Kellogg Introduces Nearly Two Dozen Products in Early 2012

Are you a fan of Kellogg’s products? Well it looks like they are coming out with new products to satisfy their customers..


  • Kellogg introduces nearly 2 dozen new products in the U.S. and expects 15% of 2012 global sales to come from products introduced in previous 3 years.
  • New snacks from Special K include Cheddar and Southwest Ranch cracker chips and granola bars with fiber and protein.
  • Eggo introduces Simply Eggo waffles made without artificial color, flavoring or preservatives and hand-held on-the-go Eggo Wafflers.
  • Kellogg’s launches new cinnamon-inspired flavors of Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites® and Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® plus caramel nut Crunchy Nut.

In the frozen food aisle, Kellogg is introducing several new products, including Simply Eggo waffles made with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. For families seeking an on-the-go breakfast with no syrup required, Eggo is introducing hand-held Eggo Wafflers. In addition, as more and more consumers cut back on meat consumption, MorningStar Farms® introduces veggie Meal Starters™ meatballs, a convenient new option for recipes that call for traditional meatballs.

Kellogg Company’s portfolio features new additions to the Special K lineup, including new Cheddar and Southwest Ranch varieties of the extremely popular Special K Cracker Chips. New Special K Granola bars provide consumers with a satisfying snack choice that includes 4 grams each of fiber and protein. Cookie lovers will enjoy new options from Keebler®, including new Jumbo Fudge Sticks Mint cookies and Fudge Stripe Dark Chocolate cookies.


  • Krave cereal

Krave cereal is a crispy, multi-grain shell outside with smooth real chocolate inside. Available in two flavors – Chocolate and Double Chocolate – Krave is based on a cereal that is already a hit in Europe.

  •  Crunchy Nut Caramel Nut cereal

The newest variety of Crunchy Nut features golden corn flakes drizzled with caramel and topped with real peanuts in every bite. It’s a delicious combination of sweetness, nuttiness and crunch.

  • Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites Cinnamon Roll cereal

These eight-layer shredded wheat biscuits are half the size of regular Frosted Mini-Wheats, with a light layer of frosting on one side and a delicious cinnamon sugar blend. Each serving is an excellent source of fiber and is made with 100-percent whole grain.

  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond cereal

With two scoops of naturally sweet raisins and toasted bran flakes sprinkled with cinnamon and crunchy almond slices, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond is a satisfying new option that is low in fat and an excellent source of fiber.

What do you think about these new products?


Hungry For Change

Everyone please go to this website and make time to watch this free online premiere.. you have until march 31st! It’s worth watching, believe me. —

Along with typing in your e-mail address, you will be e-mailed a 10 step action plan to help get you back on the right track!

10-Step action plan

  1. Add freshly squeezed vegetable juices into your day!
  2. Detox your body with green vegetables & gelatinous plant foods
  3. Add parsley & cilantro into your diet
  4. Add cultured foods into your diet
  5. Eat yourself beautiful — from the inside out!
  6. Dissolve stress in your daily life
  7. Use the power of visualization — imagine yourself in the body of how you would like to look
  8. Transform your life with love — love yourself first!
  9. Add healthy fats in your diet
  10. Avoid aspartame (E951), MSG (E621), high fructose corn syrup, heavily processed diets and fat free products


This is worth every minute of your time, and will hopefully motivate you to make some life changing decisions!

Top Five Heart Healthy Snacks!

At the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting this past weekend, researchers presented results of separate studies that evaluated the effects of raisins and soy on blood pressure. The studies found that both foods lowered blood pressure when consumed regularly. compiled a list of the top five snacks that offer heart-healthy benefits.

  • Raisins: In their study, Dr. Harold Bays and his colleagues randomly assigned 46 men and women who had borderline high blood pressure to consume either about 60 raisins or a pre-packaged snack three times a day. The raisin group showed a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure. Bays believes it is the potassium in raisins.
  • Soy Products: Soy products are protein-rich dietary staples found to have positive cardiovascular effects, including lowering blood pressure.
  • Walnuts: With walnuts, you are getting alpha-linoleic acid, which converts to an omega-3 fatty acid, which can help prevent cardiovascular disease. A recent study found that walnuts also have about twice the amount of antioxidants as other nuts.
  • Avocados: Avocados are a super-fruit that has lots of monounsaturated fat. Avocados also have a lot of vitamins, fiber and potassium. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, avocados have 60 percent more potassium than bananas.
  • High Fiber Foods: Fiber helps cleanse the digestive tract of potentially dangerous fats and also helps lower cholesterol, which can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Dietary guidelines say women should consume 25 grams of fiber per day and men should consume 38 grams.




Campaign for New Pepsi NEXT Invites Consumers to ‘Drink it to Believe it’

“Starting March 26, cola lovers everywhere will be invited to get a first taste of new Pepsi NEXT, a game-changer in the cola category and the first to deliver real cola taste with 60% less sugar than Pepsi-Cola. Research has shown that there is a segment of consumers who are resistant to both regular, full-sugar cola and diet cola offerings. These consumers love the taste of Pepsi but they don’t believe you can achieve full-flavor taste with a diet cola. The launch of Pepsi NEXT is intended to fulfill this unmet need in the category. Pepsi NEXT is crafted from the right mix of cola flavor and a blend of sweeteners to closely mimic the taste curve of a regular cola.”

What do you think about the new Pepsi NEXT product? Will you be a consumer of this product? Even though there is 60% less sugar than Pepsi-Cola, does that make it healthier?


8 Different Ways To Boost That Metabolism!

1. Eat Breakfast — Skipping breakfast encourages weight gain and slows down your metabolism. Start your day with lean protein and fiber to fill you up!

2. Add fiber — Fill up on high-fiber carbs, such as brown rice and wheat bran, which leave you feeling full for longer periods of time. The average American only gets about 10 grams daily, but you should be aiming for a minimum of 30 grams.

3. Eat small snacks — Eating a small, healthful snack between meals will help keep your blood sugar stable and your metabolism going strong. Choose snacks that are 200 calories or fewer, and combine fiber and protein for satisfaction and blood sugar control. Some great snack options are an apple and nuts or whole-wheat crackers with low-fat cheese.

4. Don’t eat meat for a day — People who consume the most meat eat more calories daily and have a greater likelihood of being obese than those who limit the amount of meat they consume. Try sticking to other protein sources as often as possible, such as whole soybeans, hummus, Greek yogurt and fish.

5. Weight Lift — It  increases muscle fiber size, which results in a boost of metabolism. This allows you to eat more without gaining weight, because your body will burn calories at a faster rate.

6. Stay hydrated — Before you reach for a snack, first drink 8 to 16 ounces of water to see if the symptoms of hunger go away. Water also helps rid the body of toxins and chemicals that may be slowing down your overall metabolism. Aim to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

7. Lean meals at night — Dinner should be the leanest meal of the day: high in protein and vegetables, lower in high-calorie carbs. The majority of your calories should be eaten at breakfast, allowing more time for your body to burn off the calories consumed.

8. Be conscious of alcohol consumed — Calories can add up, and moderation is key. Great options are red or white wine, and spirits on the rocks or mixed with club soda.


Israel Bans Underweight Models In Advertisements

“The law was set by one of Israel’s top model agents, Adi Barkan, who said in 30 years of work, he saw young women become skinnier and sicker while struggling to fit the shrinking mold of what the industry considered attractive.

A new Israeli law is trying to fight the spread of eating disorders by banning underweight models from local advertising and requiring publications to say when they use altered images to make women and men appear thinner. This law appears to be the first attempt by any government to use legislation to take on a fashion industry accused of helping with eating disorders by idealizing extreme thinness.

In Israel, about 2 percent of all girls between 14 and 18 have severe eating disorders, which is a statistic similar to other developed countries, said anthropologist Sigal Gooldin who studies eating disorders. The new law requires models to produce a medical report, dating back no more than three months, at every shoot that will be used on the Israeli market, stating that they are not malnourished by World Health Organization standards. According to that standard, a woman 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 meters) tall should weigh no less than 119 pounds (54 kilograms).”

I believe this is a good model to follow in Israel’s footsteps all over the world. Models are becoming extremely thin and most models, not all, are becoming this thin in an unhealthy way. What are your thoughts, comments?


Who’s Conusming The Most Sugar?

An interesting article I came across.. pretty much backwards of other statistics I have read! Take a look.

A United States study, a report in the National Center for Health Statistics, shows that older children consume more sugar than younger ones do, boys consume more than girls, and white children consume more than black or Mexican-American children. For this study, published on Feb. 29, researchers interviewed subjects about their food consumption over the previous 24 hours. The scientists measured all added sugars — spooned on at the table or used as ingredients in processed and prepared foods like bread, jam, candy and ice cream. Added sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, honey, molasses and others, but not sugars in fruit or pure fruit juice.

Non-Hispanic whites consumed the largest percentage of calories from sugar and Mexican-Americans the smallest. Family income made no difference in sugar consumption. Young people got 60 percent of their sugar calories from foods, and only 40 percent from soft drinks. And whether it was from food or drink, they got most of their sugar at home, not at school or elsewhere.

Cynthia L. Ogden, the senior author and an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that added sugars account for 27 percent of the calories in a chocolate chip cookie, 17 percent in a blueberry muffin, 42 percent in sugar-sweetened cereal and 91 percent in a can of cola. The C.D.C. recommends that no more than 5 to 15 percent of calories come from solid fats and added sugars.


Get Your Plate In Shape!

If you may not have known, March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association). National Nutrition Month began as National Nutrition Week in 1973. It became National Nutrition Month in 1980. Each year, the month is given a different theme. For 2012, to go along with the release of MyPlate, the theme for National Nutrition Month is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”

These tips can help you “Get Your Plate in Shape.”

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. At each meal and snack, make sure that you are getting at least one serving of fruit and/or vegetables. You should be enjoying a variety of fruits and vegetables of all colors.

• Make at least half of your grain choices whole-grains. Read the ingredient list to make sure that the first ingredient is whole grain.

• Switch your milk to fat-free or low fat. By switching your milk, you’ll be getting fewer calories and less fat but the amount of calcium and other essential nutrients remains the same.

• Vary your protein foods. Protein doesn’t just mean meat. There are a variety of foods that contain protein including meat, nuts, beans, seafood, poultry and eggs. Eat a variety of these options. Keep your choices lean and watch the servings. Twice a week, make your protein choice a seafood option.

• Eat less, while still enjoying your food. Watch your portion sizes by measuring out your servings or by using a smaller plate. Keeping a food journal and writing down everything that you eat is another good way to watch your portion sizes.

• Get in shape and stay in shape by being physically active. Find activities that you like and stick with them. Children need 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Adults need 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.


Non-Dairy Ways To Get Calcium!

There’s a range of non-dairy foods that offer 1,000-1,300 mg of calcium which the USDA recommends to get daily. However, eating plant based foods can bind calcium and prevent a person from absorbing it. Here are a few examples of non-dairy foods that offer calcium…

Green Vegetables:: Dark green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, and mustard greens have a fair amount of calcium. One cup of cooked spinach, for instance, has 245 mg., nearly a quarter of your daily recommendation. But be careful because spinach is the one of the “top” vegetables whose compounds can prevent calcium absorption.

Seeds:: Tiny sesame seeds are packed with calcium. Just 1 tablespoon will give you 88 mg., and in a whole cup, you’ll get more than a day’s worth—1,404 mg. Since most people don’t eat sesame seeds by the cup, you can also try tahini, a Mediterranean sesame paste, which goes well with bread and salad. Otherwise, sprinkling a spoonful of sesame seeds onto a salad or stir-fry everyday can give you a nice calcium boost. Flax seeds are also good—a cup will give you 428 mg.

Nuts:: Nuts are an excellent source of calcium. One cup of Brazil nuts has 213 mg., and 1 cup of whole almonds has 378 mg., more than a cup of milk, which has 299 mg. Snacking on these throughout the day or eating almond butter (instead of peanut butter) in a sandwich at lunch can give you at least a quarter of your recommended daily calcium intake.

Herbs:: Dried herbs are not only packed with flavor—they’re surprisingly calcium dense, too. One tablespoon of ground thyme has 81 mg., and the same measurement of ground oregano has 86 mg., while ground basil has 101 mg. Although you won’t be eating these by the bucketful, sprinkling them on salads, cooked vegetables, or other dishes will certainly help you get to your 1,000 mg. target.

Soy:: Soy is the go-to protein source for many vegetarians and vegans, but it also contains lots of calcium. Just 1 ounce of tofu (which usually comes in 12.5-oz. packages) has 105 mg. And depending on which brand you buy, soymilk usually has between 200 and 500 mg. of calcium per cup. Like spinach, soy contains a compound that inhibits calcium absorption, but manufacturers typically use additives to give their products a calcium boost.

Supplements:: If you’re having trouble reaching your target goal of the recommended 1,000-1,300 mg of calcium each day, it’s important to reach for a supplement to prevent a deficiency. Food manufacturers are also making it easier to add calcium to certain products to maximize absorption.

Written By: Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

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Switch Your Daily Routines To These To Start Changing Your Life!

Looking for ways to challenge yourself by making simple changes to your everyday routine? Well, here’s a perfect list of some things to switch up to start changing your health, fitness, and happiness! — Thanks, Laura Schwecherl


1. Planks for crunches.

2. Interval workout for relaxed run. 

3. Incline for flat treadmill. 

4. Zumba for elliptical.

5. Dynamic for static stretching. 

6. Warming up for rushing right to it. 

7. Standing for sitting at a desk. 

8. Exercise ball for office chair. 

9. Gym for napping. 

10. Free weights for machines. 

11. Pull-ups for bicep curls. 

12. Squats for leg press.

13. Personal trainer for guessing games.

14. Foam rolling for static stretching. 

15. Exergames for Mario Kart. 

16. Rowing for biking. 

17. Stairs for escalator. 

18. Fun workout for dreaded one. 

19. Active date for dinner and a movie. 

20. Parking farther away for getting a spot up close.

21. Walking further for running shorter. 

22. Working out with a pal for exercising by yourself. 

23. Hands-free running for holding handles. 

24. Cherry juice for muscle medicine. 

25. Homemade post-workout snack for a protein bar. 


26. Cooking for eating out.

27. Pan-fried for deep-fried.

28. Local produce for supermarket veggies. 

29. Oil and balsamic for other dressings. 

30. Whole fruit for fruit juice.

31. Raw spinach for iceberg. 

32. Greek yogurt for sour cream. 

33. Cinnamon for sugar. 

34. Air-popped popcorn for chips. 

35. Salsa for cream cheese dips. 

36. Frozen grapes for popsicles.

37. Sparkling water for soda. 

38. Fresh fruit for syrup at brunch. 

39. Red wine or beer for a margarita. 

40. Brown rice for white. 

41. Whole-wheat pasta for white. 

42. Oatmeal for sugary cereal. 

43. Biking to work for driving.

44. Packing lunch for eating out.

45. Eating three meals for skipping out.

46. Mustard for mayo. 

47. Avocado for butter. 

48. Lean meats for fatty ones. 

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