When we heard that Chef Rocco DiSpirito has a Now Eat This food truck making its way around the West Village earlier this week, we knew that we had to try it for ourselves. When I arrived, I was surprised to see Chef Rocco himself taking orders and dishing out healthy meals.
Despite the lunch crowd, Chef Rocco answered my questions between orders with good cheer. “I want to change how people eat, by showing them how good healthy food can taste,” said Rocco. The truck serves up a selection of dishes featured in Rocco’s Now Eat This! cookbook, all of which are less than 350 calories.
I was told to come hungry, and I wasn’t disappointed. I devoured the Mama’s meatballs over kamut pasta. For dessert, Rocco offered up a gluten-free chocolate brownie cupcake, which is made with black beans. The kamut pasta didn’t have the too-chewy texture that most whole wheat pastas are guilty of, while the cupcake was amazingly moist and fluffy for a gluten-free product. The whole meal contained just 454 calories. The day’s menu also included chicken soup with Shirataki noodles and cheesy turkey or vegetarian enchiladas.
Memorial Day is one holiday almost everyone looks forward to. What’s not to love? The last Monday of every May, we honor our fallen U.S. soldiers and their families on a weekend when the weather starts to heat up in most parts on the country. Barbecues, camping trips and outdoor parties are how most people celebrate Memorial Day, the sunshine, and show their patriotism.
Memorial Day is tons of fun, but barbecues are notorious for being full of calorie and fat packed foods, so plan ahead. If you are taking advantage of the long weekend and going camping, indulging in 3 days worth of this indulgent food can really do some damage. If you are hosting, you have full control of the menu, but if you are a guest, bring your own “safe” dish that you know is healthy, and you already know the calories and fat per serving.
Whether you’re planning to usher in summer at the beach or with a backyard cookout, there are a lot of tempting, warmer-weather treats that might appeal to you no matter how much you want to stick to a healthy diet. Fend off cravings by making slimmer versions of your favorite meals and treats.
Tune in to The Rachael Ray show on Friday, April 22nd for some tips on how to make Easter a healthy holiday from chef Rocco DiSpirito. Easter candy doesn’t have to be bad for your family, that’s why chef DiSpirito will help you build an Easter basket that’s fun and healthy! Plus, he’ll share a decadent recipes for silken chocolate mousse that’s way fewer than 350 calories.
Rocco DiSpirito is the author behind Now Eat This cookbook and the Now Eat This Diet. The cookbook features 150 of your favorite comfort foods, made-over to be more nutritious and lower in calories. He’s also frequently a guest on The Biggest Loser, where he helps contestants learn to cook healthy yet delicious meals.
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UPDATE: This episode will air again on July 20, 2011.
Tune in to Rachael Ray on Tuesday, March 29 for healthy cooking tips from chef Rocco DiSpirito. These aren’t your average healthy food recipes, but low calorie versions of comfort foods that can still help you lose weight. Chef DiSpirito will show viewers how to make jalapeno poppers, meat balls and chicken fingers, which he says can still help you lose 10 pounds in just two weeks.
Rocco DiSpritio just released a new book, the Now Eat This Diet. The book is a follow up to Now Eat This, a cookbook full of healthy versions of all your favorite comfort foods. The Now Eat This Diet lays out how to use delicious foods to help you lose weight while eating six meals per day.
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Although there are many resources available to those who are looking to lose weight, many people still turn to books for diet advice. This collection reflects our predictions of the diet books that will get the most attention in 2011.
Many of the diet books on this list have already been released. The 17 Day Diet, Cinch! and Sexy Forever have already proved to be very popular. Others are updates of well-known diets that have been on the market for some time. However, there are a few titles that we’re still waiting to be released, including a new material from Jillian Michaels and Chef Rocco Dispirito.