Sometimes I use her recipes such as a mug omlet for breakfast, for snacks she relys to much on artificial sweetners which I feel is unhealthy. She also seems to promote expensive favorites she uses in her advertisments.
No. All the Hungry Girl recipes I've tried were been mediocre at best. Her recipes rely heavy on processed and artificial ingredients. I'd pass on her cookbook, unless you really like her recipes. There are much better cookbooks out there that have easy recipes for great foods made from scratch without short cuts and reliance on artificial ingredients.
To above poster: The author does eat 1100 calories per day and walks for an hour per day, but she has had her metabolism tested and her diet has been analyzed by a nutritionist and so she is healthy about it. She is small and has a low resting metabolic rate, which is why she eats so few calories.
Her recipes are fun and neat for an occassional treat, but do use many processed ingredients.
Sometimes libraries carry copies of the Hungry Girl books, so those are worth checking out (pun intended).
But I honestly don't like HG because she puts so much emphasis on artificial sweeteners. A few years ago, I read one of her interviews, and she mentioned that she eats something like 1100 calories a day and runs on the treadmill for at least an hour. That hardly sounds healthy to me. But I can't find the article anywhere, so maybe I'm remembering the info incorrectly...
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I get her newsletters, and some of it is helpful, but I wouldn't get a cookbook because I like it that her newsletters recipes use weightwatchers points plus, but her cookbooks don't.
I love searching for recipes on the internet. I love cooking blogs, recipe databases, all of that stuff. I cook at *least* two or three new recipes almost every week and I don't think I've actually *needed* to use a cookbook the entire time I've been cooking (ie since I left for college). But...I still love cookbooks. If I'm in a bookstore, chances are I will get one (healthy cooking recipes seem to be the ones that sell the worst so there's usually one or two on clearance haha), which means I have a pretty large collection at this point.
As someone else pointed out, the author sometimes tends to rely a little too heavily on processed foods for my tastes, but in some cases you can alter the recipes. She has some nice ideas but not much of anything that you can't find online for free, in one form or another, and if you're more of an advanced cook it will be less useful to you. I'd say go for it if you're a fan of cookbooks, hate perusing recipes online, or are a beginner to intermediate level cook who just needs some ideas. If finances are tight or you need to conserve shelf space, just use the internet.
I have found that nearly all of the recipes I'm interested in are already online, either on her website or on a different site. If you can get a deal on one, go for it, but I wouldn't pay full price again. I currently own two of her cookbooks - Hungry Girl 200 under 200, and Hungry Girl Recipes and Survival Strategies.
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I like a lot of her ideas. I am especially fond of the egg mugs and foil packs.
A lot of people don't like her because she uses a lot of artificial type foods, but i find you can substitute whole ingredients in many things.
If you don't already, sign up for her emails, she usually gives a lot of recipes in those as well, and you can see if you like what she has to offer before you commit to buying the book.
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Does anyone find Hungry Girl recipes helpful? Considering buying a cookbook.
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