Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, reveals the dieting secrets that allow you to eat twice as much and still shed pounds, simply by swapping out some of the unhealthy ingredients in your favorite meals. Plus, get her recommendations for the best prepared foods you can eat on-the-go.
Secret One: Pasta Expanders
Pasta can be loaded with calories, and rarely leaves you satisfied with after just one serving. The secret to eating more and still shedding calories? Expand your pasta with tasty, nutritious vegetables.
Mega Mac & Cheese
Add 3 cups of frozen cauliflower to your mac and cheese to volumize it. The cauliflower is pre-cooked, meshes well with the macaroni, and soaks up the cheese sauce. Speaking of cheese, sub out the powdered stuff and melt real cheese instead, incorporating some light sour cream for texture and flavor.
Traditional Mac and Cheese: 410 calories per serving
Hungry Girl’s: 198 calories per serving
EZ Cheesy Lasagna
Instead of eating two pieces of calorie-packed lasagna to get your fill, add a thick slice of eggplant to every other layer of your homemade lasagna. It’ll leave you feeling totally full after only one serving, without overloading on calories. Be sure to slice the eggplant lengthwise so it will feel just like a noodle, and use whole wheat lasagna noodles. Instead of jarred pasta sauce, that’s loaded with sugar and extra calories, just use a can of crushed tomatoes.
Traditional Lasagna: 850 calories per serving
Hungry Girl’s: 250 calories per serving