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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...

Mashed Potatoes

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


Pecan Pie

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.

Gobble, Gobble!

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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two to the HG HQ in Los Angeles! All proceeds benefit the hunger-relief

organization Feeding America. So click NOW and bid -- before it's too late!

THE AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY! Hope to see you here soon...


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.

Find that recipe and loads more in the HG cookbook (in stores and online).


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