Remember that concept that everyone is only knowing six people away from be connected to anyone else in the world?
Well, my thought processes kind of did that for this post. Except it is three degrees of separation that led me to my ultimate topic. I’m just ahead of the game, right? 😉
Anyhoo…today I have been a hungry hungry hippo girl. Perhaps it is all this extra activity I have been getting. Every day this week has been pretty active. Sunday = our outdoor 3 mile hike. Monday = spin class and running around after M at the park. Today = Group Power class + ellipticaling in the morning and playing outside along with a long walk after M’s morning nap. All that movement got my tummy rumbling and I was a happy girl when it was time to go inside for lunch. After whipping up M’s lunch and doing a quick cleaning of the kitchen/sweeping the floors (OCD alert! = I can’t enjoy my food in messy surroundings), I got to making my own lunch.
It took no time to decide what to have since I have been on a turkey wrap kick lately. More specifically a turkey wrap kick with a French Onion Laughing Cow wedge to amp up my typical fixings (avocado, mustard, onion, spinach, pickles, tomato). So degree #1 = Lunch with Laughing Cow…
This reminded me that yesterday I found out the amazing news that Laughing Cow will be coming out with three new flavors this summer – Mozzarella, Sundried Tomato & Basil; Queso Fresco & Chipotle; and, the one I am most excited about, Blue Cheese. Moldy cheese fan here! 😀 Where did I hear this news? From the email newsletter I get from The Hungry Girl. Degree #2 = Hungry Girl Newsletter
And degree #3 for the final thoughts = Hungry Girl’s Ideaology. For those of you unfamiliar with Lisa Lillien and her cookbooks, she is an advocate of trying to make healthier recipes that will still appeal to the general population. Many of her recipes are remakes of restaurant favorites, comfort foods, indulgent desserts, etc. She tries to find ways to lighten these recipe favorites up, usually by making the fat content, sugar content, and calorie count as low as possible. And how does she accomplish this? Pretty often some form of processed item is included – whether it be sugar substitute, egg substitute, meatless soy products, 100 calorie packs, and many other things. The use of processed items in most of her recipes is the main “beef” many critics have with her.
Lisa Lillien rebuttals the criticism by her claims that those things should not be the mainstay of a healthy diet and that we should be sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables, lean meats (if suits you), dairy, nuts, avocados, etc as often as possible. Her main goal is to reach out to the general population to show them tips and tricks to lighten up and live a little healthier. She claims she would rather reach out and make healthier eating an accessible goal and desire of the general population, instead of making it something unrealistic by claiming the only way to eat healthy is to only eat unprocessed items.
While I don’t own any of her books (although I have checked them out from the library a few times), and while I don’t often make recipes with the goal of getting the calories as low as possible by using a slew of packaged items, I do appreciate her and her ideology. I appreciate her tips and ideas for helping to lighten up recipes. I enjoy her product reviews since I first hear about many new lighter snacks and treats through her site. And I appreciate that she wants to make a realistic difference in the way people eat. Let’s face it. Ideally we would all eat 100% natural, “clean” (don’t get me started on that word!) foods. But for many, especially the general population and even many avid healthy eating fanatics, it is a part of life to need those additional options like that 100 cal bag of popcorn for a filling and easy afternoon snack or that sweetener to help curb a sweet tooth while trying to watch calories. Yes, the bulk of our diets should (and mine most definitely is) be made up of whole foods. But I believe too that all things in moderation is a good concept and if she can help people become a bit more moderate with their food intake (and enjoy it) then I’m cool with that. 🙂
What are your thoughts on her approach? Do you think it is doing more harm than good in our culture’s eating habits or is it helping? Do you have any of her cookbooks or have you tried and enjoyed any of her recipes?
Giveaway to check out: from Lauren at Eat Drink and Be Hopeful