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HG,

I know how you love to use Fiber One cereal crumbs in your recipes, but sometimes I don't feel like pulling out the food processor to crush up the cereal... or I just don't have the time. Is it possible to grind a large batch of Fiber One and store the extra crumbs in a plastic container for future use? Have you tried it? My best strategy for eating better is having good ingredients ready -- quick and easy. Can you help a lazy girl out?

Time-Crunched in Toledo
Dear Time-Crunched,

I have a few things to say here. First, it's great that you know how to set yourself up for success, by "having good ingredients ready." AWESOME. Next, yes, you absolutely can grind batches of Fiber One cereal (original) into "breadcrumbs" and store them for a few weeks like that. Just keep 'em in a container that is airtight -- like Tupperware or Lock & Lock -- and store that somewhere cool and dry. Then your crumbs will stay fresh. We ALWAYS keep a container full of F1 crumbs at the HG HQ. By the way, if a recipe calls for Fiber One cereal in the ingredients and then it gets ground up in the directions, just use half as much crumbs in place of the cereal amount listed. So if it calls for 1/2 cup Fiber One cereal, use 1/4 cup crumbs and skip the grinding step. But the most important thing I'd like to recommend is to invest in a Magic Bullet mini-blender. I don't even mean a fancy schmancy one. Just the cheapest basic version is fine. There is no better way to blend Fiber One than with one of those Bullets. They're fast and super-easy, and they require very little clean-up. Plus they're small enough to keep on your countertop, so you don't have to go dragging out a giant food processor. I loooooove our Magic Bullet so much! In addition to effortlessly pulverizing Fiber One, it also makes THE best, perfectly textured blended frozen drinks... and fast. Hope these tips help. Have fun!


HG,

What foods do you think are the most underrated?

Hungry Hallie
Dear Hungry Hallie,

That's a great question. I happen to eat a lot of foods that I feel ARE underappreciated by the masses. And by that I mean they aren't popular enough or "chewed on" as often as they should be. I'm going to list a bunch here now. Ready?

1. Butternut squash - As you may know, I'm obsessed with butternut squash and use it anywhere and everywhere potatoes are normally used. (It has around half the calories and tastes like sweet potatoes!) We're talkin' stews, potato pancakes, hash browns, French fries, our special "fritter fries," and more. There's even an entire section in the first HG book devoted to butternut squash. I LOVE IT.

2. Soup - Yes, soup is popular... but NOT as popular as it should be. Calorie counters should eat more soup!!! It's super-satisfying, and it makes a great snack. Just make sure you stick with the broth-based ones for the most part and read labels carefully. Check out some of my latest favorites over at Yahoo! Food by clicking here.

3. Bean sprouts - NOT alfalfa sprouts (ick, I hate those) -- BEAN SPROUTS. The ones that look like thick clear noodles. They're filling and great stir-fried with onions and tomato sauce -- like pasta! They're also very low in calories and amazing in recipes for Chinese food -- like our egg rolls, moo shu, and lo mein. Mmmm!

4. Egg Beaters - A lot of people think egg whites and Egg Beaters are boring. I think the OPPOSITE is true. Rarely a day goes by that I don't eat some sort of egg scramble thing made with Egg Beaters (or egg whites or another type of fat-free egg product). And it's almost always new and different -- I mix it up with some combo of fat-free or low-fat cheese, assorted veggies, turkey bacon, chopped up veggie-burger patties, various spices, etc. More people should be eating scrambles all the time!

5. Apples - Again, people like 'em... but I think they are often taken for granted. Apples are an ideal snack -- low in calories, high in fiber, and filling. And you can do so much with them! (I mean foodwise, not socially.) We use 'em in salads, frittatas, casseroles, cobblers... the possibilities are endless.

Other foods that I think should be more popular are broccoli cole slaw, high-fiber tortillas, canned pumpkin, and Brussels sprouts (steamed).

 
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