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Hungry Girl Today: 1.14.09


Dear Hungry Girl,

I love your supermarket list but there are SOOOO many items on it, I could

never buy them all. If you had to narrow it down to some HG staples, what

would your top picks be and why?


Dear Supermarket-Challenged,

The official HG supermarket list IS very long (but really helpful and packed

with great items!). So if I had to limit it to a bunch of must-haves, here's

what would be on the list. These are my personal go-to foods that are

ALWAYS in my house and at the HG HQ.

1. Almond Breeze, Unsweetened Vanilla - This milk sub is GREAT. It only has

40 calories and 3g fat per 8-oz. serving (POINTS® value 1*) -- that's HALF

the calories of skim milk, and it has ten times the flavor. Use it in recipes,

smoothies, shakes, and cereal, or drink it straight. Look for it near the non-

refrigerated boxed soymilks (or order online if you can't find it).

2. The Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedges, Light Original Swiss - This

is the BEST, BEST, BEST cheese find EVER. Each hunk has just 35 calories

and 2g fat (POINTS® value 1*). It's great as a cream cheese swap, in

scrambles (made from egg whites or Egg Beaters), and as an ingredient for

super-creamy sauces. This stuff is used in a bazillion HG recipes, and you

must have it in the fridge at all times!

3. Egg Beaters, Original - I eat Egg Beaters (or egg whites, or another fat-

free liquid egg substitute) for breakfast every day. Can't live without 'em. A

1/4-cup serving has only 30 fat-free calories (POINTS® value 1*). You can

even make some in a mug in the microwave, and then you won't have to

worry about washing a pan.

4. Fuji apples - I eat an apple a day. Fujis are my personal favorite, but I like

pretty much all apples.

5. La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Tortillas, Low Carb/High Fiber - The

large ones have just 80 calories, 3g fat, and 12g fiber (POINTS® value 1*).

They're GREAT for so many things (wraps, b-fast burritos, quesadillas), and

they're the best bread swap. Click here to find a store near you that carries

them (or here to order online).

6. Lean turkey breast - I've said this before -- I LIVE for protein! And turkey

slices + pickles = one of my all-time favorite snacks. Mmmmm!

7. Broccoli cole slaw - My bunnies and I fight over it! (I win when I want to.)

I love it straight from the bag, in slaws and salads, and stir-fried with Amy's

Chunky Tomato Bisque (SO amazing!).

8. Fat-free yogurt - I eat it for/with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I

LOOOOOVE it. My picks are Yoplait Light (a bazillion flavors) and Fage Total

0% (super-thick and protein-packed).

9. Fiber One bran cereal (original) - You know I'm obsessed with this cereal --

not only is it great for breakfast, but it's used in HG-land to faux-fry

EVERYTHING!!! A half-cup of F1 has just 60 calories, 1g fat, and 14g fiber

(POINTS® value 0*).

10. Canned soup - I love to snack on soup. Progresso Light soups (plus other

low-cal Progresso soups) and Amy's Chunky Tomato Bisque are ALWAYS in

my pantry.

Other less-widely-available staples of mine are VitaTops, FRS (the low-

calorie concentrate), and Vivi's Original Sauce Classic Carnival Mustard --

ALL MUST-HAVES!!! Have fun stocking up!

Dear HG,

I know there's no secret magic way to lose weight, but do you have any

tricks at all that might help me?

Desperate in Denver

Dear Desperate,

You're right about there being no magical way to drop weight, but there are

definitely some things that can help. Here are a few of my favorite tricks.

1. Try to write down everything you eat. Invariably, whenever you keep a

list of what you're chewing, you eat less. I'm not saying you need to buy a

fancy journal (but if you want to, great!). Just scribble down what you eat on

paper or in a Word doc on your computer. It really helps.

2. Eat your biggest meal midday and eat a lighter meal at night. You'll likely

speed up your weight loss this way, since you'll be pretty full by dinnertime

(when people tend to overdo it). If, however, you really like to have your

biggest meal for dinner, just balance it out with a lighter lunch.

3. Find a way to LOVE exercise. It's pretty hard to successfully lose weight

unless you somehow work exercise into your weekly schedule. I walk on a

treadmill at least five times a week. Have I always loved it? NO WAY! But

now I have a TV (and TiVo!) in my workout room, and I watch The Dish, Top

Chef, Iron Chef America, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and American Idol

while I walk... and I LOVE IT! I think of it as an excuse to watch TV.

4. Drinking a LOT of water to help curb your appetite is my final tip for today.

Try it. And if you find it hard to drink the stuff cold, sip it at room

temperature (it goes down easier!).

Best of luck!

HG ALERT! MEET HG's LISA in NYC! If you're in NYC TOMORROW (1/15/09),

you can meet Lisa LIVE at the Baskin-Robbins at 140 East 34th Street

between 12:30 and 1:30pm. Flash your gym card and you'll get a free BRight

Choices scoop at this and all other participating BR locations (click for more

on that). Woohoo!

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