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Hungry Girl Today: 3.4.09

ASK HUNGRY GIRL

Dear Hungry Girl,

I have recently heard that some of the "light" items at Chili's and other
places may not be as low in fat and calories as the restaurant websites and
menus claim. Is this true? And what can we do about it?

Scared to Dine Out



Dear Scared,

Don't be scared. You can't just stay home and fear restaurants. That's not
practical (or fun!). Just be smart about how you order, and be AWARE of
what's on your plate. As far as restaurant nutritionals are concerned, you
need to come to terms with the fact that there are a lot of factors affecting
the accuracy of the stats provided. You never know who's preparing your
food, and if they are measuring the ingredients (or even using the right
ones!) -- or if they care. It IS a little annoying, but if you use common sense,
you'll get by. Know this -- if something SEEMS too good to be true, it
probably is. So if a restaurant website says a certain dish has only 400
calories and hardly any fat, but it shows up and is oversized and swimming in
oil, IT ISN'T that low in calories and fat! Try to do a lot of weighing and
measuring of your food at home, so you get a good sense of what a
reasonable portion of chicken, fish, etc., looks like, and how it stacks up to
the servings at restaurants. Also -- even if the menu calls something "low-
fat" or "light," your best bet is to order sauces on the side and use them
sparingly. If things taste buttery, they're likely made with butter. If they are
extra-shiny, they may have more oil than they're supposed to. Just be
AWARE -- that's the most important thing. And never ever play dumb when it
comes to restaurant food. (That may work on other people, but not on me!
So think of me whenever you try to convince yourself of something you just
KNOW deep down in your heart of hearts isn't true.) There you go. Good
luck -- and happy chewing!!!







Dear Hungry Girl,

A while back, you featured a recipe for a stuffed pepper that was made with
soy crumbles and some other stuff. I misplaced it and am really bummed.
Can you please rerun it?

Searching for Stuffed Pepper



Dear Searching,

Yup, that recipe ran close to two years ago, back in April of '07. You can find
it here (just click & scroll). I know a lot of you know this already, but based
on the hundreds of emails that come in asking to rerun recipes, I think a lot
of you DON'T... so here goes. Every single HG email is archived on our site
at hungry-girl.com. You can search the site by typing keywords into the
search bar in the upper right corner of the homepage. Your best bet is to
enter a couple of words (like stuffed pepper) -- you probably won't find what
you're looking for if you search "that delicious stuffed pepper recipe
crammed with soy meat," and you'll have WAY too many recipes and past
emails to sift through if you just search the word "stuffed." Soooo, if you
ever want to find a recipe (or any information that you remember reading
about in an HG email), just go to the site and search for it! And here's a little
tip -- if the HG search bar isn't giving you results, go to Google and
search "Hungry Girl" (in quotes) plus whatever you're looking for. Yes, it's
THAT easy. Have a great day!


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