A recipe from 'Biggest Loser' cookbook

November 18, 2009|By CHARLOTTE SUTTON / St. Petersburg Times

With Season Eight of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" in full swing, some fans may be thinking about shaping up with their favorite contestants. To the rescue: a new book that aims to capture the magic of the ranch.

The show's trainers already have weighed in. Now "Biggest Loser's" registered dietitian, Cheryl Forberg, serves up 200 pages of colorful tips and recipes, incorporating wisdom from the show's trainers and contestants. It's all sensible information about diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes organized around what Forberg has learned about contestants over time. Among the findings:

o They didn't know how many calories they needed.

o They didn't eat enough fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.

o They didn't plan their meals, often grabbing food on the go.

o They drank too many calories as sugary beverages, but didn't get enough water or milk.

o They didn't get enough exercise.

Sound familiar? Then Forberg's 100 swaps and 30 recipes might help you put the show's lessons into action. There's nothing revolutionary here, but as the show's fans know, getting results is a matter of hard work, not a miracle.



2 cups fresh or frozen thawed, unsweetened cranberries
2 cups Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup agave nectar (available at health-food stores) or xylitol
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the cranberries, juice, ginger and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the berries have popped. Cool slightly and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the agave nectar and vanilla. Cover and process until completely pureed. Freeze.

Nutritional information per serving: 110 calories, 0g protein, 27g carbohydrates, 0g fat, 1g fiber, 20mg sodium. Makes 6 servings.

-- "The Biggest Loser: Simple Swaps" by Cheryl Forberg, Rodale, $21.99

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