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Hungry Girl Today: 9.2.09
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
Okay, so I'm a chicken-salad freak. It's my favorite thing to have for lunch,
but I have a feeling that even the "low-fat" kind has TONS of calories. What
can you tell me about chicken salad? Is there a way to make it guilt-free?
The best advice I can give and most important thing I can say about chicken
salad is this... Pay close attention and read carefully... Come closer...
Breathe and stare at the screen... Count to three. Okay, ready? DO NOT EAT
CHICKEN SALAD UNLESS YOU MAKE IT YOURSELF. There. I said it. Now that
you know this, you're already way ahead of the game. Deli-made chicken
salad, restaurant chicken salad, your aunt's chicken salad, etc. -- they're all
likely to contain a ridiculous amount of calories and fat. Why? Because of
MAYO. Regular mayonnaise is full of fat and calories. And because chicken
salad typically contains A LOT of mayo, even ones made with the low-fat
type can be calorie-packed. And it's just not necessary. So, if you love
chicken salad, just make it yourself -- here are some tips. I'll use something
like fat-free mayo, fat-free Greek yogurt, fat-free sour cream, etc., as a
creamy base. Then I add things like hot sauce, low-fat cheese, mustard,
veggies, and spices to give it lots of flavor. The result is totally delicious, low-
calorie chicken salad. There are FOUR chicken-salad recipes in the latest HG
cookbook, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 -- a Buffalo-wing inspired one, a fruity
Waldorf-type recipe, a Greek-style chicken salad with olives and feta, and a
Chinese chicken salad that's sweet and incredible. You can find one of my
favorites, the Sweet 'n Chunky Chicken Salad, right here. Happy chicken
I've heard you talk about your so-called "trigger foods." What does this term
mean? Can you explain the concept?
Dear Foodie Gurl,
Understanding the whole "trigger foods" thing is super-important but also
super-easy. Trigger foods are the ones that cause you to eat more -- foods
that make you tailspin into a bit of an eating frenzy. For some, chocolate is a
trigger food -- one bite and they can't stop eating chocolate all day. Not for
me. I can eat a piece of chocolate, be fine, and not crave any more. Other
people say ice cream is a huge trigger food -- they can easily down an entire
pint in one sitting. I'm okay with ice cream. But chips and pretzels are
another story altogether! Give me a handful of salty snacks and it's all over.
I feel the need to inhale an entire bag of 'em without stopping to take a
breath -- VERY dangerous! I always tell people to avoid their trigger foods. If
you stick with foods that satisfy you but don't make you crave more and
more, chances are you'll be safe from overeating. It's really that simple. Do
you know what your trigger foods are? CLICK HERE NOW to see a brand-
new "Hungryvision" video all about trigger foods, featuring the HG staff and
me. Watch it, learn more about trigger foods, and find out how you could win
cool HG stuff. REALLY, DO IT! And if you're still not sure what your trigger
foods are, try writing down everything you eat for a week and see if the
answer is a little clearer after that.
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