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Hungry Girl Today: 06.21.06


Dear Hungry Girl,

Is margarine (or some other margarine-like spread) better for you than real
butter? I have heard that real butter is better (for our hearts) because our
bodies know how to process it. Yet I know that spreads are lower in
calories. What do you think?

Baffled 'Bout Butter

Dear Baffled,

Excellent Q. Since I am NOT a medical professional or even a nutrition
expert (I'm just hungry), I didn't think I could tackle this one solo. I enlisted
the help of my very knowledgeable (and helpful) pal, Delia Hammock, who
also happens to be the Nutrition Director for Good Housekeeping. Lucky us --
here's her quote now! "When it comes to heart health, soft margarine and
spreads definitely top butter because they have less artery-clogging
saturated fat. Spreads often have fewer calories too." Delia also has some
advice for die hard butter-lovers. "If you prefer butter, cut calories by
choosing whipped butter or light butter or a butter blend (like Land O' Lakes
Light Butter w/Canola) and use it judiciously when flavor is of prime
importance (like when topping veggies or toast)." She also recommends
avoiding both butter and margarine for cooking, explaining that we're better
off using small amounts of heart healthy oils like olive and canola, or a few
shrpitzes of a non-stick cooking spray. Sounds good to me. Thanks, Delia.


Dear Hungry Girl,

Summer is here and everyone knows what that means...BBQ TIME!!! I am
hosting one myself for a large group of friends and I plan on serving burgers
and hot dogs (Boca Burgers of course!) but I don't know what else to serve.
I don't want to resort to anything that is too terribly unhealthy but I want the
food to be fun and delicious for my guests. What are some ideas for snacks
and party foods that are fun and healthy?

BBQer in Need

Dear BBQer,

Barbecues are easier than you think. I bet you'll be able to have a super-
successful event and people won't even realize they're eating healthy food.
Boca Burgers (as you said) are good. But get some lean beef and turkey
burgers as well (white meat, if possible). As far as dogs are concerned, I
like either Hebrew National's 97% Fat Free Beef Franks or Ball Park's Fat
Free Turkey Franks. Chicken breast is also an AWESOME, good-for-you BBQ
food. On to the cole slaw. Check out my recipe here, or get some at
your local market and rinse off most (or all) of the mayo using a strainer
(great little tip!). Grilled veggies are always a hit, so feel free to toss some of
those on the barbie as well. Next, whip up some fruit kabobs by skewering
chunks of cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, strawberries and
kiwi. Stick them into the outside of a halved pineapple and people will ooh
and ahh all day over these adorable and delicious things (trust me!). Wash it
all down with pitchers of my famous lemonade, made of fresh squeezed
lemons, Splenda, Sugar Free Torani syrup (I prefer raspberry, strawberry or
peach for this!). Still looking for more ideas? How 'bout crudite (veggie
platter) with lowfat dressing, frozen fruit bars (most have under 100
calories), or Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips and salsa? Good luck -- and
don't forget to tell me when it is and where to be... ;)

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