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Diet Pepsi MAX - Looking for an extra ZAP of caffeine in your diet soda? Check out Diet Pepsi MAX. It's got extra caffeine (almost TWICE as much as regular Diet Pepsi) and a hint of ginseng to help keep you energized (but still no calories, because it is diet soda -- duh).
Popchips - Yeah, the aisles are overflowing with healthier chips, but these are actually "popped" (not baked or fried), all natural, and made from ingredients like wholesome potatoes, organic white corn and whole-grain brown rice. They come in a slew of awesome flavors and are worth checking out (we've tried them all and they ROCK!!!). FYI, an ounce of each (about 20 chips) has 120 calories, 4 - 5g fat, and 2 - 3 Points!
Old Orchard Healthy Balance Pomegranate - If you love pomegranate juice but hate all the sugar, check out the first-ever reduced-sugar version of the stuff. Sweetened with Splenda, it's part of the company's popular Healthy Balance line of juice cocktails, and it has 75 percent less sugar (and 75% fewer carbs and calories) than most other pom juice products. Each 8-oz. serving has just 29 calories, which means you could guzzle 16 ounces of the stuff for just 1 Point!!!
Cool Stuff Worth Mentioning...
Bruster's Real Ice Cream's Million-Dollar Cone - Bruster's Real Ice Cream (which has over 260 stores throughout 18 states) has designed a million-dollar version of its signature waffle cone. It's made of nearly 20 ounces of 18k white and yellow gold, 548 round diamonds, 87 square emerald cut diamonds, and one GINORMOUS 5.63 carat Fancy Intense Yellow radiant cut diamond. (Pssst -- diamonds are fat-free.) This crazy thing is valued at a million bucks and is for sale. If and when some very rich human purchases it, the proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Nice!
Crave This? Eat That! - Ever crave something so much it hurts? Well, HG typically has some sort of satisfying swap for you, but here's a website that offers up a different approach -- over a dozen cravings are listed with the nutrients your body may actually be asking for, as well as healthy food alternatives that contain the nutrients. For example, if you're aching for oily snacks, you really need calcium and should munch on kale or broccoli. Sounds fishy if you ask us. (Fish, BTW, contains phosphorus, which supposedly kicks a craving for sweets.) Click here to check it out.
Bush's Beans Wants YOU! - Think it would be cool to be part of a panel of recipe-tasters and veggie-tip-sharers? 50 families across the U.S. will be chosen to take part in this cool program, which hopes to find clever and creative ways for kids to eat veggies. Interested in applying? Click here.
Finally, a Zero-Calorie Ice Cream Cone!
A New(ish) Release from WW!
She Loses, He Loses: The Truth About Men, Women, and Weight Loss - Plain and simple, this new book from WW helps men and women lose weight together -- and keep it off. It includes gender-specific motivators and strategies, as well as reasons why men lose weight faster than women (yes, it's sad but true).
Homemade in a Hurry: More Than 300 Shortcut Recipes For Delicious Home-Cooked Meals- The supermarket can be your prep kitchen. Did you know you could replace oil with pureed canned fruit or veggies to save calories and fat in salad dressing? This book is not only pretty, it's also packed with great ideas!
The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies For Hiding Healthy Foods In Kids' Favorite Meals - This book'll help you secretly get good-for-you items into your kids' diets. Ooooh -- tricky! Now if the author could only find a way to sneak unwanted calories OUT of those fun kid foods, we'd REALLY be interested.
A recent study, conducted by the Salk Institute and Mars, Inc., suggests that chocolate may improve memory. It found that a group of mice that were fed flavonols (which are present in some chocolate products) and exercised showed better memory capacity than the other mice. Does this mean that chowing down on candy bars and running on the treadmill could help "jog" (get it?!) your memory? Perhaps. But all we can think about now is those mice pigging out on chocolate while running on little treadmills. Click here to read more about it. ***Speaking of working out, there's new evidence that suggests working out for long periods of time (more than 30 minutes) may actually boost good cholesterol levels. The research review, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, says at least two hours per week of aerobic exercise (like walking, biking or swimming), preferably in sessions lasting for more than half an hour, may boost your HDL (the good stuff). ***Lots of people have been buzzing about stevia (an herb currently sold for use as a natural, calorie-free sweetener). Well, you may be hearing a lot more about it soon, because Coca-Cola has filed 24 patent applications that would give them the exclusive rights to develop and sell a specific form of the stuff in beverages. Veeeerry interesting... BTW, the tentative name for this stevia product is rebiana. More soon -- for now, that's all we've got. HG out!
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CHEW ON THIS: Today, June 11th, is National German Chocolate Cake Day. Instead of eating it, why not just scrub yourself with it? Yum!
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