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Hungry Girl Today: 6.09.10


Hungry Girl,

What's the difference between balsamic vinegar and balsamic vinaigrette?
Are they the same thing? I've heard that "balsamic" isn't fattening. HELP!!!

Befuddled by Balsamic

Dear Befuddled,

Glad you asked this. Many people are confused about the difference between
balsamic vinegar and balsamic vinaigrette. They are two VERY different
things. Straight-up balsamic vinegar typically has very few calories (10 -
20 a tablespoon) and no fat. It's a little intense but sweet and delicious,
and a little goes a long way. Balsamic vinaigrette or dressing, on the
other hand, often contains fat and a LOT more calories, since it's usually
made with some type of oil and other high-calorie ingredients (like sugar,
mayo, honey, etc.). Some balsamic dressings have reasonable calorie and fat
counts, while others are super high in the stats department. Standard
bottled balsamic dressings range from around 80 - 110 calories and 8 - 12g
fat per 2-tbsp. serving, and the stats for restaurant versions can be even
worse. So look for ones that are labeled "light," "low-fat," or "fat-free"
-- and always check calorie counts when you're at the store. If you're
dining out and that vinaigrette seems too creamy, thick, decadent, etc., to
be very low in calories and fat, it probably isn't very low in calories and
fat. Your best bet is to bring your own dressing (if you can) or stick with
the basic balsamic vinegar (most places have it). Bottom line here is NOT
to be fooled into thinking anything with "balsamic" in its name is
automatically low in calories. Hope that clears things up!


I love to snack, but some snacks just don't leave me feeling full enough.
What are your TOP ATE filling snacks to eat?

Still-Hungry Snackster

Dear Snackster,

I LOVE to snack as well. I'm glad you asked about which snacks are filling,
because even I sometimes get sucked into eating snacks that taste good but
aren't really great at filling me up. Eating a low-cal ice cream treat or a
portion-controlled bag of chips is a GREAT way to kick a craving for
something fattening -- but if I'm looking for something REALLY satisfying,
there are other snacks I turn to. Here are my TOP ATE filling snack picks!
Drumroll, please...

1. A large Fuji apple - Apples really fill me up, and Fujis are my
favorite. A large one has about 120 calories, <0.5g fat, and 5g fiber
(POINTS® value 2*).

2. Turkey and pickles - I like to roll up little pickles in lean turkey
slices. I usually eat about 3 ounces of turkey and 3 smallish pickles. That
snack has 100 calories or so, about a gram and a half of fat, and around 1g
fiber (POINTS® value 2*). PROTEIN ROCKS!

3. Fiber One bran cereal (original) with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
- Yum! And a 1/2 cup of the cereal with a 1/2 cup of that milk swap has
only 80 calories, 2.5g fat, and a whopping 14.5g fiber (POINTS® value 1*).

4. Smoked salmon on high-fiber crackers - A couple of ounces of smoked
salmon on two Wasa crackers (any variety with 35 calories or less and at
least 1.5g fiber per piece) is incredible. Even if you add a smear of
fat-free cream cheese and some chopped red onion to it, you can still keep
it down to around 150 calories, 2.5g fat, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 3*).

5. Any chocolate-flavored VitaTop - VitaTops are portable, delicious, and
FILLING. And a chocolate-muffin treat that actually satisfies your appetite
as well as your sweet tooth is a serious find. Almost all of the varieties
have 100 calories, 1.5g fat, and at least 5g fiber each (POINTS® value of
1*). I like the HG-developed flavors the most -- especially the Triple
Chocolate Chunk!

6. Celery sticks and baby carrots with Vivi's Original Sauce Classic
Carnival Mustard - Some say these cut-up veggies are dull -- but slather
'em in some of Vivi's sauce, and they'll ROCK YOUR SOCKS! The spicy kick
will help you feel full, too. You can eat a TON of the veggies (10 baby
carrots and 20 celery sticks) with 3 tablespoons of Vivi's for about 90
calories, virtually no fat, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 1*). Wow!

7. A Ruby Red grapefruit - Just peel and eat. Grapefruits are filling 'cuz
they're HUGE. And a large one has about 60 calories, <0.5g fat, and 1.75g
fiber (POINTS® value 1*).

8. A bag of House Foods Tofu Shirataki noodles with a wedge of The Laughing
Cow Light Original Swiss cheese - Rinse and dry the noodles VERY well, and
then slice 'em up a bit. Melt the cheese by nuking it with the noodles for
about a minute -- then stir well, and add a little salt and pepper if you
like. Your cheesy noodle treat will be very filling and have just 75
calories, 3g fat, and 4g fiber (POINTS® value 1*). Fantastic!

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