If you count calories and enjoy large portions, pasta is NOT your friend. But that's not the case with these recipes! Get the best bang for your buck with these large-and-in-charge noodle-y dishes, courtesy of Hungry Girl...
Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs
1/2 of recipe (2 cups squash with about 3/4 cup sauce and 3 meatballs): 327 calories, 6g fat, 775mg sodium, 45g carbs, 9g fiber, 19g sugars, 26g protein
Spaghetti squash is easy to work with and DELICIOUS. And with all the calories you save on pasta, you can splurge on the meatballs. Weeee!
1 spaghetti squash (about 4 1/2 lb.)
6 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced carrot
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
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- Hungry-Girl | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 4, 2012 9:01 PM EDT
If you count calories and enjoy large portions, pasta is NOT your friend. But that's not the case with these recipes! Get the best bang for your buck with these large-and-in-charge noodle-y dishes, courtesy of Hungry Girl...Read More »from Oversized Pasta Swaps (Huge Recipes with Under 400 Calories a Serving)!
- Hungry-Girl | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 28, 2012 1:05 PM EDT
Check out FIVE low-calorie snacks you should add into rotation NOW, courtesy of Hungry Girl...Read More »from Five Filling Snacks with Less Than 200 Calories Each
Salsa-fied Tuna Stacks
170 calories, 2g fat
Tuna on crackers doesn't have to be boring. Spice up this snack by mixing a 2.6-ounce packet of albacore tuna (in water) with 3 tablespoons of salsa. Instead of eating it on butter crackers, spread your tuna mixture on two large rice cakes. It's like a giant, crunchy, open-faced sandwich. And it's packed with protein -- around 20 grams of it -- which means it'll keep you feeling full for a long time. If you're packing this snack to go and don't have access to a refrigerator, skip the salsa and use a pre-seasoned pouch of tuna, like the kinds by StarKist. So easy!
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Almonds & String Cheese
160 calories, 11.5g fat
Almonds are a good source of manganese and copper, which work together to boost your energy. They've also got a good amount of protein, and they happen to taste great. Stick with a handful
- Hungry-Girl | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 20, 2012 1:12 PM EDT
The classic fast-food meal -- a burger, fries, and a handheld apple pie. Add in a sugary soda, and you could easily be taking in an entire day's worth of calories and fat grams in one meal. Eeeks! Today we're taking on the drive-thru and giving you our SUPER swaps. Stick with a calorie-free beverage, and your entire meal will have less than 500 calories and 3 grams of fat. Delicious, guilt-free insanity!Read More »from Drive-Thru Makeovers: Lightened-Up Fast-Food Favorites!
Copyright 2012 Hungry Girl. All Rights Reserved.Hungry Mac 'Bella Stack Burger
Entire recipe: 234 calories, 2g fat, 946mg sodium, 45g carbs, 9.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 14.5g protein
Yup, we're using mushrooms as a BURGER swap. Don't knock it 'til you chew it... This recipe ROCKS!
1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free Thousand Island dressing
1/8 tsp. granulated white sugar
1/8 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. finely minced onion or 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
2 portabella mushroom caps
1 1/2 small light hamburger buns (1 top and 2 bottoms)
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1 slice fat-free American cheese
1 tbsp. diced
- Hungry-Girl | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 7, 2012 12:13 PM EST
It's a sneaky world out there. Just because some food or beverage SEEMS innocent, that doesn't mean it always is. Get the full scoop from Hungry Girl!Read More »from 4 Places Where Hidden Calories Lurk (and How to Avoid Them)
Drinks that look like dessert aren't the only ones loaded with fat and calories. (Although DEFINITELY watch out for those!) Take a strawberry daiquiri, for example. "But it has fruit in it," you might argue. "How bad could it really be?" That beverage has about 675 calories -- more than a Big Mac -- and 20 grams of sugar. Eeeks! An average-sized pina colada has around 17 grams of fat, and many places serve HUGE versions. If you're at a restaurant or bar, you're much better off with beer or wine. A bottle of light beer has around 110 calories (some have as few as 55!), and a 5-oz. glass of wine has about 120 calories. And make your own calorie-slashed blended drinks at home with ingredients like sugar-free powdered drink mixes (like kinds by Crystal Light and True Lemonade), sugar-free zero-calorie syrups (Torani Sugar Free is
You can have your cake and eat it, too -- and still fit into your pants. Hungry Girl is here to show you how...Read More »from 5 Easy, Diet-Friendly Dessert Ideas
Mini fillo shells are hidden gems in the freezer aisle. They aren't desserts on their own, but they're the perfect vehicles for miniature guilt-free treats. Just bake 'em according to the package instructions and then fill them with delicious, dessert-inspired goodies. Or fill them first, and THEN bake (depending on the recipe). Craving apple pie? It's all about chopped apple, cinnamon, and fat-free or light caramel dip. Need a chocolate fix? Chop up your favorite candy bar and put a tiny piece in each shell before baking -- then let it melt in the oven. Or add a dollop of sugar-free chocolate pudding and a small berry -- fancy! These flaky shells are perfect for party platters, and no one has to know they're a smart choice (about 15 calories each).
More from Hungry Girl: Bite-sized treats made with mini fillo shells!
Forget about the eggs,
Want to treat yourself without going overboard? Here are some sweet picks that'll capture your heart (and taste buds), courtesy of Hungry Girl...Read More »from No-Guilt Ways to Indulge on Valentine's Day
When it comes to Valentine's Day desserts, chocolate-covered strawberries are a great choice with about 45 calories each. But if you're the type who might eat a huge bowl of 'em, we've got a delicious swap for you. Grab a sugar-free chocolate pudding snack with 60 calories or less (like the kind by Jell-O) and a cup of strawberries. Then dip to your heart's delight. Your entire chocolate-topped dessert will have around 105 calories, 2g fat, 3.5g fiber, and 3g protein. Impressive!
More from Hungry Girl: Our brand-new turtle cheesecake swap!
Vitalicous DeepChocolate VitaHearts
These seasonal treats from Vitalicious are basically mini chocolate cakes... but they're shaped like hearts! So cute. And it doesn't hurt that each one has less than 100 calories, just one itty-bitty gram of fat, plus lots of fiber and protein
- Hungry-Girl | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 17, 2012 10:21 PM EST
Eating out can throw a wrench in your diet... but not if you know what to order. Hungry Girl is giving you the 411 on what to indulge in (and what to avoid at all costs) at all sorts of restaurants, so you'll be prepared for anything...Read More »from Dining Out Without Filling Out: Survival Tips for Every Cuisine!
Start your meal with soup -- a cup of hot & sour or egg drop soup usually has less than 100 calories and 2.5 - 3g fat. Even wonton soup has good stats -- about 140 calories and 5g fat per cup. And studies show that people who eat broth-based soup take in fewer calories throughout the day. If you've gotta have dumplings, make sure they're steamed, not pan-fried. For your entrée, skip anything that's breaded or fried, and avoid the noodle-y dishes (which are often very oily). Stick with a simple steamed veggie 'n protein dish, like Chicken & Broccoli or Shrimp & Mixed Veggies, and order the sauce on the side for dipping. Choose brown rice instead of white rice, and just have half a cup or so. Another tip: Use chopsticks! They'll slow you down. And
Start off this year right with Hungry Girl's guilt-free food picks!
Cabot Vermont Serious Snacking Reduced Fat Cheese Snacks
PER SERVING (1 bar, 3/4 oz.): 45 - 50 calories, 2 - 3.5g fat, 130 - 150mg sodium,
We've always loved Cabot's reduced-fat cheeses -- they taste as good as many full-fat versions. So we were pretty excited when the brand recently launched a line of portion-controlled, reduced-fat cheese snacks. There's something for everyone: 50% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese, for those who like to keep things simple; 75% Reduced Fat Habanero Cheddar Cheese, for people who like their food spicy (we're talking SUPER-HOT!); and 50% Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese, for those who fall somewhere in between. Perfect for on-the-go, protein-packed snacking...
Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Dressings
PER SERVING (2 tbsp.): 35 - 45 calories, 1.5 - 3g fat, 115 - 270mg sodium, 1 - 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 1 - 6g sugars, 1 - 2g protein
Think creamy dressingsRead More »from New Year, New Foods You've Gotta Try!
- Hungry-Girl | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 16, 2011 5:41 PM EST
Treat yourself this holiday season without having to worry about packing on the pounds. Hungry Girl's got you covered with a slew of guilt-free holiday finds that everyone will love...
Candy Cane Tootsie Pops (a.k.a. Peppermint Tootsie Roll Pops)
Candy canes are great holiday treats -- they're low in calories, they take a while to eat, and their minty-ness helps curb cravings. But these pops take candy canes to the next level with a chewy chocolate center! Each one has just 60 fat-free calories and is packed with a chocolatey Tootsie Roll. Hooray for treats stuffed inside other treats! Double deliciousness...
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Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Christmas Blend
Those cold winter mornings look a whole lot better knowing you can instantly have seasonally inspired coffee wherever you are. Just pour a packet into a mug, add hot water, and stir! The coffee itself is virtually calorie-free, but be careful with theRead More »from The Best Diet-Friendly Holiday Goodies on Supermarket Shelves!
Pizza doesn't have to be off-limits. Just stick with Hungry Girl's smart picks below, and you can create delicious pizza with impressive nutritionals in no time!
Copyright 2011 Hungry Girl. All Rights Reserved.La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortillas
Like extra-thin pizza crust? Then these tortillas will most likely become a staple in your home. Each one has just 80 calories and 3 grams of fat, plus a whopping 12 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein. Bake one until slightly crispy, and top with your favorite guilt-free sauce, cheese, and toppings. Then just bake until hot. Awesomeness!
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Light String Cheese
While part-skim shredded mozzarella isn't bad, light string cheese is better. It's super-low in calories and fat (about 60 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per stick), and it has built-in portion control -- just the right amount for a personal pizza! It also tastes great and melts perfectly.Read More »from Everything You Need to Make No-Guilt Pizza!