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Hungry Girl Today: 10.03.07
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
It's Mallomar season over here on the East Coast. I do not know if you have
them in California, but they are cookies with cake-y graham bottoms and
marshmallow filling covered in chocolate. They're quite addictive and have
60 calories and 2.5g fat each. Problem is, a person could easily eat a whole
row of cookies without thinking. Do you have any substitutes that will fill the
craving? Thank you.
Your question made me laugh because I grew up eating Mallomars. (I'm
originally from NY and they're my dad's favorite, so my mom always kept
them in the house.) I know just how easy it is to swallow a whole row of
those cookies in one sitting. There's something about their delicious
squishiness that makes you want to keep eating them. Instead of going down
THAT road, I've been known to put together a little marshmallow
graham "project" that is lots of fun, takes longer to eat, and may stop you
from shoveling almost 500 calories' worth of Mallomars down your gullet.
Take a 100 Calorie Pack of Honey Maid Cinnamon Thin Crisps, about 10 mini
marshmallows, and half a tablespoon of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips.
Then you can put together mini s'mores -- or melt the chocolate, dip the
cookies into it, and stick the mini marshmallows on top. However you decide
to eat the stuff, it'll take you a while and only add up to around 160 calories
and 4g fat! If you're feeling adventurous, you may want to try making your
own mini Mallomars using the ingredients above, or even using crushed Fiber
One cereal for bottoms. I'll eventually try this and get a recipe out there. But
if anyone beats me to it, feel free to send it in. And by the way, who knew
there was an official Mallomar season?! :)
Dear Hungry Girl,
I was reading your reviews of soup last week and noticed that the sodium
counts were INSANELY high! What are your thoughts on the crazy-high
sodium levels in packaged foods, and even in many of your own recipes?
Anti-Sodium in Ann Arbor
There are a lot of people counting sodium these days. In fact, I hear from
sodium-counters ALL THE TIME. They complain if I write about foods that are
high in the stuff. I can say this -- if you have been told by your doctor to
keep a low-sodium diet, then by all means, do NOT eat the foods I write
about that contain lots of sodium, and avoid the HG recipes that are high in
sodium as well (or tweak them to fit your own sodium needs). If you watch
your sugar intake, you may want to avoid many of the foods featured here
on HG. I give lots of product recommendations and recipes with all the info
you need to make your own decisions, so you can (and should) take only
what works for you. The truth is this -- recipes and products that are low in
calories and fat tend to be higher in salt. That's because salt makes things
taste better, especially things that are missing fatty, high-calorie ingredients
that give foods a lot of flavor. If eating these foods helps you to maintain a
healthy weight (thus helping to avoid health issues associated with obesity),
many experts agree that this benefit far outweighs the issue of high sodium
counts. Regarding high sodium intake in general, since I'm not a nutrition
expert, I called on my friend Delia Hammock (who is a registered dietician
with an M.S. in nutrition, and Nutrition Director at Good Housekeeping) to
shed some light on the subject. Delia says, "Some people are definitely more
sensitive to sodium than others, and those with high blood pressure or a
family history of hypertension should make watching sodium a priority.
Others can take a more relaxed approach." She does recommend choosing
brands with less salt when you can, and balancing out high-sodium foods by
making low-sodium choices at other times. She also offers this neat little
tidbit: "Eating lots of fruits and veggies is a top choice and a GREAT defense
against high blood pressure. They are often high in potassium (which actually
blunts the effects of too much sodium), and filling up on them can help with
weight control (extra pounds can also make blood pressure soar)." Thanks,
Delia! Looking for some lower sodium items? Click here for some reduced
sodium soup finds!
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CHEW ON THIS:
October is National Chili Month. Boca's version is our pick for the best store-
bought guilt-free chili on the planet. And salt-sticklers will dig Health Valley's
no-salt-added vegetarian chilis. Yay!!!
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