HG's Top Q&As, Plus Chocolate Mint Cravingbusters!

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Hi Hungry Girl,

I was wondering, what are some of the most frequently asked questions you get? And, of course, I'd love to know the answers!

Curious in Culver City

Hi Curious,

Good one! I definitely get asked some questions over and over again. And since they're pretty important, I'm recapping 'em all, right here and now...

I want to enjoy Tofu Shirataki noodles, but the texture is weird and they smell funny right out of the bag. Any tips? When it comes to this low-cal pasta swap, the trick is to rinse the noodles and THOROUGHLY pat them dry. Click here for more on this...

Where can I find that recipe for two-ingredient brownie muffins made with pumpkin? Right here!

Why is Splenda used in some of your recipes? What if I don't wanna use artificial sweetener? Real sugar has close to 800 calories per cup, and using Splenda in recipes is a great way to enjoy decadent desserts that aren't loaded with sugary calories. Lately, we've been including alternate nutritional info if you make the recipe with sugar instead. Click here for some natural no-calorie alternatives!

Where can I find the PointsPlus® values for your cookbook recipes? You can find the PointsPlus® value* for every recipe in every cookbook on our book site. Just select the book, and click to see the recipe photos. Then peruse the chapters for all of the values! For example, all of the PointsPlus® values* for recipes in HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! can be found here.

Why do your recipes and supermarket suggestions include processed food? I've got LOTS to say on this subject. It all comes down to my realistic approach to better-for-you eating. Click here for the full 411...

What's the 80/20 rule you're always talking about? This too is all about a realistic approach to eating smart. Basically, if you make good choices most of the time, you can loosen the reins a bit the rest of the time. This way, you won't feel restricted but you won't go overboard either.

Do you get paid to mention products in the daily emails or use them in recipes? NO. While there are ads in the Hungry Girl world, they're always very clearly marked (for example, "Guilt-Free Groceries" with "brought to you by..." messaging). And even those products HAVE to be HG tested and HG approved. As for recipes, not a single product (in the emails or cookbooks) is EVER included as a result of advertising. Companies behind products we love and use often choose to advertise with us, but again, those ads are separate and distinct from editorial content. Click here for more...

Where can I find the recipes from your TV show? They're all here on our show site. Search by episode or by recipe. There are MANY great recipes from the show, so you might wanna get comfy and spend some time over there!

Well, there you have it. To see ALL of the questions and answers since 2004, click here and browse around!  

Hi Hungry Girl,

I'm obsessed with all things minty and chocolatey. Can you recommend some good guilt-free picks?

Choco-Minty Maggie

Hi Maggie,

While I'm not personally a huge fan of chocolate mint, I know a lot of people who LOVE it. And there are many delicious, no-guilt ways to get a fix...

Snack-Aisle Scores - Miss Meringue Drizzled Meringue Cookies Mint Chocolettes are a GREAT pick. They're incredibly tasty, and you get to chomp on ten of 'em for 130 calories and 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 4*). A filling snack with impressive stats is the Luna Protein Mint Chocolate Chip bar -- 170 calories and 5g fat, plus 3g fiber and a whopping 12g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). I love Luna bars. Another fun find is Jet-Puffed Chocolate Mint marshmallows. A 17-piece serving has just 100 fat-free calories (PointsPlus® value 3*). Add a few to hot cocoa or a sugar-free chocolate pudding snack! Speaking of pudding, look for Jell-O's Sugar Free Chocolate Mint Fudge Pudding Snacks in the fridge section of the supermarket -- just 60 calories and 1g fat each (PointsPlus® value 2*).

Freezy Finds - Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip is the way to go if you're craving mint chocolate chip ice cream. A 1/2-cup serving has 120 calories and 4.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*). Can't be trusted around multi-serving tubs of ice cream? Go for one of these Skinny Cow treats -- a Mint Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwich (150 calories, 2g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*) or a White Mint Truffle Bar (100 calories, 2.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 3*). Soooo good! Finally, stock your freezer with Chocolate Mint VitaTops, which have 100 calories and 1.5g fat each, plus 9g fiber and 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Definitely worth ordering online!

HG Recipes! - Check out these guilt-free creations: Peppermint Bark Fudge (who cares if the holidays are over?), Scoopy Arctic Chocolate Delight, ChocoMint Martinis (if you're of the legal drinking age, of course!), and Peppermint Hot Cocoa. That cocoa features sugar-free calorie-free peppermint-flavored syrup (like the kind by Torani), an amazing item if you want to infuse other chocolate treats with a little sweet minty goodness.

Unconventional Stuff - Extra Dessert Delights Sugarfree Gum comes in Mint Chocolate Chip, and each stick has only 5 calories (PointsPlus® value 0*). PERFECT if you want to feed a craving for chocolate mint without spending a lot of calories. And Nature Made VitaMelts makes a chocolate-mint melatonin supplement to help you sleep. Talk about sweet dreams!

There you go -- plenty of choco-minty options. Enjoy!

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