Chip Swaps & Food Rules from HG!

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Dear HG,

I LOVE chips and salsa -- they're my #1 indulgence. I've tried low-calorie chip substitutions, like crunchy veggies, but those just don't satisfy my craving for the salty goodness of actual chips. Do you have any suggestions?

Swap-It-to-Me Sherry

Hi Sherry,

I know what you mean -- I enjoy raw carrots and cut veggies, but a chip swap they are not! The one veggie you might want to try out is kale. When spritzed with nonstick spray, sprinkled with salt, and baked at a high temp, kale becomes crispy and chip-like. AMAZING! Click here for an official HG recipe for kale chips. You can also make your own tortilla chips out of corn tortillas -- just slice, spritz, sprinkle, and bake! Click here for the full deets. Or get adventurous and try out lavash -- a soft, thin, Middle Eastern flatbread typically found in the bakery section or ethnic foods aisle of the supermarket. Here's a recipe for lavash chips and a fun two-ingredient dip. There are some great-tasting baked tortilla chips out there as well. Guiltless Gourmet makes my favorites -- there are so many flavor options, and each 1-oz. serving (about 18 chips) has only 110 - 125 calories, 2 - 3g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 3*. My other top picks for light chips? Baked! Tostitos Scoops!, Baked! Lay's, Popchips, and Cape Cod 40% Reduced Fat potato chips. Click here for more info on some of those, as well as a few other picks. Happy crunching!

Hi Hungry Girl,

I was wondering if there are a handful of food-related rules that you live by. If so, what are they? Thanks!

Alexa aWonderin'

Hi Alexa,

I actually get asked this question a LOT, so I've had plenty of time to think about it and narrow down my list to FIVE important rules. Here they are...

1. Don't drink your calories. There's nothing sadder than realizing you just consumed hundreds of calories by sipping a sweet drink... and you're still hungry! For the most part, I look for drinks with no more than 50 calories per cup, and I always check the labels carefully for the total servings per bottle.

2. The 80/20 rule. I live by it. It means that 80 percent of the time, I eat what I know I should be eating. And 20 percent of the time, I allow myself to stray a bit. It's important to indulge every once in a while... like, maybe, 20 percent of the time!

3. Don't turn a bad meal into a bad week. So you made a poor food choice. You're human. Don't give up and throw in the towel just because you overate. Jump right back into things at your next meal. No biggie. Truly.

4. Identify and avoid your trigger foods. These are the foods you can't be trusted around -- the ones where "just a few" turns into WAY too much; the foods that seem to make you hungrier and hungrier. Don't keep these foods in the house. They're too tempting and not worth the trouble...

5. Don't make excuses -- it's all about being prepared.
The Boy Scouts know what they're talking about! If you know you're going out to dinner, check out the menu online so you can plan ahead and make smart choices. And always keep emergency snacks handy -- in your purse, car, desk drawer... wherever you might need them. Then you won't need to make excuses. Click here for some of my favorite emergency snacks.

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