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Hungry Girl Today: 4.21.10



How about a Hungry Girl swap for McDonald's mocha drinks?! I LOVE them
but need something similar I can make at home.

Mad for Mocha

Dear Mad for Mocha,

The mocha and latte drinks at McDonald's are pretty popular. And you can
get them made with nonfat milk, which is great. But even a small Mocha with
skim clocks in at 240 calories and 5g fat (POINTS® value 5*). I think that's
just too high for a smallish cup of coffee. You can EASILY make a warm and
delicious mocha drink at home. Check it out...

In a large microwave-safe mug or cup, combine 2 tsp. instant coffee, 2 tsp.
fat-free nondairy powdered creamer, and a 25-calorie packet of hot cocoa
mix. Add 3/4 cup hot water and stir to dissolve ingredients. Then add 1/4 cup
light vanilla soymilk, nuke until hot (about 45 seconds), and stir. Yum! Your
mocha will have only about 70 calories and less than a gram of fat
(POINTS® value 1*)! If you want, top it with a generous squirt of Fat Free
Reddi-wip and a squiggle of light chocolate syrup. Mmmmm!

Forget high-calorie drive-thru coffees... Who needs 'em?!

Hungry Girl,

How will I ever know how many calories I need to eat in order to lose
weight? I am active and work out, but I guess I'm STILL taking in too much...
Would LOVE to know that answer. Help!

Calorie Mallory

Dear Calorie Mallory,

I am asked this question A LOT! I'm not a nutrition expert, but I do know the
basics and have some GREAT tips. In order to lose weight, you need to take
in fewer calories than you burn. There are online calculators that
approximate the number of calories you need per day based on stuff like
age, gender, activity level, etc. Here's a link to a good one; that should be
super helpful. But for truly accurate info, you need to know roughly how
many calories you are burning. How do you figure that out? Get one of those
electronic devices that tracks your individual calorie burn, like the Bodybugg
or the Fitbit. (They aren't cheap, but buying one can be a great investment,
especially if you are having trouble losing weight or have hit a plateau.) Then
you can try to plan your eating accordingly. For every 3,500 calories you
expend beyond what you consume, you lose a pound. This can be done
through a combo of reducing your caloric intake and increasing physical
activity. So if you take in 500 fewer calories than you burn every day for a
full week, you should lose about one pound. If you're trying to lose weight,
one to two pounds a week is the amount that health professionals
recommend. As always, consult a doctor or other health professional before
starting any new diet or exercise plan. Okay, now I just have one question
for you... Is your name really Mallory? :)

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HG News You Can Use! Don't miss out on our "PICK a PACK of Chocolate
VitaTops" special! Choose your favorite 100-calorie chocolate treats AND get
free shipping! Offer expires TONIGHT (4/21) at midnight, so order now!

Today, April 21st, is National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. Celebrate
with cocoa-dusted cashews by Yumnuts... So good!!!

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