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Hungry Girl Today: 7.22.09


HG ON THE VIEW TODAY!!! Hungry Girl's Lisa will be on The View -- yes, THE

View -- TODAY, Wednesday, 7/22. This is HUGE, people! It airs on ABC at

11/10am pt/c. Don't miss it -- tune in or set your DVR or TiVo!!!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I can tell that you LOVE ice cream! I see you often use Breyers Double

Churn Free in recipes, but you also write about Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned

Light a lot. Which one do you like more? Any other ice cream picks or advice

for me?

Ice Cream Obsessed

Dear Ice Cream Obsessed,

I have A LOT of opinions about ice cream. For starters, Breyers Double

Churn Free is great if you want super-creamy ice cream that's fat-free and

pretty low in calories -- it's great for dessert recipes, especially blended

shakes. But if you're looking for the BEST-TASTING light ice cream to enjoy

scooped out of a "tub" or carton, definitely go for Dreyer's/Edy's Slow

Churned. My favorite flavors are Take The Cake and Caramel Delight, but

honestly, there are a BAZILLION different kinds and they are all

INCREDIBLE, so the choice is yours. The only issue I have with those is that

it's a little hard to stick with one serving. If you have the same problem when

left alone with a multi-serving container, stick with pre-portioned, single-

serving frozen treats. There are some "snack size" cartons of light ice cream

out there, like the new ones from Dreyer's/Edy's, but just read labels on

those carefully -- they often have more than the typical half-cup serving. The

Skinny Cow makes a lot of great single-serving treats (Truffle Bars,

Sandwiches, Fudge Bars, etc.), as does Weight Watchers (too many to

mention, but the new-ish Candy Bar Ice Cream Bars are AMAZING). If you

like to use LOTS of ice cream in smoothies, shakes, and other blended

drinks, check out a product called Arctic Zero, which has a tiny fraction of the

calories of any low-fat or fat-free ice cream (128 - 136 calories in the entire

pint!). Arctic Zero is a bit harder to find than most ice cream, but you can

buy it online. People are obsessed with it. It's not exactly "ice cream" (more

like a really good frozen protein shake), so I find that it's best in recipes and

for when you want to eat a LOT of frozen dessert. Other brands worth

mentioning are Turkey Hill (I get TONS of emails about the guilt-free options,

but I can't get 'em easily in Los Angeles) and Blue Bunny (lots of FANTASTIC

scoopable and pre-portioned treats). Remember, these are just a few of my

favorites -- there are SO many more out there. Just be sure to pay attention

to labels -- not everything with "light" or "reduced-fat" in its name is low in

calories and fat. Stay cool...

Dear HG,

You write about food all the time but rarely talk about exercise. Do you think

it's important? And do you exercise?

Wondering About Workouts

Dear Wondering,

Yes, I absolutely think it is important to exercise, and I do it A LOT. But I'm

going to be truthful: I used to hate to work out. A long time ago, I would

avoid gyms and gym equipment at all costs. They intimidated me in a huge

way. I would attempt intense workouts that were unreasonable or "scary,"

and then I'd quit and feel bad about myself. Then I changed. I started to do

some simple weight training to build muscle, and I began doing low-impact

cardio as well. I WISH I were the type of person who could easily run a few

miles every day, but I'm not -- so I walk, usually on a treadmill, just fast

enough to get my heart rate up a bit. And the thing that keeps me happiest

while walking on a treadmill is watching TV. I have a TiVo in my treadmill

room, and I watch my favorite shows while I walk. (These days, I like The

Next Food Network Star and The Big Bang Theory!) TV helps distract me and

makes exercising almost fun. Truly. I typically walk on the treadmill for 45

minutes to an hour, four to five times a week. The key is to figure out what

works for YOU -- working out with a friend, listening to upbeat music while

you exercise, watching movies while using cardio equipment... ANYTHING

that can help make your workouts fun. Now I actually look forward to my

workouts. Another thing I learned (thanks to my fancy schmancy Bodybugg!)

is that doing simple household chores or even going to the mall can be a

good workout. The other day I actually burned more than 200 calories trying

on clothes at Nordstrom Rack. (Yes, I tried on A LOT.) Amazing! I also love

to play a video game called Rock Band with my husband (I'm the drummer),

and I burn about 20 - 35 calories per song while playing. The lesson here?

You can find ways to exercise in the most unlikely places, and you can

actually have LOADS of fun doing it. So start exploring and get moving!

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Today, July 22nd, is National Penuche Day. Penuche is a vanilla-flavored,

fudge-like candy. July 22nd is also the date in 1967 that the band Vanilla

Fudge played its first-ever concert. Coincidence? We think not.

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