Hungry Girl's Meal Expanders: Seltzer

Added to Recipes on Fri 11/09/2012

There's something comforting about eating a large, carb- and fat-filled meal. But meals like that aren't much help when it comes to losing weight. Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien developed a new diet plan that will fill you up and help you lose weight. Instead of filling up on meat, pasta or desserts, you can expand your meal using low-calorie, high-fiber, high-water content alternatives. Combined with daily exercise, Hungry Girl's meal expanders can help you lose 5 pounds in a month. 


Believe it or not, with meal expanders, even the most decadent desserts aren't off limits! Swap out the butter, cream, and eggs in your favorite baked goods for flavored seltzer water. Using seltzer will make your cakes and cupcakes fluffier and whiter, while eliminating hundreds of calories. With all the great seltzer flavors available – orange, pomegranate, raspberry –  you can make the same cake over and over again without getting tired of it.


Don't think we forgot your after-dinner drinks! Unwind with a cocktail made with a flavored seltzer instead of sugary syrups. Try a raspberry and rum spritzer by just combining your favorite rum with raspberry seltzer water.


Learn about the benefits and get the recipes for all of Hungry Girl's Meal Expanders:

Flavored Seltzer Cake


Makes 12 servings

1 box moist-style white cake mix (15.25 - 18.25 oz.)
12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) flavored seltzer water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9"x13" baking pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, whisk cake mix with seltzer until smooth. Pour into the baking pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 - 40 minutes.

Slice and enjoy!