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Before you hit up your favorite frozen dessert destination, check out HG's breakdown of some popular spots (we get right to the point!), plus tips, tricks, shockers and more...

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Cold Stone Creamery - For starters, stick with the small "Like It" size. (ALL of the following nutritional stats are for a "Like It" size cup.) Your best bets are the Sweet Cream Sinless Sans Fat ice cream (140 calories, 0g fat, <1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*) and the sorbets (150 - 160 calories, 0g fat, 0 - <1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*). FYI, a few of the Signature Smoothies aren't bad either -- the 2 to Mango and Berry Lemony ones are both fat-free and each have 160 - 190 calories, 0 - 3g fiber and a POINTS® value of 3*.

Baskin-Robbins - At BR, it's all about the "Lighter Side" selections. But be careful, because even some of those can be a little high in calories and fat. Here's the deal. (All of the following nutritionals are for the small 4-oz. servings.) The best of the bunch is the No Sugar Added Ice Cream in either Low Fat Pineapple Coconut or Berries 'n Banana (110 - 120 calories, 2g fat, 0 - 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 2 - 3*). Other great options include the Vanilla Nonfat Frozen Yogurt, most of the sherbets (the Rock 'n Pop Swirl's a little higher than the rest), the sorbets, the ices, and the No Sugar Added Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (130 - 160 calories, 0 - 5g fat, 0 - 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*). The No Sugar Added Caramel Turtle Ice Cream (160 calories, 4g fat, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 4*) is pretty decent, too. The rest of the stuff gets a little "caloried" away! BTW, their Vanilla Soft Serve (sold at some locations) isn't low-fat or guilt-free in any way -- a regular 6-oz. serving has 280 calories and 11g fat (POINTS® value 7*). That's a little silly...

Ben & Jerry's - You might think the guys who invented some of the craziest flavors in history would have nothing guilt-free to offer. Guess again! Here's the rundown on the stuff at their "Scoop Shop". (Nutritionals are for half-cup servings.) Most of their sorbets have just 100 fat-free calories and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 2*). The Jamaican Me Crazy one has a bit more calories -- 140 total -- and that's also fat-free with a gram of fiber (POINTS® value 3*). The frozen yogurts have 130 - 160 calories, 1.5 - 2.5g fat, and 0 - 1g fiber (POINTS® value 3*). HG Warning! Their No Sugar Added Vanilla Fudge Chip ice cream may be sweetened with Splenda, but it's loaded with fat -- it tips the scales at 180 calories, 13g fa t, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 4*).

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Cone Zone!
Cones = our friends. Well, at least some of them. A small cake cone (that flat-bottom one) has only around 20 - 25 calories and less than a half-gram of fat (POINTS® value 0 - 1*). A small sugar cone (pointy bottom) typically has 45 - 60 calories and a half-gram of fat or less (POINTS® value 1*), which isn't too bad. And it's easy to stick to just a single scoop with either of those. But beware of giant waffle and sugar cones, which will add many, many calories to your frozen dessert (not to mention increase the likelihood of getting served several scoops instead of just one!).

Shake Shocker! A "Gotta Have It" size PB&C shake (aka chocolate ice cream with milk and pean ut butter) from Cold Stone contains -- brace yourselves -- 2,010 calories and 131g fat (POINTS® value 50*). AHHHH! ALL of Cold Stone's shakes have AT LEAST 1,000 calories, 54g fat and a POINTS® value of 24*... even for a SMALL "Like It" portion! Instead, gulp the Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake from the HG cookbook, which has just 188 calories and 6.5g fat (POINTS® value 4*)!

Click Here for the 411 on soft-serve fro yo. Important serving size info ahead, people! From Costco to Pinkberry, we've got you covered...

Scoop Shocker! Think full-fat ice cream isn't so bad as long as you keep your portions small? Wrong-O! Even a single scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream at Baskin-Robbins has 280 calories and 18g fat (POINTS® value 7*). Yowza!

Check Out last year's ice cream shop survival guide over at Yahoo! Food. We dished on Carvel, Dairy Queen, and more. There are finds, shockers, and guilt-free guidelines!
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Sonoma Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto - 3 pts

Recipe By :The Sonoma Diet by Connie Guttersen
Serving Size : 5 Preparation Time :0:35

1 1/2 ounces fresh chanterelle mushrooms -- stemmed oyster, and/or stemmed shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 large shallot -- finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic -- minced (1/2 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 3/4 cups stock -- or broth (reduced sodium)
1/2 cup regular barley
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. In a large skillet cook mushrooms, shallot, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and lightly browned. Add wine. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly evaporated.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan bring chicken stock to boiling; reduce heat. Keep hot over very low heat.

3. Add barley to mushroom mixture; stir to coat. Add 1 cup of the hot stock to the barley mixture. Cook over medium heat until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. (This should take about 15 minutes. If the liquid absorbs too quickly, reduce the heat.) Repeat with 2 cups more of the hot stock, adding 1 cup at a time and cooking until all the liquid is absorbed before adding more, stirring occasionally. (This should take about 30 minutes.)

4. Stir in the remaining hot stock. Cook until the barley is slightly creamy and just tender. (This should take about 15 minutes. Increase the heat slightly if the mixture is too wet.) Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 145 cal., 3 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 366 mg sodium, 23 g carbo., 4 g fiber, 5 g pro.
Description: "3 pts"
Copyright: "© 2005 by Connie Guttersen." T(Cooking Time): "1:00"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 127 Calories; 3g Fat (23.2%
calories from fat); 3g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 4mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

NOTES : ChupaNote: Used 2 teaspoons prepared roasted minced garlic. Added 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the oil, before added veggies.
* Exported from MasterCook *

Slow Cooker Zucchini Stuffed with Tomato, White Beans, and Pesto - 5 pts

Recipe By: Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker
by Robin Robertson
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : 5 1/2 to 6 quart Oval
cooker preferred
Slow Cooker Vegan
WW Points

2 large zucchini -- or 4 small, halved
lengthwise and ends trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots -- minced
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 large ripe tomato -- chopped
1 1/2 cups white beans, cooked -- or one 15.5-oz can, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup pine nuts -- toasted
2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley -- leaves only
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil -- leaves only

Scoop out the zucchini flesh, keeping about 1/4 inch of the flesh and the shells intact. Chop the pulp.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat, add the shallots, garlic, and chopped zucchini, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato, beans, pine nuts, parsley, and basil, season to taste with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Fill the zucchini shells with the stuffing mixture and place them in a lightly oiled 5 1/2 to 6 quart slow cooker. Drizzle the zucchini with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cover and cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours, until the zucchini is tender.

Serves 4.

"5 pts"

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 239 Calories;
13g Fat (46.6% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 23g Carbohydrate;
6g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol;
11mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch);
1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 2 Fat.

NOTES : Low for 3 to 4 hours.
5 1/2 to 6 quart cookers.

As with most stuffed vegetable recipes, this one will need a large cooker (preferably oval shaped) in order to accommodate the shape of the zucchini.
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27 September 2007 @ 06:46 am
Hungry Girl Today: 09.27.07


Back by popular demand... It's MORE 100-calorie couples from HG!

1. Breyers Double Churn Free Ice Cream + Fat Free Reddi-wip

PER SERVING (1/2 cup French Chocolate ice cream with 4 tbsp. whipped
topping): 100 calories, ~1g fat, 55mg sodium, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, 15g
sugars, 3g protein = POINTS® value 1*

Both of these crazy-creamy kids are fat-free and delicious. Were these two
meant to be, or what?! Any time chocolate ice cream and a double portion of
whipped cream come together, it's a VERY good thing. And the fact that this
combo can be enjoyed for a mere 100 calories makes it that much more

Heads up vanilla-lovers: The vanilla version of this fat-free ice cream also
makes a cute (and delicious!) 100-calorie couple with the Reddi-wip.

2. Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt + Sugar-Free Maple Syrup

PER SERVING (One 5.3-oz. container of yogurt with 20 calories' worth of
syrup): 100 calories, 0g fat, 139mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g sugars,
13g protein = POINTS® value 2*

Greek yogurt is AMAZING, and if you haven't given it a whirl, now is SO the
time! Fage Total 0% (the creamiest fat-free Greek yogurt in the universe)
has been spotted cozying up to sugar-free maple syrup, and we totally
support this couple (and they make a lot more sense than Tom & Katie).
There are lots of sugar-free syrups out there with sweet, rich, maple flavor
and only 10 - 35 calories per quarter-cup. And they go perfectly with the
slightly tart taste of Greek yogurt. If you're not a fan of maple, no worries --
Fage is fickle. When it comes to 100-calorie couples, this yogurt's also been
linked to blueberries (1/4 cup), freeze-dried fruit like Gerber Mini Fruits (a
little less than 1/4 cup), Better'n Peanut Butter (a little less than 1/2 tbsp.),
and Smucker's Sugar Free Preserves (those two even made one of our
previous Hot Couples lists!).

3. Jell-O Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Snack + Canned Pure Pumpkin

PER SERVING (1 pudding snack with 1/2 cup pumpkin): 100 calories, 1.5g
fat, 186mg sodium, 24g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3g protein = POINTS®
value 1*

Ready for the most decadent, super-simple, and delicious fall dessert?
Simply combine the contents of your pudding snack with a half-cup of the
orange stuff. Mix well and, if you like, add a little Splenda and/or pumpkin
pie spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg). We promise, this treat is good enough
to serve to guests who don't believe in guilt-free grub. Mmmmm!

4. Rice Krispies Treats Bar + Smucker's Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves

PER SERVING (1 Original ready-to-eat bar with 1 tbsp. preserves): 100
calories, 2.5g fat, 105mg sodium, 22g carbs, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, <1g protein
= POINTS® value 2*

Here's an unlikely couple. Did you ever think of taking a crunchy Rice
Krispies Treat and plopping a heap of sugar-free preserves on top? Neither
did we, until one day we were craving something decadent and fruity at the
HG HQ. We got a little creative and set these two up on a blind date -- and
boy did they hit it off! Try it for yourself and see -- they're a fantastic team.
FYI, Smucker's SF Preserves come in tons of fabulous flavors (try this out
with others, too!), and they're available sweetened with either Splenda OR

5. Fuji Apple Slices + T. Marzetti Light Caramel Apple Dip

PER SERVING (generous 3/4 cup apple slices with 1 tbsp. caramel dip): 100
calories, 1g fat, 39mg sodium, 26g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 0.5g protein
= POINTS® value 2*

Apples and caramel have had a "thing" for each other FOREVER. They're
pretty much meant to be. So this couple shouldn't exactly come as a surprise
to you. Sure you can buy this EXACT pair at McDonald's for similar stats, but
it's REALLY fun to get these guys together in your own kitchen! Plus Mickey
D's peels their apples, so you miss out on some of the fiber our pair packs
in. Slice a small apple (and we mean one that's about 4 oz.) and let the
dipping begin! OR drizzle that caramel all over your apple slices for some
sticky sweet fun! Pssst... Look for T. Marzetti's stuff in the produce section of
the supermarket, and click here to find out which stores near you stock the

For links in this email, please go to:
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Why do I feel euphoric when I eat the wrong foods?

That is a great question. This is the beginning of solving the mystery behind the symptom of obesity. The mystery is in your mind and psyche. Here are some questions to ask yourself to try to shed some light on why a given food makes you feel euphoric: Was this a food your mother or father fed you for comfort? Are there wonderful memories of happy times connected with eating this food? Or very importantly are there people that you associate with the food? Do you eat the same things over and over, because they make you feel good, and remind you of happier times?

Also know that there may be an actual chemical affect that the food is giving you. Certain foods cause your brain to secrete endorphins ("happy juice") that make you feel euphoric. Chocolate is one of them. You can also create extra endorphins by doing other things, like exercising, getting hugs, making love, playing with animals, etc. None of these are fattening!

Eating high calorie foods is also instinctive. They make you feel satisfied and safe for a reason. After all, finding high calorie foods was a matter of survival for humans. If we caught animals, their fat would give us lots of energy. We probably preferred plants and fruits with extra sweetness and fat calories, too, for extra energy. Now centuries later, we don’t need so much high calorie nourishment because we don’t use nearly as much energy as we used to when we had to forage and hunt. Sitting behind the computer or in front of a video screen all day doesn’t require many calories!

If you have questions for Norris, send them to:

No single approach to weight loss works for everyone. We urge you to consult with your physician before making any significant changes in your eating habits or physical activities to ensure that what you propose for yourself is nutritionally sound, safe, and healthy.

Copyright by Norris J. Chumley, all rights reserved
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10 February 2007 @ 06:49 am
Decadent Low Point Peanut Butter

From the kitchen of   ONE4DETAILS

  Estimated POINTS® Values Per Serving | 1
Servings | 12

Sauces | Community built RECIPE


2 Tbsp. peanut butter = 5 pts. 10 Tbsp. fat free cream cheese = 5 pts. 2 Tbsp. raw sugar(0 pts!)


Cream together all ingredients until well blended. Serve by the Tbsp.(Slightly less than 1 point!) Use this DECADENT spread in A "PBJ" Sandwich, as a topping for a dessert or spread on your favorite fruit or celery!! Enjoy!

Special Notes

Orowheat makes a "light" wheat bread that = 1 pt. for 2 slices. Or.... Entenman's makes a "light" loaf; yellow or chocolate cake that = 2 pts. per slice (8 slices per loaf) Go for it!



© 2007 Weight Watchers International, Inc. © 2007 WeightWatchers.com, Inc. All rights reserved.
WEIGHT WATCHERS and POINTS are the registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. and are used under license by WeightWatchers.com, Inc.

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09 February 2007 @ 08:14 pm

Good Evening all :)

As some of you know I am a lifetime member of WW (joined on 1/10/06 and made lifetime in December).  I am a huge peanut butter fanatic.

Now, as we all know, PB is so high in fat and in points. 

I was wondering how you fellow PB-addicts get in your fix.  I have tried the Better N' Peanut Butter (2 pts for 2 TBSP) and love it ... and I am currently waiting on a shipment from Bell Plantation with my PB2 order.  I was wondering if there were other ways to kill the craving.

Any tips/recommendations/advice would be highly appreciated. 

Much &#9829;

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16 Foods Dieters Can't Live Without


Article By: Robin Messer, MS, RD

 Calling all dieters: Are you tired of eating the same old stuff? Would you like something new and different to wake up your taste buds? We asked Community Users on the WeightWatchers.com message boards to tell us what diet-friendly foods and drinks they just can't live without.

Here are some of their best ideas. Whether you've got the mid-afternoon munchies or a late-night craving, want something sweet or something savory, none of these 16 favorites will cost you many POINTS® values.


  1. "Quaker Oats Low-Fat Chewy Granola Bars. They've got the size and taste of a regular candy bar. Peanut butter and chocolate are the best!"

  2. "Fat-Free Cool Whip with anything! I could kiss the person that invented it!"

  3. "Pitas! I can't live without them; they have so many uses. Make pita chips or slice them into two layers and toast them for two tostada shells!"

  4. "Ground turkey breast! The meal possibilities are endless! Whether it's sloppy joes, turkey tacos, spaghetti sauce, turkey loaf or turkey burgers…I can find a million ways to make it."

  5. "Hormel Turkey Pepperoni—great for making pita pizzas. This has kept me from calling Pizza Hut many nights."

  6. "Vegetable Quesadillas. I eat them all the time with fat-free sour cream; they are so filling."

  7. "GUM! Chewing sugarless gum has saved me many a day when I wanted to eat, eat, eat."

  8. "Folgers Cafe Latte Caramel Groove—it tastes so good."

  9. "Grape tomatoes—great for guilt-free snacking."

  10. "Tomato juice with horseradish and hot sauce—just like having a Bloody Mary. I like to drink it while making dinner."

  11. "A Boca Burger, Wonder Light Bun and Velveeta Light Cheese. They make a low-calorie cheeseburger I can't live without!"

  12. "Diet Root Beer. Add a scoop of light vanilla ice cream and have a root beer float."

  13. "Pirate's Booty (snack food by Robert's American Gourmet). I wish this goody wasn't so popular because my supermarket constantly runs out of it."

  14. "Sweet potatoes sliced into strips and "fried" in a pan with Pam nonstick cooking spray. Yum!"

  15. "Splenda! I use it in coffee, desserts, cinnamon toast…anything! It's wonderful."

  16. "Nonfat chocolate pudding with just a dollop of light or nonfat whipped cream…so creamy it should be illegal."
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Creamy, Pudding Goodness! 
Creamy, Pudding Goodness! 
 Banana Bread Pudding

(1/6th recipe: 125 calories, 1.5g fat, 330mg sodium, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 12g sugars, 3g protein = 2 Points)


For serious pudding fans only, please!



2 cups cold 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soymilk (or another light vanilla soymilk**)

1 small pkg. (1 oz.) JELL-O Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix

24 Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers

2 medium bananas; sliced

*Optional: Cool Whip Free; for topping




Combine pudding mix and soymilk in a bowl. Beat with wire whisk for 2 minutes or until well blended. Set aside. In a medium glass bowl or casserole dish, arrange a layer of wafers and then a layer of banana slices. Continue alternating layers until all wafers and banana slices are gone. Top with pudding and let it seep down in between wafer/banana layers. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Once ready to serve, distribute into 6 serving dishes (about 1/2 cup each). Add whipped topping if desired. Serves 6.

11 January 2007 @ 10:15 pm
Anyone ever frequent the hungry girl website?

That is a great place.

Lots of recipes/snack ideas, and all with the "points value" which rocks :)

Check it out :)

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