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Hungry Girl Today: 12.03.08
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
A lot of your recipes call for turkey bacon. I HATE cooking bacon. Do you
have any recommendations for bacon products that will do the trick?
Achin' for a Bacon Sub
Excellent question. I want to start off by saying that cooking bacon is pretty
simple these days, because you can just cover it with a paper towel, and
nuke it for a few minutes. Then it's done. Plus, that extra-lean turkey bacon
by Jennie-O comes precooked, so it takes less than a minute in the
microwave. But if you don't even feel like doing that (which is totally fine --
I'm not judging you), I have a FANTASTIC alternative. Many companies (like
Oscar Mayer and Hormel) now offer great-tasting bacon bits made from REAL
bacon, usually found near the salad dressings. (Our local market, Ralphs,
even has its own!) Those "crunchy" imitation bacon bits -- while good on
salads and as potato-toppers -- are hard and extremely fake-tasting. But
these are soft, authentic-tasting, and delicious. Make sure to get the ones
labeled "real bacon bits". As far as calories and fat, they're not a bad choice
either. Most have just 25 calories and 1.5g fat per tablespoon (POINTS®
value 1*). They're so full of flavor that typically one serving is all you need.
So swap a tablespoon of those real bacon pieces for a strip of turkey bacon
in any HG recipe -- except maybe our bacon-wrapped shrimp (that probably
wouldn't work without glue -- ha!). Have fun!
It's shopping season. How can I avoid overdoing it at the mall? And I'm not
talking about my holiday gift budget -- I'm talking about my calorie budget.
Fearing the Food Court
Yup, it certainly is shopping season right now. And shopping at a crowded
mall can be a time-consuming and energy-draining experience. Even if you
think you're only going to run in for an hour or less, chances are you'll wind
up stuck there for WAY more time than that, and you'll eventually get
hungry. There's no way to sugar-coat this -- the mall food court can be a
dangerous place. I'm a carb-fiend, so I find the butter-soaked pretzels with
all their crazy flavors and toppings extremely enticing. Then of course there
are the ginormous pizza slices, oily Mexican and Chinese food, overstuffed
cheesy potatoes, etc., etc. There are many obvious bad choices at the mall.
But scarier are the items PRETENDING to be healthy and low in calories --
the (500-calorie) smoothies, the (fatty) Caesar salads, the (mayo-infested)
tuna salad... EEEKS! I would recommend not eating food from the mall at all.
This isn't as hard as it sounds. Just bring some emergency snacks to hold
you over. Some of my favorites are 100-calorie packs of almonds, jerky,
and VitaTops. Snack bars and fruit are great, too. Those should keep your
appetite in check until you can get a real meal... off the premises! If you
don't have any emergency snacks (horrors!), try to find the best high-
protein, non-saucy options available. A salad with grilled chicken or turkey
slices is usually easy to find, and it's my go-to food court option. And instead
of dressing, use salsa. That typically saves you a TON of fat and calories.
Mexican places and delis are two good places to find this little mall survival
meal. Oooh, and click here for HG's best & worst food court finds over at
Yahoo! Food. Happy shopping (and chewing!).
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CHEW ON THIS:
This week is Cookie Cutter Week. We've got TWO brand-new cookie-packed
recipes coming up tomorrow. They don't require cutting, but we did cut a lot
of calories when we made 'em.
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