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09.25.09
 

 
Some of the world's healthiest foods are a little high in fat and calories. Have no fear -- HG is here with the 411 and some advice on how to enjoy 'em!   
Avocado

PER SERVING (1/2 cup sliced): 117 calories, 10.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 6g carbs, 5g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Why Eat It? This fruit (yeah, it's technically a fruit -- weird, we know) is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats. Its high levels of potassium aid in maintaining a healthy nervous system and protecting the heart. And all the vitamin E avocados contain boosts your immune system and can also keep your blood flowing smoothly. Avocados ROCK!

HG Tips! Avocado is so healthy that a little can go a long way. Whip up our chunky guacamole -- it has a secret ingredient and very impressive nutritional stats! Need other ways to enjoy our mushy green pal? Spread a little on some turkey slices, or dice it and toss some onto your salads.

Wild Salmon

PER SERVING (4 oz. cooked): 233 calories, 14g fat, 69mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

Why Eat It? Wild salmon is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely good for your heart. Omega-3s have also been said to help prevent and support recovery from a slew of illnesses, such as certain types of cancer, asthma, depression, and more. Salmon's also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. And wild salmon (caught from rivers & oceans -- we don't mean a fish that parties all night) is lower in dangerous contaminants than the farmed type.

HG Tips! Canned or pouched salmon (which is almost always wild) is portion-controlled and not too high in fat (a 3-oz. serving has about 120 calories, 5g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 3*), yet it's still swimming with some of those healthy Omega-3s. Make ROCKIN' salmon salad by mixing it with fat-free mayo or Hellmann's/Best Foods Dijonnaise. Or you can throw some into your salad greens with low-cal dressing.

Almonds (Dry-Roasted and Unsalted)

PER SERVING (1 oz., about 1/4 cup): 169 calories, 15g fat, 0mg sodium, 5.5g carbs, 3.25g fiber, 1g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Why Eat 'Em? Talk about a nutritional powerhouse! Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts around. They have vitamins, potassium, fiber, calcium, disease-battling phytonutrients... you name it. They've also been shown to lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, lower the risk of chronic illnesses, and even fight off osteoporosis. Impressive! Looks like they do everything except file papers and give you rides to the airport...

HG Tips! We're not gonna sugarcoat it, people. Inhaling almonds by the handful can cause your daily calorie and fat counts to skyrocket. To get the benefits of almonds while keeping those numbers down, check out Wonderful Almond Accents (1 tbsp. has 35 – 45 calories, 2 – 4g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 1*). Since they're sliced super-thin, a little goes a long way. Scoop out a serving and top off a salad, some yogurt, or fruit. OR try them in our Lucky 4-Leaf Salad! Look for 'em in the produce section. Can't find them? Just snatch up some slivered almonds or thinly sliced ones.

Dark Chocolate

PER SERVING (1 oz.): 150 calories, 11g fat, 10mg sodium, 14g carbs, 2g fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Why Eat It? Chocolate IS good for you. The rumors are true. The bittersweet stuff has been known to lower high blood pressure, reduce the risk of clogged arteries and blood clots, and prevent heart disease and other ailments. So what makes dark chocolate so much better for you than other types? Higher cocoa content equals more flavonoids (the compounds responsible for all that disease fighting).

HG Tips! Sweetriot's line of dark chocolate snacks is chock-full of those fabulous flavonoids. Try the 140-calorie, 11-to-12g-of-fat tins of dark-chocolate-coated cacao pieces (PointsPlus® value 4*). And for a chocolate BAR fix, bite into one of Sweetriot's unBars... each chunky hunk of chocolate has 180 - 190 calories and 14g fat. Need another option? Try Adora Dark Chocolate Calcium Supplements, which taste more like a snack candy than a supplement. Each of these calcium-packed chocolate discs has just 30 calories with 2 grams of fat (PointsPlus® value 1*).

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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.

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