Now secret number three that I am gifting you on this Christmas Day is a website that will help you choose healthy food and drinks to put into your new lunchbox and drink cup. Preparing lunches and bringing beverages will not help if you are not making and bringing healthy food and drinks. I am all about eating healthy, but I also like having large portions that also feel a little like I am cheating. Lisa Lillian, also known as Hungry Girl, does an amazing job of taking my favorite restaurant and fast food menu items and finding ways to actually make them in a healthy way. She has written amazing cookbooks to share her recipes—I own four of these very inexpensive books and my entire family loves the recipes I create for them.
Hungry Girl also has a new television show that airs on both Food Network and the Cooking Channel. Her episodes are worth watching because she shares shopping tips, delicious recipes, and she even gives advice on making good menu choices at restaurants.
My favorite resource I get from Hungry Girl is the daily emails she sends my way. Each day I get a newsletter that might share a healthy food swap recipe, where she sometimes answers readers food related questions, and where she will also send links to food items that she endorses—she will only send links to products that she actually uses in her recipes. Here is the link to her home page where you can link to her cookbooks, her television show schedules, and the place to sign up for her daily emails, which I highly suggest you subscribe to for that little daily inspiration: Hungry Girl Website
Below I will share some of my favorite issues of the Hungry Girl daily emails so you can get a feel for the kinds of resources Lisa Lillian offers her subscribers (click on link to access selected resource):
--Starbucks Survival Guide
--Official 2011 Hungry Girl Super Market List (lists of healthy products available)
--Sushi Survival Guide (my favorite kind of food)
--Top “Ate” Junk Food Swaps
--Hungry Girl’s Salute to Wonton Wrappers
--Top “Ate” Food Fakers
--Salute to Canned Pumpkin (one of my favorite secret ingredients)
--The Brunch Bunch (brunch ideas)
--Best Finds of 2011 and New Year’s Eve Party Tips
Now that the two most food-centered holidays are behind us, it is now time to begin thinking about refocusing on where we want to be in 2012. Many of us decide to wait until January 1st to make these changes, but why wait? Start planning and making your lunches and snacks so you are never left grabbing some unhealthy option in a desperate fit of hunger. If you make even just a few changes before 2012 (add an extra day or two of exercise, swap one meal a day for a healthy alternative, drink your water) you will be ahead of the game. You will be moving into the New Year with a positive attitude, a few new tricks under your belt, and you may even be a few pounds lighter as a result.