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Hungry Girl Today: 11.04.11
GIRLS BITE OUT



We're rounding up some of the BEST crunchy snacks around. PLUS, get loud for some of the crispiest HG recipes in recent history! Read on...


HG's TOP ATE Crunchy Snacks

In no particular order...

1. Crispy raw veggies - Pretty much the best thing you can choose to chew. (Sugar snap peas ROCK!)

2. Fuji apples - Our go-to fruit snack! Also acceptable? Your apple of choice!

3. Popchips - When nothing but a chip will satisfy!

4. Almonds - Delicious, nutritious, and never malicious. (What? It's true.)

5. 94% fat-free microwave popcorn - Whole-grain snacking in a snap!

6. Freeze-dried fruit - Lots of flavor and no added sugar.

7. Low-fat baked tortilla chips - That salsa's not gonna scoop itself!

8. Crunchy granola bars - Perfect as an on-the-go snack.

Quirky & Crunchy!

Fun twists on some of our favorite crunchy snacks... Check 'em out!

Yumnuts Almonds
PER SERVING (1 oz.): 150 calories, 11g fat, 0mg sodium, 10 - 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 5 - 7g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Almonds rock to begin with. (See today's "TOP ATE" for proof.) And the crazy geniuses over at Yumnuts went and added delicious coatings of incredible flavors. WOWOWOW! Try the Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Ginger Orange -- they're ALL really good.

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 22 chips): 110 - 120 calories, 3g fat, 150 - 220mg sodium, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

These lightweight crisps come in six amazing flavors: Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt, Rosemary, Roasted Pepper, Cucumber Dill (our fave), and Parmesan Garlic. Crazy-crunchy and gluten-free too. Eat 'em plain, dunk them into guilt-free dips... whatevs!

Baked Classics Vanilla Frosting Multigrain Crisps
PER SERVING (1 package, 1 oz.): 120 calories, 4g fat, 60mg sodium, 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

This is one of the coolest and most creative items we've come across in years! The brand's crispy snacks come in a few other flavors, also good, but this kind TASTES LIKE FROSTING. Yes, it sounds weird. Yes, it works. Yes, you should find some and then eat them.

Classic & Craveable...

Pass the chips? No, pass ON the chips -- eat these instead.

Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks
PER SERVING (13 - 18 mini cakes): 110 - 140 calories, 0.5 - 5g fat, 100 - 410mg sodium, 21 - 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 1 - 9g sugars, 0 - 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*

In case you're not aware of how good these are, we're here to let you know. Rice cakes have come a long way from the flavorless Styrofoam-like disks that have been subject to decades of ridicule. These chip-sized treats come in 11 flavors -- some sweet and some savory. Caramel Corn and Cheddar Cheese are two of our favorites -- which are your top picks?

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps
PER SERVING (10 - 11 crackers): 110 calories, 0 - 5g fat, 170 - 540mg sodium, 22 - 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 2 - 4g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*

Another fun find in our book. (Literally. Pick up a copy of Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival and see.) Who knew flat pretzels could be so awesome? In total, there are 11 flavors in the Deli Style and Modern Classics lines. However, the above stats do NOT include the Holiday Indulgents crisps -- those are covered in chocolate!


Crispylicious Guilt-Free Recipe Roundup!

A few fabulous meal, appetizer, snack, and even dessert recipes for your crunching pleasure...

Sweet Coconut Crunch Shrimp - Crispy finger foods get more fabulous when given the HG treatment. Want proof? Try these shrimp!

Cheeseburger Tacos - So easy to make, there's no reason NOT to whip up these hard-shelled goodies.

Hungry Cowgirl Onion Rings, Mexi-licious Onion Loops with Queso Dip, and Honey Yum Mustard Onion Rings - The good news? All three of these onion-ring recipes rule. The bad news? You only have one mouth with which to eat them.

Freezy Movie Night Concession Stand-wiches - Like popcorn, Twizzlers, Goobers, and ice cream all in one handheld treat!

Wonton 'Quitos, Triple-Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Poppers, and Spanako-pieces - Wonton wrappers are complete professionals when it comes to delivering crunch. Here are three ways to bake 'em up...

Tiny Taco Salads - Small salads, big crunch, huge flavor, massive fun.

Turkey Club Sliders - These petite sandwiches will keep you crunching from the toast to the veggies to the crispy bacon!

Crispy Pecan Pie Bites and Faux-Fried Pickles - Two Southern-style treats that are individually delicious... but probably shouldn't be eaten together.

TUNE-IN ALERT! SET YOUR DVR!

Don't forget to watch the new episode of Hungry Girl -- "Crispy, Crunchy" -- on Food Network this Sunday (11/6) at 10am/9c. Lisa's making crunch-tastic goodies in the kitchen, with the help of a SPECIAL GUEST... iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove! (We LOVE guests.) Don't miss it!

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CHEW ON THIS:

Happy November 4th, National Candy Day! Still got some candy left over from Halloween? (It was only four days ago.) Consult our handy-dandy guide before digging into your sweets!



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