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Yo, Hungry G!

I am LOVING the seasonal pumpkin shakes popping up now at places like Jack in the Box. However, around 800 calories for a small shake is nutso. I can't indulge without feeling majorly guilty. Have any ideas on how to lighten this one up? I'd love to play around with some ingredients and make my own.

Shake Achin'

Dear Shake Achin',

HGers KNOW that one of our favorite things to do is lighten up shakes, blended coffee drinks, and smoothies. I've been doing this for decades and I LOVE IT. The key is to replace a whole bunch of fattening stuff with not-so-fattening stuff. Your drinks will be DELICIOUS if you use the right items. For a pumpkin shake, I'd use a combo of light vanilla soymilk or Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (about 1/2 - 3/4 cup), Splenda (2 packets or so), a few tablespoons of canned pure pumpkin, maybe a little vanilla extract (just a drop or 2), some cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice, and lots of ice (crushed is best). If you want it super-thick and decadent, you can add a few tablespoons of light vanilla ice cream. (Try to use one of the slow-churned or double-churned kinds.) Then I'd top it all off with Fat Free Reddi-wip. That shake would have about 70 - 120 calories, depending on exactly what you use. Play around with it! Other ingredients to think about including are sugar-free vanilla syrup (Torani makes the best!) and fat-free or sugar-free Coffee-mate flavored powders (use about a teaspoon, and dissolve it in a bit of warm water first). Sugar-free vanilla pudding (a little instant pudding mix or some pre-made pudding) is another fun item to add. So shake things up!!! And let me know how it turns out...



HG,

Do you have a good guilt-free recipe for deviled eggs? Around the holidays, it's soooo hard to resist them. Help me, Hungry Girl!

Beggin' for Eggs

Dear Beggin',

Oooh, a lot of people have trouble avoiding those this time of year. And deviled eggs are pretty fattening -- four of them add up to about 260 calories and 20 grams of fat! There IS an HG recipe for Devilish Eggs -- it's an exclusive recipe from 200 Under 200 (the latest HG cookbook). You can have four of these amazingly delicious things for just 79 calories and less than 2 grams of fat (PointsPlus® value 2*). AMAZING!!! They're made with cauliflower (orange cauliflower, if you can find it), and they taste a LOT like regular deviled eggs, only without all the fat and calories. Click here to get a copy of 200 Under 200 for yourself or some human you love. (It makes a great holiday present!) Thanks for your email -- hope you enjoy the recipe!

 
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