From Junk Food to Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat...Only Better

From Junk Food to Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat...Only Better

by Joy Bauer


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"Two carrots up to Joy for her new book, From Junk Food To Joy Food. These recipes really are amazing and no one dishes them up with more JOY!!"—Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, co-hosts of NBC’s the Today showThink weight loss has to mean saying farewell to all your fattening favorites? French toast? Cinnamon buns? Bacon cheeseburgers? Buffalo wings? What about grilled cheese sandwiches and fettuccine Alfredo? Or pumpkin pie, brownies, and chocolate ice cream? It seems absurd—even unfair—that you should have to drop these from your diet just to drop a few pounds. Well, hang onto your fork…because now you don’t have to give up any of these indulgent dishes!In From Junk Food to Joy Food, New York Times best-selling author and Today show nutritionist Joy Bauer transforms your favorite foods from junky to joyful. Using smart substitutions and innovative combinations, Joy shows you how to preserve taste while cutting calories, fat, sugar, and carbs, so you can enjoy slimmed-down, more nutrient-packed versions of the foods you love. Instead of feeling bloated, heavy, and lethargic, you’ll feel lighter, energized, and healthy. It’s a delicious dream come true!Feeling skeptical about skinny spins of classic dishes like mac and cheese and cheesecake? All the recipes have been tested—and retested—by Joy’s family, friends, and neighbors (and then some). The dishes that made it into this book did so only after they received the coveted two thumbs up from everyone who sampled them—including Joy’s three children and their picky friends. In other words, these recipe re-dos passed with flying colors when compared to their more caloric counterparts. So you can dive right in without an ounce of guilt!With more than 115 recipes covering breakfast to dessert—plus everything in between—From Junk Food to Joy Food will show you that you don’t have to sacrifice taste to eat well. These slimmer spins will leave you feeling and looking great!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401950392
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 49,302
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joy Bauer is one of the nation’s leading health authorities and the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s Today show. She is the host of the Today show’s popular series "Joy Fit Club" and "From Junk Food to Joy Food." Her food line, Nourish Snacks, has a mission of providing grab-and-go treats that taste as good as they are good for you. Joy is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine, the women’s health expert for, and the creator of She lives with her husband, Ian, her three kids, Jesse, Cole, and Ayden Jane, and her dog, Gatsby. Visit

Table of Contents

Welcome to My Kitchen 1

Chapter 1 Better-For-You Breakfasts 5

Chapter 2 Delicious Dips and Appetizers 35

Chapter 3 Scrumptious Soups and Sandwiches 57

Chapter 4 Slimming Sides, Salads, and Dressings 89

Chapter 5 Simple, Satisfying Suppers 125

Chapter 6 Palate-Pleasing Pizzas and Pastas 149

Chapter 7 Decadent Desserts 171

Chapter 8 Creative Cocktails, Mocktails, and Beverages 227

Conversion Charts 252

Index 254

Acknowledgments 259

About the Author 262

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From Junk Food to Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat...Only Better 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Health_Nerd More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I might have to buy two of this same book -- one to keep in the kitchen and one to lay out on my coffee table. The book itself and the photography inside are that beautiful. (As a lifetime dieter, why wouldn’t I think of this as the perfect picture book, right?) This book is so much more than pretty though. It’s literally chock full of inventive ways to have our cake and eat it, too. One of the great aspects of the author’s presentation is her conversational style (did she write this book just for me? it seems like it) and the realistic recipes. In other words, these “swaps” (as the author calls them) use real foods as ingredients. Ones that you likely have around the house -- or can source easily. No running to special food stores or searching the town for that random ingredient. I’ve always loved watching the author on The Today Show and now, thanks to this book, she’s on hand in my kitchen (and perhaps on my coffee table) to deliver tasty recipes that don’t come with any of the food hangovers that their junk food counterparts do. Highly recommended (and would make a great gift I might add).
JR_L More than 1 year ago
I’m not normally a fan of diet-type cookbooks, but I got this as a gift and love it. The recipes are all stuff you really want to eat and (more important) what your family wants to eat. You can even serve these recipes to friends and make a great impression (they don’t have to know they’re getting half or less of the calories — ha!). Definitely recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I thought I'd mix things up and review a cookbook today. I've been trying to eat healthier and it seems that all of the delicious stuff is unhealthy. So when I saw the premise of this book I knew I had to request it. From Junk Food to Joy Food is exactly how it sounds, we take the junk food that is high in calories we all know and love and find ways to reduce that calorie count while staying delicious! I'll admit I was a bit skeptical at first and so was my boyfriend but we tried a few recipes and they actually tasted quite good! I had to make a few substitutions or my boyfriend wouldn't eat the dishes but we still chose the low-calorie options where we could. The Fettuccine Alfredo recipe doesn't call for chicken but I know how much my boyfriend enjoys it with the dish so we added that. He also doesn't care for the taste of whole wheat pasta, so I did the normal kind. On the sauce, which is normally the heavy calorie hitter we stuck with the cookbook recipe. While it did taste a tiny bit off due to the low/reduced fat products used in the sauce it was still quite tasty! BF gave this recipe a 3/5, I'd say 4/5. I'm a huge Mexican food lover so of course I had to make a low-calorie version of Chicken Enchiladas. These were super easy to prepare and the chicken filling is actually how I do chicken tacos so that was easy! I already know we will be remaking these again in the near future. Boyfriend gave this recipe a 5/5, and I'd have to agree it was amazing so a 5/5 from me too. All in all this book was a huge hit at my house. I'll be trying out more of the recipes in the future and will probably post food pictures on Instagram. If you want to be updated follow me: @lilyelement.