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Hi, Hungry Girl!

I love sashimi and can eat a lot of it. I used to think it was pretty healthy. But I recently checked the nutritionals for salmon (my favorite!), and it's about 45 calories and 2g fat per ounce! I'm pretty sure the average piece of sashimi is one to two ounces, so does that mean I'm taking in around 240 calories and 10g fat for just three to four measly pieces of fish? And who eats just four pieces?! I know it's good fat and all, but does that mean sashimi is not too good calorie-wise?

Dear Sashimi-Chewer,

Hold on there! Before you panic, let's get things straight. For starters, some of your facts are a little fishy (some pun intended). The average piece of sashimi is not one to two ounces. Sashimi is typically very thinly sliced and weighs around 1/2 oz. per piece on average. While salmon is on the high end in terms of calories and fat, most varieties of fish contain an average of 35 calories and 1g fat per ounce. So if you get an order of assorted sashimi, the entire thing will probably weigh in at around two to three ounces and have about 100 calories and 3g fat or so (give or take a little). I eat a TON of sashimi (okay, not literally, but I do eat an awful lot of it!), and I always feel good about that choice. I do usually indulge in a few orders of sushi, too, but I ask for those with not a lot of rice (a good trick!). I also avoid crazy rolls that have lots of mayo, cream cheese, oils, fried items, etc. In general, rolls have more rice than straight sushi pieces. Click here and here for some more sushi survival tips (and check out the HG book for even more!). I LOVE RAW FISH!!!!

Hey HG,

I'm in big, big trouble. My work office provides us with unlimited access to salted, roasted peanuts. Throughout the whole day, I can't help but demolish at least 3 heaping portions of them. How many calories and fat grams am I taking in? I know those nuts are super-fattening. How can I resist the temptation?

Peanut-Packed in PA
Dear Peanut-Packed,

Holy moly! You're not going to like my answer. Peanuts, while pretty healthy, do contain a lot of calories and fat. So if you simply can't stop eating them once you start, I think you should just avoid them altogether. Here's the story. Each 1-oz. serving of peanuts (about 1/4 cup) has around 170 calories and 14g fat (POINTS® value 4*). Each of your "heaping portions" is probably one and a half ounces. So if you end up downing three of those a day, you could be taking in an extra 765 calories and 63 grams of fat (POINTS® value 20*) from that peanut habit. THAT is nuts (literally)! I would tell you to limit yourself to one serving a day, but it sounds like you would find that too difficult to do. If you tried that, you'd likely be thinking about eating more and more peanuts all day. Instead, you might wanna go cold turkey and FORGET that those things exist. Try to avoid the "peanut area" at the office, too (no sense trying to resist 'em when those things are staring you down!). I always say if there are foods that you can't stop eating, or foods that trigger you into binging in general, AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but I think it's actually really good advice. To help you forget about your nut cravings, why not find another food that is portion-controlled and fills the void for fewer calories? If you like salty, crunchy snacks, try a nut-studded crispy snack bar (preferably one with lots of fiber to keep you full) or mini-bags of 94% fat-free popcorn (you get A LOT to chew for fewer calories and fat grams than those nuts!). Jerky is another good one, since it's chewy and takes a while to eat. Keep me posted...

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