The Doctors: Young Girl Battling Brain Tumor
The Doctors explained that they were hosting a special edition of The Doctors in which they would show bonus footage never seen before on the show. First, they reminded everyone of a young girl named Alexis, who’s fight with a brain tumor caused an insatiable appetite and uncontrollable weight gain. When Alexis was born, she was a normal little girl until she was 9-years-old and a mass was found in her brain and surgery was the only way they could remove it. They operated on Alexis’ brain, but Alexis still believed she was constantly starving. She’s gained about 150 pounds in two years, and so her parents decided to have her undergo bariatric surgery.
As of February, Alexis had lost about 50 pounds, and her mom felt like she was getting bits of her daughter back. Alexis seemed like she was on the road to better health, but The Doctors were heartbroken to learn that Alexis’ brain tumor was back. Jenny, Alexis’ mother joined the show via Skype. When Alexis learned that her tumor was back, she started crying and asked if she would be overweight again. They’re in a study at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, proton therapy, which is less damaging that typical therapy. Jenny said Alexis seems to be doing well so far. The Doctors donated $1,000 to help her family be together over the holidays, since they’re currently apart for Alexis’ treatment.
The Doctors: Healthier Fast Food Swaps
The Doctors then moved on to talk about fast food, knowing how tempting it can be for all of us, although we know it’s not the best for our health. Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl, wanted to share her tips for enjoying fast food without all the fat and calories. If you like to enjoy a Big Mac from McDonald’s, you’re consuming 540 calories and 28 grams of fat. Her Hungry Mac Bella Stack Burger is just 235 calories and just 2 grams of fat. She replaced the beef patties with Portobello mushrooms and used reduced fat mayonnaise in the sauce.
The Doctors: Healthy Taco Salad
If you like Taco Bell’s Fiesta Salad with beef, you could be eating 770 calories and 40 grams of fat! For a much lighter version, Lisa made a salad with just 350 calories and 10.5 grams of fat. Instead of a fried tortilla bowl, she sprinkled the salad with baked tortilla strips. Instead of full-fat ground beef, she used lean ground turkey, and added black beans, corn, and red bell peppers, with a little light sour cream and salsa.
The Doctors: Healthier French Fries + Chicken Tenders
If you go to Wendy’s and you want to get the Baconator fries, you’re looking at 500 calories and 28 grams of fat! Lisa’s healthier version used turnip fries topped with bacon and cheese! You can hardly tell the difference! The whole order s just 245 calories and 9.5 grams of fat.
Finally, instead of KFC’s extra-crispy chicken tenders, which are 380 calories and 20 grams of fat for just three tenders, Lisa made her own version at just 138 calories and 1.5 grams of fat! Click next page to find out how to make these crunchy, healthier tenders at home!
The Doctors: Hungry Girl Faux-Fried Chicken Strips Recipe Ingredients
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 6 oz raw, boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 6 strips
- 1/2 C high-fiber bran cereal
- 1/4 C fat-free liquid egg substitute or egg whites
- black pepper (optional)
The Doctors: Hungry Girl Faux-Fried Chicken Strips Recipe Directions
- Preheat ovent o 375 degrees
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray
- In a small blender or food processor, grind the cereal into crumbs
- Transfer to a wide bowl and mix in garlic salt
- Put the egg substitute/whites in another bowl
- One at a time, drop the chicken strips into the egg, then shake to remove any excess
- Then coat the chicken with crumbs
- Lay evenly on a baking sheet
- Bake for 8 minutes
- Flip the chicken then bake until cooked through and crispy, about 6 minutes