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Hey there, HG!

What are your favorite low cal/low point chocolate bar or cookie snacks? I'm getting a little bored with my regulars.

Chocolate Lover
Dear Chocolate Lover,

WOW! I'm not a chocolate freak at all, but I've got a lot of go-to chocolate options when I crave the stuff. Ready? I'm just going to rattle them off. For chocolate candy I go for CocoaVia Bars (80-100 calories, 2 points), Hershey's Sticks (60 calories, 1 point), Gayle's Miracles Truffles (30 calories each, 1.5 points for TWO), or a few small Tootsie Rolls (6 midgees = 160 calories, 3 points).  For a chocolate cake or muffin fix, I ALWAYS reach for VitaTops or VitaBrownies (1 point, high fiber, healthy 100 calories). For crunchy/cookie-like treats I recommend 100 Calorie Packs Oreo Thin Crisps (100 calories, 2 points) and Pepperidge Farm 100 Calorie Goldfish in chocolate graham (100 calories, 2 points). Some fun bar options are Kashi's GoLean Chocolate Peanut Bliss bar (180 calories, 3 points) and Pria Nutrition Bars in Chocolate Peanut Crunch and Mint Chocolate Cookie (110 calories, 2 points). There you go. These should keep your chocolate cravings at bay -- at least for a little while.  And remember, your best bet is to try to limit any chocolate snacking to a few times a week at most. 

Hi, HG!

I'm going on a cruise soon and I'm very worried about the amount of food that'll be on the ship with all the buffets and meals. What can you recommend so I am not constantly eating on this trip? What are the best things to take from the buffet tables? Also, what alcoholic drinks have the fewest calories? Thanks!

Cruisin' Susan
Dear Cruisin' Susan,

I've been on cruises and I know the harsh reality of what they're all about. Eating is definitely a major part of a cruise. And all the rumors are true -- there are usually multiple buffets at all times of the day (and night). But this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Don't worry about constantly eating on the ship. The truth is, you WILL likely be constantly eating while on board. The key here is to take advantage of the lovely food spreads they'll be providing for you.  From what I can remember, every buffet will be packed with healthy options. There's a good chance you'll be able to find crunchy cut veggies, and sweet, juicy ripe fruit at every turn on that boat. So while some of your pals are packing in thousands of calories at that midnight pizza party, munch on some sliced watermelon and crunchy grapes. Trust me, it'll feel and taste great. I'm as hungry as anyone (if not hungrier!) and I can pretty much always find good-for-you choices that taste great at buffets. Another thing -- if you avoid all those mayo-infested, cheese 'n oil packed items, you'll feel WAY better after you eat. And willpower will likely be less of a problem if you remind yourself that you'll have to squeeze yourself into a bathing suit the next morning. As for low cal cocktail choices, your best bets are white wine (or white wine spritzers), light beer, or mixed drinks made with calorie-free mixers like diet soda, or club soda with a twist of lemon or lime. No worries... it'll all be ok!

Today, June 14th, is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.  Not sure why we're telling you that, though.  Each tiny one likely contains over 200 calories and 10g of fat!  Not worth it.

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