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Top 10 tips to eat like The Biggest Loser

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Biggest Loser recipe swaps

With the release of her third book in The Biggest Loser series, The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook, best-selling author Devin Alexander shares her tips for a healthy kitchen.
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With the release of her third book in The Biggest Loser series, best-selling author Devin Alexander shares her tips for a healthy kitchen. Changing eating habits can be difficult (just ask any of the Biggest Loser contestants), but a few simple ingredient swaps and cool kitchen gadgets will have you dropping weight like the "losers" in no time.


Devin's five ingredients for healthy swaps

Biggest Loser recipe swapsEgg whites

"I substitute two egg whites for 1 egg yolk when possible. I save five grams of fat and about 45 calories every time I nix a yolk!" For your next breakfast, try an egg-white omelet with your favorite veggies and healthy ingredients.

Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Salt-free seasonings

"Salt is usually the first ingredient listed (and thus the main ingredient) in many seasonings. With salt-free seasonings you can control exactly how much salt is in your dish. This is especially great for people who love spicy food because you can really get a great spicy flavor without all the unwanted salt."

Biggest Loser recipe swaps


"In addition to being a great breakfast, I use oatmeal in turkey meatloaf or meatballs to add extra texture and moisture when paired with egg substitute. Plus, it's great when making low-fat crumbles for fruit desserts."

Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Lemon juice or lime juice

"Fresh lemon and lime juice can really add so much flavor. These can be great to squeeze over a salad in combination with just a tiny bit of extra-virgin olive oil, on whole wheat couscous or over fresh fish.

Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Cocoa powder

"If you're anything like me, sometimes you have a chocolate craving you just need to satisfy! Cocoa powder has only 10 calories per tablespoon and gives you two grams of fiber. Add it to a protein smoothie or some yogurt and kill the craving without a major consequence."

Devin's top five healthy cooking helpers

Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Non-stick cookware

"This will save you so much time in the kitchen, from cooking to cleanup, and you greatly reduce the amount of oil you need to use in your dishes."


Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Food processor

"Whether you're chopping herbs, shredding cheese or even making my banana "ice cream" from the Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook, it's sure to help you whip up healthy decadence in no time."


Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Sharp knives

"When you have to saw through food or struggle to get those veggies prepared, cooking can easily begin to feel tedious."


Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Fine cheese-shredder

"When you shred cheese really finely, you can cover more of your food with less cheese. Plus, low-fat cheeses melt better when finely shredded."


Biggest Loser recipe swaps

Kitchen scale

"I don't suggest weighing every ingredient all the time, but a kitchen scale is helpful to check and make sure your portions are staying on track. It's really easy for them to creep up, which can cause the pounds to creep on."

Head to the SheKnows food tab tomorrow for Devin's healthy recipe alternative to a Thanksgiving meal!

The Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook

For more of Devin's tips, watch The Biggest Loser tonight on NBC at 8/7 c, where she will unveil The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook.


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