What is the very best brand of turkey bacon in terms of taste and calorie content? I won't give up my bacon!
Dear Bacon Chomper,
I don't blame you for craving a crispy strip of bacon every once in a while. Bacon is the best! Luckily, there are several light and satisfying options. Jennie O's 95% Fat Free Turkey Bacon is delicious. In fact, I think it tastes better than regular bacon! It's lighter and less greasy. The best part? Just 20 calories per slice. And for 30 calories a slice, you can try Applegate Farms Turkey Bacon. Each nitrate-free strip packs in lots of protein and just 1 gram of fat. FYI - no matter what kind of eating plan you're on, turkey bacon is always a better option than the regular kind. It has a fraction of the fat and calories. P.S. - Less fat + less calories = less you! (Yes, I know it should "fewer" calories but it wasn't as cute.)
Dear Hungry Girl,
How can I keep from being hungry all the time?
--Growling in Grenada Hills
Wow! An excellent question that surprisingly few people ask. OK, just a heads up: I'm going to get a little technical here. Don't be frightened, this is important stuff. The best way to keep from feeling hungry is to, well, eat! The trick is to eat diet-friendly foods that fill you up. Your best bets are anything with lots of fiber (fiber makes you full) and also foods with a low Glycemic Index. Foods with a low GI (under 55) produce a gradual rise in blood sugar. High GI foods make blood sugar and insulin levels spike fast. Even more relevant to your specific problem, foods that have a high GI can make you hungry again in no time, while foods with a low GI keep you feeling fuller longer. Low GI foods include: light yogurt, peaches, veggies, lean meats, legumes and low and non-fat cheese. High GI foods are things like pretzels, baked potatoes and bagels. Eat up -- just be smart about it!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, October 13, is the National Peanut Festival. Over half of all peanuts consumed in the U.S. are swallowed in the form of peanut butter.
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