Flat Belly Diet & Cookbook Review

13 October 2009

Flat Belly Diet is a New York Times bestseller by Liz Vaccariello. This book outlines an eating plan based on adding monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs into your meals to help rid you of belly fat. The book begins with a four day eating plan which basically rids you of bloat. Then you eat four weeks of meals that include lots of MUFAs to continue ridding your body of belly fat. I must say, the science behind this diet intrigues me.

I received the Flat Belly Diet Pocket Guide, which is a pocket sized version of the book, to review. As i said above, I find the science behind the diet intriguing. The book is full of interesting information. Liz Vaccariello writes in a very easy to understand way and she explains everything very clearly. This was a big plus for me, as I've read diet books that left me wondering what in the world the other had been trying to tell me. That is not a problem here. The author is very knowledgeable on the subject and that comes through in her writing.

I was also sent the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook, which I am absolutely in love with. It contains over 200 mouth watering recipes, many of which can be prepared in less than half an hour. When you flip through this cookbook, the idea that it is diet related is the furthest thing from your mind. I especially like that these are recipes I could feed to my family and they would eat. So called diet food is rarely a hit around here, but this cookbook is changing that.

In my opinion, the diet book and cookbook are both full of good information. This eating plan would be the perfect thing to start at New Year's to get your resolutions off to a great start. The recipes are delicious and do not feature exotic ingredients, you can find everything at your local grocery store. So, if you need to lose some fat, you might want to check them out. I suggest clicking over to www.prevention.com/flatbellydiet for more information.

And just in case you don't believe me about the recipes being yummy and family friendly, check out this recipe for Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast
40 minutes 4 servings 418 calories MUFA : Peanut Butter

What’s not to love about French toast? This delightful version, inspired by a classic PB&J combination, is the ultimate decadence for peanut butter lovers everywhere. (Try it another morning with cashew butter—you’ll swoon.)

¼ cup maple syrup
2 cups sliced strawberries
½ cup creamy natural unsalted peanut butter
8 slices light whole wheat bread
3 eggs
2 tablespoons 1% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the over to 350°F. Coat in baking sheet with butter-flavored cooking spray.
2. Place the syrup in a medium glass bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds or until simmering. Add the strawberries and set aside.
3. Spread 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter on each of 4 bread slices and cover with the remaining 4 slices, making sandwiches.
4. Beat the eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a 13” X 9” baking dish. Soak the sandwiches in the egg mixture, turning once. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
5. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned, turning once. Top with the reserved strawberry mixture.

Nutrition per Serving : 418 calories, 17 g protein, 21 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 159 mg cholesterol, 299 mg sodium, 11 g fiber

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TexasBobbi said...

I want this cook book so bad, I looked in to buying it but it just wasn't in the budget. Also whenever we get togehter we should swap recipes

AudreyO said...

I took have looked at this cookbook. Thanks for the review on it.

Carrie Ella said...

I've heard a lot about the flat belly diet and thought about trying it since I have some post-baby muffin top I need to get rid of.

Stacie said...

I heard about the flat belly diet before. I really got to get my hands on this! It had really peeked my interest.