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Hungry Girl Today: 07.17.06


Turn Coins Into Coffee!

Have you been staring at that sad jar of pennies, dimes, quarters and nickels
for far too long? Maybe it's time to grab that thing and turn it into something
you can actually use. Head on over to your nearest Coinstar location, dump
those suckers into the machine and walk away with some loot! Now the
fantastic Coinstar folks are offering you a special deal. You can exchange
your change for cool stuff -- free of charge. Turn it into cash and you need to
pay a small percentage. But turn it into Starbucks, iTunes or Amazon gift
cards and there's no fee at all! Just think about how many Frappuccinos all
that loose change will get ya...

FDA Urging Restaurants to Serve Up Nutritional Info

Acknowledging that there's a real need for more nutritional info, the FDA is
asking restaurants to make their nutritionals available to customers -- and
not just on the web -- they want detailed info about calories, fat, etc.
displayed or made available at actual restaurant locations. Great, right? Well,
there's a catch. It seems the FDA doesn't actually have the legal authority to
require restaurants to do this, and is not looking to obtain that authority in
the near future. They're merely hoping restaurants will comply out of moral
obligation. So, let's get this straight. The FDA (which actually DOES HAVE
authority over packaged foods) can't get companies to label foods
accurately, and now they're expecting restaurants to post nutritional info
when they're not even required to, just because the FDA is asking nicely?
Um, are we the only ones who think there's no chance of this actually

Cool, New Stuff...

Kashi All Natural Entrees - It's about time our friends at Kashi got into the
business of frozen meals, isn't it? Made with their signature whole grain, all
natural goodness, the new entrees feature lean chicken, succulent shrimp,
large-cut crisp veggies & more. We'll be sampling all six varieties soon and
reporting back. In the meantime, here's a list of 'em; Black Bean Mango,
Lime Cilantro Shrimp, Chicken Pasta Pomodoro, Sweet & Sour Chicken,
Southwest Style Chicken, and Lemon Rosemary Chicken.

Wonder Bar - Made of Swiss chocolate, soy powder, flax seed and more PMS-
busting ingredients, this bar is supposed to help balance hormones. PMS-
fighting chocolate? Sign us up! (HG Tip: Use sparingly.)

Blizzard's Bones, Breath Mints For People - Wanna make sure your breath is
fresh when you snuggle up to your pet? Pop one of these bone-shaped sugar-
free mints in your mouth before smooching Fido. They even come in
collectible tins.

Crispy Green Grab 'n Go 6-Packs - We heart these delicious, freeze-dried
fruit snacks. And each pouch contains 40 calories or less. Weeeee!

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The Buzz...

Beer is healthy?! A professor and food scientist at UC Davis claims that beer
(which contains B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants) is actually healthier than
wine. Think this is true? Let's debate it over a cold one (light, of course).
***A new study says that 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer,
and 71% have up to two flavors in their freezer at any given time. This same
study suggests that women are twice as likely as men to crave the stuff
when they're stressed. No surprise there. ***Wanna win a year's supply of
Breyer's Double Churned Ice Cream? Click here for details. ***Speaking of
free frozen goodies, Cold Stone Creamery is running a "Shake It Up" contest
where finalists will get to fly to NY to compete for $15,000 and free shakes
and smoothies for life. Luckily it's a dance contest, so entrants can dance off
all those crazy calories! Love to boogie? Click here for all the details. That's
all we've got. HG out!


Today, July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day. Freeze a container of
peach flavored Yoplait Light and whoop it up

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