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Top Chef Contestant Marisa Churchill Introduces Sweet and Skinny Dessert Cookbook

Sweet and Skinny Book CoverMost people would like to enjoy dessert without the guilt of consuming lots of fat and sugar. That’s why chef Marisa Churchill’s new cookbook, Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life’s Sweeter Site Without Tipping the Scale, is sure to have wide appeal. You may know Marisa from season two of Top Chef, in which her low-fat chocolate cake was a big hit. Last week, I caught up with Marisa to talk about Sweet & Skinny, and to try some of her low-cal creations.

In addition to baking tips and calorie-cutting suggestions at the beginning of the book, Sweet & Skinny features five chapters of desserts: Desserts In A Hurry, Sweet Treats, Sinner Party Showstoppers, Holiday Favorites and American Classics. “I knew that in Sweet & Skinny I wanted to have American classics, because we all love things like chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies,” said Marisa of choosing recipes to include. She started by picking the desserts she loves to eat. “I hate when you see these low-fat dessert books and they’re full of fruit desserts or meringues. That’s fine, but who wants to eat meringue all the time? You want to have variety.”

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Debi Mazar’s Tips for Healthy Kids

We recently met up with Debi Mazar at a luncheon hosted by Truvia in New York City. The popular actress, currently co-starring in Extra Virgin alongside her husband on the Cooking Channel, has recently taking up the cause for healthier children, and her efforts have started inside her own home. She has two daughters who she’s teaching the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and the effort is a family affair.

Watch our interview as she explains the four ways you can raise healthier kids. Her tips include sitting down to family dinners and reducing the amount of sugar your children consume, a culprit in the childhood obesity epidemic.

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Truth About Artificial Sweeteners on the Dr. Oz Show

Tune in on Tuesday, January 4 to the Dr. Oz Show when he gives you the facts and the fiction on artificial sweeteners.

On the episode, Dr. Oz will evaluate the most popular artificial sweeteners, like NutraSweet (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose) and Truvia (stevia). He’ll tell you which ones have been associated with weight gain, diabetes and even cancer. In 2008, researchers at Purdue University found that eating foods containing artificial sweetenerswas directly linked to eating more, consuming more calories and gaining weight.
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The Truth About Fake Foods on The Dr. Oz Show

Tune in this Wednesday, October 20 to The Dr. Oz Show when America’s favorite doctor gives you the truth about the danger and safety on fake foods.

From artificial sweeteners like Splenda and aspartame and from fake butter to non-stick cooking spray, Dr. Oz will tell you which artificial additives and foods raise your risk for weight gain, diabetes and even cancer.
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Bake a Healthier Brownie with Truvia Spoonable [Video] [Recipe]

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below with how you would use Truvia and we’ll select three people to receive the new Truvia Spoonable and a box of Truvia packets. Drawing 8/2/10.

I’m all for practicing moderation. This is what allows me to eat a healthful diet of lean proteins, whole grains and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, and still have room for something indulgent once in a while. While I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, a brownie is my weakness. So when I make them, once in a while, I do so from scratch using ingredients like whole grain flour and Greek yogurt, allowing me to have greater control over what I’m eating than what I’d find in a pre-mix box.

That’s why I was excited to try baking with Truvia. In its new Truvia Spoonable, a re-closable container, you have greater quantity at hand allowing you to bake without having to open 50 of those tiny packages! This all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener actually helped me turn out a pretty delicious brownie. A brownie that had three grams of sugar less than a typical one.

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