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Hungry Girl Today: 12.06.06


Dear Hungry Girl,

It's office party season and I've been eating really healthy lately. I'm afraid
I'm about to blow it, though. My weaknesses are cute little hors d'oeuvres,
like pigs in a blanket, fried dumplings, etc. Are those really bad for me?

Party Patti


Office parties are NOT easy if you're watching your diet. But they're a part of
life. So, the best thing you can do is a.) prepare for 'em, and b.) arm
yourself with all the relevant information you'll need to survive. There are a
few simple things you can do to avoid going absolutely CRAZY at holiday
parties. First of all, never EVER show up to a party starving. That's an awful
idea. Always make sure you've had a healthy snack (or a light meal if dinner
isn't being served) beforehand so you won't be ravenous when you get
there. And drink at least 1 - 2 glasses of water before a party, which will help
you feel fuller, too. Next, don't make a beeline for the food as soon as you
get to the party. Promise yourself you'll socialize and mingle for at least 15 -
20 minutes before eating anything. And don't stand on top of the food. Try to
hang in an area that isn't completely food-packed, if possible. Ok, now on to
the facts, and your specific Qs. Those tiny little "pigs in a blanket" hot dogs
have about 60 - 65 calories each. That means they're a better bet than those
little quiches, which can easily pack in over 200 calories a pop (eeeks!). Each
fried pork dumpling you down likely has 150 calories or so, but a bacon-
wrapped scallop typically has just about 65 of 'em. And skip those tiny
glasses of eggnog. Each one has about 250 calories. You're better off with a
glass of wine or other diet-friendly cocktail. Try not to indulge in nuts at
parties either. Though they're healthy, it's much too easy to munch on them
mindlessly, and end up gobbling 'em up by the handful. And each pile you
grab will probably have about 150 - 200 calories and 15 or more grams of
fat. Your absolute best bets at cocktail parties are shrimp cocktail and fresh
veggies (as long as you ditch the creamy dips and have them plain or with a
little salsa!). For even more party tips, check out our Holiday Party Survival
Guide on Yahoo!


Dear Hungry Girl,

I follow Weight Watchers and am constantly looking for zero-Point foods. I
know you featured a soup recipe once that had no Points. Can you re-print
it? I have heard it's fantastic...and I am a huge soup fan!

Lovin' Soup in Sacramento

Dear Lovin' Soup,

I have gotten more emails about that zero-Point soup than I could have ever
imagined! People are OBSESSED with that stuff. Remember, it has zero
Points PER SERVING, but if you guzzle it all day long you'll eventually have to
add a Point or two to your day's tally. Get the point? OK, here it is AGAIN...

2/3 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage
1/2 cup green beans
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup diced zucchini

In a large saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute carrots,
onions and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage,
green beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt, and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes or until beans are
tender. Lastly, stir in the zucchini and continue to heat soup for 3 - 4
minutes. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!!

By the way, do NOT miss tomorrow's HG email -- there'll be THREE brand-
new, insanely delicious zero-Point soup recipes. Yay!!!

Tune in TONIGHT to see HG's Lisa (with some healthy junk food) on the TV
show Extra. Click here to find out when it's on in your area.

Chew on This:
Today, December 6th, is National Gazpacho Day. Gazpacho, a light tomato-
based soup, typically has between 40 and 100 calories per cup!

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