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Dear Hungry Girl,

I love muffins but they are sooo fattening. What's the deal with those Vitalicious muffins I have heard about, and where can I find them?

-- Beggin' For Baked Goods

Dear Beggin',

The fat, calorie and carb content of most muffins (even the fat free kind!) is astronomical. A few years ago (on her show) Rosie O'Donnell raved about some "healthy" muffins called Vitalicious. I immediately ordered them and they were truly AMAZING! In fact, I think their Velvety Chocolate muffin tops are THE single best way to satisfy a chocolate craving for under 100 calories. A favorite of Weight Watchers point-counters for years (thanks to their 1-3 point muffins and muffin tops), Vitalicious now offers low carb options as well. See for yourself at www.vitalicious.com. And no, I don't own stock in the company...or get a cut of the sales. I'm just obsessive and when I find something I love, I can't stop talking (or writing) about it. By the way, if you play "Whack-a-Snack" you can earn a 5% discount on purchases at Vitalicious. Good luck!


Dear Hungry Girl,

What's up with the flavored waters that are popping up everywhere? Are these beverages really diet-friendly?

-- Wonderin' Bout Water

Dear Wonderin',

Drinking water is vital to weight loss and good health. It keeps your metabolism revved up and helps flush out fat cells, so drink up. Though flavored waters seem like a great way to add a little variety to your routine, experts say the plain stuff is the best for you. Some enhanced waters contain calories and sugar. Others have no calories or sugar/sweetness of any kind (just essence of fruit), and some are calorie-free but contain artificial sweeteners and stimulants. Because there are so many confusing (and expensive!) choices, your best bet is to stick with regular bottled water and if you need to "zazzle it up," do so with a splash of fruit juice or a twist of lemon or lime.

CHEW ON THIS:
Instead of milk or cream, use pureed veggies to create "creamy" soups. You'll end up with a thick, tasty soup that has a fraction of the calories and fat!


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