Contributed by: Arthur Agatston, MD of The South Beach Diet Parties And Holidays Cookbook
It's easy to celebrate parties and holidays and stay on The South Beach Diet. Preventive cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston, who has helped millions of people the world over to lose weight and eat more healthfully, shows you how the basic nutritional principles of The South Beach Diet - choosing good, unsaturated fats; nutrition-rich, high-fiber fruits and vegetables; lean sources of protein; and low-fat dairy - easily translate to preparing and enjoying special occasion meals throughout the year.
Whether you're inviting a few friends and relatives for a weekend brunch, throwing a baby shower or a backyard barbecue, celebrating Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, Christmas, or Hanukkah, or launching your South Beach Diet with a Phase 1 kickoff party, The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook is filled with more than 20 menus and 150 recipes that will make every party or holiday celebration memorable.
No need to worry about what South Beach Diet dishes go together. We take all the guesswork out of menu planning for you. Whether you're making Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Crown Roast of Pork with Apple-Onion Chutney, Matzoh Ball Soup, Chicken Cassoulet, Ricotta Cheesecake, or Pumpkin Pie, you can be certain that every recipe meets The South Beach Diet guidelines for healthy eating and great taste.
Dr. Agatston also provides plenty of practical advice about maintaining your South Beach Diet lifestyle throughout the holiday season and making the best food choices possible whatever the occasion. In addition, full-color photos provide ideas for stylish food presentation, beautiful table settings, and creative centerpieces. And for every menu there are helpful nuke-ahead tips for stress-free entertaining.
Remember, The South Beach Diet is about living well. This book is your essential guide to preparing satisfying, delicious, and healthy meals for every special occasion.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
The vibrant red color and sprightly flavor of this fresh-tasting fruit and ginger drink will make homemade soda fans of all your friends.
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed, with juices
- 1 (3/4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 tablespoons granular sugar substitute
- 1 (2-liter) bottle seltzer water, chilled
- Ice cubes (optional)
To make the drink base: Puree raspberries and their juices, ginger, and sugar substitute in a blender. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve.
For each drink, place 4 1/2 teaspoons of the base in an 8-ounce glass. Add 3/4 cup seltzer and stir rapidly. Add a few ice cubes, if desired, and stir again. Serve.
Raspberry-ginger drink base can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated in a covered container until ready to use. Add seltzer water to drinks individually, just before serving.
The recipe is from "The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook" by Arthur Agatston, M.D., with permission from Rodale, Inc. The book is available where books are sold or at (800) 848-4735.
To learn more about The South Beach Diet and related cookbooks, visit www.southbeachdiet.com.
Preventive cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the author of the best-selling books The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide, and The South Beach Dining Guide. Dr. Agatston is frequently quoted as an expert in cardiac health and diet in the media. He maintains a private cardiology practice, focused on prevention, in Miami Beach, where he lives with his wife, Sari, and their two sons.
Serving Size: Makes 10 (3/4-cup) Drinks
Nutritional Information: Per Drink: 60 calories, 4.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 25 mg sodium