A Hungry Girl Meets THE Hungry Girl (Giveaway)

Almost everyone in the weight loss/maintenance section of the internets has heard of Hungry Girl, a.k.a. Lisa Lillien. Maybe you subscribe to her daily newsletter.  Or maybe you’ve seen one of her cookbooks.  It seems she’s everywhere these days.  Tonight she was in Memphis, and I had the pleasure of meeting her at an author discussion/book signing.

First to set the stage: There were about 100-150 people (my estimate) in attendance, a festive crowd that came in all shapes and sizes. The promoters (mostly her family members, it seemed) gave out grab bags with HG-affiliated products like Vita-tops (I got chocolate–SCORE!), Laughing Cow Cheese, Babybel cheese, Pop Chips, Fiber One cereal, and a Fiber One 90-calorie bar.) Considering that most of us hadn’t eaten dinner before the event, the only sound for a few minutes was that of packages being opened.

At some point I suppose it was determined that the sound of growling stomachs wasn’t going to drown out the author’s comments, and Lisa Lillien was introduced.  She is absolutely charming–a teensy little thing–with a delightful sense of humor. She gave a bit of background about her website, announced she has a new book, Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods, due out in June, and then took questions from the audience. Those were mostly recipe-specific and not of particular interest to Yours Truly (not that I’m judging!), so I’ve forgotten most of them. One comment I do remember is that her criteria for new recipes is that they must be a) delicious and b) good bang for the caloric buck. That’s pretty much my criteria for all things food-related (I include nutrition as well), so I nodded appropriately.

After the Q&A, we moved on to drawings for HG-products like t-shirts, tote bags, etc., along with drawings for a year’s supply of Pop Chips and Vita-tops. I didn’t win anything, which was okay because I didn’t want any of it, but it was fun watching other people win, especially the two men who won pink HG t-shirts. (Note: Lisa recommended they pair them with white jeans and pumps.)

Finally, it was on to the book signing.

lisa lillien and cammy

Web-mavens Cammy and Lisa Lillien, combined subscriber base: 1,000,500

Okay, can I just interrupt here and mention that besides the humidity-influenced flat hair, I’m noticing how pointy my chin is and that it casts a shadow onto my neck? How much do I love that?  I think this is the first time I’m noticing that little benefit, and I have to admit that I like it a lot more than three years ago:

before pic of Cammy

Multiple-chins, no shadow

Okay, no more about that!  Let’s return to the world famous author and her cookbook.

You’ll notice in the Cammy-has-a-neck-shadow photo that the other woman–oh, yes, Lisa!–has a book in front of her. Unfortunately, the book is upside down. Let’s fix that:

upside down photo of lisa Lillien and Cammy

Same photo as above, neck shadow on right

A-hah! Now we see that she has a copy of Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet in front of her…and a Sharpie! If you’re hoping this is where I get to the giveaway part of this post, your wish is about to come true!

Yep, I’m giving away a newly-signed copy of the Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook to one lucky reader.  One lucky reader in North America, that is. (So sorry, international friends! We really are the world, but international postal rates are beyond my unemployed budget.)

In order to enter the drawing, you only have to leave a comment (or send me an email) with either the name of your favorite Hungry Girl recipe OR a previously off-limits recipe that you’ve healthified. (If you want to include the recipe, that’s great, but you don’t have to. We do, however, reserve the right to bombard your inbox asking for said recipe.)

Extra entry: I try not to put too many strings on these giveaways, but as I was watching the crowd tonight (without judging!), I was struck by the possibility of developing my very own HG TTD empire.  HG is crossing the 1-million subscriber mark, and I’m…a little behind that.  To that end, I’ve decided not to wait until I have something of value to offer; instead, I’m going to just start self-promoting like crazy.  So, for an extra entry, just mention my giveaway on your blog or tweet it or tell your mother. (But not all of those things.)  Just let me know you plan to do it, and I’ll trust you to follow through.

Got it? Post a comment or send me an email. Extra entry for mentioning it to anyone else on the planet. North American residents only and only because I’m poor. Oh! and the drawing will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 7 a.m. (or so.)

Disclosures:  I ate the Babybel and the chocolate Vita-top thingie. That’s all the compensation I received (until I eat the other stuff) and that was probably just to keep me from whining about being hungry. It certainly wasn’t enough for this long drawn-out post.
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Wishing all a happy and safe holiday (Yikes, U.S.-only again) weekend!



21 thoughts on “A Hungry Girl Meets THE Hungry Girl (Giveaway)

  1. Oohhh, I don’t have that cookbook of hers. I would love to win! I will mention this on my blog. I have so many favorite ideas of hers. I am not the best at following anyones reciepe exactly but she gives me great ideas. Her southwest rollups are great, as are her breakfast mugs. I think I am most greatful for her starbucks make overs. Her testing the new products is a great money and time saver. How fun you met her.

    • Thanks, Audri! You reminded me that one of the questions was if she was going to come out with a HG-branded mug for the egg mug thingies. She said she hadn’t planned to, but it was a great idea. :)

      I don’t follow the recipes either (too much Splenda for me!), but I love how she gets creative and that makes ME get creative. :)

  2. Well shoot, am I the only one who doesn’t follow her? I guess I need to check out her blog asap. Great picture of you Cammy:) I am not much of a cook so rarely do recipe changing myself… but I did discover that I love roasting carrots with sf maple syrup. This is big for me because I used to hate, hate cooked carrots. But at a restaurant not long ago I tried some and they were amazing! Of course those apparently had brown sugar on them for sweetness:(

  3. I love Hungry Girl! I used to make Chicken Parmsean by frying the chicken first and then baking it. Bad. Now I skip the frying in butter part!

  4. I think you’re just cute as hell. You are also rather tiny yourself. Do I get an entry for that?

    Oh, you want a RECIPE. I’ll give you a choice of two:

    Chili-Beans-You-Buy-From-Neato-Burrito-Wrapped-In-A-Pan-Toasted-Lo-Carb-Tortilla-With-A-Little-Very-Sharp-Cheese. (Delicious and filling.)

    AND, as a bonus:

    Scoop-of-Whey-Powder-Whizzed-In-An-Osterizer-With-One-Cup- of- Frozen- Berries- A- Little- Orange- Juice- and- a- Quarter- Cup- of- Full- Fat- Yogurt- Because- Recent- Studies- Suggest- Dairy- Fat- May- Not-Be-All-That-Bad.

    Combined subscriber base 1 million? Wow! That’s kind of scary, isn’t it?

  5. I have a recipe for oatmeal cookies that are only 1 point , the problem is they ae so good I eat more than one!

  6. I so had to laugh at this comment: humidity-influenced flat hair. I would die for flat hair!!! My hair is beyond naturally curly & beyond means way too curly & FRIZZY on top of that. I use more products to keep the frizz & curl under control alond with a ton of hair spray!!! I know people say that they would love curly hair but it is not all what it is cracked up to be!!! :-)

    No need to enter me.. as much as I love reading HG, I am not an eater of most of her types of things…

    Loved your pic!!!

  7. Cammy, you have such a gentle humor that sneaks up and wallops one’s funny bone, I think you should have a big following!

    Although I doubt that anyone who reads my humble blog would not know you, I will mention the TTD. I don’t need an entry though; would rather see the book go to someone who is not burned out from cooking.

    That is a great chin shadow that you have going there! And, quite a before and after photo testimonial. You are very cute!

  8. It sounds like you had a great time! You are so funny, you hair does not look flat and your chin is not big!

    I don’t need to be entered in the drawing, I don’t eat most of the products she uses in her recipes.

    I have remade many of our favorite family recipes and posted them. I love to eat good food!

  9. I was using “”Stumble upon” last night and found your blog indirectly through another blog….It must be meant to be! I would love to follow you in your journey a tippy toe at a time. I do cooking shows for Pampered chef and would love to win the cookbook, always looking for healthy alternatives.

  10. What a great picture of you!! Look how teensy YOU look! Oh, to see a shadow on my neck…someday!

    I love “Upside Down Chocolate Cream Pie” soooo good! Pg 183 of her first book. Yummy.
    .-= Tena´s last blog ..I can see clearly now. =-.

  11. I would give anything to have my hair go flat in humidity! 😉 Congrats on the chin shadow, you look very cute. I haven’t done any HG recipes. So I definitely need the book! 😉 And now all of my recipes are gluten, dairy and corn free so they are pretty boring. 😛 Will mention your giveaway on my blog and on facebook.
    .-= MamaBearJune´s last blog ..HYC Check in – 181.4 =-.

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  13. Seeing your 3-chin and chin-shadow pictures, I’m so proud of you!!! What an amazing accomplishment!!! I follow your blog partly because I respect you (and your single chin) and partly because it’s always a good read. You make me think about things (like your posts on judgments) and you give me hope.

    I have to admit that I’ve never heard of HG, although it sounds like Lisa has a very positive position in the Weight Loss World. Also I don’t use cookbooks, so no need to enter my name in your generous giveaway. I’m actually rather surprised by how many of your readers either don’t use cookbooks or don’t use her recommended products in their cooking. Did that surprise you as well?
    .-= Peacefulbird´s last blog ..365.242199 Days?????? =-.

  14. Cammy you crack me up! And you look fantastic girl!!!!! And so happy!!!!
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Carpe Diem: the story of my cherry blossom tattoo =-.

  15. My favourite HG recipe is for the sweet potato fries- LOVE them! I make them all the time with my homemade ketchup.

    And I adore cookbooks. While I don’t think this cookbook would be quite right for me (too much processed foods), I would love to win it to give to my best friend- she really struggles with healthy eating because she doesn’t enjoy cooking very much and she loves packaged foods. This book would be perfect for her.

    PS Even though I’m not a big processed foods person I ADORE popchips. Seriously seriously adore. Yumtastic.

    PPS You have a lovely chin!

  16. I recently designed a healthy recipe for buttermilk pancakes. Well, what I did was add a few minor tweaks to an awesome recipe from Clean Eating.

    Would love this cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Mini microwave chocolate cake

    Found on her website last year and totally fufills my chocolate cravings. 2:1 Devil’s Food Reduced Sugar cake mix and low fat vanilla yogurt. (2 Tbsp:1 Tbsp is what she recommends but i have doubled that) Mix in coffee mug and cook in microwave for 1 minute. I top with some fat free cool whip.

  18. Hello!! I absolutely LOVE almost all of HG’s recipes, but my favorite is ‘How to Eat Fried Rice.’

    Also, I have no blog, but I told my coworkers about yours! Extra-entry worthy??

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