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Dear Hungry Girl,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new book -- so many new recipes, plus my faves all in one place! But I need to know why the Weight Watchers POINTS® values for those recipes are only online. How come they aren't in the book? It's a huge pain to go online every time I need to get a POINTS® value for one of the recipes.

Curious in Cherry Hill
Dear Curious,

As you can imagine, we are getting dozens of emails every day from people asking this very question. The answer is simple. The POINTS® values for the recipes were not printed inside the book (but have been made available online) because Weight Watchers asked us to do it that way. We LOVE WW (they were nice enough to co-develop a bunch of recipes for the book with us), and it was important to them, so we happily complied. In fact, we saw it as a great opportunity to create our book site, featuring gorgeous photos of every single recipe (we sure couldn't fit all those inside the book!). As for it being a pain to go online to get that info, we've heard that many of you have (brilliantly!) decided to write the POINTS® values for the recipes inside the book, so you don't have to look them up online each time you want to make one. Great idea! And to make it easier, we've created a handy at-a-glance list of nutritionals and POINTS® values for all the book recipes -- click here for this easy-to-print reference guide!


Dear HG,

You always talk about mystery ingredients in restaurant foods. How can I possibly know how many calories and fat grams are in the sauces and salad dressings they serve at restaurants, and what can I do to ensure I don't take in a bazillion extra calories because of that stuff?

Sauced Up
Dear Sauced Up,

Well, unless the restaurant specifically provides the exact calorie counts for their sauces and/or dressings, you really CAN'T know. But the good news is that there are some things you can do and words to look out for in order to help you make smarter decisions. For starters, always ask for the sauce and/or dressing on the side. And if it looks overly oily or creamy, avoid it or use very sparingly. Your best bet for dressings is to bring your own (Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers are my favorite take-along salad-toppers, and single-serving packets of low-cal dressings are also great). Another dressing tip is to get creative by using lemon juice (ask for a few wedges), vinegar (balsamic is good), and/or some salsa. When looking for dipping sauces, stick with soy sauce, mustard, salsa or ketchup. Big no-no sauces are Alfredo, vodka, and anything with the word "cream" in it. Teriyaki and BBQ can go either way (sometimes they're overly sugary!), and tomato-based sauces are usually your best bet. Here's a little help with the sauce and dressing stats you CAN find. Click and scroll here to see the (crazy-high!) calorie counts for the dressings at T.G.I. Friday's. The following restaurants all list the nutritionals for their sauces and dressings with the rest of their nutritional stats on their websites -- Ruby Tuesday, Chili's, and Romano's Macaroni Grill (click on the restaurant names to download 'em). Most fast food restaurants also provide those stats online. But, bottom line? If nutritionals are unpublished, YOU NEVER KNOW... so be careful!

 
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.