I went to college in North Carolina and fell in love with Southern cuisine quickly. The sweet & savouries of the south won me over with their comforting textures and good-for-the-soul slow cooked aromas. When most people think of Southern food they think of bbq, biscuits, and fried everything. The reality is most Southern food is rich in local vegetables, freshly caught seafood and homegrown generational recipes. This cookbook does a beautiful job of bringing together all the beloved flavors of the south while adjusting where necessary to create a balanced, nutrient rich, slimmer meal.
Can Southern food be satisfying and healthy? You bet your biscuits! Check out The Slim Down South Cookbook, a new book written by registered dietitian and award-winning journalist Carolyn O’Neil. The cookbook serves up delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks while teaching you an easy-to-follow philosophy for living a healthy lifestyle, southern-style. Here’s a peek into the foolproof SLIM strategy:
“S” Savor the South:
Eating is all about enjoying and exploring the amazing variety of Southern foods and traditions
“L” Linger Longer:
Learn to eat mindfully and enjoy each and every bite
“I” Indulge a Little:
Knowing when to say “yes!” is the key to developing healthy eating habits
“M” Make it Happen:
Coax out that can-do attitude Southerners are known for and commit to a lifestyle change
Along with the SLIM tips this book offers up a wealth of useful tidbits for your lifestyle. In my experience healthy habits only stick when you can morph them into your own reality. This cookbook blends reality with simple swaps and changes that keep you feeling & looking like your best Southern belle. It also offers a 14-day SLIM Eating Plan that incorporates recipes from the cookbook into your daily life. So useful!
Are you drooling yet? These are just a few of the tasty dishes The Slim Down South Cookbook offers. A couple of recipes that sparked my interest include; Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt, Corkcakes with Tomato-Lima Bean Relish, Fried Green Tomato Sliders, Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto, Orka-and-Corn Maque Choux, Country Chicken & Buttermilk Soup (pictured above), and BBQ in a Jar (pictured above).
This isn’t a diet. I do not promote diets because, they don’t work. This is a lifestyle. Eating well & looking good can go hand-in-hand. Small adjustments and a little preparation really go a long way. SLIM and Savory Southern chefs weigh in on their thoughts on Southern cuisine as well as how they find the balance. Besides a plethora of great recipes and gorgeous photographs, I found this book to really be a good read, all around.
(Couldn’t agree with my fellow Bernstein more.)
Ready to get your hands on this cookbook & dig in? Lucky for you the kind folks over at Southern Living sent me a copy to GIVEAWAY! Enter below & this sweet pea could be all yours.