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Hungry Girl Today: 7.5.12

HOT-COUPLE TIME! Recipes don't get any easier -- just two ingredients in each of these. They're also crazy delicious and completely guilt-free. Dig in!

Sweet Potato + The Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations 1/3 Less Fat Cinnamon Cream Flavored Cream Cheese Spread
Entire recipe: 240 calories, 4g fat, 235mg sodium, 47.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

An HG subscriber suggested this, and we're so glad she did! Just pierce an 8-oz. sweet potato several times with a fork. Microwave on a microwave-safe plate for 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Flip potato and microwave for 3 more minutes, or until soft. Slice it open, and thoroughly mash the insides along with a wedge of the cream cheese. (Add a little salt, if you like.) Yummmm!

Seedless Cucumber + Seasoned Rice Vinegar
Entire recipe: 37 calories, 0g fat, 382mg sodium, 9g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

One quickie sunomono salad, coming right up! Just toss 1 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber with 1 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar. That's it! If you like, multiply the recipe and make a big batch to keep in the fridge; then you'll have a refreshing snack around all week long...

Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt + Ranch Dressing/Dip Seasoning Mix
1/4th of recipe (about 1/4 cup): 42 calories, 0g fat, 256mg sodium, 3.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

Ready for a protein-packed ranch dip that you'll FLIP for? Good! Just stir 1 1/2 tbsp. ranch dressing/dip seasoning mix into 1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt (like the kind by Fage or Chobani). Grab your favorite guilt-free dippers -- we like baby carrots, jicama sticks, and red pepper strips -- and dunk away!

Large Shrimp + Cocktail Sauce
1/2 of recipe (1 skewer with 1 tbsp. dipping sauce): 133 calories, 1.5g fat, 620mg sodium, 7g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 21g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

This is no ordinary shrimp cocktail... It's grilled shrimp cocktail on a stick! Start with 8 oz. (about 14) raw large shrimp, peeled and deveined with the tails removed. In a sealable container, toss to coat with 2 tbsp. cocktail sauce. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak them in water to prevent burning. (You'll need two.) Thread shrimp onto two skewers, and discard the sauce used for marinating. Bring a grill or grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Grill until shrimp are cooked through, 1 - 2 minutes per side. Serve with another 2 tbsp. cocktail sauce for dipping. Chomp, chomp!

Snack Factory Original Pretzel Crisps + Cool Whip Free
Entire recipe: 129 calories, 0.5g fat, 307mg sodium, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 4g sugars, 2.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Time for dessert! These treats taste like mini ice cream sandwiches with a salty twist, and they couldn't be easier to make. Just evenly distribute 1/4 cup Cool Whip Free (thawed) among five Pretzel Crisps. Top each with another Pretzel Crisp, and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Tada!

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Today, July 5th, is National Apple Turnover Day. Celebrate with a container of Yoplait Light Apple Turnover yogurt! Wanna make it a hot couple? Top with a few lightly crushed low-fat cinnamon graham crackers. Delicious!

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