Friday, May 28, 2010

Substitute Yourself Skinny by Susan Irby Review


The Secret is in the Substitutions! 

Diet cookbooks should be about dropping weight, not depriving yourself. By swapping this for that, you can turn your favorite foods into low-calorie creations -- proving once and for all that you can have your chocolate molten cake, and eat it too!

In this calorie-slashing collection, Bikini Chef-to-the-stars Susan Irby offers 175 inventive recipes for switching up ingredients that keep calories to a minimum. Complete with serving-size suggestions and "Skinny Secret" shortcuts to trim calories in little ways, here you'll get expertly crafted recipes that include offerings for every meal of the day, such as:

  • Flat-Belly Eggs Benedict (with turkey ham instead of deli ham) -- save 411 calories!
  • Gouda Burger (with lean ground turkey and portobello mushrooms) -- save 271 calories!
  • Smitten for Molten Chocolate Cake (with less cream and fewer eggs) -- save 260 calories!
Get all the flavor--minus the guilt! 


This is not only a cookbook that will help you go on a diet and lose weight, but it is a cookbook that will change the way you think and change your lifestyle. I love that this cookbook doesn't involve you cutting out the things you love for healthier foods. Instead it involves making small substitutions to make the things that you already love and eat. There are recipes for burgers, chilli, empanadas, chicken potpie and even chicken alfredo! Your favorite food is probably in this cookbook.

This book is a girl's best friend, particularly when you are married to a Man that cringes at words like "low fat" and "fat free". I can make these substitutions and the Mr. will never know the difference! The recipes in this book are very easy to make and don't contain too many ingredients. The recipes are well laid out with an ingredient list followed by step by step directions. Susan Irby also tells you what makes the recipe healthier, how many calories you are saving by making the substitituion, a "skinny secret" and all of the nutritional information for the recipe. The "skinny secret" tells you how to all more flavor to a recipe, changes you can make, or how to save even more calories on that particular recipe. 

This book also contains many jaw dropping pictures to drool over. I couldn't believe how good these "healthy" meals looked when I first received the book. Yum! Unfortunately, there is not a picture for every recipe (which is a cookbook pet peeve of mine). However, that is the only complaint I have about this book. If you enjoy cooking and are looking to lose weight or even eat healthier, this book is for you. 


Disclaimer: I received the listed product(s) in exchange for this review. I was compensated in no other way. The thoughts here are my own honest opinions.

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