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Hungry Girl,

I love frozen yogurt. But when I get it, I NEED to have chocolate sprinkles on top. How many calories do chocolate sprinkles have?

Sprinkles Obsessed
Dear Sprinkles Obsessed,

Good news for you! Chocolate sprinkles (a.k.a. jimmies) have about 20 calories and 1g fat (POINTS® value 0*) per teaspoon. That's really not bad at all, especially since a little goes a loooong way. Plus, they are fun and give you a nice little chocolate fix! While I'm personally not a huge fan of them as a topping for frozen treats (I find them waxy on frozen stuff but good for baked treats), they're definitely a decent fro yo topper in terms of calories. They have fewer calories than granola, cookie dough, nuts, and crushed candy bars. So I say, if you love 'em, go for it! As for other guilt-free toppings? Fresh fruit, mini marshmallows, and crushed cone pieces are all good. Watch out for the frozen yogurt itself, though! Always ask about the calories and fat per ounce (they vary by flavor and brand), and then pay attention to those serving sizes. Even a small 4-oz. cup is typically towering with soft-serve that could weigh in at 8 oz. or more. So be careful, and don't be in denial about what's in your cup. That being said, if you're aware and armed with the right info, enjoy that frozen stuff. It's gooooood!



HG,

Yikes... I can't find canned pumpkin anywhere, and I use it for so many things -- including a bunch of YOUR recipes that I am obsessed with (Complete & Utter Oatmeal Insanity, Yum Yum Brownie Muffins, those AMAZING enchiladas, etc.). What is the deal with the lack of pumpkin in stores, and what can I do about it? Help!

In Pursuit of Pumpkin

Dear In Pursuit,

I too LOVE canned pumpkin, especially in HG recipes! Sadly, the effects of last year's pumpkin shortage are finally kicking in. We've been keeping tabs on the situation and reporting the latest since August. Basically, it all stems (get it... stems?!) from some pretty awful weather that destroyed most of the pumpkin crops last season. It took a while for the fallout to hit us, but now it's nearly impossible for people in certain parts of the country to find pumpkin puree on shelves. Our fave, the kind by Libby's, is especially sparse in supply. Worry not, though; canned pumpkin can still be located online. Click HERE and HERE to see who's selling the stuff. (Order wisely and at your own risk, of course.) Do NOT mistakenly purchase pumpkin pie filling. It's totally different -- way higher in calories and loaded with sugar. Good luck with the hunt, and if you find some, STOCK UP!

 
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