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Hungry Girl Today: 12.20.06


Dear Hungry Girl,

I love your emails and recipes so much. Do you have a book? If not, will you
have one soon?

Craving an HG Cookbook

Dear Craving,

I get asked this question about five times a day, so here's the 411. No,
there is no Hungry Girl cookbook at this time. I am, however, working on
one. There's no official book deal yet, so I have no idea when it will be
released; but you can be sure that a Hungry Girl book of recipes and other
tips & tricks is on the way. Since the book is in the developmental stages
now, I thought I'd ask you guys some questions about it. If you'd like to help
me by weighing in (no pun intended) on some things, click here to answer a
few Qs. Pllleeeeeease?!!? And thanks in advance! :)


Dear HG,

I'm fairly new to the site and I have some questions. What are the "Points"
you mention for? And can I use substitutions in your recipes? Also, why do
you write about foods that have artificial ingredients?

Curious in Canoga Park

Hey, Curious!

You're not the only one curious about those things. I've had 14 people ask
what "Points" mean this week alone, so I figured I'd address it. The "Points" I
mention in my emails refer to the value of the foods when used in
conjunction with the Weight Watchers plan. I know that many (if not most!)
of the HG subscribers are NOT following Weight Watchers, but I include that
information as a service to those who are, and also as a way to promote
Weight Watchers -- because I think it is an AWESOME plan that people should
know about. Now, as far as my recipes are concerned, yes, you can
substitute ingredients. I will often suggest that you use Splenda, but feel free
to use your sweetener of choice. If I say use Almond Breeze Unsweetened,
you can use skim milk, light soymilk or another milk substitute you like. If a
recipe calls for Better 'n Peanut Butter, you can always use regular peanut
butter. Please do keep in mind that my nutritional info is based on my exact
ingredients, and if you stray from them, the nutritionals will vary accordingly.
And, to answer your last Q, Hungry Girl isn't really for health food junkies.
The foods I feature and create are not always for people who stick to a strict
diet of natural and organic foods. HG has a more real-world approach to
eating. I try to feature healthy foods as much as possible, but I am usually
more concerned with helping people navigate the supermarket aisles and
helping them seek out things that taste great and won't make them gain
weight. That about sums it up! Hope I covered it all...


Just a friendly little heads up that December 26th is National Candy Cane
Day. We love candy canes, but we won't be sending an email to remind you
about it that mark your calendars!

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