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Hungry Girl Today: 12.13.06


Dear Hungry Girl,

How do you feel about Coffee-mate and all the different varieties they offer?
Is the fat-free stuff ok to use?

In Need of Coffee Help

Dear In Need,

I actually have pretty strong feelings about Coffee-mate (and how many
people can say that?!). Right off the bat, I'll tell you that Coffee-mate isn't
exactly good for you. If you're a health nut, you should probably avoid the
stuff altogether. However, if you're more concerned with making your coffee
taste good and saving calories, there are things you should know. For
starters, Original Fat Free Coffee-mate in liquid form has less than HALF the
calories of the fat-free flavored liquid varieties (10 calories per tbsp. vs. 25).
And the SF liquid flavored ones have 15 calories (and a gram of fat) per
tablespoon. So, if you DO use their Fat Free or Sugar Free flavored liquid
creamers, it's way too easy to add 100 calories to your drink without even
thinking! If liquid Coffee-mate is your thing, stick with the Original Fat Free
kind. When looking for flavored coffee-enhancers, stick with the powders.
While they often SEEM to have more calories than the liquid, the truth is you
only need to use about a TEASPOON of these to make your drink taste good.
I like to use a teaspoon of the Sugar Free or Fat Free flavored powder
Coffee-mate (love the vanilla-y and caramel-y flavored ones!) to help make
my tea and coffee drinks taste richer, sweeter and creamier. And typically, a
teaspoon of the stuff only adds about 10 calories or so to your beverage.
Let's review. If using the liquid kind, stick with the Original Fat Free. If using
flavored, go for Sugar Free or Fat Free powders and use just a teaspoon or
so. Oh, one more thing. All of these canisters and bottles look VERY similar,
so remember to read the labels carefully!

Dear HG,

What's your favorite food right now?

Curious in Colorado

Dear Curious,

Ok, are you ready for a somewhat weird yet truthful answer? My favorite
food-- right now-- is FIBER ONE cereal. I love the stuff! It's a great
breakfast food-- eaten alone (14g of fiber per half cup!) or sprinkled on
oatmeal or yogurt. My absolute favorite thing about Fiber One, however, is
how insanely amazing it is to use in recipes. Toss some in the blender and
you'll have "breadcrumbs" that can be used to make baked versions of fried
foods like onion rings. Mix those same crumbs with a little bit of light butter
and you'll have a guilt-free pie crust. Fiber One ROCKS...and I'm proud to
say it's my latest obsession.


Chew on This:
Today, December 13th, is National Cocoa Day. Celebrate with a cup of 25-
calorie Diet Swiss Miss. Weeeeee!

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