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Hungry Girl Today: 10.11.06

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Dear Hungry Girl,

I love salads topped with fruits, nuts and crumbly cheeses, however those
things usually add a lot of calories. What are some healthy options to make
my salads more exciting?

Salad-Stumped



Dear Stumped,

You are definitely right to be concerned. There are plenty of salad-toppers
that people overuse, adding hundreds and hundreds of calories to otherwise
healthy and innocent meals. Chinese noodles, greasy croutons, bleu cheese,
and even too many nuts and raisins are all salad bar offenders. Your best bet
is to load up on many different types of veggies. Don't count on the bad stuff
to add zazzle to your bowl; go for colored peppers -- like yellow, orange, red
and green. Add zucchini, squash, cabbage, onions, carrots, broccoli, etc. to
your salad to make it more exciting (and beautiful!). Don't get me wrong;
nothing can take the place of fun and decadent things to throw into your
salads, so I have plenty of those that are guilt-free, too. Sunflower seeds or
soy nuts add some nuttiness and crunch without packing in as many calories
as nuts. A few grapes or pineapple chunks are a nice touch, as well (fresh
fruit contains fewer calories than dried). Instead of croutons, you can bake
up some low-cal, high-fiber tortillas and make healthy tortilla strips for your
salad (or, if you're lazy, just toss in some soy crisps or low-fat chips). And a
handful of garbanzos are always a nice touch. As for cheese, you don't need
to give it up completely. A sprinkle of reduced-fat parmesan or shredded fat-
free cheese on top won't add too many calories. Remember to use a low-fat,
low-cal dressing, too. But read labels carefully, 'cuz those "light" dressings
can be deceiving. Happy chewing!





Dear HG,

Do flavored lip balms have real sugar in them? They taste like they have
hidden calories...

Bummed 'Bout Balm



Dear Bummed,

No worries. I have never seen a lip balm that contained actual sugar. Most
are sweetened with a sugar substitute like saccharin and are calorie-free.
And it's not like you're whipping out your cupcake-flavored lip balm and
taking a huge bite out of it, anyway (at least I hope you aren't!). When it
comes to delicious-flavored lip stuff, feel free to use 'em liberally. No need to
go overboard stressing over things like that... trust me. And if flavored lip
stuff helps curb your cravings, check this out NOW. Good luck!

Link: www.seefred.com/cgi-bin/shop.pl/page=lipbalm.htm
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