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Hungry Girl Today: 3.17.10

ASK HUNGRY GIRL



Dear HG,

I love the Shamrock Shake at McDonald's! And I know you have a recipe for
a swap -- you have run it before. Can you PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE rerun it?

Show Me the Shamrock


Dear Show Me the Shamrock,

Thanks for reminding me about that shake! Today is St. Patrick's Day, after
all! If you're interested in eating green foods, here are some of my favorites:
broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, and pickles. If you want to celebrate in a
more traditional way, with a Shamrock Shake (har har!), skip a trip to
Mickey D's and make our version instead. That drive-thru version has
hundreds of calories and fat grams in the double digits! Ours is super simple
to make, tastes fantastic, and is completely guilt-free. All you need is a little
fat-free ice cream, food coloring, mint extract, soymilk, yada yada. OK,
here's the full recipe!

Shamrock 'n' Roll Shake

PER SERVING (1 shake, entire recipe): 176 calories, 4g fat, 142mg sodium,
29.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 16g sugars, 7.5g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
3/4 cup light vanilla soymilk
1/2 cup Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Creamy Vanilla fat-free ice cream
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
2 drops green food coloring
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda)
1 1/2 cups crushed ice (8 - 12 ice cubes' worth)

Directions:
Combine Coffee-mate with 1 tbsp. hot water and stir to dissolve. Transfer
mixture to a blender and add all other ingredients. Blend at high speed until
mixed thoroughly. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!







HG,

What is all this hubbub I am hearing about negative-calorie foods? Eating
them burns more calories than they have in the first place? Can this be true?

Love to Chew Things




Dear Love to Chew,

Good Q. Negative-calorie foods supposedly require more calories (energy) to
chew and digest than the foods themselves contain. For example, if a celery
stalk has 5 calories but you burn 10 calories chewing and digesting it, then
celery would be considered a negative-calorie food. High-fiber, low-calorie
fruits and veggies are the ones typically categorized as negative-calorie
foods. There is no proof that just including these foods in your diet can cause
weight loss. Plus, quite a few experts say there aren't foods that truly burn
more calories than they contain. But many nutrition professionals are on
board with these so-called negative-calorie foods simply because said foods
are low in calories and often high in nutrients. My friend Bonnie Taub-Dix, a
registered dietitian and all-around smart human, had this to say on the
subject: "It's not that these foods have no calories and should be eaten in
unlimited quantities; that's not true. The foods are fruits and veggies and
should actually be promoted as having POSITIVE calories. [Positive as in
helpful.] After all, they're loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
that we all need and don't get enough of. Plus, they help put a halt to
hunger." Thanks, Bonnie! BTW, my personal favorite so-called negative-
calorie foods are asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, spinach,
watermelon, honeydew, strawberries, peaches, and cantaloupe. (Others
include celery, oranges, grapefruit, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chili
peppers, and zucchini.) YUM! For more from Bonnie, check out her USA
Today blog.






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CHEW ON THIS:
Today, March 17th, is St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate with our Shamrock 'n' Roll
Shake or our Erin-Go-Breakfast Boxty!

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