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Hungry Girl Today: 09.13.06
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
A few weeks back you mentioned that you make 25-calorie lattes. How on
Earth do you make one? Please share!
I realized after I wrote that column I should have given the recipe. Sorry
about that. Here's the deal. I'm not a coffee expert, and I don't know all the
ins and outs of coffee. So "My So-Called Latte" (that's the official name I
have given it) may not actually be an official latte at all, according to you
coffee aficionados out there (please don't email me to berate me for calling
my recipe a latte). I take a few ounces (3 - 4) of my favorite brewed,
flavored coffee (Millstone is the BEST!), then I add another 3 or 4 ounces of
my new favorite find, Unsweetened Almond Breeze, in either Vanilla or
Chocolate. I add two Splenda packets and nuke for about 45 seconds to get
it nice and hot. Sometimes I add cappuccino foam or fat-free whipped
cream to it; sometimes I don't. Without the foam or whipped cream
this "latte" is less than 25 calories. Again, I know adding these various
ingredients probably means my creation is not really a latte, but I still call it
one. And whatever it is, it's DELICIOUS, so try it!
Im confused. Products like nonstick cooking spray and spray butter claim to
be free of fat and calories, but the first ingredient in each is oil & butter
(which everyone knows are loaded with fat & calories)!?! How can this be?
Dear Spray Skeptic,
Good question! You're right to have doubts on this one. Companies can get
around listing the actual calorie and fat content by reducing the serving size
to itty-bitty portions. This is because the FDA lets them round down anything
less than a half a gram of fat or 5 calories to zero. So its just a matter of
mathematically tweaking their serving sizes 'til they can claim something is
calorie or fat-free. Annoying? Yes. But if you have the facts, you're a lot
better off. Here are some things you need to know...
*Most "fat-free" cooking sprays (Mazola, Pam) own up to the fact that a 1-2
second spray contains around 10 calories and a whole gram of fat. Pam
even admits right on the can that it takes a 1-second spray to cover a 10-
*One teaspoon of "zero-calorie" I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray (25
sprays) contains 20 calories and 2 grams of fat. That means a whole bottle
contains a frightening 904 calories and over 90 grams of fat!
*Statements like Adds a trivial amount of fat and Not a significant source
of calories are telltale signs that the product is not as innocent as it claims to
*Sugar-free not really sugar-free?!? Check out this handy-dandy chart to
see what else can be rounded down on a nutritional label.
Remember, these products are usually still WAY better than the high-calorie,
full-fat versions. Just use in moderation, and be aware of those extra
calories and fat grams.
CHEW ON THIS:
September is National Mushroom Month. About 700 varieties of mushrooms
are known to have medicinal properties. Impressive!
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