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Dear HG,

What's your take on the new flatbread chopped salads from Quizno's?  I've heard conflicting info about them, and the nutritionals are a mystery.  Can you help?

Quizzin' U 'Bout Quizno's
Dear Quizzin'

I actually tried all four of these new salads and didn't immediately fall in love.  I did, however, like the hook Quizno's is using; "A real salad needs a real fork" (cute!).  And they do give you real forks even when you do takeout (they're not pretty ones, so don't get too excited).  But the salads themselves are nothing to write home about.  They're more expensive than other fast food salads, and I actually don't think they're as good as ones you find at Burger King, Wendy's or even McDonald's (that McD's Asian salad = YUM!).  The lettuce is fresh, but the chicken isn't that great and in general these flatbread chopped salads are dull.  The worst part is, the company won't release the nutritional info (I called and emailed several times and was told it simply wasn't available).  I have to say, the flatbread they give you with these salads tastes AWESOME,  but it seems like it's been brushed with oil and/or butter so I'm sure it's pretty high in calories and fat.  The dressings also appear to be super-fatty and highly caloric.  So here's my advice.  In a pinch, you can order one of these salads.  But I'd avoid the dressing at all costs, and go easy on the flatbread.  Either skip it altogether or have one piece (not the four they give you).  Also-- I'd stick with the Roasted Chicken, the Chicken Caesar or the Classic Cobb.  The Antipasto has too many fat-filled meats and cheeses packed in.  If you're at Quizno's, you may just be better off with one of their lighter sandwiches, like the small Turkey Lite (334 calories), or the small Honey Bourbon Chicken (359 calories).  Remember, Quizno's does toast their bread, which makes their sandwiches super-delicious!


Dear Hungry Girl,

I love Tootsie Pops and I was wondering what you thought about them as a snack.  Are they a bad choice for me?

Let's Talk Tootsie
Dear Let's Talk,

You'll never hear me badmouth a Tootsie Pop... I LOVE them!  And while I know they're not exactly HEALTHY, they last a long time, taste fantastic and have only 60 calories and no fat (even with that nugget of chewy chocolate in the middle!).  I recently found Tropical Tootsie Pops in bunches at my local "dollar" store and FLIPPED over them.  The pineapple flavor is out of this world.  According to the president of Tootsie, Ellen Gordon, who was nice enough to personally return a phone call I made to the company, these tropical flavors are a special limited edition run, so they can disappear at any time.  The good news is, Tootsie is constantly conjuring up new flavors and Ms. Gordon let me in on a little secret -- that the next taste sensation to be released will be a CARAMEL Tootsie Pop (wowowowow!).  For those of you that avoid sugar, there are mini sugar free Tootsie Pops that are a bit harder to find (but they're growing in popularity so they'll likely become more readily available soon).  BTW, if you like Tootsie stuff as much as I do, you NEED to check out their awesome online store and all the cute, calorie-free items you can find there.  My favorites are the cuddly candy pillows, adorable t-shirts and charm bracelets.  For more of my retro candy faves click here.

 
CHEW ON THIS:
Since 1970, Tootsie Roll Industries has received more than 20,000 letters from children around the world who insist they have solved the mystery behind how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
 
 
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