TOP ATE Products of 2012!

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Before we say goodbye to 2012 once and for all, let's take a look at some of the best new products we discovered over the past 365 days. Happy New Year!

  1. Vitalicious VitaPizzas

1 VitaPizza: 190 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 460 - 490mg sodium, 38g carbs, 19g fiber, 4g sugars, 15 - 16g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

This was one of the MOST exciting product launches of the year... You get to enjoy your very own portion-controlled pizza for less than 200 calories! Choose from Cheese & Tomato (AHHH!) and Meatless Pepperoni Supreme (YUM!!!). Like our beloved VitaTops, these come frozen, so they're a perfect freezer staple. And in addition to being low in calories, these pies are packed with vitamins and minerals, are low in fat, and boast a whopping NINETEEN grams of fiber each. Go, Vita! Click to locate or buy online.

  2. Boar's Head Chipotle Chicken Breast

2 oz.: 60 calories, 1g fat, 420mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

NEWSFLASH! If you skip the supermarket deli counter and head right to the prepackaged meats, you're missing out, BIGTIME. Exhibit A: this zesty seasoned chicken!!! Boar's Head reliably makes some of the best sliced meats around, and this is a recent favorite. So delicious and truly unique... Basic turkey slices are jealous. Pick some up, and devour it. It'll likely become a staple in your lives, as it has in ours!

  3. Bai5

8 fl. oz.: 5 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 1g net carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

This is more than just another low-calorie fruit beverage -- it's all-natural, low glycemic, AND amazingly delicious. Plus, the flavors are fun and exotic. Brasilia Blueberry? Malawi Mango? Congo Pear? We love them ALL, and you will too. Find some in stores or just order it online. DEFINITELY one of the best new products of the year...

  4. The Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese Spread

1 wedge: 45 calories, 4g fat, 110 - 150mg sodium, <1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

Another crazy-amazing new product from a food company we love! We still adore the Light Creamy Swiss wedges, of course, but we also enjoy having as many options as possible. These wonderfully rich cheese wedges come in Classic Cream, Garden Vegetable, Cinnamon Cream, and Strawberries & Cream... And they're ALL good. Want some fun breakfast ideas, courtesy of yours truly? Click here, and check out the first three recipes!

  5. StarKist Tuna Creations Single Serve Pouches

1 pouch: 80 - 110 calories, 0.5 - 4g fat, 290 - 380mg sodium, 0 - 4g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 0 - 3.5g sugars, 16 - 19g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*

"HG, these seasoned tuna packets have been around FOREVER." Look again -- this year brought the updated single-serving packets! This makes WAY more sense, if you ask us -- who wants to share their pouch of tuna? The flavors are Herb & Garlic, Sweet & Spicy (our FAVORITE!), Zesty Lemon Pepper, and Hickory Smoked. Perfect whenever you need a protein boost!  

  6. Miko Brand Vegetarian Instant Miso Soup

1 packet: 25 calories, 1g fat, 380mg sodium, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

We couldn't even try to guess how many of these tiny containers we've gone through this year at the HG HQ, but the number would be very high. Not only is this soup mega-delicious, it also takes mere seconds to prepare. Dissolve the square of soup mix into hot water, and POOF! You've got soup. If you love miso and quick food options, we suggest ordering a case STAT.

  7. Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Refrigerated Seasoned Steak Strips

3 oz.: 140 calories, 6g fat, 500mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 18g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

It's no secret that we love quick fixes for smart meals, and this beefy pick from the Grilled & Ready line is incredible. It tastes fantastic, and it is SO versatile. Use it to make a cheesesteak swap (on a light bun with reduced-fat cheese), whip up easy fajitas, or just add the strips to a salad. Way to keep it simple and sensational, Tyson!

  8. Rickland Orchards All Natural Greek Yogurt Bars

1 bar: 150 - 170 calories, 4 - 10g fat, 40 - 130mg sodium, 17 - 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 8 - 12g sugars, 7 - 10g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4 - 5*

Let's wrap up this list with one of our favorite new snack bars! These chewy granola bars are really special -- they're dipped in and drizzled with sweet vanilla or chocolate Greek yogurt. (Don't worry; it's not messy -- think yogurt-covered raisins!) Factor in the yummy fruit that the bars are loaded with... Are you getting the picture? These rule! Click to find, or buy online.


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Today, December 28th, is National Chocolate Candy Day. We're NUTS about Unreal Candy Un 8 Bars... especially the 100-calorie versions!

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