I received a copy of the Hungry Girl Cookbook to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are my own.
Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien’s new The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook has 200 all-new recipes with an emphasis on lean protein, fresh fruits ‘n veggies, big portions, and craving-busting dishes! If you are fan of Hungry Girl, you must have a copy of this cookbook. It gives you everything you love about Hungry Girl in a weight-loss centric cookbook. I received a copy for review and three Moms Own Words readers will win a copy of The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook!
The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook Review
Hungry Girl recipes are great for those that want to lose some weight and yet love to eat. It’s for those that are willing to count calories, but NOT willing to give up their favorites like Mac ‘n Cheese and pizza.
The recipes in the book are organized by meals, like breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and sweet treats. She also includes a go-to guide with grocery lists, money saving tips and plan ahead meal prepping and meal freezing dos and dont’s.
Hungry Girl has been criticized for using processed foods with low nutritional value in some of her recipes. However, in this cookbook, with the exception of the occasional dessert, the majority of recipes use fresh ingredients and spices. Recipes include nutritional breakdowns and serving sizes.
Here is an example of some of the recipes you will find:
Eggs Bene-chick B-Fast with Fruit – 315 calories
Strawberry Banana Pancakes – 320 calories
Apple Strudel Crepes 330 calories
Lunch and Dinner
Hawaiian Beef Bowl – 345 calories
Buffalo Chicken Salad – 330 calories
Mock Vodka Chicken Pasta – 330 Calories
Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs – 346 calories
Cannoli Fillo Shells – 100 calories
Open-Faced S’Mores – 99 calories
Double-Chocolate Brownie Bites -94 calories
Overnight Oatmeal Parfait
Have you heard of “overnight” oatmeal? Overnight oatmeal is created by soaking your oats and refrigerating overnight for a quick morning breakfast. The soaking helps to break down the oats so that they are more easily digested. I wanted to give Hungry Girl’s recipe for Overnight Oatmeal Parfait a try. It looked so yummy in her photo. Here’s my photo along with the recipe shared with permission.
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder w/ about 100 calories per serving
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 no-calorie sweetener packet – I used Stevia.
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- 1/3 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt (I used plain and my own sweetener)
- 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. sliced almonds or chopped pistachios
- In a medium bowl, combine almond milk, protein powder,oats, sweetener, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Mix well.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight, until oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid.
- Stir oatmeal, In a medium sized glass, layer half of each: oatmeal, yogurt, and strawberries.
- Repeat layering with remaining ingredients and top with nuts.
Entire Recipe – 324 calories, 8g fat, 252 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 12.5 g sugars and 21 g protein
This made for a delicious breakfast. With 21 grams of protein, it was filling too. This is typical of Hungry Girl recipes easy and delicious. As I said, if you are a fan of Hungry Girl and her recipes, this cookbook is a must for your collection!
About Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien)
Lisa Lillien is not a nutritionist, she’s just hungry. She’s the founder of www.hungry-girl.com, the daily email service providing approximately one million fans with guilt-free recipes, food and product reviews, dieting news, shockers and more. She also writes weekly columns for WeightWatchers.com and Yahoo!, and regularly contributes to Redbook magazine. She has appeared on TV shows like Rachel Ray and Extra, and now has her own show on the Cooking Channel. Her Hungry Girl cookbooks are New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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