Recipes from 'The Biggest Loser' Nutritionist


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Cheryl Forberg, a nutritionist for The Biggest Loser, shared these recipes with the dailySpark. The recipes are from From The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start: Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Start Living the Biggest Loser Lifestyle Today!

Frosty Pumpkin Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree, fresh or canned
1/2 cup fat free Greek-style yogurt
1/2 cup fat free milk
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
5 ice cubes
Garnish: nutmeg

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into
chilled glass and garnish with dollop of yogurt and sprinkle of
nutmeg. (Makes 2 servings)

Per serving: 130 calories, 0 g fat, 45 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 22 g sugar

Vanilla Poached Pears
The [contestants] are encouraged to eat fruit for dessert. This sweet, delicious pear dish is fancy enough to serve company and basic enough to make on a weeknight.
Makes 8 servings
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup agave nectar or dark honey
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of cloves
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
4 firm, ripe pears
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh mint leaves

In a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, apple juice, nectar, orange juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, and 1 tablespoon of the orange peel. Bring to a boil.
While the poaching liquid is coming to a boil, peel, halve and core the pears and immediately coat them in lemon juice.
Reduce the poaching liquid to a simmer, add the pears, cover, and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the pears from the heat and allow them to cool in the juices. Remove the pears from the pan. Heat the juice to reduce it by half. Strain it and pour it over the pears. Garnish with the remaining orange peel and fresh mint, and enjoy hot or cold.

Per serving:
110 calories, 1 g protein, 23 g carbohydrates (17 g sugars), less than 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 0 mg sodium
Photos and recipes courtesy of Cheryl Forberg, all rights reserved.

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  • PAYDAY10
    It is good to get some guilt free recipes to use. - 2/5/2010   12:37:36 PM
  • 42
    I LOVE SMOOTHIES .THANKS - 12/29/2009   9:21:16 AM
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    I LOVE SMOOTHIES .THANKS - 12/29/2009   9:16:38 AM
  • FOX2566
    Looking forward to the smoothie! And learning more! - 11/18/2009   3:45:03 PM
  • 39
    I love smoothies ~ but can't tolerate the dairy products in them.

    The poached pears sound yummy! - 4/2/2009   12:54:43 AM
  • 38
    I love smoothies. Thanks for sharing these recipes. - 3/29/2009   8:17:57 AM
  • 37
    I'm not a big fan of pears, but the smoothie recipe sounds great and maybe I'll try the pears or sub in a different fruit. Thanks! - 3/27/2009   12:00:01 PM
  • 36
    If you find the sugar content too high, just eliminate the sweetener or cut in half....pumpkin is a good carb, sad to see people are still trying those low carb diets.... - 3/27/2009   9:09:41 AM
  • 35
    I just made the pumpkin smoothie and it was great! - 3/26/2009   9:07:19 PM
    I am new at this, i don't know how to leave a message. need help. - 3/26/2009   4:05:50 PM
  • 33
    We eat pumpkin throughout the year - and also love smoothies. Thanks for posting these recipes. - 3/25/2009   4:18:43 PM
  • 32
    These sound good, I use a lot of pumpkin and the smoothie sounds tasty. I make a lower fat version of pumpkin black bean soup thats so good. - 3/25/2009   4:10:47 PM
  • 31
    I hate pumpkin, but I make my own fruit smoothies often. Very tasty!

    And both recipes have very few carbs. I can't imagine that being more than a day's worth for someone! I would keel over from no energy! - 3/25/2009   1:20:01 PM
  • 30
    Pumpkin smoothies are great, very tasty and satisfying! I've been making them for a couple years now. Can't wait to try the Vanilla Poached Pears, sounds yummy and healthy! - 3/25/2009   12:24:53 PM
    yum I will have to try it thank you - 3/25/2009   12:05:54 PM
    Thank you Cheryl - 3/25/2009   10:23:29 AM
  • 27
    I can't wait to try the pumpkin smoothie!! It sounds really good. The pumpkin puree is what most likely has the majority of carbs...for those wondering. You could use less pumpkin and put in some fruit instead to even the carb count out. - 3/25/2009   10:20:13 AM
    Thanks for the great comments. I've added some notes to the recipes. The pumpkin smoothie serves two.
    Greek-style yogurt is thicker, creamier and has more protein, but you can sub any yogurt you have on hand. - 3/25/2009   9:27:22 AM
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    Is there any protein count in the first recipe? I imagine with Greek yogurt there is. Also, I live in New England and you can get agave nectar at Shaw's or Stop and Shop. Just look in the 'organic' aisle. - 3/25/2009   8:44:45 AM
  • 24
    Does she have any recipes for those of us trying to avoid carbs? These sound wonderful, but would use up more than a day's quota at one sitting. - 3/25/2009   8:37:56 AM
  • 23
    I adore poached pears - great for dessert, wonderful in salads. And the pumpkin smoothie sounds AMAZING. Yum all around. - 3/25/2009   8:28:34 AM
  • 22
    just made this and OMG, finally pumpkin pie without the eggs! (I'm allergic to eggs, so it's been so long since I've had this taste). I did substitute Silk Light soy milk, and honey. Still tastes great. This is going to my receipe box.

    - 3/25/2009   8:24:08 AM
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    I can tell that she knows what she is doing: she has agave instead of false sugars that so many people think are natural and good for the body! I am going to make these next week, yummy! - 3/25/2009   7:33:56 AM
  • 20
    You may be surprised most supermarkets are now caring items such as agave nectar, stevia, etc. Also, all of the online nutrition/vitamin sites sell it also if you find your choices limited by your geographic area. - 3/25/2009   6:02:19 AM
  • D1MOMX2
    Greek yogurt has been strained of some of the excess liquid (whey?) so it is thicker that standard and gives more body to what it is added to (almost like a low-fat, zingier cream cheese without all the stabilizer additives). You can buy a yogurt strainer - 3/25/2009   5:14:43 AM
  • 18
    These recipes sound good but I live in rural New England where you can't buy fancy stuff like agave nectar. - 3/25/2009   4:07:44 AM
  • 17
    I like smoothies so I will try. - 3/25/2009   3:10:40 AM
  • 16
    I found the sugar content of these to be a little humorous. - 3/25/2009   12:39:48 AM
    YUM!!! Pumpkin anything is great. - 3/24/2009   11:12:09 PM
  • 14
    They both sound delicious, great way to get some extra protein without eating meat. This will be my breakfast treat. - 3/24/2009   10:30:37 PM
  • 13
    Is there a difference for using Greek Style yogurt versus what I can find in my local grocery store?
    - 3/24/2009   10:00:44 PM
  • 12
    Thank you for clearing that up. I was assuming two based on the amount of ingredients, etc. I didn't click on the link though! Smart! =) - 3/24/2009   5:00:13 PM
  • 11
    I think it has two, based on this excerpt from the linked story:
    2 servings (1 recipe) Frosty Pumpkin Smoothie
    - 3/24/2009   3:59:14 PM
  • 10
    These look delish!! Any idea how many servings the first recipe has? - 3/24/2009   2:17:16 PM
  • 9
    Both of these recipes sound super yummy. I can't wait to try them! - 3/24/2009   2:14:18 PM
    Oh my goodness! I absolutely love pumpkin. I am definitely making this smoothie. I even have all the ingredients at home. LOVELY! - 3/24/2009   1:40:40 PM
  • 7
    I'm going to have to try that! I need to buy agave nectar though! Sounds good :) - 3/24/2009   12:54:56 PM
  • 6
    A nice way to combine yogurt with pumpkin - which I love! Thanks for sharing your expertise! :D - 3/24/2009   12:38:17 PM
  • 5
    Great blog and recipes thanks .. i will have to make the smoothie it sounds good
    i will have to get the books also - 3/24/2009   12:03:12 PM
  • 4
    Very nice. Thank you! - 3/24/2009   10:43:00 AM
    I own 2 of the cook books my kids are now eating better and do not realize it I do not keep snack food in myhouse any longer if I buy a bag of chips it is the $.99 ones and we split it 3-4 way - 3/24/2009   10:28:18 AM
  • 2
    i love is very delicious
    - 3/24/2009   10:19:23 AM
  • 1
    That smoothie sounds delicious. Just might have to whip one up! - 3/24/2009   10:14:45 AM

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