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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Imagine what it would be like if you could eat all the foods you love—from General Tso’s Chicken and Buffalo Wings to Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. But instead of feeling bloated, heavy, and lethargic, you felt light, alive, and healthy. It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

This dream is, in fact, reality, and New York Times best-selling author Joy Bauer is here to prove it. In From Junk Food to Joy Food, Bauer lays out the secrets to transforming everyone’s favorite comfort foods into healthier versions of themselves—just like she does in her popular segment on the TODAY show. With a few simple tweaks, readers can create sumptuous dishes with the flavors and textures they crave but without the negative side effects. Instead of making them feel tired and weighed down, these foods will help readers lose weight, alleviate arthritis pain, boost energy, enhance heart health, normalize blood pressure, minimize wrinkles, and so much more. Packed with more than 100 recipes and stunning four-color before-and-after food photography, this book presents some of the most delicious (and typically fattening!) meals, snacks, desserts and drinks—but with a healthy twist.

So get set to gobble down Chicken Parmesan for dinner and top it off with Boston Cream Pie, and still drop two dress sizes in a few weeks. It’s all possible when you turn your favorite junk food into Joy food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401950385
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 71,804
File size: 59 MB
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About the Author

Number 1 New York Times best-selling author Joy Bauer is one of the nation's leading health authorities. As the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, Joy shares reliable, practical, and straightforward advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Joy recently debuted her PBS special, Joy Bauer’s Food Remedies, and launched her own food line, Nourish Snacks (, with a mission to provide great-tasting treats without sacrificing health. Joy was inspired to create the line of non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free goodies after fielding thousands of requests for healthy snack ideas. As a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine and the creator of, Joy continues to be a leader in developing fresh, cutting-edge, scientifically sound health content and delivering it to millions of people across the globe. She has been featured countless times in prominent publications, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, People, US Weekly, Cosmo, Vogue, SELF, Glamour, and The Wall Street Journal. Joy is the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and has a clientele that includes high-profile professionals, celebrities, fashion models, and Olympic athletes (including Gold-medalists). She received the 2010 National Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the 2012 American Society of Nutrition Science Media Award. Learn more at or at

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.