Hungry Girl: How to Lighten Up a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

04/11/2016 at 03:23 PM ET

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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 eleven books, six 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.

Peanut butter and jelly is a perfect combo that will never go out of style. But your average PB&J is pretty high in calories, fat, and sugar. Here are some of my favorite ways to feed a craving… guilt-free!

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The best ways to lighten up a peanut butter & jelly sandwich? Powdered peanut butter and low-sugar preserves. Powdered peanut butter is pretty much a miracle product. It’s made from defatted peanuts, which saves you a lot of calories. Just mix it with water, and you’re good to go! Get more info on it here. Plus. low-sugar preserves have so much fruity flavor, you’ll never miss the extra sugar. Try ‘em in strawberry or grape. (I’m team strawberry!) And to really keep things light and healthy, go for thin-sliced whole-grain bread.

Store-Bought Snacks
Yup Brands B-Jammin’ PB&J Bar: This is a standout snack bar. It’s like a PB&J spin on a jumbo Fig Newton! Only 180 calories and 6g fat, it’s loaded with fiber and protein –11g fiber and 12g protein, to be exact!

Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip PB&J: I flipped when I first tasted this new variety from Chobani. It’s strawberry yogurt topped with PB clusters, granola, and honey-roasted peanuts. Wow! 200 calories and 6g fat, plus 12g of filling protein.

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Easy DIY Treats
Grilled PB&J: This is like the love child of grilled cheese and a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. So good!

PB&J Yogurt Parfait – Skip the bread entirely, and layer up your PB&J with yogurt! Peanut butter cereal is a great way to get your PB fix – I love the version by Jif.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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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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