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Dear Hungry Girl,

What are your suggestions for a low-calorie (or at least not high-calorie) fast-food breakfast? Some mornings are crazy, and it's so tempting to grab fast food. Appreciate your help in advance.

Craving B-fast... Fast!

Hi Craving,

I can definitely relate! My mornings are often crazy-busy too. And while I'm glad that you're not skipping breakfast (it IS the most important meal of the day!), there are many calorie-dense, fatty breakfast items on those fast-food menus. Luckily, there are some guilt-free finds as well. Check out a few of my top picks...

Subway Egg White Muffin Melts
- These are amazing. Most of 'em clock in at 150 - 220 calories and 3.5 - 8g fat (PointsPlus® value 4 - 6*). Just steer clear of the fattier Mega and Sausage Melts available at some locations.

McDonald's Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait - If you like sweet, fruity breakfasts, chances are you'll love this parfait. Just 160 calories, 2g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*.

Starbucks Egg White, Spinach & Feta Wrap
- Another solid option and a longtime love of mine. (We even made it over at the HG HQ when it was temporarily discontinued!) This super-delicious, warm b-fast wrap has 280 calories, 10g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 7*. The 'Bucks has a whole slew of guilt-free choices... Check out our latest guide to Starbucks survival for more finds.

Jamba Juice Steel-Cut Oatmeal - Way better than a smoothie, in my opinion. Love those fruity toppings! Just skip the "brown sugar crumble" -- then each container will have 180 - 300 calories, 2.5 - 8g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 5 - 8*. And yes, I love the oatmeal options offered up by Starbucks as well!

Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Wake-Up Wraps - If you are lucky enough to live near a Dunkin' Donuts store, you should really try these. They rock... a lot! Go for Turkey Sausage or Veggie -- just 150 calories, 5 - 6g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 4* each. So good!

Another option? Skip the drive-thru line and keep HG-friendly, fast-food-like breakfast picks in your freezer. I like Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwiches (the one with Canadian bacon and cheese is great, and it has only 210 calories, 6g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 6), options from the Jimmy Dean D-lights line (everything from b-fast bowls to sandwiches, and all relatively low in calories and fat), and Vitalicious VitaSandwiches (so much fiber; so few calories)!

Now you've got some easy, guilt-free choices to throw into your morning food routine. Happy breakfasting! 

Hey, HG!

I love all of your pizza recipes, but I also like to keep frozen pizzas on hand. Which are the best ones out there? I would love to know the best-tasting and lowest-calorie frozen pizzas (both large and single-serving ones). Thanks!

Freezer-Aisle Frannie

Hi Frannie,

This is a great question. There are many frozen pizza options available, and some are crazy-high in calories and fat. For multi-serving pizzas, my favorites come from Kashi (the Mexicali Black Bean one is REALLY good) and Amy's (love the roasted veggie pie). It's super-important to pay attention to the "servings per container" with large pies -- typically, there are THREE servings. So if you think you're likely to gobble down two-thirds of the pie, you might want to stick with single-serving options. When it comes to personal pizzas, I love the pies from Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers Smart Ones, and Amy's. Some of these have higher calorie counts than a serving of the multi-serving pizzas -- not a big deal, since it's unlikely that you'd eat more than one serving. (You'd have to heat up a whole other pizza!!!) With both the large and personal pizzas, always read nutritional labels. I love these brands, but some varieties are lower in fat and calories than others. On another note, some of my favorite pizza picks in the freezer aisle are more like novelties than actual pies -- I'm obsessed with Amy's Cheese Pizza Toaster Pops, and the pizza-ish Lean Pockets are fun too. Whether you go for these, multi-serving pizzas, or portion-controlled pies, you may want to fill out your meal by pairing the pizza with a side salad (light dressing on the side) or veggies. Sometimes I'll even put some extra veggies right on top of the pizza before cooking it up. For tons more frozen-pizza options, check out this recent HG article over on Yahoo!

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