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Hungry Girl Today: 09.02.11
GIRLS BITE OUT

It's two of our all-time favorite ingredients... BACON and PEANUT BUTTER! Get your taste buds geared up with the finds and recipes below!


In this corner... PEANUT BUTTER!


We love peanut butter, but the fat grams and calories can add up quickly when indulging. Besides good old-fashioned reduced-fat peanut butter, here are some of our favorite ways to PB it up...



Portion-controlled peanut butter packets! Not only does Justin's Nut Butter come in amazingly delicious varieties, but the brand also offers up TWO calorie-controlled options -- there are 2-tbsp. packs of peanut butter with 170 - 200 calories each (PointsPlus® value 5 - 6*) and adorable mini PB packets with 80 calories each (PointsPlus® value 2*)! Choose from Honey, Chocolate, and Classic Peanut Butter. (All three come in the larger packs, but only the Honey comes in the smaller packets.) Click to find!





Super-low-fat powdered peanut butter! This stuff is made from defatted peanuts and brought to us by companies like Bell Plantation and FitNutz. Add a bit of water and stir, and it instantly becomes spreadable and dippable! Sometimes we like to give it an extra flavor boost with a bit of sweetener and salt. You can also blend the powder up in smoothies and use it in recipes. SO COOL! A 2-tbsp. serving typically has about 50 calories and 1.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). Worth ordering online!



Better'n Peanut Butter/Peanut Wonder! This spread (packaged under two different names) is in a class by itself. It spreads just like peanut butter and has that nutty-good taste, but it's a touch too sweet to taste EXACTLY like the real thing. However, with just 100 calories and 2g fat per 2-tbsp. serving (PointsPlus® value 2*), it's a great option if you enjoy a little sweetness and want a fat-slashed nut butter. It even comes in fun flavors, like Banana! It's not a supermarket staple, but it isn't impossible to find either. (Trader Joe's often stocks it.)





Quickie peanut butter fix: Quaker Chewy 90 Calorie Peanut Butter Granola Bars! Step away from the candy bars... These treats will give you that hit of nut-butter awesomeness you crave along with a nice dose of good-for-you grains. They're also kid-friendly and low in fat, with just 2 grams each (PointsPlus® value 3*).

Mini PB Recipe Roundup!


Nutty-Good PB Brownies - We can't talk about PB treats and leave out this recipe. Nope. Not gonna happen.

Crazy-Good Cold Sesame Noodles - This dish is a little sweet, a little savory, and a LOT lower in fat and calories than other versions...

PBCG Shake - That's short for Peanut Butter Candy Goodness, and don't you forget it! One sip of this shake should ensure that you won't...

Hip-Hip-Hooray Chicken Satay - Put your peanut butter to good use in this SPECTACULAR swap, and you'll be cheering for hours.

Freezy Downside-Up PB Dream Pie - The latest addition to our PB-packed arsenal of recipes. Make this soon!



And in this corner... BACON!


Want to know EVERYTHING you need to about eating bacon guilt-free? Read on!



Best of real bacon: center-cut slices and precooked crumbles! Center-cut bacon is sliced close to the bone, so it's less fatty than the standard stuff. A slice of center-cut averages 30 calories and 2.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). But the easiest option for a guilt-free fix? Precooked real crumbled bacon, like the kinds by Oscar Mayer and Hormel. A tablespoon of either has 25 calories and 1.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*).





Totally tasty alternative: turkey bacon! With about 35 calories and 2.5g fat per slice (PointsPlus® value 1*), your basic turkey bacon is a terrific option, and the taste and texture are really good! There are lower-calorie slices, labeled extra-lean, but we think the standard stuff is worth a few extra calories.

Fakin' Bacon with J&D's...

If you want your food to taste like bacon without the help of actual bacon, Justin and Dave are your guys...

Baconnaise Lite - This spread is surprisingly tasty and has only 30 calories and 3g fat per tablespoon (PointsPlus® value 1*)! It's vegetarian-friendly and even kosher.

Bacon Salt - Sprinkle a little of this on anything that could use a bacon-y kick... P.S. It's very low in calories (0 - 5 per serving), which is how we like our sprinkle-able spices.



Bac'-Off! Mini Recipe Roundup


BLT Pizza - This pizza-fied homage to the classic sandwich is SO GOOD, you might never chew regular pizza again.

Big Beef 'n Bacon Meatloaf - Bacon. It's what's for dinner. You know, assuming you make this 'loaf for dinner.

What's Shakin'? Beany Bacon Soup - Keep this recipe in your back pocket for when the temperature drops. Unless you're wearing summer shorts... in which case you won't find the recipe until it's hot outside again.

Bacon-Wrapped Pepper Poppers - Bacon, meet jalapeño poppers. Face, meet these incredibly delicious snacks!

Pig on a Stick in a Bacon-Wrapped Blanket - Anything wrapped in bacon is automatically awesome. Bonus points if it's on a stick!


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Monday, September 5th, is Labor Day. (This means there'll be no HG email, but we'll be back on Tuesday!) Click here for an awesome guide to guilt-free cookouts... It's from Memorial Day, but the same tips & tricks apply!



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