-- a Mango Creme that features no mango, but some mushrooms!
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but the same can’t be said for Girl Scouts’ cookies.
Meet the Mango Creme, a crispy vanilla wafer packed full of nutrients from dehydrated veggies and fruits. It’s now proudly sold by Girl Scouts alongside the traditional Thin Mints, chocolately Tagalongs and crispy-coconut Samoas
The Franken-cookie is artificially flavored, but bakers used Nutrifusion to “supercharge” it with nutrients from rehydrated apples, oranges, cranberries, pomegranite, limes, strawberries and shiitake mushrooms, for Vitamin D.
“Our product isn’t a replacement for real fruits and veggies,” said William Grand, the Nutrifusion vice president. “But we can offer an alternative for people who still want their chips, pasta and cookies.
“Through our technology we can put some nutrients in the food they eat.”
Grand uses shiitakes in Mango Cremes for the Vitamin D, he said.
As a result, the cookies are chock-full of such vitamins like B1, A, C, D, E and B6 — in some cases up to 15 percent of the daily recommended serving.
There are zero trans fats and no preservatives — but it remains to be seen if Mango Cremes sales will crumble next to fan favorites that your stomach loves, but your cardiologist doesn’t.
The mango madness was the idea of ABC bakers, said Amanda Hamaker, manager of product sales for Girl Scouts.
“They presented the idea to us, and said they’d done considerable market research showing that fruit cremes are very popular,” she said.
The Girl Scouts liked the idea of making a cookie that packed a real nutritional punch.
“It’s good to give it a little boost,” said Hamaker.
But a cookie is still a cookie — even when part of it comes from a lab — and three Mango Cremes equals 180 calories. That’s 10 more than a serving of four Thin Mints.
1) Slow Down: Being impatient diminishes the amount of information you have at hand, which leads to uninformed or ill-informed comments. You haven't demonstrated complete interest in someone else; you've taken over control of their speech. You're seen as self-centered, rude, brainless and uncaring. Men report that women talk too much; men say that's the reason they don't listen. Whatever the cause, look for the speaker to shut down, and become disinterested in you as a conversation partner.
2) Pay Attention: It is nothing short of insulting when the listener doesn't appear to be listening. The oops can be verbal or non-verbal: eyes looking elsewhere instead of making contact with the speaker; paying attention to their own task while saying they're listening; saying something irrelevant to the conversation. I cringe every time I look at a picture taken at a business function where one of the guys I'm talking to is looking around the room, not at me. When that happens to you pay attention to how you feel; I guarantee you won't do it to anyone else.
3) Stop Assuming: Unless your crystal-ball is in good working order, acknowledge you don't know everything. Take in what your environment is really about; those who assume don't. The result includes finishing other people's sentences, interrupting with comments that go in the wrong direction, misinterpreting what's really being said. Women pull out their crystal balls when they complain that their partners don't talk to them, or even listen in the first place. The assumption that a partner's thoughts, and especially feelings, are being purposely withheld. The result can lead to a rift between partners that is about far more than what the topic of conversation was. Want a clue? Look for a surprised or confused look from the speaker.
4) When in Doubt: People are generally uncomfortable with dead air. If you doubt that's true, pay attention to your comfort level when the radio or TV. looses sound. In fact, there is no rule that says that air must be filled with someone always saying something. For some of us the tendency to chatter takes hold, resulting in poor or unconsidered statements. When in doubt, zip it.
5) Apologize Sincerely: There are times when everything you've done has turned out wrong. Your enthusiasm leads to interruptions, identifying so much with the speaker's topic you take over. Other times your disinterest may show. Or you fail to edit yourself: what comes up, comes out. There are so many examples, I'm sure everyone can think of a cringe-worthy moment. Whether or not you're responsible, tune immediately into the speaker. Be truly sincere when you say how sorry you are you've caused confusion or distress. People generally react warmly to someone who really cares how they feel. Don't make it long and drawn out and be light-hearted if you can. Whatever you do, don't put blame out there somewhere. Accept responsibility and be sincere about it.
6) Be Yourself: I'm an inveterate talker because I'm so curious. I know, too, that when I get nervous I talk too much. Two thousand feet down in the Molly Kathleen gold mine, you couldn't shut me up; the tour guide finally stopped acknowledging me at all and my husband pretended like he didn't know me. When I tuned in to their non-verbal responses to me, I knew to be quiet.
JESSICA SIMPSON: To Star in Autobiographical Sitcom for NBC
Jessica Simpson is returning to TV -- and this time she wants you to laugh at her.
The star has confirmed that she's set to star in a sitcom for NBC based on her life. She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I am so excited to work with...NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy. I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life -- so between the real-life elements and a great team of writers, I think we'll have people laughing!"
Jessica has a long track record on the small screen. She starred with her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, on the MTV reality series Newlyweds from 2003 to 2005, did the short-lived VH1 docuseries The Price of Beauty, and most recently mentored contestants on the NBC fashion competition show Fashion Star. Her acting credits include big-screen comedies like Employee of the Month and The Dukes of Hazzard.
She also filmed a pilot for a series called Jessica back in 2004, but the show never made it to the air.
Her dad, Joe Simpson, will serve as a producer on the upcoming sitcom.
PRINCE HARRY NAMED WORLD'S MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR
(Photo: Town & Country)
Town & Country magazine has named Prince Harry the world's most eligible bachelor. The magazine describes their list as "a highly subjective, thoroughly opinionated survey of the princes, politicians, scions, DJs, and billionaires-to-be we consider the most eligible men in the universe."