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Hungry Girl Today: 5.15.13

Dear HG,

I just made your kale chips for the first time, and I LOVE THEM! Are there any other veggies or fruits that I can turn into snacky foods like this? I'd love your suggestions on what to try next...

Produce-Aisle Pam

Hi Pam,

Glad you love that crispy Baked Kale -- I love it too! Here are MANY more unconventional recipe ideas for snacks and sides that are made with fruits and veggies.

Pizza-bellas - Turn a giant baked mushroom cap into a pizza crust! This recipe features toppings like turkey pepperoni and black olives, and each pizza-bella has just 118 calories. That is AMAZING. Check out HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! for more pizza-bella recipes.

Fruit Skewers - Face it: Food on a stick is FUN. And with BBQ season around the corner, you've gotta try this recipe for Grilled Juicy Fruit Kebabs & Dip! Or keep it simple with this tasty two-ingredient no-cook creation!

Cauliflower Mash - Like mashed potatoes? Then you'll love this cheesy mashed-potato swap! Cauliflower is a perfect stand-in for starchy potatoes, and frozen florets make this recipe a breeze to whip up.

Apple Shakers and Bakers - Chop up a Fuji apple (or your apple of choice), and place it in a sealable container or plastic bag with a no-calorie sweetener packet and some cinnamon. Then shake, shake, shake for a yummy snack that tastes like apple pie! And retro baked apples are incredibly delicious. Here's a classic recipe from the HG show, and here's a fake-baked apple that can be made in the microwave.

Butternut Squash Fries and Turnip Fries - You'll never look at French fries the same way again. These Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries are life changing, and these turnip fries are equally impressive. Don't knock 'em 'til you try 'em!

Zucchini Noodles and a Potato-Skin Swap - Zucchini as a pasta alternative? It can be done! Just peel zucchini into super-thin ribbons, like the ones in this summery pasta-salad swap! You can also use zucchini ribbons to bulk up fettuccine dishes. And for a veggie-based spin on a fattening appetizer, pop some Cheesy Zucchini Skins in the oven. So good!

There you have it. A slew of deliciously unexpected ways to snack on fruits and veggies!

Dear HG,

I have serious trouble sticking to a single serving of any savory snack, unless it's already portion controlled. What are some great single-serve store-bought snacks that I can munch on?

Snacking Solo

Hi Snacking Solo,

Good question! Here are some guilt-free finds that are perfectly portioned. Try 'em all! One at a time, of course...

Crunchy Snacks - Can't stop at a single serving of Popchips? That’s what the individual bags are for. And I love 94% fat-free microwave popcorn -- Pop Secret, Jolly Time, and Orville Redenbacher all have 100-calorie bags of the stuff. Some flavors of the Kettle Brand Real Sliced Potatoes also come in 100-calorie bags, essential for potato chip lovers!

Just Jerky - Jerky is satisfying, delicious, and surprisingly guilt-free. I'm kind of obsessed with the individually wrapped 60-calorie strips of jerky from Simply Snackin. Try the Teriyaki Dried Chicken Breast with Mangoes & Papayas. Worth ordering online! And for the no-meat crowd: Primal Strips meatless vegan jerky, most with 100 calories or less a pop.

Mini Meals - Want a more substantial snack to hold you over between meals? I love Tabatchnick Soup Singles, which have up to 19g protein and 20g fiber per bowl! And StarKist Tuna Creations Single Serve Pouches are the BEST. Eat tuna straight out of the pouch as a midday snack. And let's not forget about Garden Lites Soufflés. Some of my favorite flavors are Pizza and Loaded Potato. YUM! If you've got a few minutes to whip up a snack, stock up on Egg Beaters Originals single-serve 4-oz. cups -- perfect for easy egg mugs!

Now get to munchin'!

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