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Dear Hungry Girl,

I'm just wondering why some of your recipes call for Splenda and regular brown sugar, instead of just calling for Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. What gives?

Perplexed in Peoria
Dear Perplexed,

This question gets asked A LOT. The truth is, many HG recipes call for Splenda (granulated), but we don't use brown sugar in recipes very often. So rather than tell everyone to go out and buy Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (which I do personally love), HG recipes tend to call for a little brown sugar (cheaper) and a little Splenda (which you probably already have at home). Splenda Brown Sugar Blend is merely a mix of granulated Splenda and brown sugar. Since many of you already buy boxes of Splenda for other recipes, calling for regular brown sugar and regular Splenda is a way to save you a little money. That's all -- nothing sneaky or weird -- just watching out for you. Maybe I should have made up something more interesting?! BTW, click here to see all of our recipes that contain brown sugar. Yum...


Dear HG,

I love to shop at Ikea and sometimes can't resist the Swedish meatballs. Do you have any idea how many calories those things have?

Meatball Madness
Dear MM,

WOW... I can't tell you how many times I've shopped at Ikea and been tempted by those crazy little meatballs (and of course those ridiculous-smelling cinnamon buns!). Six of the Swedish meatballs clock in at 210 calories and 13g fat (POINTS® value 5*). But an order contains FIFTEEN meatballs! The lingonberry sauce that comes with the meatballs and the cream sauce that comes over them aren't too bad -- a tbsp. of each has about 30 - 35 calories and 0 - 1.5g fat. But those potatoes on the plate add a lot more calories. BTW, the cinnamon buns have 400 calories and 14g fat each (POINTS® value 9*). Eeeks. You may be better off following those arrows throughout the showroom and skipping the cafeteria altogether. And if you must eat something while you're there, snack on one of the vanilla frozen yogurt cones. (Word is, those are fat-free with just 100 calories each.) LOVE that fro yo. Or pack your own snacks if you plan to be there for a while. (You may wanna bring snacks even if you DON'T plan on staying for much time -- I always wind up there for longer than expected.) Ooh, and check out this great little chart of nutritionals put together by Ikea fans -- unofficial, but pretty cool! Happy shopping... and chewing!

 
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