Joan Holcomb used to be obese, but after a lot of hard work, reached a healthy weight and has maintained it for over 20 years. While she was losing weight, she spent a lot of time trying out various low-calorie recipes. Some weren’t so good. Some were. She has gathered the best of these recipes in her cookbooks. (Note: your taste may not be the same as Joan’s, however!)
If you love salads and side dishes, the difficulty you may have when losing weight is to find a salad dressing, or a salad or side dish, which is tasty but not loaded with calories. These dressings, saucers, side dishes, and salads are all under 250 calories per serving. All recipes include calories, fat, fiber, carbs, and protein content per serving.
Several studies have shown that people who consume soup before a meal eat measurably fewer calories during the meal than those who have nothing prior to mealtime. Soup can be filling and satisfying without having an excess of calories. It can, in itself, be a meal (or a snack).
This cookbook has soup recipes which are generally lower in calories than their full-calorie counterparts.
The importance of a good breakfast cannot be overstated. Breakfast fuels your body for the day and reduces feelings of hunger for the rest of the day (especially if the breakfast includes protein). Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are healthier than those who don't.
The key to a great, healthy breakfast is to find foods that you love, which are also low-calorie and easy to make.
The main meal of the day can be filling without a high calorie count. The important components of a good main dish are healthy ingredients, a low calorie count, and a high protein count. Protein is what gives a feeling of fullness, and satisfies hunger.
In this cookbook, I have included main dishes using chicken, beef, and fish, as well as recipes which do not have red meat or fish.
In this cookbook, every effort has been made to find snack foods that are filling but have fewer calories and/or less fat than their commercial versions. You may even enjoy these more than ones you buy in the store!
Want to save calories on dessert? Tired of people saying, “have a piece of fruit for dessert?” Then this cookbook is for you! It contains recipes for cakes, pies, pudding desserts, and much more! Why settle for a piece of fruit for dessert when you can have much more?
More Than Water: Tasty Low-Fat Beverages, with and without alcohol (Scrumptious Low-Fat Recipes Cookbook). Just about any weight loss program will advise people to drink adequate water, because it’s true: hydration is essential for good health and good weight loss. However, especially in the early part of a weight loss effort, plain water is boring. So why not try some of these recipes?