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Hungry Girl Today: 10.24.07

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HG,

I love bars, but there are SOOO many bars out there now -- do you have
any favorites? Anything in particular you look for when seeking out a bar to
chew?

Bar-Biter


Dear Bar-Biter,

I love bars, too. But I only eat them as snacks or as part of a breakfast or
lunch that includes other things (like yogurt, soup or a salad). I don't go for
those meal replacement bars as much because I don't like to swap meals
with bars (that's just me -- I think an actual meal is way more satisfying).
And meal replacement bars have way more calories than other bars, so I tell
people to watch out for those (since “snacking” on them can be a big no-no if
you're counting calories!). When choosing bars, I tend to go for ones that
have less than 200 calories, are fairly low in fat, and are high in fiber (5g or
more, if possible). Here's a list of my current favorite bars and what I like
about them...

Fiber One Chewy Bars - Super-delicious and satisfying. A great candy bar
sub that has 140 - 150 calories and 9g fiber. AWESOME!

Gnu Bars - These pack in 12g fiber and taste like chewy cookies. Cinnamon
Raisin is the best of all of 'em. Soooo good!

Dr. Melina Protein Bars - These come in unique flavors and are similar to
Luna bars. And they're very satisfying since they're packed with protein.
People are flipping over the Lemon Raspberry ones...

Curves Chewy Granola Bars - These are PERFECT as little snacks 'cuz they
have just 100 calories. Five grams of fiber makes them filling!

BTW -- you can check out more HG bar stuff on Yahoo!

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Dear Hungry Girl,

I love to make smoothies at home -- I drink them for breakfast or as a
snack. I'm getting bored with the same old ones though. I tend to use a lot of
frozen strawberries and bananas. Have any ideas for a creative and fast
smoothie?

Smoothie-Sipper


Dear Smoothie-Sipper,

I get soooo many emails about smoothies. Sometimes people send in their
recipes -- and they sound really delicious but contain things like spoonfuls of
honey, SO MUCH peanut butter, and entire containers of full-fat yogurt.
Things like that make calorie counts SKYROCKET. People say, "I can't
believe how FULL I am afterwards!" and all I can think is, of course you're
full -- you just drank 550 calories! In any case, while I LOVE smoothies, I
tend to go for ones that have about 150 calories or less. My current smoothie
obsession (which was inspired by my pal Katie, who is an HG subscriber and
awesome recipe developer) is a peachy pumpkin thing that is currently
unnamed. I think I haven't named it yet because the recipe changes
depending on my mood -- but it always includes the following:

1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
4 oz. Diet Snapple Peach Iced Tea
4 oz. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
cinnamon, nutmeg and/or pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Splenda (to taste)

The changing ingredient is 1 tbsp. of some sort of vanilla protein powder (Jay
Robb's Whey Protein rocks!) OR 3 oz. of fat-free vanilla yogurt. And
sometimes I'll throw in a splash of Torani Sugar Free Syrup in Brown Sugar
Cinnamon. I just toss all of the ingredients in a blender with lots of crushed
ice (about a cup and a half of it) and blend it all for about a minute. YUM --
this smoothie is so good, I can't stand it! And, the most amazing part is that
it only has about 100 - 120 calories, depending on exactly what you choose
to put in it -- and it is SUPER-filling! Try one of these no-name peachy
pumpkin drinks and you will be HOOKED. I can almost guarantee it!

For links please go to:
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--

CHEW ON THIS:
Today, October 24th, is National Bologna Day. We know the stuff is NOT
exactly healthy, but we can't help loving Oscar Mayer's 98% Fat Free
version. It's GOOOOD and has just 25 calories a slice.

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