I recently came across Devin Alexander on Twitter and asked if she would be willing to share some of her recipes with all of us here at Shrinking Jeans! She agreed and I am so excited to be able to share these delicious, quick, and EASY recipes with all of you over the next few weeks! Thanks so much, Devin! I know I can’t wait to try these out! You can visit Devin’s website here, as well as subscribe to her monthly newletter.
Devin is a chef, author and TV personality who believes that you don’t have to deprive yourself of great food be fit and healthy. Her bestselling books and involvement in the reality TV show The Biggest Loser are part of her mission to end the obesity epidemic in America. Having maintained a 55 pound weight loss for over 16 years, she lives and eats her message: you don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy. Devin is the host of “Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander” on Fit Tv, author of the New York Times Best Seller “The Biggest Loser Cookbook,” “Fast Food Fix,” “The Most Decadent Diet Ever!,” and most recently “The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook.” She is also a regular columnist for Clean Eating Magazine and the spokeschef for Infinite Circulon nonstick cookware and Smart Ones line of frozen foods.
VANILLA, CHOCOLATE, AND STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST SUNDAE
I was recently in Chicago for a culinary conference. I went to breakfast with one of the publicists from my TV show, Healthy Decadence. Though I normally read every word on every menu presented to me (a definite foodie quirk!), I was a bit distracted preparing for a TV appearance. When the waiter came along and asked Anna what she’d like, she said, “The Vanilla Strawberry Breakfast Sundae.” Intrigued (and surprised I had missed it), I couldn’t wait to see her plate. It was quite disappointing really, but it set my wheels turning. It sounded (sounded, in this case, being the operative word) like something I’d want to eat. So being true to my near obsession with chocolate, I tweaked it, and then added some chocolate. My friends and I have since eaten this three-minute-throw-together breakfast over and over.
If you prefer not to eat artificially sweetened yogurt, you don’t have to. Substituting a low-fat (I haven’t seen it in fat free), naturally sweetened one adds 70 to 80 calories and 2 grams of fat to this dish.
2/3 cup fat-free, artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt 3 tablespoons low-fat granola without raisins 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
1 1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
Spoon the yogurt into a small, deep bowl (about 5 inches in diameter). Sprinkle the granola evenly over the yogurt. Top the granola with the strawberries, and then drizzle evenly with the chocolate syrup. Serve immediately. Can be made in 30 minutes or less / No more than 20 minutes hands-on prep time.
MAKES 1 SERVING
Each 2-Decadent-Disk serving (1 sundae) has: 197 calories, 7 g protein, 40 g carbohydrates,
1 g fat, trace saturated fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 144 mg sodium
Recipe taken from Devin Alexander’s THE MOST DECADENT DIET EVER!
Copyright © 2008 by Devin Alexander published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House Inc. www.devinalexander.com
STRAWBERRY WAFFLE CAKES
4 low-fat, whole grain or whole wheat waffles 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1⁄2 cup fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed
Toast the waffles according to package directions. Place one waffle on each of 4 plates and mound 1⁄2 cup strawberries on top. Spoon 2 tablespoons whipped topping over each and serve.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 113 calories, 3 g protein, 23 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (trace saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 221 mg sodium
Reprinted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook by Chef Devin Alexander and the Biggest Loser Experts and Cast (c) 2009 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. The Biggest Loser (TM)and NBC Studios, Inc., and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800) 848-4735. www.devinalexander.com
Headshot courtesy of Stewart Volland.
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Melissa is the Co-Founder the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and the Shrinking Kitchen. She has been married to a wonderful man forever and is mother to six amazing children (18,15, 11, 11 and 3 and 1!). Melissa has reached her goal weight, and is now trying to find ways to fit fitness into her crazy busy schedule. She loves kickboxing and hates running, even though she has completed 4 half-marathons. When Melissa isn’t helping her little girl battle her brain tumors (Love for Jazmine Joy), she loves to travel, laugh, tend to her chickens, and dream of sunshine and mountains.