44: Hungry Girl with Lisa Lillien
She's a foodie who's always hungry, and for well over a decade, Lisa Lillien has been sharing her love of healthy food through her Hungry Girl platform. Lisa makes smart eating easier with a daily email filled with recipes, diet hacks, and nutritious food finds; cookbooks (she has published 12 so far!); magazines; and a weekly podcast. On this week's show, Lisa takes us behind the scenes to Hungry Land where we dish about her most recent cookbook, Clean & Hungry Obsessed, the most popular recipes on her site, diet and food trends (wow, they've changed a lot over the years), and a sneak peek at her next cookbook.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- The Hungry Girl platform and brand: It began as a daily email newsletter in 2004 because Lisa loved food and wanted to help regular people make good food choices
- Why the growth and the magic of Hungry Girl?
- Lisa’s 12th book, Clean & Hungry Obsessed, featuring clean ingredients and lots of fresh, healthy vegetables
- The one degree of separation between Robert Davis, “The Healthy Skeptic,” Lisa and Liz
- How food trends have changed since 2004, when people avoided carbs, but used many processed foods
- Lisa’s realistic philosophy: everything in moderation and calories DO count
- Lisa’s advice: Figure out YOUR trigger foods and don’t latch on to someone else’s magic bullet
- Why people look for one type of food to call “the enemy” and avoid it
- Using the right spices and sauces can help vegetables taste like (and be substituted for) higher carb foods
- Lisa’s recipe for Mexilicious Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Feedback from the book, with the favorites being meatloaf, veggie noodles and veggie fries, and cauliflower rice
- Lisa’s top two all-time most popular recipes:
- “Hungry Land” in Los Angeles, with test kitchens, content creation, and 10 full-time employees
- Lisa’s 13th book is coming out in March: Hungry Girl Simply 6, featuring what her audience wants ... simple and easy meals with six or fewer main ingredients
- Chocolate, and how it fits in with healthy desserts for a fraction of the calories
- Using cocoa powder in overnight oats. (Find the recipe in Lisa’s book!)
- How Lisa fits into the recipe development and test kitchen process at Hungry Land
- “House walking:" Walking in your house while on the phone or doing small tasks, to get more steps and improve fitness
- A tip from Lisa: “People are too extreme and hard on themselves, and then they throw in the towel when they can’t be perfect. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and take one day -- or one meal -- at a time”
- Focusing on small swaps that can be satisfying
www.hungry-girl.com Find out about Lisa’s daily email newsletter, podcast, books, and the magazine
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Lisa is giving away a copy of her latest cookbook, Clean & Hungry Obsessed: All-Natural Recipes for the Foods You Can't Live Without to one lucky U.S. winner. To enter for a chance to win, post a comment at the end of this blog post and tell me why you'd love to win Lisa's cookbook and/or your favorite Hungry Girl recipe. Winner picked at random on January 16 at noon.