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Hungry Girl Today: 04.08.11
GIRLS BITE OUT
'Tis the season for springtime fruits 'n veggies! Sure, you can get off-season produce year-round, but now is when these picks taste the best and are least expensive. So read up and veg out!
Don't be scared of their seemingly impenetrable exterior -- artichokes rock! Not only are they super-low in calories (about 60 calories a pop), but they also contain fiber, potassium, folate, magnesium, and vitamin C. Plus, new studies suggest they could be a good source of certain antioxidants that help keep your liver healthy.
Sassy 'n Steamy Artichoke - Forget super-oily restaurant versions! This steamed 'choke with a duo of guilt-free dipping sauces is the way to go!
When it comes to sweet, juicy, tropical fruit, mangoes are one of our top picks. In addition to being INSANELY delicious, they're loaded with vitamin C. Plus, mangoes are a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and other antioxidants. And a cup has only about 100 calories! The only difficult part is removing the pit -- if you have trouble, maybe invest in a mango splitter.
Crazy Calypso Salad - Chopped mango brightens up this fresh 'n fabulous salad, which happens to contain another spring selection on this list... spinach!
Crazy-Delicious Caribbean Black Bean Broccoli Slaw - Adding mango to crunchy coleslaw? It's so crazy, it works!
Here's a real superstar of spring. Asparagus is great in that it tastes terrific, seems kinda fancy and special, AND is chock-full of nutrients. It's an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, and it also contains folate, B vitamins, fiber, and other helpful stuff. Add in anti-inflammatory benefits and heart-healthy properties, and what more could you want? Eat this veggie -- a serving of eight spears has only about 25 calories. Nice!
So-Fancy Fish Pack - Protein and veggies, all wrapped up and ready to chew! Put that asparagus to good use, people...
Vampire-Proof Chicken 'n Veggie Pasta - Another tasty asparagus dish. And the portion size is LARGE!
It's the start of strawberry season! Did you know that the world's most popular berry is also high in vitamin C? A cup of the red berries meets the recommended daily value of vitamin C for less than 50 calories. Who doesn't want to eat a cup of strawberries? (Okay, other than people who are allergic!) Another fun fact: Some say you can use a mixture of pur