There’s a reason why obesity is a huge problem in America. It’s because the most delicious foods are fattening. Ever noticed how if something is delicious, it is usually unhealthy? Take this quote from the movie Julie and Julia: “Is there anything better than butter? Think it over, any time you taste something that’s delicious beyond imagining and you say ‘what’s in this?’ the answer is always going to be butter.” And despite what Julie says, my dear friends, one CAN have too much butter as it is not exactly slimming.
So even though you want to eat healthy to lose weight, the process of eating bland food just to achieve that desired body can easily discourage you. Fear not. A bunch of chefs noted this issue and boom – the market is suddenly awash with recipe books promising to be delicious yet nutritious and easy on the pocket. Just take your pick.
As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld, like many busy parents, used to struggle to get her kids to eat right. In Deceptively Delicious, she shares her solutions: easy, mouthwatering recipes that even the most overwhelmed families can make” stealthily packed with unseen veggies, pureed so kids will never suspect. Deceptively Delicious has all of Jessica’s winning combinations including cauliflower in macaroni and cheese and spinach in brownies. She also shares tips on making healthy snacks and improving store-bought foods as well as advice on creating a positive environment around the kitchen table. It’s a godsend for all parents who want healthy kids, peaceful family meals, and never again having to say, “Eat your vegetables!”
Jennifer Iserloh is a certified yoga teacher and former private chef for internationally known celebrities who believes that the essence of good health springs from your own kitchen. You can eat the foods you love by cooking them the healthy way to satisfy both body and soul. Jennifer shares her recipes and healthy living tips in print publications, on radio, on television programs and in her book, Secrets of a Skinny Chef. She is also a recipe developer for the book mentioned above, Deceptively Delicious.
Missy Chase Lapine is a highly sought after speaker on the topics of food, health, and family but is best known as the creator of the wildly successful Sneaky Chef series of books, including her first, a New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. Missy’s second book, The Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man in the Kitchen is helping to lower cholesterol levels across the nation. Her third book in the series, The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue, was inspired by her passionate readers and their special requests. Missy’s latest innovation, Sneaky Fitness, (co-authored with fitness expert Larysa DiDio) cleverly instills the love of movement and fitness in kids. It hit the shelves in January 2010, and has topped children’s fitness lists. The Sneaky Chef and Sneaky Fitness books have inspired not only families around the country, but have established a whole new healthy eating and lifestyle brand category.
The Bikini Chef
Susan Irby started working as a chef in Florence, Italy and France but when she returned to America, she began teaching cooking classes and suddenly found herself teaching others her secrets for enjoying gourmet foods and staying thin. Through her classes she became known as The Bikini Chef as her recipes focus on fresh herbs, fresh citrus flavors and have been so named “figure flattering flavors”. Because The Bikini Chef loves salmon so much, she even donned a custom made salmon skin bikini to promote salmon as a healthy protein on behalf of the Scottish Quality Salmon board in London, England. She has a show called The Bikini Lifestyle and is the author of the book Substitute Yourself Skinny.
Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin started a movement when they wrote their best-selling manifesto, Skinny Bitch. Both a wake-up call and a kick in the ass, Skinny Bitch exposed the horrors of the food industry while inspiring people to eat well and enjoy food. It is a no-nonsense tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous. There is a common misconception that Skinny Bitch is all about deprivation. Nothing could be further from the truth. The authors claim that Skinny Bitch is the lifestyle they live, and rest assured, they would never maintain it if they felt deprived. Whether it’s shopping for food, talking about food, thinking about food, dreaming about food, cooking food, or eating food, they can’t get enough. They devised the Skinny Bitch plan so they could have their cake and eat it too. They define a “Skinny Bitch” as someone who enjoys food, eats well, and loves her body as a result. It has nothing to do with how much she weighs or what size she is. Skinny Bitches come in all beautiful shapes and sizes.
Cook Yourself Thin, co-authored by Harry Eastwood, Candice Kumai and Allison Fishman, is a healthy, delicious way to drop a dress size without all the gimmicks. For some of us, losing weight has always been a struggle. The challenge: figuring out how to cook healthy, low-fat foods that won’t leave you hungry, bored, or running for a gallon of ice cream! Cook Yourself Thin shows how to cut calories, change diets, and improve health without sacrificing the foods we love. It is not a fad diet. It gives skinny alternatives to your cravings. You can’t live without your chocolate cake or mac ‘n’ cheese? You don’t have to! (See Deep Dark Chocolate Cake, page 197.) There’s never enough time to cook? Cook Yourself Thin keeps it simplewith easy instructions and fun recipes you’ll want to make again and again.