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Hungry Girl Today: 03.23.07
GIRLS BITE OUT
Today is National Chip & Dip Day. But before any dips hit your lips, check out
these shockers, some need-to-know info, and an AWESOME all-new HG
Ditch These Dips...
Warning: Any food that requires another food as a utensil has the potential to
be a diet disaster. Here are the worst ones we've uncovered
Macaroni Grill Shrimp & Artichoke Dip with Romano Croutons - Layers of
assorted baked cheeses encrust the otherwise healthy ingredients: shrimp,
artichokes and spinach. Once the plate's loaded up with greasy croutons, this
dip tips the scales at 980 calories and 52 grams of fat. Yikes!
Chili's Skillet Queso - This frightening pile of cheesy goo and ground beef
contains 670 calories and 53 fat grams
and that's before you dip a single
chip in it! When it comes to this skillet
Pizza Hut White Icing Dipping Cup - This dessert dip comes with the Hut's
cinnamon and sugar dusted breadsticks. But just 2 teeny ounces of the
sugary stuff contains 190 calories and 40 grams of sugar! And again, that's
WITHOUT the sticks!
Ruby Tuesday Spinach Artichoke Dip - Hmmm
with 332 calories and 20 fat
grams, this dip doesn't look nearly as bad as the others. Oh wait, that's for
just a quarter of the appetizer! Even with three friends chipping (and dipping)
in, this is no way to start a meal.
Dip Dos and Don'ts
Some dip tips (so your pants don't rip!)
Salsas Score Big - Tomato-based dips, chunky veggie dips and veggie
purees are the ultimate goal in guilt-free dipping. Just be wary of those
boasting ingredients like spinach, broccoli, and artichoke that are really just
skimpy servings of veggies drowned in cheese or cream sauce. Pico de gallo
and baba gannouj are awesome options.
Cheesy Does It! - Any cheese-based dip is likely to contain hefty amounts of
fat and calories. Fondues and quesos are red flags; resist 'em.
Bean There, Dipped That! - Bean dips are a middle ground in the dip world.
They're likely to be higher in calories than veggie dips but are also full of
filling protein. Just beware of ones with an oily streak, and dip sparingly.
Choose Your Chews Wisely - What you're dipping with is as important as the
dip itself. Whenever possible, stick with raw or slightly steamed veggies. For
homebound dipping, splurge on some baked pita chips or low-fat chips. You
can even toss some low-cal pita bread in the oven at a high temp for crispy
homemade pita wedges (this trick works GREAT with Western Bagel's
Alternative Pita Bread!).
HG's Creamy-Good Eggplant Dip
(1/4 recipe: 55 calories, <0.5g fat, 175mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 2g fiber,
4.5g sugars, 3g protein = 1 Point)
Mmm, this velvety veggie puree is full of flavor, thanks to the sweet nutty
taste of roasted garlic. Enjoy it with veggies and toasted pita pieces, and
even spread on sandwiches.
1 large eggplant (large enough to yield about 2 cups cooked flesh)
1 bulb garlic
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt (thick Greek versions like Fage Total 0% work
3 tbsp. dried parsley
1 and a 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
Optional: pepper, red pepper flakes, and additional salt*
Begin by preheating oven to 400 degrees. Remove excess papery skin
surrounding the garlic bulb (but don't peel completely) and wrap bulb in
tinfoil. Pierce eggplant in several places with a fork. Place eggplant in a
baking dish sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Place dish and foil-wrapped
garlic in the oven and cook for 40 minutes (or until soft & tender), flipping
eggplant halfway through. Remove eggplant and garlic from oven and allow
to cool. Once cool enough to handle, peel garlic cloves and place them in a
blender. Slice eggplant open and peel back skin. Measure out 2 cups
eggplant flesh (score flesh with a knife to make it easier to scoop out) and
place in blender as well. Add yogurt, parsley, salt, and lemon juice to the
blender and puree until well mixed. If desired, season to taste with pepper,
more salt, and/or red pepper flakes (for heat). Makes approximately 4 half-
Celebrate Chip & Dip Day with these other excellent dips, too!
There's HG's Amazing ATE-Layer Dip, Fiber-licious Bean Dip (courtesy of
fellow fiber fan, Tanya Zuckerbrot), HG's Rockin' Restaurant Spinach Dip,
and the creamy, cheesy dessert dip from our Groovy Grilled Fruit Fondue
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*Optional ingredients not included in nutritionals.
HG Update! Thanks for all the fantastic feedback about yesterday's Calorie
City email. So many of you emailed to remind us that we left out one VERY
cool site -- Sparkpeople.com. We checked it out and you're right -- it DOES
Chew on This:
Hey! March 23rd is National Chip & Dip Day. Now you know how to celebrate!
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