Peek Inside Hungry Girl's New Book (and Enter to Win a Copy)

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10/8/2011 12:00 PM   :  61 comments   :  22,216 Views

UPDATE: The link is fixed, and the giveaway will run for TWO WEEKS!
Attention, Hungry Girl fans! HG Lisa Lillien has a new book out: Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival: Aisle by Aisle, HG-Style! It launches next week, and we're giving away three copies!

They say:
Finally . . . a real-world guide that will help you navigate the supermarket and stock up on guilt-free foods, from mealtime must-haves to snack finds and more! It’s Hungry Girl’s ultimate resource for grocery-store survival---a must-own manual that makes shopping for better-for-you foods easy and fun! Inside you’ll find:
* HG All-Stars and grocery-store standouts! 
* Calorie counts and comparisons for foods in every aisle
* Guilt-free meal ideas and snack solutions for every craving and situation!
* Easy-to-digest info about nutrition labels and ingredient lists
* HG’s complete supermarket list with aisle-by-aisle food finds
Hungry Girl’s amazingly comprehensive supermarket guide is your key to guilt-free shopping, eating, and living!
 
To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end TWO weeks from today!
 
In the meantime, let's peek inside at some of Hungry Girl's essential supermarket foods!

PIZZA ESSENTIALS

Sauce Options
Jarred pizza sauce
Canned crushed tomatoes (seasoned if available)
Canned tomato sauce
Canned low-fat chunky tomato soup
(like Amy’s Chunky Tomato Bisque)
The Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges (white pizza!)
BBQ sauce (BBQ chicken pizza!)
Salsa or taco sauce (Mexican pizza!)
 
Pizza Bottom Options
Large High-Fiber Flour Tortillas with About 110 Calories Each
Light English muffins (split ‘em and make mini pizzas)
Light/high-fiber pitas
100-Calorie Flat Sandwich Buns
(like English muffin pizzas, but larger!)
Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust dough
Portabella mushrooms
Bell peppers (the bigger the better)
Eggplant (top large slabs of eggplant like a pizza; you’ll have to eat ‘em with a fork though)
Chicken breast (pound it thin, cook, then top it like a pizza!)
Fat-free egg substitute (cook flat in a skillet without stirring, and then top it like a pizza!)
 
Cheese Options
Light string cheese (pull into strings and chop; or put in a blender and blitz!)
Shredded fat-free/part-skim mozzarella cheese
Reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
Other fat-free/reduced-fat cheeses (American for a cheeseburger pizza, pepper jack for a southwestern pizza!)
 
Toppings
Thinly sliced fresh veggies
Turkey pepperoni
Ground-beef-style soy crumbles (by Morningstar Farms or Boca)
Canadian bacon
Turkey bacon or center-cut bacon (cooked and chopped or crumbled)
Soy chorizo (SO much flavor, and SO much less fat than the real thing)
Canned sliced olives
Jarred sliced jalapeños (if you like it hot!)
Hot sauce
Spices (garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning)
Chopped pineapple (Hawaiian pizza!)
 
 

Egg-Mug/Egg-Scramble Essentials

Basics
 
Nonstick spray (your skillet or microwave-safe mug will be easier to clean!)
Light whipped butter or light buttery spread
Fat-free liquid egg substitute (liquid egg whites work fine too)
 
Cheeses
The Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges
Shredded fat-free or reduced-fat cheese
Reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
 
Meaty Mix-ins
Extra-lean deli meat (chopped!)
Ground-beef-style soy crumbles (by Morningstar Farms or Boca)
Meatless hamburger-style or veggie-burger patties with 100 calories or less (chopped!)
Turkey pepperoni
Center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
Precooked real crumbled bacon
Canadian bacon
Meatless or lean turkey sausage
Canned low-fat turkey or veggie chili
Soy chorizo
 
Veggie Picks
Spinach (fresh or frozen)
Bell peppers and onions (for fajita-like egg creations)
Mushrooms
Chopped tomatoes (patted dry)
Canned diced green chilies
Jarred jalapeño peppers
 
Condiments
Ketchup
Salsa
Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Fat-free sour cream
Enchilada sauce
Taco sauce
 
Dry Spices
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Dried minced onion
Taco seasoning mix
 
What's your favorite egg addition? What do you like on your pizza?


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Comments

  • 61
    Would really like to win this book !!! - 1/2/2012   12:23:49 PM
  • 60
    I bought this book a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE it. Many of the essential foods are already part of my pantry. It was nice to realize just how well I was doing on my own, but there's still a lot of great info to be had here. - 12/30/2011   8:26:45 PM
  • 59
    I love Hungry Girl! Especially that she does recipe makeovers, means that when I want a cupcake - guess what I can still have a cupcake & not feel terrible about it! - 10/24/2011   12:05:18 PM
  • PICKANYNAME
    58
    As much as I try to shy away from anything "prepackaged" and artificial, sometimes I just can't avoid it. It's nice to know that there's someone else looking out for my calorie count when I'm in a hurry and don't have time to read all of the labels at the grocery!!! - 10/16/2011   9:18:49 PM
  • PICKANYNAME
    57
    As much as I try to shy away from anything "prepackaged" and artificial, sometimes I just can't avoid it. It's nice to know that there's someone else looking out for my calorie count when I'm in a hurry and don't have time to read all of the labels at the grocery!!! - 10/16/2011   9:18:47 PM
  • K_RENEE
    56
    You know, you guys are right. Stop complaining about all of the recipes/ingredients. As someone stated earlier, recipes can be seen as suggestions, upon which you can improve or modify according to your dietary needs or preferences. I mean, I usually leave the jalepenos out of any Mexican dish I cook, but that doesn't make it any less delicious.

    That being said, I would LOOOVE to have this book so I can get more ideas and advice on cooking and shopping in a smart healty way. And I believe Hungry Girl could do that for me! - 10/16/2011   8:21:07 PM
  • 55
    So is it just that some people have nothing better to do but complain about everything? I see recipes as "suggestions". Sometimes I just don't really know what to make or how to make something and just want an idea. These aren't written in stone and you can modify them however you choose. If you are vegan or eat only organic, use organic tomatoes and make your own sauce. If I tried to go completely organic where I live, I could probably only eat about 10 things that are not processed/packaged. We don't have a great selection of items and sometimes what they have is rotten on the shelf.

    We do what works for us as individuals. And sparkpeople helps to support all individuals with all of their choices...vegan, vegetarian, whole foods and the majority of us who don't have that luxury (availability or $$) or desire.

    There's some advice about avoiding negative people in your life to reduce stress and help you with your journey. People coming out here just to complain or berate the product is negative. If you really wanted to help your fellow sparkers, maybe next time you should try to get your point across in a more positive fashion. Something along the lines of...if you want to make these recipes even healthier, choose organic ingredients such as...(fill in the blank here with your favorite organic product). - 10/13/2011   2:22:56 PM
  • BLUESPARKLES
    54
    Hungry Girl is awesome!! Her recipes are like the diverse group of people here at SparkPeople.....some are easily organic or vegan, some use processed foods and artificial sweeteners, but all are good ideas for ways to make healthy changes in our lives.

    I applaud those of you who live organic, vegan, omit all processed foods, etc for health and/or environmental reasons, but for myself it's all about moderation. I'll never completely give up processed food or even fast food, and I appreciate many different ways to make changes here and there toward being healthier. I'm glad SparkPeople recognizes this and gives us support for whatever our particular lifestyle is. :-) - 10/12/2011   12:16:48 PM
  • 53
    OH my what is with all the processed and junk in this. I have some of her books but never use them with all the artificial sugar in them.. Not healthy in my opinion. Give me real God given food any day. - 10/11/2011   10:41:20 AM
  • 52
    low fat swisscheese spinach and or mushrooms
    yummy - 10/10/2011   12:26:38 PM
  • CIRANDELLA
    51
    She's delightful! And so creative, too :) Really love her recipes! - 10/10/2011   8:07:36 AM
  • 50
    I would love to win this book! Maybe, I will. :^) - 10/10/2011   12:08:33 AM
  • GRANDMAGELLAR1
    49
    I think that JAMIEMONSTER has the right idea here.

    A lot of Sparkers are busy people and might not have the time (or the cooking skills!) to make everything from scratch. Others of us might miss having those so good but so-bad-for-you foods, and I see how this book could be a great tool to help us transition into our new healthier mindsets. Processed foods and all, it's got to be better than a fast food meltdown! - 10/10/2011   12:05:27 AM
  • 48
    Pizza can be delicious without cheese! - 10/9/2011   10:45:30 PM
  • 47
    I love Hungry Girl. Not all of her recipes float my boat, that's true of any cookbook.

    She may not be all about 'Natural' and 'Clean' foods but for people (and their families) that have never been successful at cutting calories, her ideas are a great place to start.

    We should all try to remember everyone is at a different place along this dietary journey. - 10/9/2011   5:04:32 PM
  • 46
    I see a lot of complaints here about HG using a lot of processed foods, and that it is outrageous that SP endorses this. Well, let's look at this from a realistic point of view. SP endorses making a full on LIFESTYLE CHANGE not just a temporary diet. The culture we live in is saturated with processed "junk food" as a staple of our diets. For some people, completely giving this up, after a lifetime of eating it, for the rest of their lives isn't a difficult thing to do. For the rest of us, however, HG is a very useful tool to give us healthier (still not healthy, but better than the alternative- that we have already been eating for many years) options for the food we are craving WITHOUT going off the deep end & eating something totally catastrophic. Personally, I LOVE HG! I can eat healthy 6 days out of the week, and replace my "cheat day", where I would eat whatever I wanted without tracking AT ALL, with the same foods I would have been eating- but lower cal/fat versions. I can still have my chili cheese "burger" and nachos once a week, and it is doing less dietary damage with the HG recipes than if I went out to a fat food joint and pigged out there. I also like that a lot of her recipes are vegetarian- as I am a veggie.The way I see it is this- Is HG a daily meal planning tool? Probably not (although, she DOES have some recipes in her books that are NOT heavily processed & do use pretty healthy ingredients- it isn't all junk food in there!). Are her recipes EXCELLENT, for when you are having a powerful craving for one of the foods you used to enjoy regularly, to keep you from completely blowing it? ABSOLUTELY! It is all part of the lifestyle change- learn better alternatives, portion control and how to eat in moderation... in a way you can continue to maintain for the rest of your life. ENJOY HG as a TREAT- the recipes are great for that! - 10/9/2011   3:38:05 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    45
    I've seen her show and wasn't impressed. She uses a LOT of artificial sweeteners and fake foods. She even has a recipe for breaded chicken that uses Fiber One cereal - yes, the sweetened one. She compensates for the sweet flavor of the cereal by increasing the spices. That is just too weird for me. You can make a much healthier breading than her recipe.

    I won't waste my money on buying her cookbooks, there are too many healthy recipes around. - 10/9/2011   2:34:38 PM
  • 44
    HG is a great addition that helps busy people. We eat a lot of processed food no matter what our diet is -- I grew up on a farm -- ate a lot or food right from the garden but even when we slaughtered our own poultry or beef, that meat had to be processed so we could use it throughout the year. Same with canning from our garden. - 10/9/2011   10:52:48 AM
  • KATHIE_B
    43
    Out of curiosity I checked out a couple Hungry Girl books from the library. Wow, talk about processed food! I am shocked that Spark endorses this kind of stuff. - 10/9/2011   7:14:23 AM
  • 42
    Thanks Stepf.... :o) - 10/8/2011   11:30:26 PM
  • 41
    Hungry Girl is such a joke. It is very much like Weight Watchers circa 1980s. - 10/8/2011   10:41:46 PM
  • 40
    I love my scrambled eggs with chopped bell peppers and mushrooms. Or add salsa and cheddar... Mmm!
    And I know it sounds crazy, but pizza with hot giardiniera is the BEST!!! - 10/8/2011   8:49:28 PM
  • 39
    I love bacon bits, onions and peppers....I would love to get the book! - 10/8/2011   8:02:31 PM
  • FORGODSOLOVED
    38
    There's a show? There's a book? I didn't know about either one. How helpful the book would be to me as I shop to find heathy staples and foods. Good luck everyone! I cannot see where to enter contest to win the book. - 10/8/2011   6:58:00 PM
  • AMS04161
    37
    ams04161
    i would truely love to win this book i do not have the money buy this supermarket survival guide i'm always trying to buy foods that are healthy this would come in handy for me when i do go shopping and i'm on a mix income and when it comes to shopping i use coupons on most of the item i purchase and i would to win this book i do enjoy the hungry girl foodnet work - 10/8/2011   3:57:56 PM
  • WENTZMOM
    36
    I can't get the Hungry Girl show, but do have one of the books. I use recipes that I see on the website and love the way you redo recipes. I am a Lifetime member of WW and have been since 2005. Always like to try new products and recipes. - 10/8/2011   3:34:43 PM
  • 35
    I have a Hungry Girl book and share it with everyone!...It's like a library book for friends/family to check out! *LOL* Can't wait to get my hands on the new one! - 10/8/2011   2:32:07 PM
  • 34
    I watch her show every week. Great tips for fewer calories. - 10/8/2011   1:06:24 PM
  • 33
    I love Lisa!!! Hungry Girl is so creative! Her tips & recipes are very helpful to me. Hope I win!!! - 10/8/2011   12:15:45 PM
  • 32
    Hey guys the link is fixed. I just signed up w no problems. Good luck! - 10/8/2011   11:24:30 AM
  • STEPFANIER
    31
    Readers, I'm so sorry! I forgot to click "active" on the giveaway. The link is fixed. To make up for it, I'm extending the giveaway by a week.
    - 10/8/2011   11:21:31 AM
  • 30
    Wow, this stuff is not healthy! It is full of GMO's. It is hurting our environment and our health. If you truly want to get healthy stop buying the hype and get back to eating what's truly good for you. I will not be entering or purchasing this book. - 10/8/2011   10:59:02 AM
  • 29
    I had no problem entering today! - 10/8/2011   10:14:24 AM
  • 28
    Link is broken today 10/8 - 10/8/2011   9:04:29 AM
  • 27
    I'll be back to Enter since the error is still coming up.

    But I Love black olives, bell pepper, pimentoes, jack cheese on my pizza. - 10/8/2011   8:42:36 AM
  • 26
    sooo I am not the only one,,,
    the promo started yesterday and today 10/08/11 it is too late? - 10/8/2011   7:51:52 AM
  • PATTIMARR
    25
    Read the blog today, but I got the error message when I tried to enter the contest. - 10/8/2011   6:30:42 AM
  • 24
    Oops! Too late? Really? Hmmmmm! - 10/8/2011   6:16:10 AM
  • 23
    Awesome blog. Apprantely its too late to enter, but still fun to read. - 10/8/2011   4:54:20 AM
  • MYRUN4THEROSES
    22
    I tried to enter but am told the promotion has ended??? - 10/8/2011   3:50:32 AM
  • 21
    I love her books! My husband and I finally found recipes that meet my calories requirements and his taste requirements!
    Like everyone else, I'm having problems entering the contest :-( - 10/8/2011   3:43:50 AM
  • PATTYW100
    20
    Love hg and sparks people
    - 10/8/2011   3:16:21 AM
  • PANACHE62
    19
    Love HG! - 10/8/2011   1:58:16 AM
  • 18
    Great pizza ideas....I cannot enter because I do not live in the US, instead I will wait until it is available here! Keep trying everyone & win yourselves a copy of a book. - 10/8/2011   1:56:31 AM
  • 17
    I got the error message, too. Guess we should all try again tomorrow?
    - 10/8/2011   1:26:01 AM
  • 16
    Still getting the error message. Glad I'm not alone. - 10/8/2011   12:58:55 AM
  • 15
    I just tried and got the same error message.
    - 10/8/2011   12:28:17 AM
  • 14
    We are all having the same experience - wonder what happened this week? - 10/7/2011   11:50:50 PM
  • 13
    I LOVE Hungry Girl! I DVR her show every week and subscribe to her emails. I hope they get the tech-glitch fixed soon, I'd like to enter this contest! - 10/7/2011   11:37:04 PM
  • NIKKO2003
    12
    Received error The requested promotion is no longer available.

    Please press the back button on your browser to re-enter the information.
    No one seems able to enter the contest. - 10/7/2011   11:31:25 PM

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