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Dear HG,

I love oatmeal and want to eat it more often. The thing is, it doesn't always fill me up because the serving size isn't large enough. I sometimes add pumpkin, like you say to do, and that helps. But what other tricks do you have up your sleeve? Spill it, HG!

Oaty Girl
Dear Oaty Girl,

Oatmeal is great, but I totally hear you about the serving size. That's why I am ALWAYS looking for ways to bulk it up. And I have a brand-new trick for you! Last week, I was teasing HG video guy Adam about his ginormous bowl of oatmeal -- I almost fell down when I saw how much was in the bowl! Well, he informed me that it was ONE SERVING. I didn't believe him. Then he told me he made it with at least TWICE the amount of liquid recommended, cooked it for twice as long, and let it sit for a while 'til it became nice and thick. The next morning, I tried it out for myself. I used a serving of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats (1/2 cup), 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (only 40 calories a cup!), and 1 cup water; then I cooked it on the stove for about 10 minutes with 2 Splenda packets, a little bit of cinnamon, and a dash of salt. The result was a HUUUUGE bowl of oatmeal that was fairly thick, creamy, smooth, and DELICIOUS. Only about 200 calories and 6g fat, plus 5g fiber (PointsPlus® value 5*)! Since then, I have experimented by adding some other ingredients: fruit, original Fiber One cereal (1/4 cup -- just cook it right in there during the last few minutes!), and even a sprinkle of fat-free powdered Coffee-mate (for added creaminess). Completely AMAZING. I'm shocked it took me so long to discover this little tip, and I'm excited to be sharing it with all of you. Try it and let me know what you think!

Dear HG,

I heard you have a cocktail book coming out this month. Is it true? If so, pleeeeeeeease tell me you're doing another buy-two-get-free-things promo!!! I got a free case of Popchips with the last book promotion. So... any special freebie-offer this time?!

Freebie Lover
Dear Freebie Lover,

Yup and yup! The brand-new book is called Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails & Party Foods. I think everyone's going to FLIP for this book. It's filled with recipes for cocktails and party foods -- and people like to party! The book is super cute and conveniently sized (which means it's also conveniently priced!). It contains every kind of cocktail you could ever want -- from margaritas and fruity mixed drinks to blended beverages and even pudding shots. They're all there! Plus, if you don't like to drink alcohol (or aren't old enough), you can EASILY make "mocktails" with the recipes in this book. As for the promotion this time? It's GREAT! It's called "HG's Happy Hour VitaTops Promo for First 3,000 Only!" Just pre-order two Happy Hour books and send in your order confirmation and completed registration form; the first 3,000 valid entries received will each get a FREE gift: TWO BOXES of VitaTops! That's EIGHT delicious, 100-calorie treats per entry. Click HERE for the registration form and ALL the info, and click HERE to order the book! The promo ends 6/23/10. Remember, there are 3,000 free gifts in all. If you're wondering how good your chances are of being one of the 3,000, you'll be happy to know that every single person who sent in a valid entry for the Popchips promo for our last book received the free gift. (And there were only 2,000 that time!) Good luck, and enjoy the book... It hits shelves Tuesday, June 22nd!

Today, June 2nd, is National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day. Woohoo! Our pick? Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Light in RR. Or skip the cold stuff altogether and whip up a batch of our Old Time Rocky Road Fudge!  
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