Healthy eating cookbooks and low-calorie recipes are a dime a dozen. So, how can you tell which ones are really the best? There are really only two ways to know for sure. The first is through trial and error. So you could try thousands of recipes and sift through dozens of cookbooks to see which ones you like and really work or you can opt to try a much simpler method. Curious what that method is? Okay enough anticipation, the simpler method is to let others do the sifting and dirty work. You might wonder how you can do that and the answer is: it's all ready been done!

It's probably no surprise that as you search for healthy lower calorie recipes that thousands of others are searching too and just as many have searched before you. The way this helps you is provided in the form of reviews and reputation. The two cookbooks, that you will read more about below, were chosen based on the number of happy and satisfied customers who purchased, tested and tasted these recipes.

Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt Free Recipes on the Planet

Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Healthy Eating CookbookCredit: AmazonThe cookbooks description offers several sneak peaks at recipes contained within and just the names alone were enough to make me want to give them a try. What do you think, do these sound like healthy low calorie recipes? Do they sound boring and tasteless? Because they sure didn't to me: Mom-Style Creamy Chicken 'n Veggies, Caramel Swirl Cream Puffs (did I mention this is only 121 calories?) or maybe some Chili Cheese Dog Nacho's.

What you Get with Hungry Girl 1-2-3 

  • 352 pages packed with over 200 recipes
  • Desserts, main courses, appetizers and more...
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 400 customer reviews and ratings
  • Available in paperback or almost instantly via the Kindle version

Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories

Hungry Girl 300 recipes Under 300 caloriesCredit: AmazonThe description for the Hungry Girl 300 under 300 did not disappoint either (but that didn't surprise me) with healthy low calorie recipes like: Loaded Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs, Burger-ific Mushroom Melt and Classic Cheesesteak Salad how could it? The titles alone scream flavor and flavor is one of the top things that a lot of "healthy" recipes seem to lack. Two others that seem to be missing from a lot of the good for you recipes is: ease and selection: both of which are offered up in the Hungry Girl cook books.

What you Get with Hungry Girl 300 Under 300

  • Over 300 healthy low calorie recipes
  • Great Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, starter and sides
  • Easy Crockpot, Foil and 3 ingredient recipes
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars with just under 500 real life reviews and ratings

Sneak Peak at What Customers are Really Saying about these Healthy Low Calorie Recipes:

Hungry Girl 1-2-3 is like having her e-mails in one place. The book is chock full of recipes that are low in fat and fun to cook.    

This book is crammed with great recipes. Some I follow verbatim, some I modify to suit my own preferences.I have gone down one dress size by incorporating some of Lisa Gillien's recipes into my diet. 

A Little About the Author and Her Cookbooks

Lisa Lillian doesn't just talk a good talk on paper though her cookbooks are New York Times bestsellers and she's known to contribute to: WeightWatcher's weekly columns and Redbook magazine. This guilt free cooking diva also has her own spot on the much followed Cooking Channel and has graced the online kitchen as a guest of other popular cooks such as Rachel Ray. Even before reading editorial and consumer reviews I had a feeling I'd stumbled across recipes good enough to share.

If you try or have tried the Hungry Girl Recipes drop a note. We'd love to hear about your experience, favorite recipes or what foods you plan to eat after reading through these books filled with low fat culinary delights.