Eat up and slim down with this companion to the phenomenally successful The Digest Diet. If you aren’t familiar with the Digest Diet, please refer to my review of this book here. The Diet Digest Diet Cookbook offers 150 all-new quick and easy recipes featuring such delicious fat releasers as cocoa, nuts, and dairy. One Moms Own Words reader will win a copy of The Digest Diet Cookbook.
Digest Diet Cookbook Review
I tried two recipes from the Diet Digest cookbook. The first was Yogurt Baked Chicken, which contains several fat releasing foods that include: yogurt, hot sauce, chili powder, ginger, black pepper and chicken. I really liked this recipe. Marinating the chicken in the yogurt sauce was really effective. The chicken turned out tender and juicy with just the right amount of spice. This recipe is part of the phase 2: fade away step of the diet. Each recipe is labeled phase 1, 2 or 3.
The first four days of the diet are Phase 1 and called Fast Release. The rules include eating mostly meals of shakes and soups to flush out the toxins, In days 5 through 14 Phase 2, the diet moves into a Mediterranean, lower-carb cycle, allowing a glass of red wine with dinner. Finally, in Phase 3, days 15-21, the diet becomes more balanced with a wider variety of foods such as pizza, pasta and bread. This is the maintenance phase which helps followers to reach their goal weight and maintain what has been lost.
I couldn’t resist the Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies, which are part of phase 3 of the diet. These have several fat releasing ingredients: oats, whole-wheat flour, cocoa, olive oil, flaxseed meal, eggs and chocolate.
My first thought was that these may not be so good with ingredients like olive oil, flax meal and whole wheat flour, but that was not the case! These were chocolaty, with a nutty flavor from the toasted oats and flax meal, with a nice bit of salty taste to compliment the sweet chocolate. I thought these were fantastic and if the fat releasing ingredients in these can help me shed some pounds in 2013, then I am loving the tasty recipes from this cookbook that I’ve tried thus far, and look forward to trying more recipes!
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Excerpted from The Digest Diet Cookbook
By Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest
Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Makes: 30 cookies
Toasted oats mimic the flavor and crunch of nuts in these cookies while making them good for you, too. Unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips pair up to make the cookies especially chocolaty.
Oats, whole-wheat flour, cocoa, olive oil, flaxseed meal, eggs, chocolate
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, spooned into the cup and then leveled
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup extra-light olive oil
⅓ cup flaxseed meal
⅓ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 large egg whites
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
1 cup (6 ounces) mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toast the oats until golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the oil, flaxseed meal, maple syrup, turbinado sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and water until well combined. Fold in the flour mixture, oats, and chocolate chips.
4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonsful 2 inches apart onto the baking sheets and flatten slightly with dampened hands. Bake until the cookies are set, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom halfway through. Remove from the baking sheets to cool on racks.
Save for a snack: These cookies freeze well. Serve what you want, then freeze the remainder. They’re good straight from the freezer, or thaw at room temperature before eating.
Per cookie: 81 calories – 2g protein – 4g fat (1g saturated) – 1g fiber – 8mg calcium – 0mg vitamin C – 11g carbohydrate – 64mg sodium
© 2012 Liz Vaccariello, author of The Digest Diet Cookbook
About The Digest Diet Cookbook
In The Digest Diet, Liz Vaccariello and the editors of Reader’s Digest sifted through the latest weight-loss science to develop a groundbreaking 21-day eating plan demonstrated to help you drop the pounds. Real-life men and women who tried the plan — and lost up to 26 pounds!
The Digest Diet Cookbook will give readers 150 all-new fat releasing recipes so they can branch out with new foods but still maintain their weight loss results. In addition, the book will include:
- Buying and storing tips for the 13 amazing fat-releasing foods
- Guidelines on how to mix and match recipes to make your own menus
- Quick and easy tips on organizing your kitchen and pantry to make cooking easier, shopping for and storing fat releasers, and scaling recipes to feed just the right number of people
- More than 50 full-color photographs
- Daily Menus for vegetarians, cooks on a budget, and other special needs
- Inspirational stories from our testers
Whether you’re new to The Digest Diet or looking to maintain your fabulous success, The Digest Diet Cookbook is all you need to get and stay thin and healthy for life.
Digest Diet Cookbook
150 All-New Fat Releasing Recipes to Lose Up to 26 lbs in 21 Days!
By Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest
Published by Reader’s Digest
Hardcover: 320 pages
December 27, 2012; $26.99 US/$29.95 CAN; 9781621450252
About the Author
Liz Vaccariello is the editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest, one of the world’s largest media brands, with 26 million readers. A journalist with 20+ years experience in health and nutrition, she’s also the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet! and The 400-Calorie Fix. Vaccariello regularly appears on national programs such as Good Morning America and The Doctors, and has been featured on The Biggest Loser, Today, Rachel Ray, and The View. Previously, Liz was the editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin daughters. Her blog, Losing it with Liz, lives on rd.com. She has over 3,000 followers on Twitter (@LizVacc).
About Reader’s Digest
RDA is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 130 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 43 countries, the company reaches customers in 78 countries, publishes 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest-circulation magazine, operates 78 branded websites and sells 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year.
Reader’s Digest, the world’s most read magazine with 26 million readers, 2.7 million users on ReadersDigest.com, and more than 1 million Facebook Likes.
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