Healthy Recipes From Oprah's Diet Guru

1 tablespoon Bertolli Extra Virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic (fresh or jarred)
4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup white beans, cooked from scratch (or canned, no-salt added beans, rinsed and drained)
½ box (approximately 7.25 oz) Barilla PLUS Rotini, cooked according to package directions and drained
1 cup Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce
8 basil leaves, rolled and sliced to create ribbons
¼ cup grated Parmesan


1. Using a large non-stick sauté pan, sauté garlic in oil.
2. Add spinach and toss until almost wilted.
3. Add beans, pasta and sauce. Toss until heated through.
4. On the final toss, add in the fresh basil.
5. Top with fresh pepper and Parmesan and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:

1 Serving
Calories: 360
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrate: 55 g
Dietary Fiber: 7 g
Total Fat: 8
Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
Cholesterol: 4 mg
Sodium: 427 mg
Calcium: 161 mg

NOTE: Serve with a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, tossed with Wish-Bone Spritzer Balsamic Breeze Vinaigrette Dressing.


These high calcium snacks are about 185 calories each. Depending on calorie needs, have one or two snacks daily.
1. Crackers and Cheese; 2 slices Wasa crispbread (i.e. Hearty or Multigrain) topped with 1½ ounces reduced fat cheddar or Swiss.
2. Yogurt and almonds. 6-oz. Yoplait Light such as Blueberry Patch (or any flavor) topped with½ ounce (about 11) almonds
3. Apple Tea Latte.

Latte: Bring to boil 1 cup 8th Continent Original Soymilk with a small apple (chopped, skin and seeds included) and a teaspoon honey. Steep a bag of Lipton Black Pearl pyramid tea into soymilk mixture, remove after 3 minutes. Strain and serve.

Serve with a small slice whole grain toast, spread with a teaspoon of Smart Balance Buttery Spread.


Have no more than 150 calories daily of the following:
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches (or Cones)
Edy's Fruit Bars

Shopping List

2 Bananas
Apple (small)
6-ounce bag spinach
Garlic (or, get jarred minced garlic)
Small container fresh basil
1 jar Smart Balance Chunky Peanut Butter
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 box Barilla Plus Rotini
1 jar Barilla Tomato Basil sauce
Bertolli Extra Virgin olive oil
Wasa Multigrain, Hearty, or other Wasa with Best Life Approved seal
Almonds (at least 1/2 oz.)
Lipton Black Pearl pyramid tea
Whole wheat bread
Better'n Eggs All Whites (16 oz. carton)
Grated or shredded Parmesan (at least 1 ounce)
Reduced fat cheddar (i.e., Cabot 50%) or Swiss cheese
Smart Balance Buttery Spread, original, 67%
1 bottle 8th Continent Light Chocolate Soymilk
1 bottle 8th Continent Original Soymilk
Yoplait Light
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches (or Cones)
Edy's Fruit Bars

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