Sunday, September 25, 2011
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To get this price use code WEIGHT at checkout. Allow 10-14 weeks for your first issue to arrive!
**Remember, Tanga’s prices can go up during the day, depending on the amount of people that have purchased the deal. So better to purchase earlier vs. later on this one.
Posted by Jenn at 4:46 PM
Friday, September 23, 2011
PUMPKIN…….. So beautiful, so orange... so delicious! Today we're giving props to our favorite form of the large squash. You know it, you love it, so put your hands together for... CANNED PUMPKIN!!!
What Is It?
100% Pure Pumpkin
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 9g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Why Do We Love It?
Full of fiber - If you've been following the ongoing series of HG Salutes emails, you may have noticed that we often salute foods that are high in fiber. This is not a coincidence. High-fiber foods help to keep us feeling full and satisfied (which is kinda the whole point). The fact that today's honoree features naturally occurring, plant-style fiber is an extra-special bonus.
Loaded with nutrients - In addition to fiber, there are many other nutrients packed into this gourd. Carotenoids like beta-carotene are plentiful, as is vitamin A (each 1/2-cup serving has 300% the daily value!). Muscle-fueling potassium? Yup, got that too. Yay for pumpkin!
Delicious yet neutral - The stuff is naturally yummy with a fantastic creamy texture, but it's not that sweet on its own. Its mild taste makes it an excellent base for all sorts of flavors: cheesy, spicy, maple-y... even chocolatey! This means you can use it in SO many different recipes.
Cake mix! Pumpkin and cake mix are almost inseparable at the HG HQ. Whether you're combining the orange stuff with spice cake for a classically seasoned pumpkin dessert or keeping it low-key with devil's food cake (no one will even know the pumpkin is there), this is a match made in HG's oven!
Pudding! Don't feel like prepping a schmancy dessert, but jonesing for something that tastes somewhat homemade? No problem -- pumpkin is very flexible (and the canned kind is already cooked). Mix some up with a sugar-free vanilla pudding snack, add some pumpkin pie spice, and dig in! (Pudding and pumpkin also join forces in our Pumpkin-licious Nog.) Not a pudding fanatic? Go for fat-free cottage cheese or fat-free yogurt with some no-calorie sweetener and vanilla extract thrown in -- an easy sweet treat with seasonal flair!
Sauce! Pumpkin works AMAZINGLY well in more than just dessert dishes. We like to add it to savory sauces to add thickness, awesome texture, and extra fiber. Whether it's a silent partner (like in this spaghetti pie recipe) or a featured artist (like in this colorful fettuccine dish), pumpkin is a GREAT add-in for sauces of all sorts!
Nemesis: Pumpkin Pie Mix! They may look similar, but these canned cuties couldn't be more different. The pie mix has more than twice the calories and over three times as much sugar as the pure stuff! People often confuse the two (thus the rivalry) -- make sure the can you grab is labeled 100% Pure Pumpkin.
Pump' It Up! Recipe Roundup
Grab a can... in fact, grab several. Pumpkin-fied recipes are comin' atcha...
The Whole Enchilada Chicken Soup - Pumpkin adds amazing texture to this swap for a soup served at Chili's. Love it!
Mr. Puffy Pumpkinhead Freezy-Cool Whoopie Pie - With all the Halloween stuff already on shelves, we got to thinking about this cutie...
Savory Pumpkin Grilled Cheese - Pumpkin in a grilled cheese sandwich. It's a thing now, people. At least in our world!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Parfait - A dessert-inspired breakfast that we'd eat happily any time of day? This is it!
Creamy Pumpkin Faux-sotto - Just the kind of dish you'll crave when the temperature starts to drop... Is it dropping yet?
Pumpkin Pie Sundae - Like pumpkin pie a la mode... but without any actual pie. Don't worry; the flavor's ALL THERE!
Surprise, It's Pumpkin! Enchiladas - One of the best recipes to ever come out of a kitchen emergency. Pumpkin stands in for refried beans, and it ROCKS!
Old Time Rocky Road Fudge - The mashed squash works serious magic in this incredible swap. Yum, yum, and YUM!
Nicely Iced Pumpkin-Bread Muffins - Pumpkin-y baked treats with icing that won't make YOU pumpkin-shaped. HOORAY!!!!!
Thanks HUNGRY GIRL....We love you!!!! :)
Thanks HUNGRY GIRL....We love you!!!! :)
Posted by Jenn at 9:57 AM
Thursday, September 22, 2011
OK....so I realize this recipe is not COMPLETELY healthy....however it does have a few redeeming ingredients. PLUS, this blog is about things that make you happy also! So go make a batch....I guarantee HAPPINESS will come about! :D If nothing else, at least you won't have those zucchinis taking up your counter space anymore! :)
Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 C Butter
1 tsp Soda
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
3 C Flour
1 Bag Chocolate Chips
1 C Chopped Nuts (optional)
2 C Grated Zucchini
3 1/2 C Quick Oats
Cream sugar, butter, eggs, salt and vanilla together. Add zucchini. Mix in flour, soda, cinnamon, oats. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 12-14 minutes. Makes 6 dozen cookies. For 3 dozen cookies, cut the recipe in half! =) They also freeze well!!! :)
Posted by Jenn at 11:28 AM
emergency snack, noun
plural emergency snacks
Definition of EMERGENCY SNACK
A guilt-free food that can be stored in a backpack, purse, mini fridge, or desk drawer. Suitable for chewing when hunger unexpectedly hits. Frequently filling and capable of squashing a craving. A Hungry Girl staple.
In HG Land, emergency snacks are a MUST. And while we stand firmly by our standard emergency snack list, it's always nice to change it up a bit. Here are some seasonal snackables and new products on our radar...
Veg Out & Fruit Up!
Fruit and veggies are always great, but going seasonal is the best way to get delicious produce for a good price. Since we're creeping into autumn, some fantastic fruity bets are apples, pears, and plums. (Pears and plums can be kinda delicate, so pop 'em in a case or wrap them in foil for travel.) Late-summer veggies, like zucchini, are still around; slice those up for on-the-go munching. And as the weather gets cooler, grab some broccoli and cauliflower to hack into florets; throw some in a baggie and bring them wherever you go.
Some GREAT new snack bars have recently hit store shelves! One of the best new picks is the 90-calorie Quaker Chewy Smashbar, which comes in Graham Pretzel and Pretzel Berry -- sweet 'n salty lovers rejoice! (But if you have milk allergies, you might want to avoid these.) KIND Mini bars are also great, with only around 110 calories a pop -- a perfect way to take the edge off your hunger without the caloric investment of a full-size KIND bar. If you like your bars crunchy, Clif Crunch Granola Bars should be just your speed -- they come two to a pack and are available in fun flavors like White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Crisp! Not into granola? No problem. Nimble bars (from the Balance Bar peeps) are protein-packed, nougat-like treats that rock our faces off for just 120 calories each -- the Peanut Butter version is heartbreakingly delicious! And our newest favorite is Perfect Foods Bar Lite Cranberry Crunch -- it's packed with amazing flavor and lots of energy-boosting stuff, and each bar has just 199 calories.
Some Refrigeration Required...
Low-fat dairy snacks are GREAT because the protein is filling and, well, they taste awesome... provided you know which to choose. The first on our list of new finds isn't technically low in fat, but it's so tasty that we'll allow the extra fat grams. Mini Babybel, the beloved line of wax-coated cheese wheels, now features two more non-light varieties -- White Cheddar and Sharp Original, with just 60 - 75 calories each. (They'll be fine in your purse during a short day trip.) Also yummy and portable is Weight Watchers Smoked Flavor Mozzarella String Cheese, with only 50 calories per stick -- the smoked flavor is a total upgrade from standard string cheese! When it comes to yogurt these days, it's all about accessorizing. YoGreek Yogurt + Crunch pairs creamy fat-free Greek yogurt with a sidecar of granola for only 140 calories and 0.5g fat. Not to be left out, Yoplait has a new line of Light Yogurt with Granola; fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt with a generous amount of granola for a total of 190 calories per container. And in case you haven't heard, we're nuts about Fage Total 0% and 2% Greek yogurts with fruity add-ins,
which have 120 - 140 calories each (not including the honey options) -- Mango Guanabana is our favorite... and we're not even that certain what guanabana is!
A little something sweet can keep us from going overboard and eating heavy dessert items. A few of our newest sweet indulgences? Jelly Belly's Candy Corn Jelly Beans are so delicious that we can't wait for Halloween... but these beans will help tide us over -- a 25-bean serving has about 100 calories. We're also BIG fans of Panda All Natural Cherry Licorice... especially now that it comes in convenient 100-calorie bars! Finally, keep an eye out for new flavors in two of our favorite lines of sugar-free gum. The Apple Pie flavor by Extra Dessert Delights is mind-blowingly amazing, and the Trident Layers Sweet Cherry + Island Lime tastes kinda like a Cherry Limeade from Sonic. Mmmm...
Posted by Jenn at 11:21 AM