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From Junk Food to Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat...Only Better Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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About the Author
Her newest book, From Junk Food to Joy Food, is based on her popular TODAY show series, in which millions of Americans tune in and challenge Joy to turn fattening favorites into delicious, diet-friendly fare. The book is also the inspiration behind Joy's brand new PBS special, which is currently airing nationwide.
In the earlier part of her career, Joy was the Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, as well as the clinical dietitian for their neurosurgical team. One of Joy's most rewarding experiences was creating and implementing Heart Smart Kids, a health program for underprivileged children living in low-income communities. She also taught Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Nutrition at NYU's School of Continuing Education.
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The first recipe I tried was Barbecue "Ribs." I chose this one for a reason.
Several years ago, after learning of the BBQ Rib menu at a special function I was set to attend, I did my calorie counting research and was absolutely appalled at what I found. One single rib, depending on size, could be anywhere from 250 calories to 450 or more---for one rib!!
It didn't fit into my calorie budget at all. So I declined the ribs on that occasion. And on every other occasion since...
Because it was that night--over six years ago, I declared ribs off limits simply based on calorie value. I concluded there would never be a circumstance worth the caloric investment required for BBQ Ribs.
Joy wrote, "I totally rethought ribs." And now, thanks to her, I have too!!
I couldn't find a sugar free BBQ Sauce, so I made my own.--and following Joy's recipe, the double serving (8oz) of "ribs" checked in at a very manageable 389 calories. I'm impressed.
The "ribs" were incredibly delicious--with all the taste of meaty-dripping with sauce, ribs. It was plenty of food (more than enough, actually)--and a great calorie value!
I would have never thought to rework "ribs" in this exceptionally creative and delicious way.
Embracing my weight loss maintenance food plan starts with truly enjoying what I'm eating each day. The more variety I can add to my regular selection of good choices, the better! Thank you, Joy, for putting together an exceptional book that helps me do exactly that!
I'm not DIEting, I'm LIVING!
The book breaks down as follows: Chapter 1: Better For You Breakfasts; Chapter 2: Delicious Dips and Appetizers; Chapter 3: Scrumptious Soups and Sandwiches; Chapter 4: Slimming Sides, Salads, and Dressings; Chapter 5: Simple Satisfying Suppers; Chapter 6: Palate Pleasing Pizzas and Pastas; Chapter 7: Decadent Desserts; Chapter 8: Creative Cocktails, Mocktails, and Beverages. Conversion charts, index.
The book is beautifully presented with easy to use recipes and bright, colorful photographs. Each recipe has a picture/description of the original 'less healthy' version (the 'junk food') and then a healthier recipe alternative (the "joy food'). But this is a recipe book based on calories, not necessarily health. E.g., many of the recipes remove egg yolks - which brings the calorie count down but doesn't, in my opinion, necessarily make the meal healthier. Other recipes just use skim milk products over heavier cheeses and creams. E.g., macaroni and cheese is never going to be healthy - but replacing cream and butter with reduced fat cheese and less butter makes for a better alternative (and takes the calories from 1300 to 400). Nutrition information, serving size, alternatives/twists are also included.
This book is a compromise between a healthy lifestyle and junk food bonanza. On the one hand, you have zucchini replacing pasta and slimmer versions of various meat and dairy products. But on the other hand, recipes call for things like canned marinara sauce (which have a lot of artificial sugars like corn syrup) or ketchup (the same). And any nutritionist will tell you that calorie counting is not the way to determine food health or healthy eating. But the book is very friendly, nicely presented, and there are some great ideas in there for changing eating patterns. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.