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Hungry Girl Today: 08.07.08

WEEKLY WEIGH-IN

Wanna cut calories in HALF? YOU are in luck...


Filling your diet with foods that have low energy density (high water and fiber
contents) can help you eat fewer calories without even realizing it. These
foods give you larger portion sizes for fewer calories. Our good pal (and
master bar-maker!) Dr. Melina Jampolis is here with FIVE fantastic tips for
cutting calories in HALF (which means you can eat twice as much food for the
same number of calories!). Good times!


1. You Say Tomato...

Chili is AWESOME but it can be a bit dense, and so the calories add up
quickly. If you want to add volume to chili and get more bang for your
calorie buck, mix a large can of cooked tomatoes (stewed, diced, or
chopped) with a standard-sized can of chili. And if you start out with a low-fat
veggie or turkey chili, your new chili blend will be super-low-cal!

Regular Canned Chili = 300 calories and 7g fat per cup
Chili/Tomato Blend = 150 calories and 3g fat per cup

Chili Savings - 150 calories and 4g fat per cup!



2. Sassy Salsa...

Everyone knows guacamole is delicious. But avocados (the main ingredient
in guac -- doy!) are super-high in fat and aren't exactly low in calories either.
Yes, we know it's good fat, but cutting some of the calories from guacamole
is still a good thing. Add 1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa (either jarred or
fresh, but we prefer fresh!) to 1 cup of guacamole, and your new concoction
will have half the calories in each serving. Weeeeee!

Regular Guacamole = 450 calories and 39g fat per cup
Salsa/Guac Blend = 225 calories and 16.5g fat per cup

Guac Savings - 225 calories and 22.5g fat per cup!



3. Mushroom Mania...

Mushrooms taste good and are good for you, but did you know that they can
do wonders for lean ground meat? Simply add 1 1/2 cups of chopped
mushrooms (feel free to put whole ones in the food processor!) to 4 oz. raw
lean ground beef (or turkey) to cut calories in HALF. Use this trick to make
burgers, sloppy joes, meatloaf and MORE.

Cooked Lean Ground Beef = 200 calories and 11.5g fat per cup
Cooked Mushroom/Lean Ground Beef Blend = 100 calories and 5g fat per
cup Beef Savings - 100 calories and 6.5g fat per cup!



4. Veg Out...

Mom always said to eat your veggies, but she should have insisted you
toss 'em into your pasta salad! Why? Because adding 1 1/4 cups of broccoli
(or another favorite vegetable) to a cup of pasta salad is yet another
fantastic way of cutting calories in half. YEE-HAA!

Pasta Salad = 380 calories and 20g fat per cup
Broccoli/Pasta Salad Blend = 190 calories and 9g fat per cup

Pasta Salad Savings - 190 calories and 11g fat per cup!



5. Super-Duper Celery...

You can definitely save loads of calories and fat grams by making your tuna
(or chicken) salad with reduced-fat or fat-free mayo as opposed to the full-
fat kind. But you can slash oodles MORE calories from your creations by
adding one heaping cup of chopped celery to each cup of tuna or chicken
salad. Don't like celery? You can achieve the same results with chopped
cucumbers. YES!!!

Reduced-Fat Tuna Salad = 320 calories and 12g fat per cup
Reduced-Fat Tuna Salad/Celery Blend = 160 calories and 6g fat per cup

Tuna Salad Savings - 160 calories and 6g fat per cup!


HG Note - The nutritional values listed here are based on averages. For exact
nutritionals and POINTS® values, simply add the stats from the labels of the
specific products you use, and then divide by the number of servings.


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CHEW ON THIS:
August 7th is Raspberries 'n Cream Day. We'll be topping our berries with Fat
Free Reddi-wip, thankyouverymuch!

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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.
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