Blog Posts by Hungry-Girl

  • Snack Attack: Great-Tasting, Guilt-Free, On-the-Go Finds!

    When hunger strikes, be prepared with Hungry Girl's portable picks. Keep these in your car, office, purse... Wherever!

    Funky Monkey Snacks

    PER SERVING (1 single-serving package, 1 oz.): 90 - 120 calories, 0 - 1g fat, 0 - 35mg sodium, 23 - 27g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, 19 - 22g sugars, 0 - 1g protein

    What Are They? Freeze-dried fruit bits in fun flavors like Pink Pineapple and JiveALime.

    Why We Love 'Em… We're suckers for all things cute; not to mention we love our fruit crunchy and bite-sized. The best part? You don't have to worry about these fruity snacks going bad or getting squished in your bag. Score!


    Mishima All Natural Edamame Soup, Soybean and Potato

    PER SERVING (1 packet, approx. 2/3 of a cup prepared): 50 calories, 1g fat, 320mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 5g sugars, 3g protein

    What Is It? Just-add-water soup from a packet, with only 50 calories per serving, that can easily be stored in your desk at work.

    Why We Love It… Although the powder

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  • Serving-Size Shockers!

    Think you're savvy when it comes to serving sizes? Read before you chew...

    THE GOOD...

    94% Fat-Free Microwave Popcorn

    If you're craving something salty and crunchy, this is the way to go. You get 5 cups (popped) for about 100 calories -- what a calorie bargain! Not to mention, popcorn is packed with fiber.



    Tofu Shirataki Noodles

    The best guilt-free noodle substitute ever! And only 40 calories for the whole 2-serving bag! We've been known to eat several bags at a time. (Shhhhh...)


    More from Hungry Girl: Your beginner Tofu Shirataki recipe!

    Pistachios

    Serving sizes for nuts can be pretty lame, but pistachios win the award for the best bang for your calorie buck. You get about 50 of those shell-encased 'stachios for 200 calories, and they're an awesome source of protein. Bravo!!!



    Unsweetened Puffed Cereal

    When it comes to cereal, some have WAY better stats than others. The unsweetened puffed stuff is definitely your best bet

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  • HG's Chili Taste-Off: Best-Tasting Light Options on Shelves!

    Canned, frozen, beef, turkey, vegetarian... When it comes to chili, we're equal opportunity eaters. But we definitely have favorites. Check 'em out!

    Amy's Organic Medium Black Bean Chili

    PER SERVING (1 cup): 200 calories, 3g fat, 680mg sodium, 31g carbs, 13g fiber, 3g sugars, 13g protein

    What Is It? A classic item from Amy's; we've been fans of this chili for a long time. Not too spicy, but definitely not bland.

    Why We Love It... The beans play a starring role in this chili. Nicely done, Amy's!



    Tabatchnick Vegetarian Chili

    PER SERVING (1 pouch): 180 calories, 3.5g fat, 360mg sodium, 28g carbs, 8g fiber, 3g sugars, 12g protein

    What Is It? Chili found in the freezer aisle. Just defrost a pouch in the microwave, empty it into a bowl, and eat.

    Why We Love It... Finally, lower-sodium chili that's full of flavor! And it's low in fat and calories, it's high in fiber and protein, and it tastes great!

    More from Hungry Girl: Our spiciest chili recipe

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  • Chocolate for Weight Loss? Best Diet-Friendly Finds on Shelves

    Get your chocolate fix the Hungry Girl way with these no-guilt choco-licious finds...

    Vitalicious VitaTops, Deep Chocolate

    PER SERVING (1 VitaTop): 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 140mg sodium, 26g carbs, 9g fiber, 11g sugars, 4g protein

    What Are They? The best part of the muffins (the tops, of course), individually wrapped. These are guilt-free, all natural, and loaded with fiber. (The fact that they also come in a bunch of different flavors is great too!) SCORE!

    Why We Love 'Em... Many grocery stores and Target locations carry chocolate Vitas these days (in the freezer section!), and we couldn't be happier. These give you the best bang for your calorie buck in terms of chocolatey choices. DELICIOUS!!!!

    Mousse Temptations by Jell-O, Chocolate Flavors

    PER SERVING (1 container): 60 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 100 - 135mg sodium, 9 - 10g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1 - 2g protein

    What Is It? This stuff is like the fancy cousin to pudding snacks. It's fluffy, light,

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  • Great-Tasting & Guilt-Free? Salad Dressing Taste Test

    From spray bottles to multipurpose marinades to the not-so-obvious dressing swaps, Hungry Girl has got you covered when it comes to dressing up your food the guilt-free way...

    Litehouse Tangy Orange Citrus Dressing, Sauce & Marinade

    PER SERVING (2 tbsp.): 50 calories, 0g fat, 190mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, 0g protein

    What Is It? Three products in one versatile bottle -- amazing! Look for it in the fridge section at the supermarket.

    Why We Love It... A bit fruity and a little tangy, this stuff is great for salads, slaws, grilled chicken, fish... just about anything. It's THICK, so if you want it to have a more dressing-like consistency, just add a little water. P.S. We're also huge fans of Litehouse's Thai Peanut variety.


    Newman's Own Lighten Up! Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing

    PER SERVING (2 tbsp.): 35 calories, 1.5g fat, 390mg sodium, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g sugars, 0g protein

    What Is It? This dressing is a way better choice than its

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  • The best-tasting diet-friendly snacks in the chip aisle

    Crunch! Pop! Crackle! No, it's not a fight scene from the original Batman TV series. Those are the glorious sounds of what you find in the chip aisle. But danger lurks there in the form of fatty, fried goodies. Never fear. Hungry Girl is here with guilt-free picks.

    Popchips Barbeque Potato Chips

    PER SERVING (19 chips): 120 calories, 4g fat, 250mg sodium, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein

    What Are They? These chips are innovative -- they're popped (not fried), so they taste great without all the oil. Clever!!!

    Why We Love 'Em… Although there's no shortage of BBQ-flavored chips out there (even guilt-free ones), these are on a whole different level. Just the right amount of tanginess and crunch. Delicious!


    More from Hungry Girl: Onion rings covered in Barbeque Popchips!


    Baked Classics Vanilla Frosting Multigrain Crisps

    PER SERVING (one 1-oz. bag): 120 calories, 4g fat, 60mg sodium, 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein

    What Are

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  • Best in Soup: Diet-Friendly Market Finds!

    Soup can be a calorie-counter's BFF or their archenemy. Check out Hungry Girl's safe soup picks...


    Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque

    PER SERVING (1 cup): 130 calories, 3.5g fat, 680mg sodium, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugars, 3g protein

    This soup wins the prize for most versatile in the HG kitchen. It's slightly sweet, a little creamy, and filled with tons of tomato chunks! We love to use it as a tomato-sauce swap for pizzas and pasta. It's also delicious poured over veggies or chicken. It's even perfect plain, served alongside a guilt-free grilled cheese sandwich. Check out the light in sodium version, too!



    More from Hungry Girl: Fun with Amy's Chunky Tomato Bisque!


    Manischewitz Ready to Serve Chicken & Rice Soup

    PER SERVING (1 cup): 130 calories, 1g fat, 590mg sodium, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 6g protein

    This stuff ROCKS! Tastes just like Grandma's. And the next time you're craving some matzo ball soup, no need to head to the deli; just

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  • Guilt-Free Meals Without a Grocery Run

    Is the weather or your busy schedule making it hard to get to the supermarket as often as you'd like? Don't stress. Hungry Girl has got you covered with guilt-free meals that you can stock in your pantry.

    Breakfast: Fruity Oatmeal

    Brrrrrrr... It's cold out there. Want something to warm up your morning that'll be ready in seconds? Just pop some instant oatmeal in the microwave for 90 seconds. While it's cooking, open up a can of fruit packed in juice or water OR a package of freeze-dried fruit to add some crunch. Then mix the oatmeal with your fruity add-in of choice. For a flavor boost, try sprinkling some cinnamon or no-calorie sweetener on top.

    HG Fruit Picks: Del Monte No Sugar Added Very Cherry mixed fruit packed in water. It's sweet, juicy, and delicious, with 65 percent fewer calories than the kind packed in light syrup! We also love Funky Monkey Snacks -- the crunchy texture is completely unique, as are the crazy flavor options!


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  • The ways supermarket shopping can sabotage your diet

    Supermarket sabotaging your diet? Hungry Girl has got some tips that will get you in and out of there safely...

    Don't shop when you're hungry...

    We know, you've heard it before, but this needs to be repeated. Sure, you might have that trusty grocery list in your purse, but it's amazing how quickly you forget about it when your stomach does the shopping.

    Avoid the items in the front...

    Have you ever noticed how the front of the market tends to be filled with the scent of delicious goodies like freshly baked treats and ready-made meals that seem to call your name? It's intentional, people! And although we're all for fresh food, we're not fans of fatty stuff like apple pies and fried chicken. Avoid the bakery and hit up the deli for some fruit salad and lean meats.

    More from Hungry Girl: Make your own fried chicken... guilt-free!


    Specials aren't always worth it...

    "But it's buy-one-get-one-free, Hungry Girl!" Is saving money costing you loads of extra

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  • Top delicious guilt-free supermarket buys for winter

    Winter is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite comfort foods. But there's nothing comfortable about foods that expand your waistline (no one likes those red lines from tight jeans). Don't worry! We've got you covered. Here's a list of Hungry Girl's favorite comfort-inducing supermarket finds that won't derail your diet...

    Quaker True Delights Instant Oatmeal Wild Blueberry Muffin

    What Is It? Warm-blueberry-muffin flavor without all the fat and carbs! Each packet has just 150 calories and 2g fat.

    Why We Love It... It's perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an anytime snack. The taste is truly decadent, and the flavor is way creative for instant oat packets! Plus, it's ready after 90 seconds in the microwave.



    Morningstar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs

    What Is It?A guilt-free version of the classic on-a-stick treat. Just 150 calories and 2.5g fat. Not bad!

    Why We Love It... Sweet and crunchy pups -- what's not to love? Pssst... There are MINIS too!


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