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Hungry Girl Today: 09.13.06



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!


Dear HG,

I’m 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?

Spray Skeptic

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 it’s 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-

inch skillet.

*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.




September is National Mushroom Month. About 700 varieties of mushrooms

are known to have medicinal properties. Impressive!

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