When Good Morning America called and asked me to do a live Q&A with Lisa Lillian (aka Hungry Girl), I thought I was being punked. I’m a newbie blogger and still building a platform, so how in the world did they even find me? When I found myself on Skype with the actual producers, I realized that this wasn’t some belated April Fool’s Joke. They really wanted me to chat with Lisa on live TV. In front of a gazillion people.
So how in the heck did this happen? It’s all because of this photo. It’s not even a GOOD photo. I literally snapped it, posted it as a comment on the Hungry Girl Facebook page and didn’t think another thing about it. No filter. Nada.
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m a huge Hungry Girl fan. I started following her YEARS ago when I lost a bunch of weight, and her recipes were a lifeline to my sad little taste buds that thought healthy food=flavorless food.
After getting married, having a baby and packing on the proverbial pounds, I made a decision to get healthy again and blog about what I learned along the way. (Thus, this site was born.) Of course, I turned to my trusted Hungry Girl recipes because simply put, they’re amazing.
I don’t need to make a carbon copy of my favorite unhealthy foods. I just need to recreate whatever it is that I love about them. Whether it’s the buffalo/blue cheese flavor of chicken wings or the aroma of brownies fresh out of the oven, I try to identify what it is about that food that I’m craving, and then recreate that part of it.
That, my friends, is what Hungry Girl is famous for…healthy swaps.
Now, if I go in expecting a zucchini noodle to taste like pasta, I am bound to be disappointed. But…if I see the zucchini noodle as a delivery system for what I really want (e.g. a meaty marinara sauce), then I can dive into a HUGE bowl of zoodles with total abandon and ZERO guilt. I might even make myself a piece of garlic bread out of whole wheat toast!
So imagine how pumped I was to find out I’d get to be a part of the Hungry Girl segment on Good Morning America??? Literally over the moon.
They saw my photo comment about the Clean and Hungry cookbook and figured I must be a super fan. (They would be RIGHT.)
So at any rate, my humble lunch photo landed me on Good Morning America. For all of 30 seconds. With toothpaste in my hair.
(Here’s the deal with the toothpaste. I was scrambling to brush my teeth this morning and somehow managed to get toothpaste in my hair. I did the best I could to get it out without washing my hair, and flipped it to the back with a curl and a prayer. Word on the street is no one could see it. #relieved.)
Now let’s talk about the reality of live television. You sit on Skype for 30 minutes waiting, waiting and waiting and then the segment starts. Then you blink and it’s over. Heaven forbid, if you sneeze you’ll miss it altogether.
I felt awkward and weird and incredibly nervous which is actually pretty strange for me. I love speaking to large groups and have lots of public speaking experience. However, I still get all kinds of social anxiety at things like baby showers and toddler birthday parties. I may not *look* nervous at those events, but I usually am.
This felt like a toddler birthday party. Weird.
So yes, I had a few seconds of fame on Good Morning America. It was super fun and a little awkward (Do they really have to zoom in on my face like that???? It looked so much better on my Skype screen.) Thanks for all the sweet words, messages and shout outs from friends and family who got up early or tuned in online to watch me talk to my personal hero.
You can watch the segment in full here. Lisa shows off some of the recipes from the new cookbook that I am seriously stoked about making! (I confess: I am skeptical about the black bean brownies but it’s happening at my house this weekend. We shall see.)
*Update: My toddler LOVES the black bean brownies. We used dairy-free chocolate chips, too. My sweet tooth has been trained by Betty Crocker, so I’d like mine to be a tad bit sweeter, but the texture is fantastic & with a little whipped topping, I’m perfectly happy with these as is.*
Cooking through the entire Clean and Hungry Cookbook:
I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram as a I cook my way through the ENTIRE Clean and Hungry cookbook. (It’s either my best idea ever, or I’m going to be really ready for a candy bar by the end.) Here’s a peek at what I’ve made so far.
I really can’t wait to try every one of the recipes in this cookbook, and I’ll hope you’ll share the experience with me. If you happen to buy the book or try one of the recipes, would you do me a favor and share it on social media with #cookingcleanandhungry? Tag me in your post! I’d love to see what you’re cooking.
Thanks again for sharing the big day and this epic adventure in cooking and healthy living!
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