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Chef Rocco DiSpirito Dishes On Food and Fitness

Rocco DiSpirito is serving up new recipes and advice in the follow up to his popular Now Eat This! Cookbook. (Photo by Markus Klinko & Indrani)

There are too many recipes to count in the April issue that left me wanting to run from the office straight to the kitchen when I got home! But one of the most tempting meals? The BLT Sandwich and sweet potato fries created by celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito, which also appears in his brand new book, Now Eat This! Diet (which hit bookstores yesterday). We were lucky enough to interview the fit gourmet, who dropped 20 pounds while training for his first triathlon, about his own health journey and kitchen tricks. Here are his three secrets for success, whether in an apron or a pair of sneakers:

  • To drop pounds, keep tabs on the numbers. “Know how many calories and fat grams are in your meals and snacks, and only eat what you can afford, calorically speaking.”
  • Utilize low-calorie flavor enhancers. “A few of my ‘secret ingredients’ in my healthy recipes are fresh herbs, Dijon mustard and lemon juice.”
  • The hardest things can be the most rewarding. “The actual triathlon was much harder than most anything I've done. Its almost impossible to finish and the temptation to give up is much stronger than any temptation I've ever felt. That's what makes crossing the finish line so fabulous.”

Awesome advice, and now I'm anxious to go try out even more of Rocco's recipes (Chicken Pesto Pasta, Red Velvet Chocolate Squares and Crispy Loaded Pizza, all lightened up? Yes, please!)

Now tell us: What's the most delicious dish you've whipped up lately?