Who: Calling all healthy eaters—but still lovers of delicious food.
What: Book signing for Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World by Lisa Lillien. Get Lillien’s John Hancock while dining on free snacks (Vitalicious VitaTops and Fiber One bars) and asking the author which recipe she made last night.
Where: Tysons Corner Borders (8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna)
When: Tonight (Monday) at 7:30
Why: In 2003, Lillien, a Los Angeles native, transformed her love of guilt-free foods into a free daily e-mail called Hungry Girl. The newsletter started out small, going to only 78 people; today it has more than 400,000 subscribers. Lillien has been a guest on Today and appears regularly on Extra. She also writes weekly columns on Yahoo! and WeightWatchers.com.
Her daily Hungry Girl emails include news, food finds, recipes, and weekend survival strategies. “I’m not a nutritionist; I’m just hungry,” says Lillien, who’s struggled with weight issues all her life. She’s a self-proclaimed “foodologist” on the lookout for foods that taste great but still allow you to zip up your jeans in the morning.
The book includes 160 recipes for appetizing foods that are normally on the “don’t” list for healthy eaters. But with Lillien’s healthful tweaks, not much is off limits: Egg Bene-Chick (183 calories), Big Bopper Burger Stopper (202 calories), Ooey Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos (216 calories), and Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (65 calories). What are Lillien's favorites? "That's a toughie," she says. "But two good ones are 'Bring on the Breakfast Pizza' and “Squash-tastic Shepherd’s Pie.' My favorite classics are the 'Lord of the Onion Rings' and 'Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo.'"