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Hungry Girl Today: 04.18.08

Stressed? Sluggish? Moody? Relief may be as close as your local
supermarket. That's 'cuz what you eat affects how you feel. So what foods
will put you in a good mood? Take a look...


If you're finding it hard to concentrate and feel like your mind is a pile of
goo, you may want to snack on some protein-rich foods. Foods like cheese,
soy products and lean meat are great for making you feel alert, energized
and ready to take on the day. So if your brain's feeling a bit foggy, just
nibble on some low-cal string cheese, a veggie burger, or some lean skinless
chicken or turkey breast. You may be thinking more clearly in no time.


A little chocolate can fix anything, right? It's sweet, delicious and creamy,
and it seems to make us feel a lot better once we've eaten it. Well, it turns
out chocolate's mood-boosting ability is not all in our heads -- eating the
sweet stuff really does make us feel happy, content and soothed. Why? The
fat, sugar, and high amounts of tryptophan found in chocolate work together
to raise serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. The result? Your mouth
will be happy -- and so will the rest of you. Keep chocolate portions in check
with a 6g-of-fat Trader Joe's 100 Calorie Milk Chocolate Bar (POINTS® value


Do you go from laughing to crying in a matter of seconds? Curbing mood
swings may be as easy as drinking water. That's because dehydration can
play a big part in emotional stability. If you don't get those recommended 8 -
10 cups of water a day, you might just find yourself sweatin' the small stuff.
So drink up!


Tired and lethargic all the time? Find it hard to get going in the morning? You
may want to whip up some scrambled eggs or an omelette. That's because
eggs are a great source of zinc, a substance that makes you feel more
awake, energized and engaged by helping to regulate blood sugar. For an
eggy fix without too much fat, check out Egg Beaters with Yolk in original and
flavored varieties -- a 1/4-cup serving (the equivalent of 1 egg) has 40
calories and 1.5 - 2g fat (POINTS® value 1*).


Stressed? Nervous? Anxious? Soothe your nerves with some skim milk or a
handful of almonds. Both foods are rich in calcium, and calcium is great for
reducing anxiety and making you feel calm and relaxed. For a portion-
controlled almond fix, check out Blue Diamond's 100-calorie packs (9g fat,
2g fiber, and a POINTS® value of 2*) -- there are 50mg of stress-busting
calcium in each pack. Or sip some Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze -- 1
cup has 40 calories, 3g fat, and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 1*), and it serves
up 20% the RDA of calcium.


Salmon and strawberries may be nature's equivalent of Prozac and Zoloft.
That's because folate-rich foods cause a boost in serotonin levels in the
brain, much like antidepressants do. So the next time you're feeling
depressed, grill some salmon, or treat yourself to a bowl of strawberries.
Chances are, you'll turn that frown upside down in no time. BTW, a serving
of Chicken of the Sea's canned pink salmon mixed with a teaspoon of Vivi's
Original Sauce in Classic Carnival Mustard makes us VERY happy, and that
snack has just 65 calories and 2g fat (POINTS® value 1*).


Feeling angry? Reach for a grapefruit, some grapes, an apple or some
carrots! All four of these great-tasting foods are rich in pectin, a soluble fiber
that lowers blood cholesterol. Another plus? When you're angry, your body
kicks into fight-or-flight mode, causing your heart rate, adrenaline levels and
blood pressure to increase. But pectin reverses these effects and helps your
system return to normal. Get a pectin fix with HG's Sweet 'n Chunky Chicken
Salad -- it's packed with grapes and apples, and a full cup has just 145
calories and 1.5g fat, plus a gram of fiber (POINTS® value 3*).

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April 18th is National Animal Crackers Day. Sounds like the perfect day to
down a pouch of those 100-calorie chocolate ones. THEY ROCK!

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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by
Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe
or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the
owner of the Points® registered trademark.


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