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Hungry Girl Today: 09.15.06
GIRLS BITE OUT
Here are HG's TOP ATE must-have foods for your home. In no particular
1. Fiber One Bran Cereal
(1/2 cup: 60 calories, 1g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 14g fiber, 0g sugars,
2g protein = 1/2 Point)
With 60 calories and 14 grams of fiber per half cup, this bran cereal is one of
our all-time faves. We eat it straight out of the box as a snack, with a little
light milk and Splenda for breakfast, and as a yummy, crunchy topping for
our oatmeal. It's also AWESOME for baking, as it adds tons of fiber and
heartiness to recipes without adding lots of calories. Fiber One, YOU ROCK!!!!
2. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Unsweetened Vanilla/Chocolate
(1 cup: 40 - 45 calories, 3 - 3.5g fat, 180mg sodium, 2 - 3g carbs, 1g fiber,
0g sugars, 1 - 2g protein = 1 Point)
We were scared to try this non-dairy milk sub at first, but now we're
obsessed. This stuff is so insanely low in calories that you have to try it to
believe it. It's PERFECT for recipes 'cuz it has far fewer calories than any
milk. Make low-cal coffee drinks or creamy sauces with the stuff. Or, cook it
into your oatmeal to make your breakfast super-rich. This stuff is a
lifesaver! Purchase it online or at select supermarkets (with the other non-
refrigerated milk substitutes).
3. Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Light Swiss Original
(1 wedge: 35 calories, 2g fat, 260mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars,
2.5g protein = 1 Point)
We never get tired of singing the praises of this cheese. There is simply no
other way to get the creamy goodness of real cheese for just 35 calories.
And a little of this stuff goes a looooong way. Use it to make GREAT guilt-free
sauces, as a cream cheese sub, and of course, in HG's famous Fettuccini
Hungry Girlfredo. Find it in the refrigerated dairy section of most markets.
4. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
(1 tbsp.: 12 calories, 1g fat, 1mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g
protein = 0 Points)
Need something to taste super-chocolatey? Add as little as a teaspoon of this
stuff to coffee drinks, guilt-free shakes and recipes, and for about 4 calories
you'll get a healthy shot of chocolate flavor. Woohoo! Remember, it's not
sweetened, so to get the full chocolate effect add Splenda or your low-cal
sweetener of choice.
5. Canned Pumpkin
(1/2 cup: 40 calories, 0g fat, 6mg sodium, 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 1g
protein = 0 Points)
Nope, it's not boring; it's a fiber-packed, low-cal way to add tons of flavor to
breakfasts and baked goods. Mix it with devil's food cake mix, Cool Whip
Free, oatmeal and more. Canned pumpkin should be your new best friend.
Just be sure to go for pure pumpkin, and not the higher-cal look-alike
pumpkin pie filling.
6. Cary's Sugar Free Syrup
(2 oz.: 35 calories, 0g fat, 135mg sodium, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g
protein = 1 Point)
There are many awesome SF maple syrups, so you can choose whichever
one works for you-- as long as it isn't a zero-calorie one (yuk!) or a 50 - 100
calorie one (too high!). Stick with syrups that clock in at about 30 - 35
calories a serving, and you'll get one that's gooey and sweet enough to add
sweet, maple-y flavor to anything -- oatmeal, veggie recipes, and more!
7. House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles
(1 entire 8-oz. package: 40 calories, 1g fat, 30mg sodium, 6g carbs, 4g fiber,
0g sugars, 2g protein = 0 Points)
No, we'll never stop bragging about these things. This pasta swap is a real
people-pleaser because it has 1/20th the calories of real pasta (40 calories
per huge serving), and it can be used sooo many ways. Whip up an 80-
calorie alfredo, add to chicken soup, use in stir-frys, etc. The sky's the limit!
If you've tried these and don't love them, we say TRY 'EM AGAIN! Remember
to rinse and dry them well. Available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's,
amazon.com and Japanese markets.
8. Fage Greek Yogurt, Total 0%
(5.3-oz. container: 80 calories, 0g fat, 55mg sodium, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g
sugars, 13g protein = 2 Points)
Here's the thickest, creamiest no-fat yogurt EVER. This stuff straight is an
awesome sour cream replacement, and it's even better to use in guilt-free
sauces, dressings and dips. Yum! BTW -- Fage is pronounced "fah-yeh" -- it
doesn't rhyme with "cage". Yeah, we were shocked, too. You'll get over it.
Find this stuff at Trader Joe's and select supermarkets.
CHEW ON THIS:
September is National Papaya Month. Papayas are a rich source of
antioxidant nutrients (such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids), B
vitamins (folate and pantothenic acid), minerals (potassium and magnesium)
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