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Dear Hungry Girl,

I don't have time to cook in the morning, but I like to sit down and eat something before I rush out the door. Do you have any ideas or recipes for breakfast foods that don't require any cooking?

A.M. Chewer
Dear A.M. Chewer,

Yes, I have MANY recipes and ideas... Lucky you! :)

Ginormous Cereal Bowl-anza - This is one of my favorite fast & easy breakfasts. You get a HUGE bowl of cereal with berries and vanilla-flavored milk for less than 300 calories!

Parfaits - I love parfaits. Start with some sort of creamy base -- like fat-free flavored yogurt or fat-free cottage cheese (with a little vanilla extract and sweetener). Then add lots of fruit -- fresh (I like sliced strawberries and chunks of mango) or freeze-dried (Gerber Mini Fruits, Funky Monkey, etc.). Top it off with something sweet and crunchy, like cereal (Fiber One Caramel Delight is SO good!) or crushed low-fat graham crackers. Then EAT. If you're not feeling especially creative, check out these HG recipes: PB&J Yogurt ParfaitPiña Colada Parfait Surprise, and Dessert Island Parfait.

Make-Ahead Morning Meals - Okay, technically, these require cooking. But you can make them the night before, and then just heat and eat... or have 'em cold! (It's YOUR breakfast.) Some of my faves are the Ginormous Oven-Baked Omelette, Grab 'n Go Breakfast Cookies, Egga-Pinwheels, and Fluffy-Good Zucchini Nut Muffins. But my #1 choice? I make a giant bowl of oatmeal at night (click for the recipe) and eat it chilled in the morning. It's FANTASTIC.

No-Cook B-Fast Sandwiches - Smear some stuff on a light English muffin or a Sandwich Thins roll -- like a Laughing Cow Light cheese wedge or some Salmon Spread the Love. Then add a few tomato and cucumber slices, maybe a couple slices of turkey breast, and a little Dijonnaise, and you're good to go!

Happy chewing!



Hey HG,

OMG, congrats on the TV show (I can't WAIT 'til it airs) and the new cocktail book! I've got a question for you, though. I'm only 17, but I LOVE all things HG... Can I make the drinks in Happy Hour without alcohol? How?

Thirsty in Thousand Oaks
Dear Thirsty,

Thank you -- I'm excited for the show to start too! As for the cocktail book, you can definitely make "mocktails" using the recipes in the book. I've done it, and they taste great! In fact, it's as easy as 1-2-3...

1. Swap out the alcohol. Check to see what other liquid ingredients the recipe calls for -- diet soda, light juice, light vanilla soymilk, etc. Then just increase the amount by however much alcohol the recipe calls for (usually 1 1/2 oz. -- or 3 tbsp. -- per drink).

2. Make to taste. A bunch of the recipes call for powdered drink mix, like Crystal Light. But since alcohol really balances out the sweet intensity of that stuff, you won't need as much when you make mocktails. So add a little at a time, until it tastes perfect.

3. Add a straw and enjoy! Okay, I guess it's really as easy as 1-2! BTW, since most of the calories in HG cocktails come from the alcohol itself, your virgin-style cocktails will be super-low in the stats department! And don't forget, Happy Hour also includes 25 of our best party-food recipes... And these foods are perfect for all ages!

 
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