Blog Posts by Hungry-Girl

  • Coffee-Shop Swaps That'll Save You Hundreds of Calories!

    Skip the overpriced, over-caloried specialty drinks at coffee shops. DIY with these simple diet-friendly recipes, courtesy of Hungry Girl...


    Mocha-Coco Swappuccino

    Entire recipe (about 16 oz.): 120 calories, 4.5g fat, 24mg sodium, 21g carbs, 4g fiber, 8g sugars, 2.5g protein

    The Starbucks version of this drink has more than three times the calories and fat grams. Eeks! So not worth it...

    Ingredients:
    2 tsp. shredded sweetened coconut, roughly chopped
    2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tbsp. fat-free non-dairy powdered creamer
    1 tsp. instant coffee granules
    1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
    2 no-calorie sweetener packets, or more to taste
    1/8 tsp. coconut extract
    2 cups crushed ice or 10 to 16 ice cubes
    2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip
    1 tsp. light chocolate syrup

    Directions:
    In a skillet over medium heat, cook and stir chopped coconut until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

    In a tall glass, combine cocoa powder, creamer, coffee granules, chocolate chips, and sweetener. Add

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  • Mall Madness: Survive the Food Court with These Five Smart Choices!

    Don't go up a pants size before you get a chance to wear those new pants! Check out these safe mall food court picks from Hungry Girl...




    Nonfat Soft-Serve Frozen Yogurt

    Soft-serve fro yo is everywhere these days, and if you stick with the fat-free kind, it's definitely a much better pick than ice cream. Just watch those portions! While it might be served in a 4-oz. cup, your treat can easily have another 4 oz. swirled on top of that. The toppings can add up really fast, too. Fresh fruit (not fruit in sugary syrup) or sprinkles are the way to go. Yum!





    Salad

    Even if they don't SERVE salad, many delis and sandwich shops will serve up a meal without bread. (Just ask nicely!) Request a plate of lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and other veggies -- then top it with lean protein like chicken or turkey breast. Avoid mayo-packed scoopy salads like chicken salad and tuna salad. As for dressing, go for whatever fat-free or low-fat dressing they offer. And even if it doesn't seem too creamy or

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  • Hot Couples: Two-Ingredient Guilt-Free Go-Tos!

    Check out these FIVE super-easy food duos that also happen to be VERY low in fat and calories! Hungry Girl has you covered with everything from breakfast to dessert...



    The Egg Mug Classic

    Entire recipe: 125 calories, 1.5g fat, 547mg sodium, 3.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 20g protein

    We make this breakfast all the time, and we're betting you will too. Just heat it and eat it -- no cookware to clean!

    Ingredients:
    3/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
    1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese

    Directions:
    In a large microwave-safe mug sprayed with nonstick spray, microwave egg substitute for 1 1/2 minutes.

    Mix in cheese wedge, breaking it into pieces. Microwave for 1 minute, or until set. Stir and enjoy!

    MAKES 1 SERVING


    More from Hungry Girl:
    Three fun takes on this classic recipe!



    Sweet 'n Sassy Slaw

    1/4th of recipe: 60 calories, 1.5g fat, 415mg sodium, 10g carbs, 3g fiber, 6g sugars, 2g protein

    This side dish is perfect for summer

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  • Guilt-Free Comfort-Food Finds!

    Comfort food doesn't have to come with a high-calorie price tag -- or require hours of slaving away at the stove. These Hungry Girl finds are proof. Happy chewing!



    MorningStar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs

    1 corn dog: 150 calories, 2.5g fat, 470mg sodium, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 8g sugars, 8g protein

    These frozen meatless corn dogs taste so close to the real thing, you'll swear you're eating a full-on fatty-fat county-fair corn dog! But we promise these pups are completely guilt-free. P.S. MorningStar Farms also makes bite-sized minis -- super-cute and perfect for party snacking!




    Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Chef's Pick Ranchero Braised Beef

    One 8.25-oz. package: 240 calories, 4.5g fat, 540mg sodium, 34g carbs, 3g fiber, 23g sugars, 17g protein

    This frozen find is a fun, no-guilt spin on a classic meat-and-potato dish. The beef is tender and comes smothered in a red chile sauce, and the side of chipotle mashed sweet potatoes is like nothing we've ever had in a frozen meal. We're SO

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  • Restaurant Appetizer Do-Overs

    Why waste hundreds (sometimes THOUSANDS) of calories on a meal STARTER? Get your restaurant appetizer fix at home with these guilt-free remakes, courtesy of Hungry Girl...


    Sassy Wonton Tacos

    1/4th of recipe (2 wonton tacos): 96 calories, 1g fat, 302mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 8.5g protein

    This swap for the Chicken Wonton Tacos at Applebee's is a dead ringer for the original, but with a fraction of the fat and calories...

    Ingredients:
    8 small square wonton wrappers (often found with the tofu and refrigerated Asian products)
    1 cup bagged coleslaw mix
    2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
    2 tbsp. Newman's Own Lite Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing (or another low-fat sesame ginger dressing)
    4 oz. cooked and shredded (or finely chopped) skinless chicken breast
    2 tbsp. BBQ sauce with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    Spray the inside and outside walls of a deep square or rectangular baking pan with nonstick spray. Evenly drape

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  • Ice Cream for Weight Loss: 5 Guilt-Free Ways to Get Your Ice Cream Fix!

    While we love some of the light and low-fat ice cream on shelves, we're all about finding new products to add to our dessert rotation. Think outside the ice cream carton with these five fun picks, courtesy of Hungry Girl...



    Arctic Zero All Natural Frozen Desserts

    1/2 cup: 37 calories, 0g fat, 80mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2g fiber, 5g sugars, 3.4g protein

    Need ice cream but don't want to stick to a single (small) serving? This ice-cream-like frozen dessert is for YOU. An entire PINT has only 150 calories! It's not as creamy as ice cream, but it's full of protein and free of fat, and it makes an awesome base for smoothies and shakes. The Chocolate Peanut Butter variety is our favorite!


    More from Hungry Girl: A cake-inspired milkshake!



    Lifeway Tart and Tangy Frozen Kefir

    1/2 cup: 90 calories, 1g fat, 55 - 75mg sodium, 18g carbs, 0g fiber, 16g sugars, 4g protein

    Don't know what kefir is? You're not alone. The probiotic is similar to yogurt, and it can be used to make delicious smoothie-like

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  • Low-Cal Cinco De Mayo Recipes That'll Fool Everyone!

    Break out the sombreros and get ready to party! Here are three no-guilt Mexican-style appetizers that taste just as delicious as the standard high-calorie versions, courtesy of Hungry Girl!


    Holy Moly Guacamole

    1/6th of recipe (about 1/3 cup): 78 calories, 3g fat, 320mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3.5g protein

    Our guacamole has half the calories and a quarter of the fat of regular guac. The secret ingredient? Peas! We're not so great with secrets...


    Ingredients:

    One 15-oz. can early/young peas, drained
    1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 1 medium-small avocado)
    1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
    1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. lime juice
    1/2 tsp. minced garlic
    1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
    1/8 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
    1/8 tsp. ground cumin
    1/8 tsp. chili powder
    1/3 cup chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
    1/4 cup finely chopped onion
    Optional: chopped fresh cilantro, chopped jarred jalapeños

    Directions:
    Thoroughly mash peas in a medium-large bowl. (Or puree peas

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  • Calorie-Slashing Coffee Talk: 5 Simple Tweaks and Swaps!

    Save hundreds of calories at your favorite coffee shops, courtesy of Hungry Girl...


    STARBUCKS

    Tweak It! Caramel Macchiato

    If you have your heart set on a Caramel Macchiato, go for the "Skinny" version. A regular 16-oz. Grande with standard 2% milk has 240 calories and 7g fat. The "Skinny" version tastes just as good (really!), and you'll save 100 calories and 6g fat. If you'd rather go with something simple (and virtually calorie-free!), we HIGHLY recommend the Veranda Blonde coffee -- the lighter roast hit stores earlier this year. It's so good, it really doesn't need more than a sweetener packet and a splash of your guilt-free milk of choice. THE BEST!




    Swap It! Bacon & Gouda Artisan Breakfast Sandwich

    The fancy-schmancy name doesn't impress us -- especially considering it comes along with 18 grams of fat (and 350 calories)! The Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap is just as fancy and filling, but it's definitely the smarter pick with 290 calories and 10g fat (plus 6g fiber and 19g

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  • Amazing Chocolate Recipes for 200 Calories or Less!

    Chocolate is the most craved food in America. When you need some, don't cave in to super-high-calorie treats. Check out these guilt-free chocolicious recipes from Hungry Girl!


    Best of My Lava Chocolate Cake

    1/4th of recipe (1 lava cake): 182 calories, 4.5g fat, 433mg sodium, 32g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 18g sugars, 4g protein

    Portion-controlled chocolate cake with a gooey warm center... SCORE!





    Ingredients

    Filling:
    1/2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 tsp. fat-free liquid creamer
    1/2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
    Half of a sugar-free chocolate pudding snack with 60 calories or less

    Cake:
    1 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 packet hot cocoa mix with 20 - 25 calories
    1/4 of an 18.25-oz. box (about 1 cup) moist-style chocolate cake mix
    1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
    1/2 tsp. granulated white sugar or Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
    2 dashes salt

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray four 4-inch baking ramekins (or

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  • 5 Sneaky Ways to Add Good-for-You Foods to Your Diet!

    Check out these surprising, delicious food tricks from Hungry Girl...



    Canned Pure Pumpkin

    When working with boxed baking mixes, from brownies to cakes, forget about the oil, eggs, and any other fatty ingredients the directions might call for. All you need is a 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin. When you mix the two together, you get a thick batter that bakes up perfectly and tastes decadent, but it has WAY less fat and fewer calories than traditional baked goods. Just remember to use canned PURE pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling (which is loaded with sugar and extra calories!). Canned pumpkin is also great when added to your morning bowl of oatmeal.

    More from Hungry Girl: Gooey Caramel Coconut Brownies!



    Cauliflower

    When steamed and mashed, cauliflower blends seamlessly into mashed potatoes -- just add a little fat-free half & half (or your light milk or creamer of choice), light butter, salt, and pepper, and you've got what we call "mashies." Or finely chop steamed cauliflower and add it

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