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Dear Hungry Girl,

I LOVE peanut butter.  Is there a good choice for me?  Please help!

Nuts 4 Nuts
Dear Nuts 4 Nuts,

Experts say peanut butter is a good food choice for people who are watching their weight.  While it's not exactly low in calories or fat, the fat in peanut butter is the heart-healthy kind that makes your hair shiny and your nails strong, but doesn't clog your arteries.  It's also super-filling, which is good since you should keep your portions small.  I usually use just half the recommended serving size (one Tbsp. instead of two), so I can keep my intake at under 100 calories.  My favorite peanut butters are Reduced Fat Skippy, or natural peanut butter.  When I use natural peanut butter I pour all of the excess oil off before stirring (why mix that goop in there?).  According to my nutritionist pals, The The Dish Divas, my little de-oiling tip saves 120 calories for each Tbsp. of oil you pour.  Get rid of two and your jar is down 240 calories and 26.5 grams of fat, which works out to about 17 calories and 2 fat grams less per serving.  Not too shabby!  If you're feeling adventurous, you can check out "Peanut Wonder"  (aka Better'n Peanut Butter), a peanut butter substitute that has just 100 calories and 2.5g of fat per serving.  I've tried it -- and it's interesting.  Not great alone but not a bad spread to pair with jelly, an apple or a chocolate Vitalicious VitaTop.  Enjoy your PB!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I love eggs!  What's the difference between using an egg substitute instead of egg whites?  And am I right to be ditching the yolks?

Not an Eggspert
Dear Not an Eggspert,

Definitely ditch those yolks!  The yolk of one large egg has 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 200 mg of cholesterol.   I am a big way!  Both egg whites and egg substitutes are much better choices.  They give you that great "eggy" taste with no fat, no cholesterol and very few calories.  Egg substitutes are sometimes slightly lower in calories than egg whites, and they often contain vitamins and other nutrients that plain whites don't.  Eggbeaters (which I love), have just 25 calories per 1/4 cup.  And they come in fun flavors like Southwestern and Garden Vegetable. Yum!  When it comes to eggs, both egg whites and egg substitutes are great choices. You really can't go wrong with either.  Now get offline make yourself an omelette, willya?

Today, February 16th, is National Almond Day.  Almonds are good for you, and  have been chewed by humans since 10,000 B.C.!
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