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HG,

I absolutely LOVE having a McDonald's McSkillet Burrito with Sausage for breakfast. But since there are so many calories in that thing, I only let myself have it once or twice a month. Do you have any recommendations for a lower calorie version of this yummy breakfast treat? Thanks!

McSkillet Lover
Dear McSkillet Lover,

Okay, I'm just going to come right out and say it -- that McSkillet is RIDICULOUS! For those of you in the dark about this thing, it's a humungous flour tortilla stuffed full of scrambled eggs, cheeses (three kinds!), sausage, salsa, peppers, onions, and potatoes. That giant bundle of breakfast embarrassment clocks in at 610 calories, 36g fat, and 44g carbs. It also contains almost a day-and-a-half's worth of cholesterol! And I know you think having this thing one or two times a month isn't a big deal, but starting your day with an over-caloried 36-grams-of-fat meal is just a BAD idea! Especially since it's so easy to whip up a similarly delicious version of this thing at home. Use a tortilla with 80 - 90 calories (like La Tortilla Factory's low-carb/high-fiber one or a Flatout Light wrap). Scramble up about a half-cup of Egg Beaters or egg whites, along with some sliced peppers (red and green) and onions, and toss it all in the center of the tortilla. Top with two tablespoons of fat-free shredded cheese (use two different kinds, if you like!). Heat a low-fat breakfast "sausage" patty (like one by Boca or Morningstar Farms) according to package directions, chop it into bite-sized pieces, and add it to the tortilla. Top with two tablespoons of salsa, wrap it all up, and you're done! You'll notice I left out the potatoes... there's no need for 'em with all that other stuff going on. If you REALLY want potatoes, you can add some shredded potato pieces (find 'em in the freezer aisle) to your scramble. Even WITH a quarter-cup of those potato shreds, your meal will only have about 290 calories, 6g fat, and 36g carbs -- but without the potato, you can easily make this for about 265 calories, 6g fat, and 30g carbs. Not bad! Both versions are LARGE, filled with fiber and packed with protein, so they should keep you pretty full! Try it and let me know what you think...


Dear HG,

I love, LOVE, LOOOOVE cole slaw, but I try to avoid it because I read that it's super-fattening. Isn't it mostly cabbage and carrots? How can THAT be so bad? Gimme some slaw tips, HG!

Sucker for Slaw
Dear Sucker for Slaw,

I used to wonder the same thing about slaw. For the most part, it IS shredded cabbage and carrots. But it's not those lovely veggies that cause problems -- it's all the mayo! Just a half-cup serving of cole slaw contains about 220 calories and 16g fat. But I love the stuff and wasn't about to give it up. The first (and easiest) way to enjoy cole slaw guilt-free is to take regular old store-bought slaw, dump it into a colander, and run water over it for a few minutes (until the water runs clear from the slaw). That immediately washes a LOT of calories and plenty of fat grams down the drain -- but that great cole slaw flavor remains. It's really an amazing trick! If you're up for it, you can try one of our slaw recipes -- click here for an INSANELY good Asian slaw and here for a recipe from our favorite WW leader, Flora. There's also a great recipe for fruity slaw in the first HG cookbook. A good slaw is a great side dish, an awesome addition to a guilt-free wrap, and it can even be a terrific meal if you toss some lean chicken or turkey into it. Mmmmmmm...

 
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