Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): Jacques Torres’ Flavored Hot Chocolate

02/03/2014 at 02:22 PM ET

Hungry Girl Hot Chocolate
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating.

She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Celebrities aren’t immune to its powers of deliciousness. TV food personality and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson says she turns to it when stressed, and Blake Lively can’t face a day without a chocolatey treat.

When it comes to hot chocolate, Jacques Torres is the man. Hello… they call him Mr. Chocolate! I would never have thought to put freeze-dried strawberries into a hot drink (and I love freeze-dried strawberries), so I have to thank him for that idea in his Flavored Hot Chocolate.

That said, I like to keep my hot cocoa guilt-free with a low-calorie mix. The secret to making sure it still has a mega-chocolatey taste? Add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips—a teaspoon is all you need. With some fat-free creamer blended in, you’ve got one incredible slimmed-down swap.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Berry-Nice Hot Cocoa
Serves 1

1 packet hot cocoa mix with 20-25 calories
2 tbsp. plain fat-free non-dairy powdered creamer
1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup fat-free milk
3 tbsp. freeze-dried strawberries

1. In a tall microwave-safe mug, combine hot cocoa mix, creamer, and chocolate chips.

2. Add ½ cup hot water and stir until ingredients have mostly dissolved.

3. Add milk and microwave for 1 minute, or until hot. Stir in strawberries, and enjoy!

Entire recipe (about 8 oz.): 168 calories, 1.5g fat, 210mg sodium, 29g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 15g sugars, 6g protein

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I recommend great chocolate with rum… mmm..

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No. just no.

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I was pretty sad when I got to the Namco Bandai booth however and found out they only brought their fighting games to be played there, which I didn’t bother to try. From the space sim X-wing to the innovative RTS Empire at War, there was always something new for every Star Wars fan. The overall game is based on strategy and has good graphics, courtesy of the Unreal Engine.

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Hilarious! It had to be gross chewing on the wheatgrass but Adele did great. Kudos to the employees too. They treated her like a regular customer even though they were clearly giddy with excitement that she was there. They must have thought she was nuts!!

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