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Hungry Girl Today: 11.21.08
We've targeted some public enemies at Turkey Day tables and have a few
holiday heroes to replace them. As the saying goes, "If you want something
done right, you've got to do it yourself." Happy chewing...
There's nothing quite like a big, fluffy pile of smashed potatoes. Not only is it
quintessential comfort food, but it also goes SOOO well with turkey and
gravy (more on gravy later). Sadly, those spuds pack in a lot of starch
(hello, carbs and calories!). PLUS, most people use full-fat ingredients for
holiday cooking, so those taters likely have at least 200 calories and 8g fat
per serving. Dreaming of a way to have your mash and eat it too?
Cauliflower. Nope, we're not kidding. Click 'n scroll to check out our recipe
for Miracle Mashies (don't worry -- there's some potato in there, too!), and
make all your side dish dreams come true.
Everyone has one holiday staple (or two or three) that they CANNOT do
without. If gravy is your weakness, take notes. Some people make their
gravy by thickening stock with flour, which usually stays around a reasonable
20 - 40 calories per serving. Others make theirs from turkey drippings,
butter, wine, cream, etc., which can REALLY bump up the fat and calories.
Purists may scoff, but if you're counting calories, commercial gravy is a good
way to keep tabs on your stats. McCormick Turkey Gravy Mix has just 20
calories per serving (1/4 cup prepared), and all you have to do is add water.
Heinz Fat Free Roasted Turkey Gravy has the same stats for 1/4 cup, but
comes pre-made in a jar. Want to mask that "out of the package" look and
taste? Heat with some finely chopped mushrooms and/or onions. Sneaky,
Whether or not stuffing actually winds up inside of a bird, it's still stuffed with
bread, butter, eggs, and sometimes even contains sausage. No delusions of
lightness here, folks. Even the most basic boxed stuffing mix has around 160
calories and 7g fat once prepared with butter, and that's only for a 1/2-cup
serving. Many versions made from scratch are WAAAY worse, possibly
shooting up to more than 300 calories and 16g fat per scoop! The best way
to go is our lightened up Save-The-Day Stuffing, so click and scroll, stuffing
fiends. (Pssst! It's ALL about the low-cal bread, Egg Beaters, and light
French's French Fried Onions
Whatever you do, don't overdo it on those crunchy, greasy (but delicious)
fried onion casserole toppers. Two meager tablespoons contain 45 calories
and 3.5g fat... and that's on TOP of your favorite creamy green beans,
totaling around 250 calories and 10g fat per serving. For a veggie-based side
dish?! Dear friends, there's a better way. Crispy Delites Red Onion Chips get
you that savory crunch without being fried in oil. Our Rockin' Lean Bean
Casserole is the perfect opportunity for you to taste these babies in action.
BTW, if you don't feel like tracking down our favorite baked onion chips (they
can be ordered online HERE!), onion-flavored soy crisps are a pretty good
We love nuts, but there's a reason we prefer them pretty basic and portion-
controlled. Start adding crazy ingredients like sugar, syrup, and butter, and
you can end up with a high-calorie situation. The average slice of pecan pie
hovers at around 500 calories and 25g fat. Do you REALLY want to finish off
a ginormous T-Day dinner with a dessert like THAT? Balance things out...
unless you really want to eat a full meal of steamed broccoli. Pretty much all
pies are fatty and high in calories, so if you want to really take control, you
can contribute to the table with our guilt-free Too-Good-To-Deny Pumpkin
Pie. If you really L-O-V-E pecans, portion some out and crumble 'em on top.
A few quick Turkey Day tips...
* Try to get a cardio session in before the big meal. It'll crank up your
metabolism so you'll have some extra calories to spare. Even if you don't
have time for a full workout, add some exercise throughout the day
whenever you can -- take the stairs instead of the elevator or offer to walk
the neighbor's dog. Maybe you can even start a new holiday tradition of
going for a pre-feast walk around the neighborhood.
* Turkey is awesome! Load up on the white meat and stay away from the
skin, and you'll be in full-on feast mode! Plus you'll be taking in lots of lean
protein, which'll fill you up without weighing you down.
* Drink TWO glasses of water before you sit down to eat. It'll help keep that
appetite in check.
* Take a minute to survey the table before you start spooning things onto
your plate. What are your favorites? What falls into the "just not worth it"
category? If you're TRULY trying to be good, don't sample everything just to
be polite. But make sure you get some of your favorites (you ARE
celebrating!) and balance them out with basic, lighter options as well. The
keyword for the day is MODERATION. Don't deprive yourself! Just don't stuff
yourself silly either. Have a happy holiday!
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Hey! This Sunday, November 23rd, is Eat a Cranberry Day. We're rebels so
we'll be celebrating by drinking our 100-calorie Kickin' Cranberry Cosmos.
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