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Hungry Girl Today: 9.29.10

Hi Hungry Girl,

Thank you so much for the restaurant survival guides. They really help me

when it comes to dining out. I have a question, though. In your recent Red

Lobster guide, it said that the 1 1/4-pound order of lobster has only 45

calories. How can 1 1/4 pounds of anything have just 45 calories!?!

Crustacean Crazed in Colorado

Hi CC (in C),

Thanks for emailing! I'm glad you like the restaurant guides. As for your Q

about the Red Lobster guide, let me clear up a few things. First of all, the "1

1/4 pounds" refers to the entire lobster, shell and all. That shell is pretty

hefty, and the meat itself is super light. And sadly, there isn't much actual

lobster meat in a 1 1/4-pound lobster. Second of all, it's important to

remember that restaurant nutritionals are based on averages. They're really

good guidelines, but the actual stats on your meal will likely vary at least a

little. In this case, it seems like Red Lobster's stats are based on a pretty low

average. An ounce of cooked lobster meat has about 28 calories. My guess is

that it's closer to four ounces of meat per 1 1/4-pound order. But keep in

mind, lobster is very low in calories; even if you wind up with three times as

much of the meat as Red Lobster estimates, you'll still be consuming only

135 calories' worth of protein. As long as you make smart choices at

restaurants, you should be okay even if the exact stats are slightly different

from the stats the place provides. Happy chewing!

Hi There, HG!

So, I have seen a few recipes of yours that reference using fat-free ranch

dressing. But to be honest, most fat-free ranch dressings are disgusting. In

your opinion, which is the yummiest store-bought brand?? Also, is there a

way to make it yourself with the packets so it's fat-free AND delicious?

Jersey Girl Jennifer

Hi Jersey Girl,

I hear you... When it comes to ranch dressing, the fat-free stuff can be kind

of not great. BUT it can be a great low-calorie ingredient in recipes like our

Buff Chick Hot Wing Dip and Flat-tastic Ranchy Bacon Wrap, since there are

many other flavors added to balance it out. If you're interested in straight-up

veggie dunking or salad adorning, I have some tips. Go for the fat-free kind

by Hidden Valley; it really is the best in the biz. Or, if you're okay with a little

fat, definitely try Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers Ranch Vinaigrette Dressing. I

love, Love, LOVE that stuff, and it has only 15 calories and 1g fat per 10-

spray serving! You can also whip up your own fat-free ranch by mixing about

half a tablespoon of powdered ranch dressing/dip mix (the type that comes

in the packets) into 1/3 cup fat-free sour cream; each tablespoon of that

ranch-ified sour cream has only 15 calories or so and no fat. That's what we

did for our Ranch-tastic Butternut Fries with Bacon recipe... it ROCKS.

Hooray for that!

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