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The Sparkpeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight Paperback – January 2, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 321 customer reviews

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About the Author

                At SparkPeople.com, Meg Galvin develops healthy recipes, tests member-submitted dishes, and teaches the fundamentals of cooking through informative and entertaining videos and articles. A World Master Chef since 2005, Galvin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a certificate of culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in London. She is certified as an executive chef by the American Culinary Federation and is a faculty member at The Midwest Culinary Institute. Galvin lives in northern Kentucky with her husband and three teenage sons.
                Stepfanie Romine is editor of SparkRecipes.com and dailySpark.com, SparkPeople’s healthy living blog. With a background in newspapers, Romine joined SparkPeople in 2008, marrying her passions for writing and healthy living. She is also a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher.
                SparkPeople.com is one of the leading diet, fitness, and healthy living destinations on the web, with more than ten million members; free weight loss, nutrition, and fitness tracking tools; and a positive community of people who are committed to reaching their goals and supporting one another along the way.
Website: www.sparkpeople.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401931332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401931339
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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***** (5 stars!!!)

Honesty this is the BEST cook book I have ever bought in my life, I kid you not! I love cook books, so yeah, the island in my kitchen in the cabinet it is filled with cook books. I just love this cook book. It is filled with all kinds of information which will help you live a healthier lifestyle, and all kinds of good recipes!!! Sparkpeople being as they are, they just give you more great stuff than other companies do. I have found stuff in this cook book that I have never seen in other cook books like: on page 25 there is a large section devoted to cooking low fat food that tastes great. It is filled with helpful ways to turn any recipe into a low fat lower calorie meal. Sparkpeople call this section, The Love Your Food, Lose the Weight Cooking School. Also there are many recipes which suggest other side dishes to add to the meal to make it a complete dinner. Each recipe has nutritional information per serving such as, fiber, protein, total carbs, calories, sodium, cholesterol, & total fat.

WHAT I LOVE :

Why do I love the Sparkpeople Cook Book- love your food and lose weight?:

* This cook book is dedicated to us! It says,"To SparkPeople members everywhere, and anyone who thought they had to give up the food they love to be healthy."

* I just LOVE that in each recipe they tell you how big one serving size is, so you know without a doubt just how big/small one serving size REALLY is. For example on page 231 for the recipe, Tuna Noodle Casserole (which is 307 calories per serving and looks and sounds great!) makes 4 servings and each serving is 1 1/2 cups.

* I love the suggestions they give you on how to create a shopping list. I hate to shop for groceries.
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Definitely recommend this Cookbook for anyone (like our family) who wants to get better at healthy cooking/eating, but not at the expense of good taste! So many great recipes to choose from (and great pictures), along with; some really helpful tips for cooking techniques to enhance flavor (without fat), a really cool ingredient swap chart, some meal plans, and even inspiring success stories of people who were able to lose weight (without a boring/bland diet)!

So far the Slow-cooker Salsa Chicken is my favorite (and one the whole family loves)!
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I've been a longtime SparkPeople fan so was very excited to see their cookbook released. I was not disappointed!

What really surprised me though was how good the food tasted, while still staying lower in calories, and even in sodium (which I've been keeping an eye on). Overall the recipes were pretty easy and quick to make, which was helped by simple descriptions and photos. I've only tried a few recipes, but my favorites so far are the "Baked Sunburst Fries" (my kids love them too) and the quick and simple Pad Thai. I look forward to trying more soon, and will try to update my review at that time.
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I have been on SparkPeople for 4 yrs. now and have lost 100 lbs. 13 of those lbs. were lost after incorporating the recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook. I have always loved the Spark recipes, but what an indulgence to have them all in a book on my shelf where I don't need to go online to get them. Also - my husband used to be our family "cook" - now I'm the cook! I never thought my favorite smoothie would consist of spinach, but the recipe for the Berry Green Smoothie in this cookbook is now my favorite drink and I've made it for friends and family and they agree. Great ideas on how to save money while shopping and eating healthy and also how to pack a healthy lunch. As a working mother that is so important to me. I recommend this cookbook for anyone at any point in their journey to lose weight, or even just to stay healthy as a family. I can't wait to make the Spring Icing Cupcakes with my girls.
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This should have been called a healthy cooking and eating book-it isn't just recipes. Included are different cooking methods, and why Meg and Steph changed the recipes and added/deleted ingredients.
The pages are thick and glossy, and includes a lot of photos of what the finished recipe looks like. There is more than one index, so you options to utilize to find a favorite recipe. And there are no hard to find ingredients.
I am really pleased with my copy of the cookbook, and am amazed that the price was so low in comparison to what I got. I plan to buy copies for Christmas for my two daughters!
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This cookbook is phenomenal! It's so well-written and easy to follow, and I love how recipes give you easy substitution ingredients to lower fat/calories in your meals. Chef Meg is a world-class chef, and SparkPeople.com is THE best health and fitness site on earth. If you're looking for that end all, be all cookbook, this is the ticket!
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This cookbook has a lot of information and inspirational stories in it to help you learn how to eat a healthy diet and how to cook and prepare these foods. Great if you are just learning to cook, otherwise it's a bit redundant. The recipes themselves are very good. Some need personalized tweaking like any other cookbook, to suit you or your families taste. When learning how to prepare foods in a more healthy way, often we forgo flavor in exchange for a lower calorie or fat content. This book proves you don't have to sacrific flavor...ever. You just need to learn a few tricks of the trade and it won't be long before you will be enjoying your foods every bit as much, if not more, then your old "fat" ladden recipes.
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