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Hungry Girl Today: 1.16.08


Dear HG,

What are your favorite ways to make things taste creamy and delicious,
without adding lots of fat and/or calories?

Seeking Secrets

Dear Seeking,

Good question -- and it's one I LOVE because I have LOTS of secrets for
adding creaminess to recipes and foods. I'll list my favorites below (hope I
don't leave any out!)...

Coffee-mate Fat Free or Sugar Free Powders - Dissolving even just a
teaspoon of this stuff (10 - 12 calories with a POINTS® value of 0*) into a
TINY amount of water makes recipes WAY creamy. And not just smoothies or
other beverages -- I mean FOOD (oatmeal, soups, etc.). Don't be scared to
experiment with this stuff -- use the Original for straight-up creaminess or try
some of the flavored ones. Again, you only need a teaspoon or so mixed
with the TINIEST amount of water!

Coffee-mate Fat Free Original Liquid - Same as above, only you don't need
to dissolve it. One tablespoon has 10 calories and POINTS® value of 0*. The
reason why I prefer the powders, though, is because it's too easy to overuse
the liquid, and then the calories can rack up pretty quickly. When I do use
the liquid, I stick to the Fat Free Original because the fat-free flavored liquids
have more than twice the calories, and the sugar-free liquids have 1 - 2.5g
fat per tablespoon (and that can REALLY add up!).

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze - This stuff is definitely one of my secret
weapons. It has just 40 calories per huge 8-oz. serving (POINTS® value 1*).
It does contain some fat (3g per cup), so it adds tons of creaminess (and a
slight vanilla flavor) to recipes without adding too many calories. It can be
used in tons of recipes in place of plain old milk (from blended beverages
and smoothies to sauces and more). It's AMAZING -- and all natural!

Fat-Free Sour Cream - Even if you don't like fat-free sour cream on its own,
using it to make dressings, dips, sauces, and other dishes taste creamy is a
fantastic idea. It just works! A 2-tbsp. serving of the stuff typically has just
20 - 30 calories and a POINTS® value of 0 - 1*.

Fat-Free Mayo - Same note as above. If you can't stand fat-free mayo alone,
you can still add just a bit of it to recipes to make 'em creamier tasting. I
promise! Use it for salads (like tuna or chicken), slaws, tangy sauces and
more. And it has just 10 teeny calories per tablespoon (POINTS® value 0*).

Fat-Free Cream Cheese - Again, fans of regular cream cheese might not love
the fat-free stuff as a straight spread. But it's a great way to stretch out
cheese sauces -- it adds cheesy flavor and creaminess while keeping the
calorie and fat counts down. Go for it! It's also great for adding creamy
texture and cheesy taste to mashed potatoes (try it with our super-low-cal
Miracle Mashies!) and veggie dips. It has just 30 calories per 2-tbsp. serving
(POINTS® value 1*).

Dear Hungry Girl,

How do you find out about all the new foods and things you write about? I've
always been curious about that.

Just Wondering

Dear Just Wondering,

I find out about new foods and products in several different ways. The first is
the most obvious -- simply by checking out the shelves at my local grocery
stores and supercenters. My staff and I are constantly scouring store shelves
for new products. In fact, when one of us goes on vacation, the FIRST thing
we often do is check out the local supermarkets for stuff we haven't seen
yet! In addition to that, the HG HQ receives about a dozen or so boxes of
food every week from food companies and food publicists (yes, even snack
foods have publicists these days!) who all want their products to be featured
on Hungry Girl. It's funny because sometimes they'll send super-high-calorie
candies and cakes, not quite realizing what HG is about (I try to give those
away immediately!). Another way I hear about new stuff is from the
subscribers. HG receives hundreds of emails a day from people raving about
new products they've found. And that's incredibly helpful. So keep those
emails coming -- PLEASE!!!

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