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Dear Hungry Girl,

I keep hearing about that Mint Oreo Ice Cream Shake at Carl's Jr., and I can't stop thinking about it. Do you have a swap for me, HG?

Shake Me Up

Dear Shake Me Up,

Yes! Of course there's an HG swap for this one. That crazy shake actually has 800 calories and 37g fat. And although I'm not always a fan of the chocolate-mint combo, I get why people are obsessed with this shake. Based on one of our popular recipes -- the Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze -- we made a minted-up version that tastes A LOT like the one Carl's Jr. sells. Only ours doesn't carry the insane nutritional price tag! Here's how to make it...




HG's Make-Mine-Mint Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze

PER SERVING (entire shake): 159 calories, 3.25g fat, 164mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Ingredients:
5 ounces (1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp.) light vanilla soymilk
1/4 cup fat-free vanilla ice cream
1/2 pack 100 Cal Packs Oreo Thin Crisps or 3/4 sheet (3 crackers) chocolate graham crackers
1 tsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer, dissolved in 2 tbsp. warm water
2 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda)
5 to 8 ice cubes or 1 cup crushed ice
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
2 drops green food coloring
Optional Toppings: Fat Free Reddi-wip and additional cookie (or graham cracker) crumbs

Directions:
Lightly crush cookies or graham crackers and set aside. Place all OTHER ingredients (except for the optional toppings) in a blender. Blend on high for 45 to 60 seconds, until mixed thoroughly. Pour into a tall glass and stir in the crushed cookies or graham crackers. If you like, top it all off with some Reddi-wip and chocolate cookie/cracker crumbs. Mmmmmm!

MAKES 1 SERVING

The results are DELICIOUS!!!! BTW, I say it's never too cold out to slurp down this shake. Just do it while in the comfort of your toasty-warm home. Happy sipping!

 


HG,

I just bought a variety of those low-calorie Tofu Shirataki noodles. Do you have any good recipes and tips for me? Can't wait to start cooking. Thanks!!!

Noodle-Nutty
Dear Noodle-Nutty,

First of all, congrats on all the Tofu Shirataki! Those noodles can seriously change your life -- in fact, they've been changing lives ever since they were first mentioned on HG back in 2005. I used to think I'd have to live without pasta forever, since it's so starchy and high in calories. But an entire 2-serving bag of House Foods Tofu Shirataki noodles has just 40 calories, 1g fat, 6g carbs, 4g fiber, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 0*), so you can eat a huge bowl of them, guilt-free! But if you haven't worked with them before, you need to know a few things:

1. They need to be rinsed and then dried EXTREMELY well. (Keep patting them with paper towels until they are COMPLETELY dry.)

2. You should cut them up a bit, because they are VERY long. (No one looks good with a giant noodle swinging from their chin!)

3. They work better with creamy/cheesy sauces (like any sauce made with Laughing Cow Light cheese!) than they do with marinara/tomato sauce.

4. Don't expect them to have the exact same texture as regular pasta, because they don't. They're a bit chewier and a little more "slippery".

As for recipes, my favorites are Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo, Crazy-Good Cold Sesame Noodles, and the Rockin' Tuna Noodle Casserole, but there are so many more. Click here and here and here for some other great ones! And check out the "Fun with Tofu Shirataki Noodles" section of the first HG cookbook for more recipes and tips. Remember to look for House Foods Tofu Shirataki in the fridge section of the market near the tofu. Enjoy your noodles!

 
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*The PointsPlus® 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 PointsPlus® registered trademark.