Hungry Girl: No-Guilt Snacks & Meals Inspired by Celebrity Wedding Menus

08/04/2014 at 04:08 PM ET

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Left: Courtesy Hungry Girl; Right: Brian Dorsey

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Okay, everyone indulges in carbs and cake at a wedding — especially a celeb wedding, where the food is as A-list as the guests. But you can’t eat like it’s a party every day… or can you?

Inspired by the best-looking eats at recent superstar wedding extravaganzas, I’ve put together low-cal alternatives with the same amazing flavors.

Love is in the air!

The No-Guilt Dessert: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Inspired By: Katie Couric and John Molner’s Lemon-Strawberry Cake

Couric and her new hubby had a three-tier lemon-strawberry cake to celebrate their nuptials. Yum! That’s a flavor combo I love… so of course I have a great recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes that you should make ASAP. Enjoy a gooey strawberry center and a creamy strawberry frosting for just 140 calories and 3g fat!

The No-Guilt Snack: Homemade Trail Mix

Inspired By: Stephanie Izard and Gary Valentine’s Chocolate Cheez-Its Cake

At the wedding of Top Chef winner Izard and her new husband, Gary, the dessert spread got a little wacky. One layer of their cake featured chocolate ganache, peanut butter and — wait for it — chocolate-covered Cheez-Its! That combination sounds so crazy it might just work. Make a snack mix using mostly 94% fat-free popcorn with sprinkles of reduced-fat Cheez-Its and chocolatey-PB cereal, like Reese’s Puffs. Then hit the couch and cue up Top Chef!

The No-Guilt Meal: Kashi Three Cheese Ravioli Steam Meal for 2

Inspired By: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Italian Feast

And of course, there was the Kimye wedding. The duo had a full-on Italian feast, starting with mezzelune pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese. To recreate that dish without ruining your diet: Heat up a Kashi Three Cheese Ravioli Steam Meal for 2, split it with your sweetie, and snap a selfie together while you dine!

The No-Guilt Fast-Food: Applebee’s Roma Pepper Steak

Inspired By: Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg’s Wedding at Applebee’s?

It’s probably all in jest, but after McCarthy joked about marrying fiancé Donnie Wahlberg at an Applebee’s, the restaurant chain’s social media department jumped right in to keep the fun going. If you hit the Bee’s yourself, grab something off the health-conscious “Have It All” menu. The Roma Pepper Steak comes with potatoes and a mushroom stuffed with artichokes and cheese for just 510 calories!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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coupadi on

You would do everyone a favour if you removed the word “healthy” from your articles. They might be low cal but healthy they are not.

whatever on

I agree 200%, these are not healthy in any way.

Anonymous on

It’s all readymade stuff mixed upp in a bowl….how is it healthy??

Joy on

It’s all readymade stuff mixed up in a bowl…how is it healthy?

Mary on

Healthy? Don’t think so.

Anonymous on

I REALLY wish People would stop publishing The Hungry Girl. This link was almost adjacent to Harley Pasternak’s article that recommends avoiding boxed cake mixes… talk about mixed messages! She and People can print whatever recipes they want, but they should NOT be billed as “guilt-free” given the ingredients. In general, it makes me question People’s research and review of content for accuracy. Don’t even get me started on the recent rash of grammatical errors in headlines on

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