Cooking with Marlene Koch

Unbelievable Chocolate Cake

I have a mission with my new cookbook. I want you to "eat what you love" and still help you live healthy.

What if I told you that one of the best long-term strategies for a healthy body and managing your blood sugar is to indulge in all the foods you love. Hard to believe? Well, it's true!

Deprivation Doesn't Work

Scientific studies back what many of us already know - when foods are placed off limits we feel deprived. Even thinking a food is forbidden can lead to feelings of deprivation. The problem is that deprivation often leads to not only a preoccupation with "forbidden" foods, but ultimately in overindulgence when we cave into our true desires.

According to the Calorie Control Council, 49% of those trying to reduce body weight, they feel they fail to do so because they don't have enough "self discipline," and another 46% say they splurge on their favorite food "too often." Sadly, over 90% ultimately gain it back when they return to their old eating habits. When it comes to diabetes, one of the greatest fears of those newly diagnosed is that they will have to change their diet.

Eat What You Love and Feel Great

I passionately believe that everyone deserves to enjoy all the foods they love - and good health! Rather than deprivation, I believe in substitution. By swapping out traditional high sugar, fat and calorie foods for delectable, healthier versions that still satisfy, you can have your cake and eat it too.

My brand new book, Eat What You Love: More than 300 Incredible Recipes Low In Sugar, Fat, and Calories, allows you, and all of those you love, to do just that. From luscious smoothies and shakes, to creamy soups, crunchy fried foods, perfect pasta dishes and sweet desserts - to satisfying breakfast dishes, salads, sandwiches, and protein packed entrees - Eat What You Love offers over 300 incredible recipes that only taste "forbidden."

To help you look and feel your best, Eat What You Love also offers information on healthy eating and diabetes, menu planning, and better-for-you ingredients along with complete nutritional analysis (including diabetes exchanges, carb choices and weight watcher point comparisons).

Eat What You Love - Unbelievable Chocolate Cake!

I like to say everyone deserves dessert. What I really mean is (at least for me and my step-daughter Colleen who has type 2 diabetes), that everyone deserves chocolate cake! To kick off my new book, I've created a video so that you too can enjoy my Unbelievable Chocolate Cake. Deep, dark and delicious, it's low in sugar, fat, and calories and can be whipped up in 10 short minutes with one bowl and a whisk - simply unbelievable! (Try it topped with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting for an extra special treat.)

Marlene Koch, RD, is a registered dietitian who has specialized in delicious food and healthy lifestyles for over twenty years. Marlene holds a degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Los Angeles, California. Marlene is a best-selling author of healthy, low-sugar cookbooks. Marlene is a frequent guest on TV, radio and websites such as iVillage and
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