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Hungry Girl Today: 6.25.08


Dear Hungry Girl,

I love iced coffee, and I've noticed that many fast food places are now
offering their own versions (including flavored ones!). Are these good for

Coffee Fiend

Dear Coffee Fiend,

I love iced coffee as well and tend to think I can make the best-tasting, diet-
friendly versions at home with some key ingredients (instant coffee,
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, unsweetened cocoa powder, Torani
Sugar Free Syrups, Coffee-mate fat-free flavored powders, etc.). But when
you're out and about, it's easy to be tempted by what you see at the drive-
thru. Since you don't have complete control of what goes in those things (like
you might at a coffee shop), you really need to do your research (in this
case I've done a little for you!). Some of those iced coffees are far higher in
calories and fat than others. Take a look...

Jack in the Box:
Regular (avg. all varieties) = 96 calories & 1.7g fat (POINTS® value 2*)
Large (avg. all varieties) = 150 calories & 3g fat (POINTS® value 3*)

Small sugar-free vanilla = 60 calories & 5g fat (POINTS® value 2*)
Large sugar-free vanilla = 120 calories & 11g fat (POINTS® value 3*)
Small (all other varieties, including regular vanilla) = 130 - 140 calories & 5g
fat (POINTS® value 3*)
Large (all other varieties, including regular vanilla) = 270 - 280 calories &
11g fat (POINTS® value 6 - 7*)

Burger King:
Mocha BK Joe Iced Coffee = 380 calories and 10g fat (POINTS® value 8*)

Those JITB iced coffees are NOT BAD considering they aren't even marketed
as light! (They're made with 2% milk.) But watch out for that crazy Burger
King one -- it's actually made with vanilla shake mix and chocolate shake
syrup! There are a few key ways to know what you're getting into when it
comes to iced coffee at fast food joints (or anywhere, for that matter). 1. You
can (and definitely SHOULD!) check the websites for the scoop on the
nutritionals and ingredients -- a quick search showed me all that info above.
2. Always ask for fat-free milk (if given the choice), request sugar-free syrup
(if available), ask to sweeten it yourself (with no-calorie sweetener, if
possible), and go without whipped cream. 3. If the beverage is premixed
and/or can't be altered, ask what's in it. If it's flavored, is the syrup full of
sugar? If it's creamy, is it made with full-fat milk or cream? Don't be shy!

Hi, HG!

I am addicted to egg drop soup. But I'm starting to worry about two potential
(and major!) issues when it comes to my habit. First, how many calories and
how much cholesterol am I taking in per cup? Second, although I'm usually
disciplined enough to skip the crispy noodles that come with the soup,
sometimes I give in and eat 'em. Just how many calories are in that little
sack of noodles? It's such a mystery food. Everyone under the sun says to
avoid those crunchy things, but no one will tell me just how bad they are for
me. Help!

In Need of the Egg Drop Scoop

Dear In Need,

Here's the deal with egg drop soup. For starters, it probably doesn't have as
many calories as you think. A cup of the stuff sans noodles typically has
about 70 calories and 3g fat (POINTS® value 2*). Not bad! As far as the
cholesterol is concerned, that number is slightly high (after all, egg drop soup
IS made with real eggs!). Each cup clocks in with around 100mg of
cholesterol (an average egg alone contains about 200mg of the stuff). The
DV of dietary cholesterol is actually less than 300mg. So if cholesterol is a
concern, you may want to watch your consumption of that soup. We've got a
great recipe in the HG cookbook called Egg Flower Power Soup (1 generous
cup = 50 calories, <0.5g fat, 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 1*). Since that's
made with egg whites and no yolks, it's definitely far lower in cholesterol
than the average egg drop soup. As for those fried noodles -- well -- THOSE
are the real enemy. They are LOADED with grease and oil. Just a teeny half-
cup serving contains around 200 calories and as much as 10g fat (POINTS®
value 5*). HORRENDOUS! Plus, the bag typically contains more than 1
serving, and it's too easy to down the entire sack of 'em in one sitting. Here
in California, luckily, most restaurants don't include those things with your
order. But when I lived in NYC, I wouldn't even remove those crispy noodles
from my takeout bag! I kept them tucked away with the crazy-spicy mustard
and mystery condiments, and I only rescued the soy sauce and plasticware!
Be strong -- skip the noodles! And happy slurping...

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