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Hungry Girl Today: 12.10.10

This time of year, we have some special essentials. Hot items like soup, tea, and coffee are all WAY high on the list. Also necessary? Minty goodness, cinnamon spice, and other crave-worthy, cold-weather flavors. Check out these tasty picks...

Silk Nog

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 90 calories, 2g fat, 75mg sodium, 15g carbs, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Although not everyone loves it, eggnog is indisputably one of the major staples of the season. The problem? Uh, it's an egg-based beverage full of cream, sugar and, sometimes, alcohol. Don't go for the traditional super-fattening kind! Pick up a carton of this soy-based seasonal sipper to save on the calories and fat BIGTIME.

Miss Meringue Meringue Cookies Duettes, Mint

PER SERVING (7 chocolate-covered cookies): 130 calories, 5g fat, 30mg sodium, 22g carbs, 1g fiber, 20g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

PER SERVING (15 un-covered cookies): 110 calories, 0g fat, 20mg sodium, 27g carbs, 0g fiber, 27g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

"HG! We're totally confused by the above stats!" Here's the scoop: The tub is packed with mint-flavored meringue cookies, but HALF of them are dunked in chocolate. These would be GREAT little items to set out at a party -- no baking required. Have four of each for about 104 calories (PointsPlus® value 3*). Score!

Tazo Tea, Wild Sweet Orange

When it comes to herbal tea, now and then we want something a little different... a little fruity! This stuff from Tazo is SUPER-UNIQUE (and virtually calorie-free). It is somewhat tart and tastes amazing with a little bit of sweetener mixed in. And it doesn't hurt that the bright orange hue completely cheers us up on a gray winter day. YAY!

Annie Chun's All Natural Asian Cuisine Soup Bowls in Hot & Sour and Miso

PER SERVING (1/2 bowl): 110 - 140 calories, 1g fat, 450mg sodium, 23 - 28g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 3 - 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*

Since it's the holiday season, we're going to forgive the fact that a "serving" of each of these items is apparently half a bowl. (Really, Annie?) Especially since 220 - 280 calories (PointsPlus® value 6 - 7*) for a bowlful of noodle-packed soup is not bad. We haven't tried every variety in the lineup, but they all look GREAT. Who doesn't dream of curling up with a bowl of tasty heat-n-eat broth and yummy noodles when it's cold out? No one, that's who!

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, Christmas Blend

"HG! You forgot the nutritional info!" Never fear, vigilant readers -- this instant coffee is unsweetened, so it has a negligible amount of stats. We LOVE coffee that is a) from Starbucks, b) easy to prepare, c) portable, d) flavored without sugar, and e) seasonally delicious! Grab a box and mix up a cup any time those winter blues have got you down...

Torani Sugar Free Gingerbread Syrup

PER SERVING (1 oz.): 0 calories, 0g fat, 35mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

The best defense is a good offense, right? (Maybe we've been watching too much football.) We think the perfect tactic for fighting off those crazy-decadent seasonal coffee drinks that are being pushed by every barista in town is to make your own. With a bottle of this cookie-flavored mixer at your side, you can avoid tackling one of those calorie-packed beverages. (Okay, we're turning off the game right now.)

Vermont Village Cannery Organic Spiced Apple Butter

PER SERVING (1 tbsp.): 30 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

Sweet, seasonal apple items can be either guilt-free or shockingly high in calories. Thankfully, this awesome spread falls into the first category! It's smooth, it's spiced, and it has superb stats. Spread a bit on a light bagel, and heading out into another cold winter day will seem a little less daunting. It won't defrost your windshield... but we wouldn't want to eat it if it did. Click to find a jar close to you!

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