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Dear Hungry Girl,

Lately I've been getting very tired in the middle of the afternoon. I drink coffee sometimes but it doesn't really energize me. It often even makes me more tired. And I would rather avoid those crazy Red Bull type of energy drinks. Have any ideas for me?

So Tired

Dear Tired,

I actually have similar issues with mid-afternoon tiredness. Luckily, I recently discovered the absolute greatest beverage on the planet. It's an antioxidant energy drink called FRS Plus (the low calorie kind), and it seriously ROCKS. About a month or so ago, the FRS people called me to see if I would be interested in trying their product. I looked it up and was a little bit put off by its medicinal look and feel, weird name, and not-so-attractive packaging (sorry, FRS). Honestly, it looks a lot like some sort of scary gym beverage. But I decided to give it a try anyway, and I've been hooked ever since. FRS is basically a healthy (and delicious) drink that's packed with vitamins and antioxidants and gives you tons of energy. I drink FRS when I wake up (I've even ditched my fancy morning iced coffee drinks!), and also in the middle of the afternoon. The difference it has made for me personally is INSANE. I don't typically write about products like this, but I've really fallen for this one BIGTIME. And even though it's packed with vitamins and antioxidants, I'm actually way more impressed with the fact that after drinking it, I have so much more energy, am way more mentally alert, and feel GREAT! I use the concentrated kind (in low cal orange...YUM!), and add 6 -7 oz. of water, 1 packet of Splenda, and a lot of crushed ice to 2 oz. of it. It makes a refreshing, awesome, 30-calorie drink. I know I'm starting to sound like an infomercial, but I can't help the way I feel about this stuff. If you do try it, email me and let me know what you think.

Dear HG,

I love taco salad shells and was wondering if you knew anything about their nutritional content. I'm doing Weight Watchers and can't find how many points they contain.

-Taco Shell Obsessed
Dear Thinking,

Ok, are you guys NOT reading your HG emails carefully?  It was just YESTERDAY I featured a recipe for a guilt-free taco salad, and called out the taco shell as one of the reasons why Taco Bell's Fiesta Taco Salad was sooo high in fat and calories.  Those crispy, crunchy, taco-y edible bowls are bad news!  How bad?  A small to medium sized one (think fast food taco salad taco shell) contains about 370 calories and 21 grams of fat!  That translates into 9 WW points, if you count. You're better off eating your salad out of a bowl you can't chomp on. My advice is to skip the shell when ordering taco salads, or better yet, make one at home.  Click here for my recipe.

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