The Drs TV: Lisa Lillien, The Hungry Girl Diet
The Doctors welcomed to the show Lisa Lillien, otherwise known as the Hungry Girl, to share ways you can still enjoy food without having to give up your health and weight loss goals. Dr. Travis Stork started by asking if The Hungry Girl Diet could also work for men and Lisa said it’s for anyone who likes to eat food and a lot of it.
Lisa explained that she’s been writing Hungry Girl for 10 years now and she just released her ninth book. She said her fans have been writing to her for years asking her to put together a plan they could use to lose weight, and that’s what her hungry girl diet cookbook is. Lisa explained that portion control is great, but she’s all about “super-sizing foods.” She said she threw a lot of techniques into her book that allow you to eat a large amount of food.
The Doctors: Hungry Girl Growing Oatmeal + Turkey Sandwich Platter
The first thing Lisa talked about was “growing oatmeal,” for which you use twice as much liquid but the same amount of oats, then cook it for twice as long and let it thicken. It’s a great breakfast that’s just 337 calories.
As for lunch, Lisa said “the flat bun is where it’s at” because you don’t want all the extra carbohydrates and calories on your sandwich. She made a super-sized turkey sandwich platter that you can enjoy for lunch that is just 349 calories. The platter included a turkey sandwich with tomato on a flat bun, and then fresh vegetables with a dip made with Greek yogurt.
The Drs TV: Hungry Girl Healthy Chicken Alfredo
For dinner, Lisa made her “Chicken Hungry Girlfredo Bowl” which is still under 400 calories at just 340. She explained that the secret ingredient in her dinner recipe was the tofu shirataki noodles which have “hardly any calories at all.” She said the noodles are a great pasta swap and all you have to do is add light cheese and a lot of veggies, and you feel like you’re eating a giant bowl of pasta. Dr. Stork said people don’t realize that with refined pasta, you’re getting a lot of pure simple carbohydrates.
The Doctors: Hungry Girl Snacks + Butternut Fries & Portobello Pizza
Dr. Stork then started to munch on butternut squash fries which make for a great snack. Hungry Girl’s snack-tastic butternut fries are just 96 calories. Dr. Stork then started digging into a portobello pizza, which is pizza made with a portobello mushroom. Dr. Stork said he and Lisa had the same philosophy which is that food can be healthy and taste great at the same time. The “Perfect Pizza-bella” is just 100 calories. Lisa said that all of the snacks on the Hungry Girl Diet are about 100 calories.
The Drs TV: Hungry Girl Chocolate Chip-Stuffed Strawberries Recipe
Dr. Stork was loving all the taste-testing! He then picked up a chocolate chip-stuffed strawberry that was filled with ricotta cheese. A serving of the stuffed strawberries is just 96 calories. They looked absolutely delicious!
She explained that at the end of the day, you’re eating about 1300 calories, but eating so much food.
- 5 large strawberries
- 2 tbsp light/low-fat ricotta cheese
- 1 no-calorie sweetener packet
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Slice the stems off the strawberries, about 1/2 inch, revealing an opening in each berry.
- Use a narrow spoon to remove about half of the inside each berry to make room for filling.
- In a small bowl, mix ricotta, sweetener, and vanilla extract.
- Spoon ricotta mixture into a bottom corner of a plastic bag, snip off the tip of that corner to create a small hole, and pipe the mixture into the strawberries.
- Top with chocolate chips.