Help Us Spread the Spark! Now on sale! 'The SparkPeople Cookbook'

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

It's here! It's here! The SparkPeople Cookbook is here! Can I get a WooHoo!? Today is the official launch date for our long-awaited follow-up to The Spark, but the praise and cheers from SparkPeople members, friends, and the press have been pouring in for some time now. We're thrilled you've been so supportive, and we're thankful that you love it as much as we do. Due to your unwavering support, the book has already become an Amazon.com "best seller"! www.sparkpeople.com/cookbook

Ditch the diet and lose weight, while eating food you love!

Order "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" today to receive 500 SparkPoints plus FREE bonus recipe cards and a kitchen chart pack!

Wait until you see this book! 500 pages, dozens of full color photos, almost 200 recipes, hundreds more meal ideas – all available now! Order Today!!

If you haven't yet ordered a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," order it today! Written by our healthy cooking expert Chef Meg Galvin with SparkRecipes editor Stepfanie Romine, this is more than a collection of healthy and delicious recipes. It is a healthy cooking bible--an endless source of inspiration, education and ideas for anyone who's on the road to healthier living (and for anyone who doesn’t want to travel that road without great tasting food!).

This book will take a prized place on your kitchen counter and inspire you daily!
Watch now: Meet the authors! www.youtube.com/watch?v=x51K1IPA_vk
The SparkPeople Cookbook combines Chef Meg's classic training and passion for healthy cooking with makeovers of comfort foods and favorite SparkRecipes--plus it's packed with dozens of slow cooker favorites, quick-cook or no-cook meals, Slim It Down options to save even more calories, "make your own" ideas for sauces, dressings and spices, success stories of SparkPeople members who lost weight while eating food they love and so much more!

Just as SparkPeople.com isn't a diet site, this isn't a diet cookbook. The SparkPeople philosophy is about changing your life, one step at a time; "The SparkPeople Cookbook" focuses on changing your life one meal at a time. In writing and researching The Spark, members told us that the difference between SparkPeople and a diet was that ours is a way of life. They lost the weight, started moving (and liking it) and changed their lives forever. But for many of our members, something was missing: They lacked confidence in the kitchen. Some were seasoned home cooks whose favorite recipes relied heavily on fat and salt; others could barely boil water. Many people were living on frozen diet meals. They were healthier, but they didn't love their food. We knew we had to help.

Take member IHEARTNOAHSDAD for example, who lost almost 60 pounds and kicked a daily fast-food habit to the curb:

It’s incredible how you can reverse course by making small, consistent changes: the more good stuff I ate, the better it tasted… Vegetables actually taste good!

With "The SparkPeople Cookbook," food can taste good and be good for you! Chef Meg ditches bland and boring food--she's a chef, so she doesn't do deprivation--and she replaces it with dishes that her entire family eats and loves. She loves sauces (even creamy ones) and uses real ingredients once deemed off-limits to anyone focused on health--like butter, bacon, and full-fat cheeses. How can you eat like that and still lose (or maintain) weight? Easy. By knowing how to use those ingredients in small portions, in ways their strong flavor will have maximum impact; by bulking up meals with loads of fruits and vegetables; and by choosing lean proteins, whole grains, and fiber-rich foods to ward off hunger. You'll be satisfied by these meals, and they'll soon become family favorites.

In "The SparkPeople Cookbook," you'll find recipes like:

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Dill Sauce: (One of Chef Meg's favorites!) Less than 200 calories and 7 g fat for a restaurant-quality meal that's ready in under 30 minutes. The "creamy" sauce has no cream or butter, but boy is it good!

Peppercorn Steak with Herbed Blue Cheese: That's not a mistake. You can eat steak when you're watching your waistline. Here, Chef Meg swapped herbed butter for herbed blue cheese. You can use less because of the powerful flavor of the cheese, and you still get a rich finish to your steak (for less than 250 calories!).

Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing: The "confetti" in these cupcakes is zucchini and carrots, but no one will ever guess. They're light, sweet and fluffy with a rich orange icing that makes them festive enough for a special occasion (though, at 145 calories each, they're light enough for any occasion).

Quinoa with Pea Pods and Peppers: We didn't forget "the good stuff." We wrote an entire chapter on salads and another one on vegetables with recipes like this one, which is crunchy, fresh, and packed with protein. Finished with tangy lemon juice and fresh parsley, it's bursting with flavor as well as nutrients for only 228 calories, plus 4.5 g fiber and 8 g protein.


We promised you more than recipes, didn't we? We also included:
• A chapter on teaching your kids how to cook, with tips from parents who've lost weight and changed their lives.
• Quick and tasty “Make It a Meal” suggestions to turn every main dish into a well-balanced meal (plus Slim It Down suggestions to make any recipe fit into your meal plan)
• 150 meal ideas and recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare—plus dozens of other, more elaborate meals for days when you have more time to cook.
• Two weeks of meal plans—with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks—all about 1,500 calories per day.
• Dramatic before-and-after photos and stories of how SparkPeople members lost weight--while eating food they loved.

This is one of the most important ways you can help us Spread the Spark. The site you know and love will continue to be 100% free, but we think this cookbook will help you take your program to a new level. You'll ditch the diet and lose weight--while eating food you love!
Order "The SparkPeople Cookbook" today and get 500 SparkPoints plus bonus recipe cards and a kitchen chart pack available only to those who buy the book. Click the link here to order or find it wherever books are sold. www.sparkpeople.com/cookbook

In addition, you can help us Spread the Spark by:
* Using the cookbook cover above as your SparkPeople profile photo
* Sharing this blog and forwarding the email we sent today announcing the cookbook
* Sharing info about the cookbook in your Teams and on the Message Boards
* Sending Stepfanie (editor@dailySpark.com) photos of you with the cookbook when you spot it in stores or get yours in the mail!

Chris "SparkGuy" Downie
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