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Hungry Girl Today: 08.29.08

Before there were fancy marinades, medicines and appetite suppressants,
there were herbs. But don't start chomping on various bushes and weeds just
yet! Take a look at these nutritious -- and delicious -- au natural ways of
getting them in your system...


GAR-LICK IT, GAR-BITE IT, GAR-SIP IT...

How many herbs can help lower blood pressure, aid in cancer prevention,
AND keep away vampires? An apple a day may not keep the doctor away,
but a clove of garlic just might. Besides raising helpful good cholesterols and
lowering evil ones, this "stinking rose" also acts as an antibiotic and anti-
cancer agent. And like most herbs, it's bursting with vitamins and minerals --
manganese, calcium, iron, vitamins B1, B6 and C... the list goes on and on.
And on. Garlic's even been shown to help prevent weight gain!

Get Your Garlic On!

To maximize garlic's benefits, lightly crush the cloves, and let 'em sit at room
temperature for a few. Then, the possibilities of what to do with this herb are
as endless as its benefits...

* Zazzle up low-cal salad dressing by dropping a crushed clove or two inside
the bottle.

* Spice up that low-fat soup, sauce, or stir-fry with a bit of your fragrant
friend.

* Stir up some of HG's Crazy-Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip, which calls for
a couple of cloves.

* Bake a clove in the oven, and then smear its contents over your favorite
100-calorie pack of crackers!



PART AND PARSLEY

Parsley is more than a pretty face. Studies suggest that parsley could
actually prevent tumors from forming. The herb also acts as
a "chemoprotective" food -- that means it can help counteract the effects of
secondhand smoke and everyday pollution. It's also high in antioxidants and
vitamins A, C, K and B9 (B9 = folate = good for your heart).

Playing with Parsley...

Other than simply sprinkling it on foods to add a little zip and using it as a
pretty green garnish, here are a few other parsley tips...

* Like garlic, parsley's perfect for stirring into soups and tomato sauces.

* Parsley + Fish = Delish!

* Flavor your Egg Beaters with the stuff BEFORE you cook 'em for a super-
tasty scramble!



DURING-DINNER MINT

As long as you're not just gobbling down Peppermint Patties, mint can do a
whole lot more for you than simply make your toothpaste taste good. It can
sooth an upset stomach, clear your nose (asthma and colds), and fight
nausea. It's also chock-full of manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin A. But
that's not enough for this after-dinner staple. It's a cancer-fighter, bravely
defending your skin, colon, and lungs. For an extra bonus, plant it around
your place -- ants hate it as much as we hate having them in our homes (this
is a good tip, people!).

Minty Fresh Ideas...

Spit out that toothpaste (after you brush, of course)! We've got some better
ideas for how to get your peppermint fix...

* Drink your mouthwash. Kidding! Spit that out, too. Instead, sip sweet
peppermint by enjoying some of the many tasty teas out there made with
the stuff.

* Use pepp extract to enhance your beverages. Why not make an iced
version of our White Hot Mint Mocha Cocoa?

* Peppermint and tomatoes are BFFs that taste GREAT together. Pop some
peppermint leaves into your favorite tomato-based soup (ours is Amy's
Chunky Tomato Bisque!) or toss some on to low-fat pizza.



DILL POWER!

Dill weed may sound like an insult, but this herb is an all-star in the spice
rack. It's an antibacterial spice, and it keeps your bones strong (thank you,
calcium!). Dill also serves up plenty of iron and even fiber. And just like its
pal parsley, dill helps neutralize smoke damage in the body.

Dill 'Er Up...

Both the seeds and leaves of dill are used for seasoning food. Go for fresh
dill if you can get your paws on some -- then your dishes will not only taste
good, but they'll also smell amazing.

* One of dill's best roles is as special guest star in creamy potato salad. But
since that mayo-laden stuff can be super-fatty, whip up HG's I Can't Believe
It's Not Potato Salad! instead.

* Bring boring fat-free ranch dressing to a whole new level by stuffing some
dill in the bottle. It's also good mixed with some fat-free plain yogurt for a
super-delicious dip. Mmmm!

* Add dill to salads, slaws, and grilled or steamed salmon. Or add some to
canned salmon with a little Miracle Whip Free for a tangy, tasty alternative to
tuna salad.

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HG Thanks! A giant gracias goes out to our pal George Mateljan and his
super-fantastic book, The World's Healthiest Foods. That info-packed food
bible is full of facts on nutritional powerhouses like many of the ones
featured in today's email!

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