'Best Life Diet Cookbook' Recipes

In December, Oprah Winfrey made headlines when she went public with her struggle with weight gain by showcasing her 200-pound self posed next to an earlier, skinnier picture of herself on the cover of O magazine.

Now, with the launch of her "Best Life" series on her television show this week, Winfrey is taking aim at the unhealthy habits that led to that weight gain and looking to friend and fitness guru Bob Greene for help.

Greene's cookbook "The Best Life Diet Cookbook" is coming to the rescue for the media mogul and "Good Morning America" was able to sneak a peak at some of the recipes from the book she might be following.

VIDEO: Bob Greene on GMA.

Check out those recipes below and click here for other meal ideas from GMA's recipe index.

A Day in the Best Life

Check out a typical day for those eating in line with the "Best Life":


Creamy Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie (See recipe below from "The Best Life Diet" revision.)

Whole wheat toast spread with 1 tablespoon peanut butter


Chicken Noodle Soup (See recipe below from "The Best Life Diet Cookbook.")

Green salad with 100 calories of dressing of your choice (preferably olive oil based)

Calcium-Rich Snack:

Slim-Fast Optima Shake, any flavor

Dinner (All recipes from "Best Life Diet Cookbook," see below):

Baked Pork Tenderloin

Corn Pudding

Quinoa and Grapefruit

Treat (called "Anything Goes" in the "Best Life Diet"):

Grape Crumble (See recipe below, from "The Best Life Diet Cookbook.")

Creamy Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings


2 cups Silk Vanilla Plus Fiber Soymilk
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon honey

Directions: 1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Information (approx.):

Per serving: Calories (209), Protein (7g), Carbohydrates (40g), Dietary Fiber (10g), Sugars (26g), Total Fat (4g), Saturated Fat (1g), Cholesterol (0mg), Calcium (336mg), Sodium (100mg)

Chicken Noodle Soup

Yield: 4 servings


4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 quart water
4 skinless boneless 1/2 chicken breasts (about 1 pound total), cut into bite-sized pieces
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, of 1/2 teaspoon dried
7 ounces (1/2 package) whole grain or fiber-enriched thin spaghetti
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. In a large pot, bring the broth, water and chicken to a boil. Add the carrots, onion and celery, parsley, rosemary and thyme.

2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add the cooked pasta and salt. Serve it as soon as it simmers.

Nutrition Information (approx.):

Per serving: Calories (337), Protein (7g), Protein (34g), Carbohydrates (43g), Dietary Fiber (7g), Sugars (5g), Total Fat (3g), Saturated Fat (0g), Cholesterol (66mg), Calcium (45mg), Sodium (214mg)

Baked Pork Tenderloin

Yield: 4 servings


4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey's Natural Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound pork tenderloin


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

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