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Hungry Girl Today: 11.05.08
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
Dear Hungry Girl,
I have a few Qs for you. First of all, where can I find the WW POINTS®
values for the recipes in the HG cookbook? Does Splenda have calories? And
where can I find those Tofu Shirataki noodles you are always talking about?
Sorry for having so many questions!
Lots of Qs
Dear Lots of Qs,
No worries -- that's what I'm here for! I'd be happy to answer all of your
questions. The Weight Watchers POINTS® values for every recipe in the HG
book can be found at our book site -- hungry-girl.com/book. Or click HERE to
download a handy-dandy PDF that has all of the POINTS® values in an easy-
to-print format. Many people write all the POINTS® values in their books,
which is a great idea. Next answer for you -- yes, Splenda does have
calories. There are approximately four calories in each packet of Splenda.
For more on that, click here and scroll. And for your final Q, House Foods
Tofu Shirataki noodles can be found at most Whole Foods locations, at many
supermarket chains (like Ralph's, Publix, Price Chopper, and more), at most
Asian markets, at health food stores, and online (here and here). Click here
to visit the House Foods website where there's lots more info. Whew, okay...
A few weeks ago, you mentioned something about diet soda and cake mix.
Then I saw you talking about it on Extra. Can you please elaborate on that? I
tried searching your site to no avail. It's driving me CRAZY. How do you
make cake with diet soda??
Ever since that "Ask HG" question and the Extra segment ran, people have
been emailing in about the diet soda cake. I guess I could have done a
better job explaining that. SORRY! It could NOT be any easier. Just take a
box of cake mix, and INSTEAD of adding the eggs, oil, water, etc., that the
box tells you to add, just mix with 1 can of diet soda, and then bake
according to box directions (or until a knife inserted into the center comes
out clean). That's it! You can do the same with brownie mix as well. Lots of
people stick to Diet Coke and chocolate cake, but I have experimented with
various cake and soda combos. Diet cream soda and diet lemon-lime soda
both work GREAT with yellow and white cakes, as do fruity diet sodas like
black cherry and orange. Have fun and be adventurous! By the way, a lot of
people have emailed in saying that they add a can of black beans to their
cake or brownie mix instead of the recommended ingredients (and then mix
with an electric mixer and bake according to the directions on the box). I've
tried that, and it tasted good, but please remember this -- while the beans
are healthy and contain fiber, a can of them typically has over 300 calories,
so they'll add an extra 25 - 30 calories to each serving of your cake. Diet
soda adds no calories. Of course if you want to add fiber, there's always our
favorite... CANNED PUMPKIN! So depending on what you're looking for, alter
your cake-baking accordingly. Have fun!!!
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