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02.24.06
 

 
Chinese food can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Here's how to make
it work for you!   
Souper Star

Studies show that if you start your meal off with soup, you'll eat less food. The good news is, Chinese soups like Egg Drop, Wonton and Hot & Sour, are diet-friendly (about 100 calories each), making a bowl of soup a great way to kick off a Chinese Chowfest! 
Stick With It

Hate to use chopsticks because you have trouble eating with them? That's exactly why you should use these tricky sticks. Fiddling with them will force you to eat slowly.
Hungy Girl Hints...

- Order your dishes steamed, with sauce on the side. Then dip, don't pour!

- If you're going to eat rice, make it brown -- not white.  Brown rice is an excellent source of dietary fiber.  White rice is an excellent source of empty calories.

- Need something sweet after dinner?  Crunch into a fortune cookie.  They're fat free and contain about 25 calories each.

Best Bets!

These low-calorie dishes rate high with us:

- Steamed Veggie Dumplings
- Steamed Shrimp & Broccoli
- Moo Goo Gai Pan
- Chicken & Beansprouts
- Steamed Mixed Veggies/Buddha's Feast

HUNGRY GIRL WARNING!

Just how horrendous & fatty can Chinese food be? Well, Kung Pao Pork can have up to 700 calories and 53 grams of fat per cup!  A  5 oz. Egg Roll has about 350 calories, and Fried Rice can contain up to 500 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving.  The biggest offenders of all?  Egg Foo Young & Sweet & Sour Duck. They each have well over 1,000 calories and 80 grams of fat per order! Yuck!
CHEW ON THIS:
There are more Chinese restaurants in the U.S. than McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's restaurants combined.
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  HG NOTE: Many people emailed us asking why Boca Burgers weren't included in yesterday's email.  The answer is simple.  While we LOOOOVE Boca patties, they are more like soy-based meat substitutes than straight veggie patties, so we didn't think it would be fair to compare them to the others.  BOCA BURGERS ROCK!