Healthy Food Chat

Since I don't have sponsors and am not limited to what I can and can not blog about, I am going to divulge into my personal life for a second. December 28th, the BF and I started back at the gym and flipped our diet 180 degrees. (I know, we are super ambitious for starting 3 days before we are "supposed" to)

It has been a month (to the day) and I have already reached my goal weight (lost 12 pounds, which I feel I gained every ounce of from Halloween to Christmas), and the BF has dropped over 20 lbs! Yay for us. Hitting the gym 5-6 days a week, and cutting out basically all bad food for the past 30 days has been tough at moments, but the rewards have been great. I feel better, my energy has sky rocketed, and the mirror is a bit friendlier to me.

Now, I know that going cold turkey off of the foods I love is just a curse to gain all the weight back, so, since I have reached my goal, I am adding "bad" foods back in, but with a twist.

I discovered Hungry-Girl a little while back and I have seen her on numerous TV shows. She basically takes bad food that we all love, ie: onion rings, mashed potatoes, nachos, cupcakes, etc, and makes them over. Not only does she supply unique recipes, but a lot of the things she does are based on actual restaurant meals.

Example: I don't like Frito's but the BF would thoroughly enjoy this one.
BITE IT (the healthy recipe)

1/3 cup low-fat turkey or veggie chili
1 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortilla (or alternative below)
2 tbsp. shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1/2 package Fritos Original Corn Chips 100 Calorie Pack (or other alternative below!)
Optional: 2 tbsp. diced onion

Serving Size: 1 burrito (entire recipe)
Calories: 218
Fat: 6.5g
Sodium: 774mg
Carbs: 33g
Fiber: 14.5g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 18g

FIGHT IT: (This is Sonic's little Frito Burrito)

Serving Size: 1 wrap
Calories: 674
Fat: 38.5g
Sodium: 1,416mg
Carbs: 66g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 21g

There are a TON of the restaurant head to heads on the site, along with just generic items like chicken fingers and monkey bread.

I have tried 2 things off of this website:
Fried Cheese Please!

and the Better off (Banana) Bread,

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I plan on picking up her book 200 Under 200 from the local library (when I can get there after work before it closes, not easy with an hour commute).

So, I was just curious if anyone else has tried any of these recipes or has any healthy swaps for classic comfort food. Please leave a comment, and I am open to all sorts of food!


  1. I wish you well in your new endeavors. I admire you for doing the first steps to a healthier you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

  2. Congrats on your weight loss success!!! Keep it up girl! I love the Hungry Girl concept and her recipes seem very easy to make too. I've been meaning to get her book and enjoy this.

    My boyfriend and I are working on eating better as well. I am working out, he is not. He just doesn't like it so I won't force him. I figured if I go ahead and work out and he notices it's working he may bite the bullet and join it. We shall see :)

  3. Kelly- I'm totally your BF in this situation. i dont love working out, but once you start seeing results it becomes alot easier to do.

    My BF is the do gooder and gets up at 530 to go to the gym before work. yes his job is 3 miles from our house is min is 56-ish so I guess sheer laziness cant be fully to blame!

    Good luck, and it is MUCH easier once you get the ball rolling. Not quite as big as an obession as couponing has become, but I hope maybe one day! :)


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