Cook Book Review & Homemade Guacamole

Last night, I went to a book discussion and signing at the Borders in Columbus Circle. For a few years now, I’ve been subscribing to a daily email newsletter called “Hungry Girl”. The author of the newsletter, Lisa Lillien, just released her second cook book entitled “200 Recipes Under 200 Calories”. Hungry Girl a.k.a. Lisa Lillien is amazing! Every week day she reviews yummy snack foods and comes up with healthier versions of the foods we love. Some of my favorite HG recipes include: butternut squash french fries, coffee milkshakes, and baked apples. At the book release event, I bought my own copy of the cookbook and scored some free snacks. Highlights of the evening were: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Vitamuffins, BBQ popchips, and a coupon for FREE fiber 1 yogurt. Yay!Hungry-Girl

From: Hungry Girl FAQ’s

Why 200 meals under 200 calories?

Eating a lot of mini meals and snacks throughout the day is a great way to help you feel satiated, get that metabolism going, and keep you from ever becoming TOO ravenous (when that happens, you’re more likely to reach for the wrong foods and/or overeat). And if these mini meals contain around 200 calories, you can mix a whole bunch of them, or you can just incorporate a few, in a way that fits your daily life. While I do turn to snack bars on occasion, I would MUCH rather eat a small, satisfying meal or snack than a bar. And I think a lot of people feel the same way. This book is PACKED with recipes for delicious snacks, desserts, mini meals, and more that all have fewer than 200 calories. Keep in mind, this book is NOT meant to encourage people to drastically cut calories. In fact, I hope it helps you fill your diet with foods you love.

Megan’s Two Cents – This book focuses a lot on calorie/fat content and not so much on natural/quality ingredients. Usually I try to stay away from things like artifical sweeteners, fat-free cheese, etc. because I want the good stuff! Give me some stinky brie over fat-free Kraft anyday. HOWEVER, sometimes you really want a healthier or lightened-up version of your favorite junk food and this book is the perfect solution to that. I definitely recommend HG recipes for the next time you have a frappaccino or buffalo wing craving. 🙂

And now on to tonight’s dinner…I stopped at Whole Foods before the book signing and picked up some tortilla chips by the company called Food Should Taste Good. These chips were delicious! The ingredients were very simple – just stone ground corn, sunflower oil, evaporated cane juice, corn bran, garlic, onion, poppy seeds, sea salt, and caraway seeds.

Food Should Taste Good

The chips went perfectly with my homemade guacamole. I ended up eating the entire bowl of guac! Luckily for me, avocados are a serious super food. Check out the stats from the Hass Avocado Board:

Avocado Nutrient Profile

  • One-fifth of a medium avocado, or about one ounce, has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 beneficial nutrients to the diet.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are thought to help prevent many chronic diseases.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene.
  • Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet.
  • Avocados, due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, are a healthy substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.
  • Avocados contain 76 milligrams beta-sitosterol in a 3 oz. serving. Beta-sitosterol is a natural plant sterol, which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Guacamole!

Megan’s Guacamole recipe

Mash together the following ingredients –

  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • dash of salt, pepper, and cumin
  • Eat with fresh veggies, tortilla chips, or straight from a spoon!

Note: you could also add diced red onion, lime juice, garlic, jalepenos, etc. I just didn’t have any of this on hand…

  • I love guac/avocado! How many calories is in one avocado?? I always get confused with that so usually I just estimate about 55-75 for what I use. A whole avocado usually lasts me between 4-5 days! Also…I checked out that book the other day in Barnes and Noble and thought the same thing…none of the food really had quality ingredients or looked like it would really fill me. I’m on a kick where I’m trying to eat food that will fill me throughout the day…when I’m starving I eat way too much! Thanks for the review!

  • Hi Beth, one medium avocado has between 250-300 calories. I think the standard “serving size” is 1/5 of an avocado (about 50 calories), but I ate the entire thing last night. hehe. It was perfectly ripe and delicious!

  • I love those chips; we were giving away free samples of them at the gym the other day ( I took about 4 bags home ha)

    thanks for the HG review…I love her website!

  • Jen

    I LOVE guacomole. Is it bad that I can eat a whole bowl of guacomole made from 2 avocados in one sitting? I think I need to have a nutritional counseling session with you.

  • Jen, I could definitely eat a whole batch of guacamole in one sitting. In fact, I did that last night! The way I see it – it’s better for us than a bowl full of ice cream 🙂

  • EDIT: Not that there’s anything wrong with ice cream. I think we’re all aware of my love for Friendly’s mint chocolate chip sundaes.

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