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Hungry Girl Today: 11.20.09

Getting nervous about next week's food-fest? Read this handy guide to make
sure you don't make any rookie mistakes, plus check out our bestest holiday
recipes... Happy, happy!

Thanksgiving TRUE or FALSE!

"To prepare for the big meal, I should eat as little as possible earlier in the
day and save ALL my calories for dinner."

FALSE! This is actually a terrible idea. Eat a substantial but sensible breakfast
and a light meal several hours before the Big One. Otherwise, you'll likely be
SUPER-HUNGRY and make bad food decisions during your holiday meal. Not
to mention, you'll probably be cranky.

"I should drink a lot of water throughout the day, especially right before the

TRUE! A glass or two of water before the meal will take the edge off your
hunger and help you recognize fullness faster. Plus, drinking a lot of water is
pretty good advice for ANY day of the year.

"At dinner, I should ONLY eat steamed veggies, salad, and lean turkey
breast -- that's all."

FALSE! Well, you could do that if you want to be miserable and torture
yourself, but we're not into self-deprivation. You can STILL celebrate and
enjoy the meal without going overboard. So sure, bulk up on the lighter stuff
(salad, broth-based soup, white-meat turkey, non-creamy veggies, etc.), but
also allow yourself to take a few bites of your favorites. Just be smart and
keep it moderate. And maybe add some exercise to your day of festivities!

"I can have dessert without feeling guilty as long as I don't overdo it."

TRUE! If you fill up on protein and veggies at dinner, you shouldn't be too
hungry by the time dessert rolls around. So grab a small sweet treat and pair
it with some flavored tea or coffee -- maybe contribute some dessert-
flavored coffee or holiday-themed tea to the feast. (Celestial Seasonings
Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Gingerbread Spice are GREAT.) And as for the
stuff you chew, choose wisely. If you know that a sliver of your cousin Kim's
three-layer caramel cheesecake always leads to four and a half slices, pass
up that trigger food for something you can enjoy without going into a sugar-

HG Holiday Classics!

Too-Good-To-Deny Pumpkin Pie - Non-negotiable dessert fare for pumpkin-

Kickin' Cranberry Sauce - Beats the stuff in a can any day of the week,
month, or year!

Save-the-Day Stuffing - That's right, you can save calories and save the day
at the same time.

I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie - Your family won't believe it either.

Rockin' Lean Bean Casserole - Creamy veggies with crunchy onions? AND
it's guilt-free? We're STILL shocked.

Double-Trouble Chocolate Trifle - It may not be a "holiday dessert"
specifically, but pumpkin can't have all the fun! Your dinner-mates will lose
their minds when you bring this to the table...

Cheesy-Good Cornbread Muffins - We put the "Mmmmm!" into these

Miracle Mashies - This recipe may change the way you eat mashed potatoes
forever. No joke.

Vanilla Creme Pumpkin Cheesecake and MORE - Click now for a killer
dessert and over half a dozen other Thanksgiving favorites!

For links please go to:
Hungry for More? For tons of Thanksgiving tips & tricks, click here and here!
And for some AWESOME food finds for the feast, click here!!!

OOOOOOOH! Friday, November 20th, is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!
Make a batch of our Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge RIGHT NOW!

HG News You Can Use! Change your eating habits for the better this fall.
Weight Watchers ROCKS and they can help. Click here NOW!

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