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Dear Hungry Girl,

I know Egg Nog is not good for me, but it just doesn't feel like the holidays if I don't have some.  Are there any lighter versions of egg nog I can buy or make?

--Nog Needer

Dear Nog Needer,

You're right.  Egg Nog is one of the most fattening things you can put in your body.  In fact, a one-cup serving can pack in 350 calories, 20 grams of fat and 30 carbs!  Luckily, there are some diet-friendly ways to indulge in this holiday treat.  The easiest way is to drive to the supermarket and pick up a carton of Hood Fat Free, Sugar Free Egg Nog.  One cup contains just 110 calories and no fat.  That's pretty low for egg nog.  Silk also makes a good soy-based diet-friendly version.  There are also some really great recipes for making lighter egg nog.  I have a friend who SWEARS by this recipe:  Mix 5 cups of nonfat milk with 1 package of Jello-O Fat Free, Sugar Free Instant Vanilla Pudding, 4 packets of Splenda, half a teaspoon of rum extract and a dash of nutmeg.  Blend ingredients together and refrigerate for a few hours to thicken.  Try it and let me know how you like it!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I'm curious as to what your typical daily menu looks like.  Can you please fill me in?

--Wondering in Washington

Dear Wondering in Washington,

Sure thing!  Breakfast usually consists of an egg white omelette (made with non-stick cooking spray), and some fruit.  My favorite things to stuff inside an omelette are spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, light cheese (either fat free Kraft Singles or Light Laughing Cow).   If I'm feeling hungry mid-morning, I'll have an apple, popcorn or soy crisps.  For lunch I'll usually have a huge chopped salad (with a very small amount of low fat or fat free dressing) or soup -- or both.  To beat that late afternoon slump, I sometimes whip up an iced coffee drink made with instant coffee, Sugar Free Torani Syrup, Splenda and Soy Milk (or Fat Free Coffeemate).  My dinnertime staples are fish, lean beef or chicken breast.  Usually I'll pair my protein with veggies.  Later on I might have some grapes, watermelon or a guilt-free frozen treat.  In general I eat lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.  I try to avoid most starches and flour...and I drink a TON of water!  My favorite special treat foods these days are Boca Lasagna, Pizza Fit & Free and Vitamuffins.  My goal is to choose foods that I can eat a lot of and not gain weight.  To me, more food = happiness!

Today, December 1st is Eat a Red Apple Day.  Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin, so crunch one today!

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