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Hungry Girl Today: 9.2.09



ASK HUNGRY GIRL









HG,



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?



Chicken-Salad Lover









Dear CSL,



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

salading!!!















Hungry Girl,



I've heard you talk about your so-called "trigger foods." What does this term

mean? Can you explain the concept?



Foodie Gurl







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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