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Hungry Girl Today: 01.25.11


HG's Cara-mellow Coffee Freeze

All Good Things Must Come to a Blend...

We can't remember a time without freezy-licious blended coffee drinks, can you? Get your blender out and whip up our latest lightened-up swap ASAP! Sweet caramel insanity...

1 tsp. instant coffee granules
2 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda or Truvia)
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fat-free or light caramel dip (like the kinds by Marzetti), divided
1/4 cup light vanilla soymilk
One 60-calorie sugar-free caramel pudding snack (like the kind by Jell-O)
1 1/2 cups crushed ice or 8 - 12 ice cubes
2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip

In a tall glass, combine coffee granules, sweetener, and 1 tbsp. caramel dip. Add 1/4 cup very hot water and stir until ingredients have dissolved. Transfer to a blender. Rinse the glass, if needed, and set aside.

To the blender, add all other ingredients except the remaining 1 tsp. caramel dip and the Reddi-wip. Blend at high speed until completely mixed. Transfer to the tall glass and set aside.

Place remaining 1 tsp. caramel dip in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 10 seconds, or until very warm.

Top drink with Reddi-wip and drizzle with the warm caramel dip. Enjoy!


Serving Size: entire recipe (about 12 oz.)
Calories: 158
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 289mg
Carbs: 34g
Fiber: <0.5g
Sugars: 13.5g
Protein: 2.5g

PointsPlus® value 4*

McDonald's McCafé Caramel Frappé

No Way Café!

We won't lie: Those McCafé commercials -- where unseen people converse about various McCafé offerings while images of impeccably styled coffee drinks flash by -- tempt us. But tempted or not, we're never going to indulge in a sugar-loaded, cream-topped coffee drink with 450 calories. Never. Ever. Not worth it. But rather than accept a world void of caramel-icious blended coffee, we took our cravings into the HG kitchen and made a version that tastes just as good as the original but doesn't have more calories than a Mickey D's Double Cheeseburger. How'd we do it? With some of our favorite guilt-free swaps and a sturdy blender! (If your blender is on the wimpy side, use pre-crushed ice.) Who's ready for frozen coffee action? Please, feel free to raise your hand and shout "Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" even if there's no one around to hear you... In fact, it's probably best that way.

Serving Size: 1 small frappé (12 oz.)
Calories: 450
Fat: 20g
Sodium: 135mg
Carbs: 61g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 57g
Protein: 6g

PointsPlus® value 12*

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Today, January 25th, is National Irish Coffee Day. Hmmm, not real low in calories. Try this Irish-style breakfast instead, and sip on the above HG-ified coffee drink!

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