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Hungry Girl Today: 3.24.10

ASK HUNGRY GIRL




Dear HG,

Just bought Almond Breeze (Unsweetened Vanilla). What should I do with it?

AB Advice Please


Dear AB Advice,

Way to go! You have purchased my favorite milk-like product on the planet:
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. I am in love with that stuff. Madly, in
fact. Why? Because it has half the calories of most light "milk" options, and
the flavor is WAYYYYYY better. An 8-oz. serving of UVAB has just 40 calories
(not to mention 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin D), and it's super
creamy! INSANITY. There are dozens of ways to use this stuff -- including HG
recipes that call for light vanilla soymilk -- but I don't think there's room to
share them all! Here are some of my favorites...

1. Over cereal. Use a half-cup serving, and you'll add just 20 calories to your
cereal. Or use more for a LARGE bowl of cereal, like our Ginormous Cereal
Bowl-anza!

2. In smoothies. It's a delicious, low-calorie base for blended fruit drinks.
Just toss it in the blender with your favorite fresh or frozen fruit, some ice,
and maybe a little no-cal sweetener. So good!

3. In lattes and other coffee drinks. Ditto -- a great base. Calories in lattes
and frozen coffee beverages often rack up quickly. UVAB eliminates that
STAT. (BTW, click here for some of my other product picks for making coffee
drinks.)

4. To make an AMAZING and large low-cal glass of chocolate "milk." I LOVE
this. Just stir 2 tbsp. Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup and a Splenda
packet into 8 oz. UVAB. It's great over lots of crushed ice. Mmmmmm! And
only 60 calories and 3g fat (POINTS® value 1*).

ENJOY!!! P.S. For those who are new to the world of Unsweetened Vanilla
Almond Breeze, find the stuff with the non-refrigerated boxed milk swaps at
select markets. (In very select markets, you can find the refrigerated
version with the other milks, but make sure it's the UNSWEETENED kind.)







Dear Hungry Girl,

After a year and a half on Weight Watchers, and 86 lbs. down, I'm fighting a
serious weight-loss plateau over here. What do you do to re-energize and
motivate yourself when you've gained and lost the same pound for the past
few months?

Stuck Scale in Sacramento


Dear Stuck Scale,

First of all, OMG, congratulations are in order! You've lost 86 lbs.! That is
INCREDIBLE. Please do not for ONE SECOND downplay how awesomely
amazing that is. Please! OK, now that we have that out of the way, we can
address the plateau. I am by no means a plateau expert, but here are some
tips that might help...


1. Change it up. Try altering what you're eating. You may be in a food rut!
You could also try eating your largest meal in the afternoon instead of
dinnertime. That works for me...

2. Work out a little more. This might not sound like fun, but think of it as a
nice way to kick your weight loss into gear! And remember, even small
increases in activity add up. Walk more, take the stairs... move around! The
more you move, the more calories you'll burn.

3. Don't "cheat" the system. I'm not saying YOU do this, but some people
push the limit on POINTS® (you know who you are, POINTS®-limit-
pushers!). Don't undercount or fill your day with items that juuuust qualify as
a lower POINTS® value. Maybe overestimate a little bit for a week, and see
how that goes for you.

4. Don't lose sight of portion sizes. Make sure you haven't unintentionally
been increasing your portions. Toss your food on a kitchen scale every so
often.

5. Be patient. You are ROCKING. Truly. What you are experiencing is very
common. That's a lot of weight to have lost in 18 months, and your body
may just need some time to adjust. Do NOT let this discourage you. Just
hang in there and stick with it, and you'll get over the hump. Really, YOU
WILL!

Keep in touch and let me know how it's going... okay?




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HG on Food Network! Don't miss Lisa (Hungry Girl herself) THIS FRIDAY
(3/26) on an all-new episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate! Tune in or DVR it -
- the show airs at 10pm/9c! The theme is "Served Cold" and, be warned,
Lisa's chilly pick is NOT guilt-free!

CHEW ON THIS:
Today, March 24th, is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. Raisins are
great, but we're celebrating with 100-calorie packs of Cranberry Raisinets
instead!

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