Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eleven books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
I spend my days creating recipes and writing about all kinds of food, but what do I, Hungry Girl, actually eat on a daily basis? Glad you asked!
Whether they’re scrambled, cooked into an omelette with some veggies and light cheese, or hard-boiled and topped with salsa (so good!), this super-light protein is a staple in my diet. I tend to keep a dozen hard-boiled eggs in the fridge to snack on throughout the week. And a container of liquid egg whites is perfect for quick and easy scrambles and omelettes. HG tip: Make your egg scrambles in the microwave! Here’s how.
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Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
Thick, creamy, satisfying, and versatile, I always have this yogurt in my fridge. It’s the perfect blank slate: Add fresh fruit, nuts, chia seeds, and more. I prefer the plain kind, but I like to add no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia) to make it less tart. Vanilla extract helps with that too!
Lots of Fruit
Apples, oranges, melon (especially watermelon), grapes – I can’t get enough! I’ve gotten in the habit of always having a piece of grab-n-go fruit in my bag, in case I get hungry between meals. I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me from making impulsive food choices!
My current go-go crunchy snack, Sea Snax Chomperz aren’t your usual flimsy seaweed sheets; these snacks are backed with a rice-flour base for extra crunch. They come in fun flavors like Barbecue and Jalapeno, and they totally crush a craving for salty potato chips. And you can have the entire bag for just 80 calories. Love that!
Like Elaine from Seinfeld, I love a big salad. Gimme a big bowl of romaine, chopped veggies, and lean protein (like chicken or shrimp!) any day of the week. I tend to skip the dressing since I’m not a huge fan of it, and my salads are usually packed with so much flavorful stuff that dressing isn’t necessary!
I love sushi so much. I order a lot of sashimi, which is the fish itself without the rice. When I get actual sushi, I’ll ask for less rice and leave some of it over. I’ll also order miso soup and sunomono (cucumber) salad to make my meal more filling and delicious.
Soup rocks anytime of year. I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees outside, I still love to eat a nice hot bowl of soup. Typically I stick with broth-based soups rather than creamy ones. They’re filling and typically pretty low in calories and fat — a great meal starter or snack!
What do I often wash all of that food down with? Perrier! I love it and drink several bottles per day… So refreshing!
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!