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Hungry Girl Today: 2.05.13


Bite it!
HG's Whopping Avocado Swiss Burger

Avo' Nice Day!
Guess what, specialty burgers... We can rebuild you. Better, lighter, and lower in calories than you were before. So, fast-food chains, keep churning out these crazy burgers -- we'll keep whipping up guilt-free versions. No problem!

1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 oz. (about 2 tbsp.) mashed avocado
1 tsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1 slice center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
1 Boca Original Vegan Veggie/Meatless Burger (or HG Alternative)
1 light hamburger bun with about 80 calories (or HG Alternative)
1 slice tomato
2 tbsp. shredded lettuce

In a small bowl, stir cheese wedge until smooth. Add avocado, mayo, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir until uniform.

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.) Break bacon in half.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook burger patty for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.

Split bun into halves, and place patty on the bottom half. Top with cheese-avocado mixture, bacon halves, tomato, and lettuce. Add the top of the bun, and dig in!


Serving Size: 1 burger (entire recipe)
Calories: 272
Fat: 9.5g
Sat Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 862mg
Carbs: 29.5g
Fiber: 11.5g
Sugars: 4.5g
Protein: 22.5g

PointsPlus® value 7*
SmartPoints® value 7*

HG Alternatives: Instead of the 70-calorie Boca burger, use any meatless patty with reasonable stats that you like. Can't find 80-calorie light hamburger buns? Try a 100-calorie flat sandwich bun, like an Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thin. Just adjust the calorie count accordingly!

Fight it!
Burger King's Avocado & Swiss Whopper

A Swiss Miss
We get it, Burger King. After making a certain item for years on end, you wanted to change things up. And your gussied-up version of the Whopper happens to be VERY tempting. It's loaded with things we love -- cheese, bacon, avocado, and more. But 730 calories and nearly 40 grams of fat for a SANDWICH is hardly our cup of tea (or plate of burger). After tasting this thing, we came to a few conclusions. 1. No burger needs two separate avocado-infused condiments. (Aioli and a spread? Really?!?) 2. A slice of melted cheese easily gets lost with all of that avocado. Our solution? Make one extra-tasty Swiss-avocado spread, using our favorite creamy cheese! Factor in less-fatty bacon, a meatless patty, and a light hamburger bun, and voilà! Better luck next time, BK...

Serving Size: 1 burger
Calories: 730
Fat: 39g
Sodium: 1,510mg
Carbs: 58g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 38g

PointsPlus® value 19*

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