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Healthy Choice Cafe Selections Paninis - Yep -- they're copycat versions of the delicious Lean Cuisine ones. But we don't care -- these are really good, too! So far we've seen 'em in Philly Cheesesteak and Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella, but they're so new there's no info about 'em on the Healthy Choice website yet. Maybe there are more on the way! (BTW, both kinds have the same stats -- 310 calories, 4.5g fat and 6g fiber = 6 Points.)
SoLean Sausage Egg Muffin - These new part pork/part soy b-fast English muffins are all natural and have great stats (235 calories, 5g fat, 5g fiber = 4 Points) -- and they taste great, too! Skip the drive-thru -- nuke one of these babies at home, and then grab it and go! Sold at Whole Foods and other locations.
Quaker Sweet & Salty Crunch Granola Bars - These brand-new snack bars from Quaker come in Oats Nuts & Honey, Honey Roasted Peanut, and Toffee Nut Crunch. They come two to a 3-Point pack (150 calories, 5-6g fat, 2g fiber for each pack). Everyone and their grandmother makes sweet & salty bars that are chewy, but these crunchy ones from Quaker are a nice tasty change.
There's no end in sight to the 100-calorie phenomenon, and we can't say we're upset in the slightest. Our love of cute portion-controlled snacks continues to grow stronger every day. Here's a list of the latest releases we're likely to have massive crushes on soon...
Nabisco Alpha-Bits Mini Cookies and Barnum's Animals Choco Crackers 100 Calorie Packs - Two new cookie offerings from the 100-calorie kings! The Alpha-Bits are alphabet-block-shaped shortbread cookies, and the Choco Crackers are chocolate-flavored animal crackers. Yum!
Hershey's 100 Calorie Bags of Twizzlers - Yep, keep an eye out for mini packs of the famous red licorice. Sounds like the perfect movie snack (the jumbo packs sold at theaters have about 600 calories -- eeek!).
580 Calories for a 6-inch Chicken & Bacon Ranch?!?
Fast Food & Other Restaurant News...
Subway Posts Calorie Counts, Other Restaurants Rebel - In a bold move, Subway has become the first large chain restaurant to list calorie counts on menu boards (in its NYC locations). While many restaurants are refusing to comply with the new menu-labeling law in NYC, Subway is proudly displaying nutritional info front and center. Note: Auntie Anne's, Johnny Rockets and Arby's are on board with the law, and will be posting calorie counts soon. But McDonalds, Burger King and Wendys are refusing to comply, and Dunkin' Donuts is fighting the law as well. BTW, laws similar to this one are in the works for several other cities, so sit tight!
BK Officially Ditches Trans Fats - Burger King has joined Wendy's and Taco Bell in the war against trans fats. All of their menu items will soon be cooked in trans-fat-free oils. That leaves us wondering whether or not McDonald's will ever fulfill their promise to make the switch. Think they will? We don't!
Steak 'n Shake Lighter Choices - As of TODAY, Steak 'n Shake is offering new Lighter Choices menu items at all of their locations, featuring a bunch of made-to-order entree salads. In addition to improved versions of old favorites, there are two new ones -- the Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad and the Classic Grilled Chicken Salad. Their website breaks down all the nutritional info so you can tell exactly how many calories each add-on has (and then everything is tallied for you!). We wish more restaurants would offer detailed info like that...
Mushrooms can help you lose weight?! A 100-gram serving of fresh mushrooms is 50% water and clocks in at a mere 22 calories. That makes it a low-energy-dense food (one that provides a larger portion size with fewer calories). The bottom line? Eat more low-energy-dense foods and you'll feel fuller without taking in a huge amount of calories. We heart mushrooms. Check out this recipe for Portabella Skins. Yum! ***It's time to vote and choose The Next Food Network Star, people! After last night's shocking episode, it's down to Rory & Amy. Now the audience gets to decide who gets their own show. Our money's on Amy!!! Click here to vote (and remember, AMY ROCKS!!!). ***A new study shows that if you consume food in liquid form (be it sugary, fatty or protein-rich), its very likely youll eat more food throughout the day. Calorie intake was directly measured in the study, revealing that people drinking liquid foods consumed more calories later on in the day than their food-chewing counterparts (even though at the time they had reported feeling just as full). So choose apples over apple juice and prunes over prune juice (or, um, nothing pruney at all). Click here to read more about the study. That's all we've got. HG out!
Mushrooms = A Dieter's Best Buddy!
CHEW ON THIS: Yesterday, July 15th, was National Ice Cream Day. No worries -- you can still celebrate today with one of our guilt-free picks!
HG News You Can Use: Try the New Atkins Advantage Peanut Fudge Granola Bar! It's packed with protein (16g) and fiber (7g), and only has 1 gram of sugar. Woohoo! Click for more info.
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