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Hungry Girl Today: 5.27.09

ASK HUNGRY GIRL

Dear Hungry Girl,

I saw a piece on HG in The Washington Post -- so cool! The article called you
the "queen of processed food." Do you really eat processed food all the
time? What do you have to say about this nickname?

Pondering the Post


Dear Pondering,

Thanks for your Q -- I've been wanting to address this. I love that article!
And while the nickname made me laugh, I understand why the journalist
wrote it. Let me explain... in detail. Hungry Girl recipes and food finds
definitely include a lot of processed foods. To quote that article from The
Washington Post, "we are a nation of snackers." Because let's face it:
America eats processed food. These foods tempt us all day, every day. It's
unrealistic to think that the average person, who's faced with fast food and
processed food on a regular basis, can flip a switch and start following a
completely rigid diet of 100% "clean" foods. It just is. While it may work for
some people, it's not reasonable for the masses. So Hungry Girl provides a
happy medium -- a bridge between the average junk-food diet and the
idealistic way of eating perfectly "healthy" at all times. It's not about
following an all-processed-food diet. It's a REALISTIC approach to better-for-
you eating that people can actually live with and feel good about. Many of the
processed foods I write about and use in recipes give people a way to fulfill
their cravings for fattening items like fried foods, pizza, sweets, etc., without
taking in a crazy amount of calories and fat. In other words, it helps people
maintain a healthy weight without feeling deprived. Personally, while I do
rely on those foods to tackle serious cravings, I'm actually sort of boring
when it comes to my everyday food staples. I definitely don't eat processed
food all the time. I eat a lot of protein -- things like turkey, chicken, egg
whites, fish (tons of sushi with as little rice as possible), and steak (once in a
while). I love to eat salads with low-fat cheeses, a LOT of veggies, and a
small amount of fat-free or low-fat dressing (or none at all -- I'm not a huge
fan of dressing on my salads). I LOVE fruit and eat an apple a day and other
fruits as well. I also eat HG staples like high-fiber tortillas, Tofu Shirataki
noodles, Fiber One cereal, Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges, etc. Some of
those foods are natural, and some are not. But back to the point -- most
Americans won't be giving up processed food anytime soon, so I offer up
reasonable alternatives to a lot of the total JUNK out there. That's the bottom
line. I stand by the HG way 1000%. Hundreds of thousands of people are
embracing and appreciating it, and they're benefiting by attaining and
maintaining a healthy weight -- I know; I hear from them every day. (Love
those emails -- keep 'em coming!) It's nice to see that the people at The
Washington Post get it. If anyone out there hasn't seen the article, click here -
- it's worth reading. Thanks again for the question!





HG,

I love to bake, and I have been wanting to make carrot cake cupcakes for
the longest time. Do you have any suggestions or a recipe for guilt-free
carrot cake? I LOVE cupcakes!

Carrot Cake Obsessed


Dear Carrot Cake Obsessed,

YOU are in luck! There's an AMAZING HG recipe for carrot cake cupcakes
right here online -- click here for HG's 14-Carat Cupcakes. They are
AWESOME and even have cream cheese frosting. And each one only has 130
calories, one gram of fat, and a POINTS® value of 2*. (BTW, people still
thinking about the processed food Q above should know that in addition to
some processed items, this recipe also includes a slew of healthy foods --
carrots, pumpkin, whole-wheat flour, etc. Just sayin'!) That cupcake recipe
ran in a past email but it's also in the new book, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200.
In fact, there's an ENTIRE chapter devoted to cupcakes in that book. Some
of my other favorites are the Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes and
the Banana Cupcakes with PB Frosting... YUM!!! Have fun baking!

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