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Review: Hungry Girl Chew The Right Thing Supreme Makeovers For 50 Foods You Crave

I'm giving these great recipe cards * * * * Four Stars

Hungry Girl Chew the Right Thing Supreme Makeovers for 50 Foods You Crave by Lisa Lillien are a great little set of weight loss friendly recipe cards. Recipe makeovers for those things we think we have to swear off while trying to lose weight! Um, can you say Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes?  Yes please! 

The cards themselves are about 5x7 in a great plasticy (yes, I believe that is the technical term) material that is easily wiped clean. I really liked this because I am a messy cook and am always slopping on my cookbooks. The cards come packed in their own handy little box; sturdy, not wimpy. They are color coded and have a card in front that lists all recipes in each color for easy access. 

There are also two cards in the front of the pack that list Hungry Girl's Recommended Products and Hungry Girl Staples. Great suggestions for things to look for if you are counting calories, as well as things you will definitely be needing for these recipes.

OK, so the cards and packaging themselves are very functional and attractive, but how about the recipes on them? One word: yumtastic! Seriously.

In the interest of research for this review (see how dedicated I am?) I decided to cook two of these recipes for my family today. On the menu: HG's De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket and for dessert Yum Yum Brownie Muffins.

First up was Hungry Girl's version of pigs in a blanket. These are definitely going on my list of appetizers for the next get together we have!
These were beyond easy to make and I felt OK feeding them to my kids, unlike most typical 'diet' foods. I could see these going into our dinner rotation for those last minute nights when I forget to lay anything out and plan ahead. A little salad on the side, good to go. My 6 year old said, "I don't just like this, I love this!." There you have it, from a professional.

Now for dessert, in slow motion so you can savor it like I did: Yum Yum Brownie Muffins.
Gathered my ingredients.
Mixed them up. This batter is THICK.
Ready to go in the oven.
20 minutes and YUM.
These definitely live up to their name! For 181 calories per muffin, they are regular sized muffins spilling over the top. No mini muffin trick here. Very moist and chocolaty. My family loved them. Now I don't have to fight off that chocolate craving every time. When prompted to describe them a little hubby said: "It's good, that's all I can say." I will be adding these to my kid's snacks for sure. With all the nutrition from the can of pumpkin I feel good about making these for them as a treat!

Under the Morning Makeover Madness Section there are several enticing breakfast recipes including: Top Banana and Oat-rageous Chocolate Chip Pancake Minis. 

In the Chocolate Fixes & Sweet Treats section you will find drool-inducing recipes like: Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge and Oatmeal Raisin Softies.

Included in the Fast Food & Restaurant Favorites section you will be delighted by treats such as: Lord of the Onion Rings and Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze.

The Around the World section includes recipes for: Loaded 'n Oated Veggie Pizza and Lean Bean 'n Cheese Enchiladas.

The final section is the Party Recipes & Crowd Pleasers. Here you will find appetizers and cocktails like: Pina Colada Freeze and H-O-T Hot Boneless Buffalo Wings.

I can't wait to try the Big Fat Blueberry Muffins and the Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes. 

So why only four stars? Two reasons. First, if you are a huge Hungry Girl fan and have all of her books you probably already have most of these recipes.  Second, some of the recipes use ingredients I don't like to use frequently for my family: Splenda, sugar free products, pre-packaged things, etc. Also, some people might dislike that, unlike her emails, these cards don't give Weight Watchers Points values. You can however easily look that up on

Overall, I love this little deck of recipe cards. Very handy and loaded with quick and easy recipes that won't break your calorie counting bank. Nutritional information is included on each recipe card and they are all impressively low in calories for such treats. I adore that they focus on fiber more than most 'diet' recipes I've found. Plus, the ones I've tried so far taste phenomenal, bonus.

Highly recommend Hungry Girl Chew the Right Thing Supreme Makeovers for 50 Foods You Crave. If you're tired of feeling deprived, or indulging in the teeny tiny cardboard tasting portions of no nutritional value 100 cal packs, you will love these recipes.

FTC Disclaimer: Hungry Girl's publisher provided me with two sets of these recipe cards: one to review and one for last week's giveaway. I received no monetary compensation and give you (as always) my completely unbiased opinion in all my reviews.

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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.

I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It'…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 

As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:

Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.

Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger Recipe Ingredients
2 lbs Lean Grass-…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...

Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:

What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.

The BodyShred Workouts

KETO Sweet Cinnamon Pancakes

I'm completely obsessed with keto pancakes lately. Oh, you've caught on to that? Well, these Sweet Cinnamon Low Carb Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option.  Whether you're getting bored on your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these are for you! With only 4 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE, they'll fit nicely into your plan.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at 340 calories according to my tracking in My Fitness Pal. I generally eat the whole thing and double the batch if hubby wants some too. It easily doubles or triples or feed however many you'd like. I love to make a giant batch on Sunday and have them ready for the week. Just reheat in the microwave and go.

Low Carb Sweet Cinnamon PancakesFor this recipe you'll need:
A mixing bowl (I like to use a large glass measuring cup to easily pour the batter in the skillet), a hand mixermeasuring spoons

Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.

Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)

Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe was sponsored by Puritan's Pride.
Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet…

KETO Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

I'm building quite the little collection of low carb pancake recipes! And, if I do say so myself, these Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. They are a quick and super easy breakfast option for your low carb diet. Whether you're getting bored on your egg fast or just a LCHF or keto style eater these are for you! With only 6 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at 348 calories according to my tracking in My Fitness Pal. I generally eat the whole thing and double the batch if hubby wants some too. It easily doubles or triples or feed however many you'd like. I love to make a giant batch on Sunday and have them ready for the week. Just reheat in the microwave and go. Though, I personally kind of like these cold, straight from the fridge. They taste like little slices of cheesecake that way.

Yes, yes, I know. If you're doing an egg fast…

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it!

Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with a KETO Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.

Not only is this recipe Keto Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free.

KETO Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspo…