chicken Salad (360 calories and a SmartPoints® value of 12* before dressing), Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken Salad (420 calories and a SmartPoints® value of 12* before dressing), and Peach & Blueberry Power Smoothie with Almond Milk (180 calories and a SmartPoints® value of 10*). Half sizes are also available for the salads. And we hear a watermelon-feta salad is on the way... Yum!

Study Finds Unexpected Benefits to Cutting Calories

In case dropping pounds isn't enough incentive to get you to reduce your calorie intake, recent research suggests other advantages. After 2 years on a calorie-restricted diet (25 percent fewer calories than the control group), study participants reported better moods, less stress, better sleep... even increased sex drive. WOW. They also averaged a 17-lb. weight loss... Not too shabby!

And that's all we've got... 'Til next time, chew the right thing!

Chew on this:

May is National Barbecue Month. We love saucy meats, but some of them are loaded with sugary calories -- not our 'Cue the Pulled Pork!

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