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Friday, April 18, 2014

Skinny Meals by Bob Harper

Skinny Meals
by Bob Harper
Ballantine Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7889-1
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Description: From Bob Harper, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Skinny Rules and Jumpstart to Skinny and the star of NBC’s ongoing smash reality show The Biggest Loser, come 100 delicious new recipes (all of them under 330 calories!), a month of new menu plans, and indispensable shopping lists and cooking tips that all follow Bob’s practical strategies for getting thin!

THE TASTIEST MEALS FOR HELPING YOU LOSE WEIGHTFAST!

In The Skinny Rules, super-motivator Bob Harper introduced the twenty nonnegotiable eating and lifestyle principles that pave the way to quick and permanent weight loss. Since then, thousands of fans asked for more guidance and inspiration! Skinny Meals answers the call, delivering 100 new Skinny Rules–abiding recipes (all of them under 350 calories!) and a month’s worth of new menu plans that will satisfy you at every meal. From an Apple Pie Shake for breakfast to Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce for dinner, Bob has done all the tricky calorie, protein, carb, sodium, and fiber counting so you can meet his Rules goals without even thinking about them! With easy, prepare-ahead strategies, handy shopping lists, and cooking tips, Skinny Meals is your ultimate guide to slimming down and staying fit. Just shop, chop, and enjoy!


The Good Stuff
  • Photographs make the recipes extremely appetizing
  • Practical and relatively easy to follow diet advice
  • Most of the recipes I ate were truly delicious and filling - well except for that pea guac stuff - ewwww
  • Handy shopping lists and plans for following his sample diet for a month (but be prepared the first shopping trip could be pricey)
  • Many of the recipes are now staples in our everyday eating. I look forward to my Quioaoatmeal every couple of days ( I triple the recipe and just reheat it when I need it)
  • Greek Waffle recipe (nom nom nom & seriously filling - didn't even want to eat lunch till mid afternoon)
  • Appreciated the mention of having water with every meal, even snacks
  • I hate the term skinny
  • Excellent idea to clean out your pantry and practical advice on what to keep in your pantry/fridge/freezer at all times, that will help you keep to the healthy eating plan
  • Promotes healthy eating as a way of life and not just some fad dieting book. This is how you stay slim people. Fad diets do not work. Eat in moderation
  • Comprehensive index 
  • The restock your pantry list is extremely handy
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Pea Guac - trust me - NASTY - but I think could be delicious if you worked with spices and maybe some garlic
  • Lot of prep work and lets face it all the fresh herbs, veggies and fruit is going to cost you a fortune (isn't it sad that to eat healthy and keep yourself fit costs so much)
  • Better suited for couples or for singles. Pain in the ass to figure how ingredients for making it a whole meal for a family (and lets face it my 5 yr old is sooo not going to try some of the stuff)
  • Hmm no mention of 3 glasses of wine a week - obviously this guy has either no kids or has a nanny (ok also reason I will never have  six pack abs)

Favorite Recipes

Greek Yogurt Waffles  (Seriously tasty and filling too)
Baked Quinoatmeal (enjoyed but used Almond/Coconut milk instead)
Pico De Gallo (this will now be a staple in the Rayment Household)
Pesto Quesadilla
Beef Chili

4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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