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HG,

I was recently introduced to Starbucks' Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème. I went online and found out that a Tall (12 oz.) with whip has 11 grams of fat and over 400 calories (POINTS® value 9*). Can you suggest a way to make it lower in calories and fat? PLEASE!?!

Frappuccino Freak
Dear Frappuccino Freak,

I love your question because it gives me the PERFECT excuse to break out one of my favorite recipes EVER -- our Strawberry Cloud! A while back we created the PERFECT swap for this creamy berry Frap. Our version has just 119 calories and 1g fat (POINTS® value 2*). It ROCKS, and it's so easy to make!!! Check it out...




Strawberry Cloud

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 119 calories, 1g fat, 102mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 14g sugars, 4g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Ingredients:
2/3 cup frozen strawberries (plain -- NOT in syrup!)
5 oz. light vanilla soymilk
2 tsp. Fat Free French Vanilla Coffee-mate powder (dissolved in an oz. of warm water)
1 oz. Torani Sugar Free Strawberry Syrup
3 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda)
3 large ice cubes
2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions:
Place all of the ingredients in a blender, except for the Reddi-wip. Blend on high speed for 30 - 45 seconds. Pour, and top with the Reddi-wip.

Strawberrylicious!


Dear Hungry Girl,

Please help! I love creamy deli salads made with real mayonnaise, but due to health issues (from having too much fat in my diet) I have had to give up using that stuff. Do you have any suggestions for what I can use instead? Thank you.

Mayo Maven
Dear Mayo Maven,

I'm happy to report that you can still enjoy deli salads without all the fat. In my opinion, using full-fat mayo in those types of salads is nothing but a huge waste of calories anyway. I never EVER use full-fat mayo -- just ONE tablespoon alone has 100 calories and 11g fat (POINTS® value 3*). And I NEVER eat pre-mixed tuna, egg, or chicken salad. It's just too risky, with all the fatty mayo that gets added. (Subway's 6" tuna sub has 530 calories, 31g fat, and a POINTS® value of 12*. Craziness!) But since I like those salads too, I make 'em at home with fat-free mayo and more. Here are some of my favorite mix-ins and the reasons why I love 'em:

Dijonnaise - This is, hands down, my #1 go-to swap for full-fat mayo. It has just 15 calories and <1g fat per tablespoon, but it's creamy and has a nice mild mustard kick.

Fat-Free Mayo - I use this stuff a lot as well (only around 10 calories per tablespoon), but since it doesn't taste as good as the real thing, I often combine it with any of the other items on this list. It's GREAT that way!

Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt - This stuff is so thick and creamy, it works PERFECTLY mixed with tuna, chicken, salmon, etc. Fage Total 0% is the best, and it has less than 10 calories per tablespoon. It's a little tart, but I love it. I usually use it as a base and then mix in spices and other goodies. But even straight, it is an AWESOME swap for fatty mayo.

Mustards - There are PLENTY of flavored mustards that are fantastic. Take risks and try some. Just read the labels carefully (most are very low in calories and fat-free, but there are some crazy exceptions out there!).

Hot Sauces & More - Believe it or not, Frank's RedHot is an awesome addition to your deli salads. Give it a whirl! Another obvious favorite of mine is Vivi's Original Sauce, which is good mixed with pretty much anything (I am obsessed with it).

There you go! And click here in case you missed our amazing egg and tuna salad recipes from a few weeks back. Ooh, and click here for our creamy chicken salad recipe!

 
CHEW ON THIS:
Today, April 23rd, is National Picnic Day. Even though it's Wednesday, pack up a basketful of guilt-free goodies and eat lunch outside with pals. Yay!
 
 
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.