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Hungry Girl Today: 07.31.08


Snack bar aisles are exploding with new products, and there are lots of great
finds -- but also some total duds! We chewed and reviewed. Check it out...

Chex Mix Bars

PER SERVING: (1 bar): 130 - 140 calories, 3 - 3.5g fat, 190 - 220mg sodium,
26 - 27g carbs, 2 - 4g fiber, 11 - 13g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 2 -

Flavors: Chocolate Chunk, Turtle

Overview: If you want completely decadent candy bar swaps with totally
reasonable nutritionals, these new Chex Mix Bars will be your new BFFs!

Taste: Ooey, gooey, rich, and sweet -- yet light and crispy. Both flavors are
FANTASTIC. But the sweet 'n salty contrast of the Turtle makes it our
favorite of the two.

Bottom Line: We LOVE these. They're portable, satisfying and crazy-

All-Bran Fiber Bars

PER SERVING (1 bar): 120 - 130 calories, 2.5g fat, 160mg sodium, 30g
carbs, 10g fiber, 9 - 10g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Flavors: Apple Cinnamon Streusel, Strawberry Drizzle

Overview: These bars are All-Bran's answer to the mega-successful Fiber
One Chewy Bars. They come in interesting flavors and have decent stats.

Taste: Unfortunately, these bars are a far cry from their chewy, yummy,
fiber-packed rivals (Fiber One bars). All-Bran's versions taste pretty icky
and, oddly, the pieces all fall apart in your mouth. They actually taste like All-
Bran cereal (and that is NOT a good thing AT ALL, people!).

Bottom Line: Nice try attempting to one-up F1 bars by adding an extra gram
of fiber, All-Bran. That might cause people to sample these bars, but we're
guessing that few will go back for a second box. Save your money, folks.
And All-Bran, we've said this to you before and we know it's harsh, but you
need product development people with better taste buds over there.

Kraft LiveActive Chewy Granola Bars

PER SERVING (1 bar): 140 calories, 3 - 4.5g fat, 95 - 125mg sodium, 25 -
26g carbs, 4g fiber, 7 - 10g sugars, 2 - 3g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Flavors: Blueberry Almond, Chocolate Raspberry, Peanut Butter

Overview: We'll admit we've been a bit hesitant to jump on the digestive
wellness craze that's been hitting the market. But these bars intrigued us by
offering up some unique flavors and AWESOME nutritionals.

Taste: These ROCK! The Blueberry Almond ones are totally delicious and
fruity, the Peanut Butter flavor is as creamy and peanut buttery as you want
it to be, and the Chocolate Raspberry bars will please choco-raspberry fans.
These bars deliver!

Bottom Line: It's crowded out there in Bar-land, but we're happy to make
room on our shelves (and in our stomachs) for these! Yum!!!!

South Beach Living Dark Chocolate Fudge Covered Wafer Sticks

PER SERVING (2 Sticks): 100 calories, 6g fat, 70 - 75mg sodium, 10g carbs,
3g fiber, 1g sugars, 5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Flavors: Hazelnut Crème, Peanut Butter

Overview: These Wafer Sticks are part cookie and part bar. They're crispy,
light and chocolatey, and they have layers of flavored crème inside. Fancy!

Taste: The Hazelnut flavor is just okay, but the Peanut Butter one ROCKS
OUR SOCKS! We're milk chocolate lovers in general, but this combination of
dark chocolate and peanut butter is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Yes!!!

Bottom Line: Although we do love the PB ones, we haven't added them into
regular rotation just yet.

Pssssst... Here's a list of other bars we LOVE:

Dr. Melina Bars
PER SERVING (1 bar): 180 calories, 5 - 6g fat, 65 -180mg sodium, 21 - 23g
carbs, 5g fiber, 10g sugars, 14g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

Gnu Bars
PER SERVING (1 bar): 130 - 150 calories, 3g fat, 30 - 64mg sodium, 30 - 32g
carbs, 12g fiber, 8 - 9g sugars, 3 - 5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Fiber One Chewy Bars
PER SERVING (1 bar): 130 - 150 calories, 2 - 4.5g fat, 90 - 120mg sodium,
28 - 31g carbs, 9g fiber, 9 - 11g sugars, 2 - 3g protein -- POINTS® value 2 -

Clif Kid Organic ZBars
PER SERVING (1 bar): 120 - 140 calories, 2 - 5g fat, 90 - 170mg sodium, 20 -
26g carbs, 3g fiber, 10 - 12g sugars, 3g protein -- POINTS® value 2 - 3*

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Bliss Mini Bars (found at WW meeting
PER SERVING (1 bar): 70 calories, 2g fat, 70mg sodium, 13g carbs, 3g fiber,
6g sugars, 1g protein -- POINTS® value 1

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Seeking Other On-The-Go Snacks? Check out the HG cookbook! We've got
recipes for blueberry scones (only 125 calories each!), a guilt-free version of
Rice Krispies Treats (46 calories per piece!), and fruity oatmeal muffins (110
calories per muffin!). The book's sold online and in stores everywhere. Treat

Today, July 31st, is the very last day of Hot Dog Month! Toss a few Hebrew
National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks on the BBQ or whip up some of our De-
Pudged Pigs in a Blanket! Yay

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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by
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or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the
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