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The Substitute Yourself Skinny Cookbook: Cut the Calories, Keep the Flavor with Hundreds of Simple Substitutions! Paperback – May 18, 2010
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"Substitute Yourself Skinny is not a book of diet recipes. It's all about enjoying your favorite foods at a lower calorie-count by using low-fat or fat-free products, sweeteners with fewer calories than sugar, more vegetables, and fresh herbs for flavor." --FoxNews.com
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This book proves that healthy foods can taste uber delicious! Taking favorite recipes like lasagne, eggs benedict, and chocolate torte and making them lower calorie and lower fat was fun to write, create, and best of all taste! You, too, will love this book as much as I do and... there are full color photographs to help you visualize the final dish.
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Realistically there is only one way to lose weight, healthy eating and exercise. There are probably very few people who enjoy eating carrots and spinach day in and day out. While I have never had to consider a diet program where you are purchasing a certain companies food, I do not believe in their programs. This approach may be good for a couple of months but when it is all said and done what happens next.
Chef Irby demonstrates to readers that by changing a few ingredients in a recipe you can reduce calories and turn it into a healthier meal. In the mood for saucy spaghetti with sausage, just throw in low fat turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta, lobster bisque, leave out the heavy cream and use low fat sour creme instead. How about a deep fried onion, do not deep fry it-that is obvious-she has you baking it in the oven. What about Sunday brunch with some French toast-instead of using milk and eggs-try egg whites and low-fat yogurt. -whole wheat bread also helps. Almost every recipe can have the calories cut so you are enjoying foods that you find appetizing and not overloading your body with unhealthy and useless calories.
The book is divided into jump start breakfasts, energizing lunches, thinner dinners, slimming sides, snacks and appetizers and skinny desserts. Will I cook out of this book? Without a doubt. Each recipe gives you the calories, servings and nutritional breakdown. In addition to this it lets you know how many calories you are saving.
The one part of the book I do not agree with is the dessert section. Irby makes most of the desserts with artificial sweeteners. For me I consider this to be substituting one evil for another. Some of her healthier suggestions are using apple sauce or adding more fruit to naturally sweeten the dessert.
Overall I think this is a great cookbook with plenty of recipes that will appeal to everyone. I do not view this book as a diet book at all, as much as it is a healthy lifestyle book for food you eat everyday.
For me the Holy Tamole Guacamole was the biggest eye opening recipe. Susan subs in other veggies to reduce the calories per serving down 305 calories. If you were to use 6 avocados instead you get an extra 1,769 calories and - hold on for it - 162 grams of fat!
Sections are color coded for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides/appetizers, snacks and desserts. You will be amazed by the amount of calories you can save. Each recipe has a savings listed in the upper right corner, the footer has your overall savings and nutritional data. All recipes fit on one page with easy to follow instructions.
The book is not for vegetarians and vegans but a few recipes can be made vegan and will probably save additional calories with the use of egg replacer, etc.
Remember that your "diet" or way of eating is a key essential of losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. This book could make your weight loss success a reality, especially if you are like me and you enjoy eating delicious foods. Pick this one up today!