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Hungry Girl Today: 5.20.10

Yogurt, bread items, sauces, and cheese! Who will reign supreme in these

HG Food Fights?! Place your bets now and grab a ringside seat... LET'S GET


Plain Yogurt vs. Greek Yogurt

The Contenders: Fat-Free Plain Yogurt and Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt

The Stats:

Fat-Free Plain Yogurt (Average)

PER SERVING (one 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 130mg sodium, 13g

carbs, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, 9g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt (Plain)

PER SERVING (one 6-oz. container): 90 calories, 0g fat, 65mg sodium, 7g

carbs, 0g fiber, 7g sugars, 15g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

The Taste: These share a similar flavor (sour) because any plain yogurt is,

well, plain (and sour). But when it comes to texture, all yogurts are NOT

created equal. Fage Total 0% is seriously thick 'n creamy and WAY better

than regular plain yogurt.

Additional Info: Fage has about half the sodium, carbs, and sugars of plain

yogurt -- and WAY more protein. This makes it a much more satisfying (and

DELICIOUS) snack than plain yogurt, especially with some fruit or sugar-free

preserves mixed in! As far as functionality, Fage is an amazing base for

sauces, dips, and dressings (and can stand in as a replacement for sour

cream or mayo). But standard yogurt beats the Greek at one thing:

marinating. Its consistency makes it ideal for tenderizing meat, like the

chicken chunks in this kebab recipe!

THE BOTTOM LINE: It's no secret that we LOVE Fage Total 0%. We don't go

around saluting just any yogurt in the dairy aisle, people!

High-Fiber Tortillas vs. Sandwich Thins

The Contenders: La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber

Large Tortillas and Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins

The Stats:

La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortillas

PER SERVING (1 tortilla): 80 calories, 3g fat, 300mg sodium, 18g carbs, 12g

fiber, 1g sugars, 8g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins

PER SERVING (1 roll): 100 calories, 1g fat, 210 - 230mg sodium, 21 - 23g

carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugars, 4 - 5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

The Taste: There's a reason why these tortillas and Sandwich Thins are MVPs

(Most Valuable Products!) in HG Land: They're both FANTASTICALLY delicious

bread substitutes. Looking for something beyond standard wheaty flavor?

The smaller 50-calorie tortillas come in Green Onion and Garlic Herb; the

Thins are available in varieties like Seedless Rye, Honey Wheat, and Whole

Grain White. Nice!

Additional Info: While Sandwich Thins are incredible bun swaps for burgers

and sandwiches, the possibilities are ENDLESS with tortillas. They've made

many a guilt-free recipe possible here at HG: burritos, wraps, quesadillas,

pizzas... You name it! And they definitely earn bonus points for containing

around twice as much protein and fiber as the Thins.

THE BOTTOM LINE: We love both for their high-fiber, low-cal, bread-replacing

superpowers -- but we've gotta hand this one to the tortillas. But don't get us

wrong; we love you, Sandwich Thins!

Crushed Tomatoes vs. Low-Fat Marinara Sauce

The Contenders: Canned Crushed Tomatoes and Jarred Low-Fat Marinara


The Stats:

Canned Crushed Tomatoes (Average)

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 40 calories, <0.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 7g carbs, 2g

fiber, 5g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 0*

Jarred Low-Fat Marinara Sauce (Average)

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 60 calories, 1.5g fat, 430mg sodium, 11g carbs,

1.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

The Taste: Both have great tomato goodness, but marinara sauce is a bit

heartier and packs more of a flavor punch. For a more flavorful crushed-

tomato experience, go for seasoned varieties -- with basil, garlic, etc. -- or

the fire-roasted kind. Mmmmm!

Additional Info: Since marinara's more substantial, we usually let it stand on

its own as a dip -- it's GREAT with our beloved breadsticks and crispy

calamari! And crushed tomatoes are an amazing way to add tomato tastiness

to pretty much any recipe for very few calories; plus, they typically have a

lower sodium count.

THE BOTTOM LINE: IT'S A TIE! They both play essential roles here at the HG


Light String Cheese vs. Mini Babybel Light

The Contenders: Light String Cheese and Mini Babybel Light

The Stats:

Light String Cheese (Average)

PER SERVING (1 stick): 55 calories, 2.5g fat, 190mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g

fiber, 0g sugars, 7.5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

Mini Babybel Light

PER SERVING (1 piece): 50 calories, 3g fat, 160mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g

fiber, 0g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

The Taste: Since we're here to talk taste and not cuteness, we won't touch

on how ADORABLE the Mini Babybel Lights are. (Oops...) With that out of our

system, both items are delicious, low-cal snack options. String cheese is a bit

softer with a mild mozzarella flavor (since, you know, it is mozzarella!), while

Mini Babybel Light has a slightly sharper cheese taste.

Additional Info: Light string cheese is extremely versatile -- it melts perfectly

in recipes, whether you pull it apart by hand or shred/grate it in a

blender/food processor. But lately, we like to chop up Mini Babybel Lights

and throw 'em into quesadillas for some guilt-free cheesiness. BTW, both are

phenomenal snacks when eaten alone... Yummmm!


winner here. Each is special in its own way.

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nearby, just go to the grocery store and pick strawberries (as opposed to

another fruit). Then make a Strawberry Short Stack or Ginormous Sweet-tart

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