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Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World by Lisa Lillien
Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World

pdx,original, May 22, 2009

The recipes in this book fit the bill as
*not too many ingredients
*low calorie

They vary in terms of whether they
* taste good
* are good for you

It's great to have low calorie options for foods we love and these are provided (sauces, desserts and cocktails are very nicely represented). My one concern with the Hungry Girl recipes is an over-generous reliance on unnatural food. All/almost all the dairy products are fat free, which often means increased additives; there are A LOT, A LOT, A LOT of artificial sweetners used. Splenda seems to be OK for us, but aspartame is generally regarded as not good for us. And some research has shown that the body "looks for the calories" and then stores fat when they aren't found if artificial sweetners are found. That said, I have used the sugar substitutes in these recipes in moderation and felt that I was still on the healthy side. I stick with Splenda, though. And I often substitute 75% reduced fat cheese for the non-fat versions because it it so much better. This increases the "points" (I'm on WW), but I think makes the recipes healthier in the long run.

Hungry Girl is at her best when working with vegetables and substituting real food. She works miracles and, like I started with, the recipes are easy and that makes them really work - because you will use them!

I recommend the book...just be mindful of too much artificial "food" in your diet.

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