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Gardenburger Introduces Veggie Steaks!
Hold on...before you get all freaked out...these aren't fake "steaks" that taste like meat or anything remotely like that; these brand-new offerings from Gardenburger are really just ginormous fancy veggie burgers. Part of the new Gardenburger Gourmet line, these plumped up patties come in three varieties. There's Tuscany (with gorgonzola cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes), Hula (with pineapple, coconut and sweet onions) and Baja (with fire-roasted chilies, pepper jack cheese and cilantro). These are basically oversized veggie burgers posing as entrees (but we mean that in the best way possible). Pssst...we had a sneak taste of all three of these and they're fantastic! Look for them in freezer aisles later this spring. And, in case you were wondering (like there's a chance you weren't?!), they have between 180 and 250 calories each. Oh, another GB tidbit -- if you jazz up any of your Gardenburgers and snap pix of them, you could win yourself an official Gardenburger T-shirt AND free food! Click here for details. Pssst...the contest changes monthly.
Frozen Food: Steamier Than Ever...
Hot on the heels of all those steam-in-the-bag frozen veggies that everyone has been going nuts over, Healthy Choice will roll out a line of 12 microwavable entrees that steam right in their special containers. "Cafe Steamers" will be available this summer -- and we can't wait to sample 'em. Birds Eye, the company that made microwave steaming cool with their Steamfresh line, started the trend last year, and their insanely popular line has grown from 9 to 17 veggie varieties. By the way, frozen foods and veggies that steam in the microwave may appear healthier than ones you boil, but the jury is still out on whether there's any truth to that. Still, they're REALLY fun (have you SEEN the way those Steamfresh bags puff up?!).
Healthy Choice Gets Steamy!
More Squeeze, Please!
Spotted On Shelves...
Tropicana Fruit Squeeze - Ooooh, juicy water! Yeah, we're tired of flavored waters, but these are infused with Tropicana fruit juice, are super-refreshing, and have just 20 calories per 8-oz. serving (there's a 35-calorie bottle and a larger 50-calorie one). Not bad! HG's flavor picks are Tropical Tangerine and Pink Grapefruit. The Summer Lemon's good, too.
Amy's Toaster Pops, Cheese Pizza - These aren't really new, but we wanted to remind you that they exist. We think these are just about the most delicious and indulgent 150 calories and 5g fat a pizza lover can chew. You MUST locate these. That's an order!
Kozy Shack No Sugar Added Pudding Treats - Yee-haa! We love the Kozy Shack peeps. They've outdone themselves with this ultra-clever spin on plain old pudding. For 70 calories try Apple Pie a la Mode (vanilla pudding/apples/cinnamon sauce), Cherries Jubilee (vanilla pudding/cherries), or Black Forest (chocolate pudding/cherries). Watch your back, Jell-O.
Dannon All Natural Yogurt - Just wanted to flag this stuff because it's the only national, kosher-for-Passover yogurt on supermarket shelves (the others out there aren't national brands). Who knew?! Heads up though, the newer All Natural blended-style yogurts (with the "No Artificial Anything" tagline) are NOT kosher for Passover. And BTW -- those original All Natural flavored ones have 150 calories and 2.5g fat per 6-oz. serving, and the plain (which has a bit more fat) is available in low-fat and nonfat versions.
Grapefruits are still going strong. They were all the rage in the 70s (being touted as a "magic" food), and studies have found that people who drank 3 servings of grapefruit juice per day for 12 weeks lost an average of 3.3 lbs. each. Grapefruits also promote healthy aging. Just a friendly HG reminder why g-fruits ROCK. ***Once thought of as "boy food", jerky is now being targeted at women. Jack Link's has some new sweeter and softer meat snacks that (they're hoping) will appeal to women. We heart jerky and can't wait to try these new varieties, which include Maple & Brown Sugar Ham Jerky (1 oz. = 80 calories, 0.5g fat) and Maple & Brown Sugar Pork Tender Cuts (1 oz. = 80 calories, 1.5g fat). ***If seeing a Starbucks store on every block isn't enough for you, keep an eye out for Starbucks-branded vending machines featuring their hot beverages, starting this summer. ***Heads up! If you're wondering why we haven't featured the PB2 powdered peanut butter recipes we promised a while back, it's because dozens of people are having major issues having their orders filled. It seems our write-up caused the company to take on way more than it could possibly handle. HG is doing everything in its power to help fix the issue. In the meantime, please sit tight! That's all we've got. HG out!