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Hungry Girl Today: 9.25.09
Some of the world's healthiest foods are a little high in fat and calories. Have
no fear -- HG is here with the 411 and some advice on how to enjoy 'em!
PER SERVING (1/2 cup sliced): 117 calories, 10.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 6g
carbs, 5g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
Why Eat It? This fruit (yeah, it's technically a fruit -- weird, we know) is
loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats. Its high levels of
potassium aid in maintaining a healthy nervous system and protecting the
heart. And all the vitamin E avocados contain boosts your immune system
and can also keep your blood flowing smoothly. Avocados ROCK!
HG Tips! Avocado is so healthy that a little can go a long way. Whip up our
chunky guacamole -- it has a secret ingredient and very impressive
nutritional stats! Need other ways to enjoy our mushy green pal? Spread a
little on some turkey slices, or dice it and toss some onto your salads.
PER SERVING (4 oz. cooked): 233 calories, 14g fat, 69mg sodium, 0g carbs,
0g fiber, 0g sugars, 25g protein -- POINTS® value 6*
Why Eat It? Wild salmon is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are
extremely good for your heart. Omega-3s have also been said to help
prevent and support recovery from a slew of illnesses, such as certain types
of cancer, asthma, depression, and more. Salmon's also loaded with vitamins
and antioxidants. And wild salmon (caught from rivers & oceans -- we don't
mean a fish that parties all night) is lower in dangerous contaminants than
the farmed type.
HG Tips! Canned or pouched salmon (which is almost always wild) is portion-
controlled and not too high in fat (a 3-oz. serving has about 120 calories, 5g
fat, and a POINTS® value of 3*), yet it's still swimming with some of those
healthy Omega-3s. Make ROCKIN' salmon salad by mixing it with fat-free
mayo or Hellmann's/Best Foods Dijonnaise. Or you can throw some into your
salad greens with low-cal dressing. We've also heard good things about the
ready-to-serve, pouched Salmon Steaks by Chicken of the Sea. Besides
being wild-caught and portion-controlled (a whole pouch is one serving), they
come in fun flavors like Roasted Garlic, Mandarin Orange, and Honey
Barbecue. And each 5.25-oz. fillet has only 150 - 200 calories and 3 grams of
fat or less (POINTS® value 3 - 4*). We must confess that we haven't
tried 'em -- just letting you know they exist.
Almonds (Dry-Roasted and Unsalted)
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 1/4 cup): 169 calories, 15g fat, 0mg sodium,
5.5g carbs, 3.25g fiber, 1g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 4*
Why Eat 'Em? Talk about a nutritional powerhouse! Almonds are one of the
most nutritious nuts around. They have vitamins, potassium, fiber, calcium,
disease-battling phytonutrients... you name it. They've also been shown to
lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, lower the risk of chronic illnesses,
and even fight off osteoporosis. Impressive! Looks like they do everything
except file papers and give you rides to the airport...
HG Tips! We're not gonna sugarcoat it, people. Inhaling almonds by the
handful can cause your daily calorie and fat counts to skyrocket. To get the
benefits of almonds while keeping those numbers down, check out All Natural
Almond Accents (1 tbsp. has 40 calories, 3 - 3.5g fat, and a POINTS® value
of 1*). Since they're sliced super-thin, a little goes a long way. And they
come seasoned in great flavors like Butter Toffee Glazed and Italian
Parmesan. Scoop out a serving and top off a salad, some yogurt, or fruit. OR
try them in our Lucky 4-Leaf Salad! Look for 'em in the produce section.
Can't find them? Just snatch up some slivered almonds or thinly sliced ones.
PER SERVING (1 oz.): 150 calories, 11g fat, 10mg sodium, 14g carbs, 2g
fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 4*
Why Eat It? Chocolate IS good for you. The rumors are true. The bittersweet
stuff has been known to lower high blood pressure, reduce the risk of
clogged arteries and blood clots, and prevent heart disease and other
ailments. So what makes dark chocolate so much better for you than other
types? Higher cocoa content equals more flavonoids (the compounds
responsible for all that disease fighting).
HG Tips! Sweetriot's line of dark chocolate snacks is chock-full of those
fabulous flavonoids. Try the 140-calorie, 11-to-12g-of-fat tins of dark-
chocolate-coated cacao pieces (POINTS® value 3*). And for a chocolate BAR
fix, bite into one of Sweetriot's unBars... each chunky hunk of chocolate has
180 - 190 calories and 14g fat (POINTS® value 4 - 5*). Need another option?
Try Adora Dark Chocolate Calcium Supplements, which taste more like a
snack candy than a supplement. Each of these calcium-packed chocolate
discs has just 30 calories with 2 grams of fat (POINTS® value 1*).
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HG on QVC Alert!!! HG's Lisa will appear on In the Kitchen with David on
QVC, THIS SUNDAY, 9/27, at 12pm ET. Remember to call in to say hi!
CHEW ON THIS:
Saturday, September 26th, is National Pancake Day. We're celebrating with
our Very Blueberry Pancakes. Yay!!!
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