Monday, January 29, 2007

Find this at WallyWorld

Look For Enviga Starting February 5

Introducing Enviga™— lightly sparkling, delicious green teas with a unique combination of active ingredients proven to help you burn more calories. By gently increasing your metabolism, Enviga is another simple, positive step you can take toward a balanced, active lifestyle.

Enviga is available in three sparkling flavors — Regular Green Tea, Peach and Berry. Each flavor is cool, refreshing and packed with the same amount of green tea goodness.

Because it’s green tea, Enviga is naturally rich in antioxidants, especially powerful EGCG. Every can of Enviga has more EGCG than any other ready-to-drink tea and provides 20% of the daily value for calcium.

Pick up Enviga starting February 5 at participating Wal-Mart stores.

Be Positive. Drink Negative.™

Way to go, Crisco!

Crisco is joining th e ranks of trans fats ditchers. As of now, all of their shortening products are trans fat free!!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Maple Baked Custard

3 Servings

This simple custard is "baked" on top of the stove. It is equally good for breakfast as it is for a snack or dessert. Serve it with seasonal fruit.

2 eggs
1 cup skim milk or soy milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
Ground nutmeg

1. Combine eggs, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk or beat until well blended.

2. Pour into 3 glass custard cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

3. Place the custard cups on a folded paper towel in a skillet with a tight fitting lid. Pour water into the pan, about 1 inch deep, and cover.

4. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
Remove pan from heat and let sit for 15 minutes without lifting the lid.

5. Serve warm or cold.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
115 calories
4 g total fat (1 g sat)
143 mg cholesterol
13 g carbohydrate
7 g protein
0 g fiber
86 mg sodium

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Chocolate, it's a good thing...

Dark Chocolate

(1.5 oz. serving: 230 calories, 13g fat, 30mg sodium, 26g carbs, 1g fiber, 22g sugars, 3g protein = 5 Points)

Why Eat It? Chocolate IS good for you. The rumors are true. The bittersweet stuff has been known to lower high blood pressure, reduce the risk of clogged arteries and blood clots, and prevent heart disease and other ailments. So what makes dark chocolate so much better for you than other types? Higher cocoa content equals more flavonoids (the compounds responsible for all that disease fighting).

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Daily Plate

I found a great new site, - lots of healthy eating tips AND you can enter a food in the search box, and it will give you lots of healthy alternatives. A must try, ladies... trust me on this one.

~ jan

Potato and Onion Frittatta

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 baking potato (8 ounces), peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
Coarse salt and ground pepper
5 large eggs
5 large egg whites
1/2 cup whole flat-leaf parsley leaves

In a medium (10-inch) nonstick broilerproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion, potato, and rosemary; season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

Cover skillet, and cook 10 minutes; uncover. Cook, tossing mixture occasionally, until onion and potato are tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, parsley leaves, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Add remaining tablespoon oil to vegetables in skillet. Pour egg mixture into skillet.

Cook on stove, over low heat, lifting mixture a few times around the edges with a spatula to let egg flow underneath. Continue cooking until frittata is almost set in center, about 10 minutes.

Place skillet under broiler; broil until frittata is set and top is lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Run a clean spatula around edges to loosen, then slide frittata out onto a serving plate, and cut into wedges.

Per serving: 238 calories; 13.2 grams fat; 14.2 grams protein; 15.6 grams carbohydrates; 1.6 grams fiber

Note: To store extra yolks (for custards or egg washes), place unbroken yolks in water in a covered container, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. If you have no use for them, you can buy unprocessed pure egg whites in the dairy section at the market.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lemon Yogurt-Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Yogurt-Poppy Seed Muffins (lighter recipe)
For warm, fresh-from-the-oven muffins on busy mornings, mix the wet and dry ingredients separately the night before. In the morning, you just need to combine the wet and dry ingredients, bake, glaze and enjoy!

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:30 min
Makes:12 muffins

1/3cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/4cup unsweetened applesauce
2tablespoons vegetable oil
1container (6 oz) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free lemon burst yogurt
1/4cup fat-free egg product or 1 egg
1 3/4cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4cup granulated sugar
2tablespoons poppy seed
1tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 1/2teaspoons baking powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2cup powdered sugar
2to 3 teaspoons lemon juice

1.Heat oven to 400ºF. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups, or line with paper baking cups. In large bowl, beat milk, applesauce, oil, yogurt and egg product until well blended. Stir in remaining muffin ingredients just until flour is moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
2.Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth and desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm muffins.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving: Calories 150 (Calories from Fat 30); Total Fat 3 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 270mg; Total Carbohydrate 28g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 12g); Protein 4g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 10%; Iron 6% Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2

Source: Betty Crocker

Monday, January 15, 2007

Roast Beef Wraps with Horseradish-Mustard


For the horseradish-mustard sauce:
1/4 cup freshly grated horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup non-fat sour cream
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste

For the wraps:
4 large flour tortillas - use low carb if you're watching carbs
3/4 pound sliced, lean roast beef tenderloin, from the deli
4 lettuce leaves, green leaf, bibb or romaine, shredded
4 large slices of ripe tomato, sliced very thin

Cooking Instructions
For the horseradish-mustard sauce:
1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the horseradish, mustard, sour cream, sugar and salt.

For the wraps:
2. Lay the tortillas out and spread 1 tablespoon of the sour cream mixture on each of them. Divide the roast beef among the tortillas and spread the remaining sour cream mixture on top of the beef. Divide the shredded lettuce among the tortillas and top with a tomato slice. Tightly roll each tortilla into a cylinder, ending with the seam side down.
(The wraps can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)

3. Cut the wraps in half on the diagonal and serve.

Serving Size: 1 wrap
Nutritional Information
Number of Servings: 4
Per Serving
Calories 293 Carbohydrate 36 g
Fat 6 g Fiber 0 g
Protein 25 g Saturated Fat 2 g
Sodium 992 mg

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Why Focus on Folic Acid?

It's National Folic Acid Week, so it's a fitting time to give this essential vitamin the attention it deserves. Folate, the natural form of folic acid, is a B-vitamin found in many foods, like leafy green vegetables, beans, and asparagus. Folic acid, the synthetic form of the vitamin, is added to fortified foods (such as cereals) and is also found in supplements. Both play a key role in healthy cell growth and may improve cardiovascular health by teaming with vitamins B6 and B12 to lower homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood. An excess of homocysteine is linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for folate is 400 micrograms for all adults. Women of childbearing age need to be particularly vigilant about meeting this requirement. Upon the recommendation of a physician, they may need higher doses, since folate can prevent up to 70 percent of neural tube birth defects (such as spina bifida) and can also help prevent cleft lip and cleft palate.

Meeting your folate needs may have other benefits as well. Research suggests that folate may reduce the risk of colon, cervical, and breast cancers, and it might prove helpful for preventing Alzheimer's disease.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Strawberry Cloud Pie

(1 piece: 85 calories, 3g fat, 158mg sodium, 17g carbs, 7g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 2g protein = 1 Point!)


2 cups Fiber One cereal

4 tbsp. LAND O LAKES Whipped Light Butter; melted

1 large box (or 2 small) JELL-O Sugar Free Gelatin Dessert mix; Strawberry

1 1/2 cups Cool Whip Free

*Optional: sliced strawberries for garnish


Begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or food processor, grind Fiber One to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Combine crumbs with melted butter and stir until well mixed. In an oven-safe pie dish sprayed with nonstick spray, evenly distribute Fiber One mixture, using your hands or a flat utensil to press & form the crust. Use your fingers to press it into the edges and up along the sides of the dish. Bake pie crust for 10 minutes. Set aside. In a separate dish, dissolve gelatin mix into 2 cups boiling water. Stir for 2 minutes, or until completely dissolved. Stir in 1 cup of cold water, and place in fridge for about 1 1/2 hours, but NO LONGER (Jell-O should be jiggly, but not firm). Next, use a mixer to fold in Cool Whip. Once mixture is very well blended, pour evenly into pie crust. Use a flat utensil to smooth out surface. Refrigerate for several hours until firm. If desired, garnish pie with sliced strawberries. Serves 8.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fight Fat...

If removing some of the fats and oils from your stews, soups and sauces is a goal of yours, check out a product from MysticMaid.

The Grease Blotter is a sheet that easily absorbs surface fats, which rise to the top of your pot of chili or chicken vegetable soup. You can use the sheets to de-fat sauces and gravies too.

Each sheet absorbs up to two tablespoons of oil.

It also works as a blotter for solid food such as bacon.

There are 10 disposable sheets per package. Each blotter is 77/8 inches in diameter. A package costs $6, including shipping and handling.

Grease Blotter by MysticMaid is available at or by calling (877) 468-0888.

Banana Chocolate CHEESEriceCAKE!

(1 Cake: 120 calories, 1g fat, 120mg sodium, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 9g sugars, 3.5g protein = 2 Points)

It's a creamy, crunchy, banana-chocolate sensation!


1 Quaker Rice Cake, Chocolate Crunch
2 tbsp. Cool Whip Free
1 tsp. SPLENDA, Granular
1 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese; softened
1/3 small banana; sliced

*Optional: sugar-free chocolate syrup and more Cool Whip Free; for topping


Stir to combine cream cheese, Cool Whip and Splenda until smooth. Spread mixture on rice cake and place in freezer for about 20 minutes. Remove from freezer and distribute banana slices on top. If desired, top with chocolate syrup and whipped topping! Serves 1!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Bowl in one....

A ginormous bowl that includes fried items, corn niblets, gravy and cheese cannot POSSIBLY be Hungry Girl approved, can it? Ummmm, YES it can. We promise! Our swapped-out version of this Kentucky Fried MESS will save you more than half the calories and most of the fat. We rock! But we must confess, this recipe was inspired by one of our faithful subscribers, who emailed in to tell us that she and her boyfriend make their own version of these bowls at home.


1 cup cubed butternut squash
1 oz. skim milk
2 tbsp. canned corn niblets; heated
1/2 oz. fat-free cheese, cheddar or American; shredded
2 oz. Heinz Fat Free Classic Chicken Gravy; heated
1 Morningstar Farms Chik Patty, Original
salt and pepper; to taste


In a covered dish, microwave butternut squash pieces for 4 - 6 minutes (until tender) in a very small amount of water. Drain very well and then mash squash with the skim milk and a little salt. Place mashed squash in a medium-sized bowl. Next, sprinkle corn niblets over your squash. Prepare "chicken" patty according to package and cut into small pieces. Place patty pieces on top of your corn-topped squash. Drizzle with gravy. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy!

Serving size: 1 bowl (entire recipe)
Calories: 285
Fat: 6.5g
Sodium: 1,080mg
Carbs: 44g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 15g
*5 Points!

Energized or Cranky?

We all get crabby now and then (some of us more often than others, it's true), and what you eat definitely can affect your mood. It's a known fact that super-concentrated refined sugar sources like soda, candy, jelly and juices will do funky things to your blood sugar levels (radical spikes and dips!), and that can make you feel crabby and tired. White starches -- like most bread, bagels, chips, etc. -- can do the same thing. Experts say foods rich in soluble fiber can slow down the absorption of sugar and prevent crazy mood swings. Things like oats (slow cooking oatmeal is great!), brown rice, beans, oranges, strawberries, etc. are all good sources. Protein is also great at keeping your blood sugar levels from fluctuating drastically. So snack on lean meats, seafood, etc. to feel more alert and productive. In short , while things like gummy bears and chips may give you a quick energy boost, in the end they can make you feel sluggish and even cranky. So choose your snacks carefully.