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Lean Cuisine spruces up healthy eating with new Salad Additions line

BY Rebecca Haughey

SOLON, Ohio — Lean Cuisine on Tuesday announced the launch of its new Salad Additions, a line of meal-worthy salad combinations that are prepared in a steam pouch in minutes to spruce up in-home salads.

"For Lean Cusine Salad Additions, we wanted to think beyond the traditional," said Mike Niethammer, Lean Cusine director of marketing. "These entrees are the first of their kind in the frozen aisle. The combination of mouth-watering chicken and vegetables, culinary-inspired dressings and crunchy toppings paired with your choice of fresh, crisp lettuce makes for a truly modern dining experience."

Available in four varieties, Lean Cuisine Salad Additions feature premium ingredients, such as grilled white meat chicken, crisp vegetables, chilled culinary-inspired dressings and crunchy toppings. All the consumer has to do is add their own lettuce. Salad Additions varieties include an Asian-Style Chicken Salad with sesame ginger vinaigrette, edamame, pineapple, broccoli, yellow and orange carrots, and crispy noodles, and a Southwest-Style Chicken Salad with chipotle ranch dressing, black beans, sweet corn, roasted red peppers and pablano peppers with crispy tortilla strips.

The new Salad Additions will be available in the frozen aisle of supermarkets nationwide beginning this month.

 

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The Greek Gods adds low-fat, cultured milk to lineup

BY Jason Owen

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The Greek Gods, a brand of the Hain Celestial Group, a leading natural and organic products company, is adding a new line of delicious, drinkable Kefir, a low-fat, cultured milk, the company announced. Kefir is exceptionally creamy and rich in taste with flavors that mirror the customer favorites of its Greek-style yogurt.

 

"With all of the qualities that customers expect from The Greek Gods brand Greek-Style Yogurt, we are now pleased to offer a drinkable format of The Greek Gods Kefir," said Basel Nassar, COO of the Hain Refrigerated Foods Division. The Kefir low-fat cultured milk combines delicious flavors along with 12 g of protein and probiotic cultures in each one-cup serving. The Greek Gods Kefir is also gluten-free and 99% lactose-free.

The Greek Gods Kefir can be enjoyed on its own or over fresh fruit or cereal, or in dressings and smoothies. Available in Plain, Honey, Honey Vanilla and Honey Strawberry flavor varieties, look for The Greek Gods brand Kefir low-fat cultured milk in grocers’ refrigerated sections nationwide.


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Americans consume more snacks than in past, report finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Snacks used to be primarily something given to children as a reward, but today, they’re a major part of Americans’ eating habits, according to a new report.

Bellevue, Wash.-based market research firm The Hartman Group surveyed members of HartmanSalt.com, a food information website and used data from its Eating Occasions Database to find that Americans, on average, eat 2.3 snacks per day, most frequently in the afternoon, evening and late at night.

Most snacking occurs at home, while only 12% say they eat snacks at work, and 7% eat them while traveling from place to place. For 27% of Americans, snacking is an impulse, while 28% eat snacks because they want an indulgent treat. Fourteen percent eat snacks when they feel stressed or anxious.

While 57% of respondents said it was important for foods and beverages consumed while snacking to be healthy, the foods and beverages mentioned most often were chips and soda.

But while frequent snacking is often blamed for such health issues as obesity, blaming it alone oversimplifies the issue, Kansas State University nutrition professor Mark Haub told Drug Store News. Haub, who made headlines in 2010 by losing 27 lbs. in 10 weeks with what he called a "convenience store diet" — consisting of snack foods like Twinkies, chips and cookies consumed every three hours instead of consuming meals — said that what often matters most is individual needs, and that it’s people’s relationship to snacking that helps or hurts.

"In and of itself, I don’t see snacking per se as being detrimental," Haub said. "I see eating more frequently as being a problem if portion sizes aren’t adjusted to meet needs."

Snacking can become a problem if people are eating three meals plus consuming large numbers of calories as a snack on top of them, but for others, eating four to six snacks a day instead of three meals can also be healthy. "We have this broad recommendation for everybody when not everybody can fall into that."

Source: The Hartman Group

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