Tuesday, December 20, 2005

South Beach Christmas Giveaway Winner #7 & #8

Time is running out on the South Beach Christmas Giveaway contest here at the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog. The respond has been overwhelming as people share what low-carb living means to them for a chance to win a great prize!

CONGRATULATIONS to two more BIG WINNERS for today and tomorrow: Nancy W. from North Carolina and Joanne Z. from Washington!!!

Nancy has a particular fondness to the low-carb lifestyle because it has been good to her:

"Low carb lets me eat real food that can be prepared without a bunch of fancy fixings. It is the only way I have been able to lose any weight and keep it off for more than a month. It is the easiest diet to learn that I've ever seen. I love it because it loves me."

I couldn't agree more, Nancy!

Joanne says livin' la vida low-carb runs in the family and she hoping to continue the tradition:

Why do I support the low-carb lifestyle? I'll give you two reasons:

Reason #1: I have watched my mom lose a lot of weight by living a low-carb lifestyle. She hasn't been at such a low weight in over 14 years!

Reason #2: Eating low-carb is the only way I've successfully lost weight in the past. The reason I fell off the low-carb wagon in the past was because I didn't know what/how to cook. I ended up getting bored with foods and venturing to my old eating habits... and my old weight! After having two children back-to-back, I have a lot of weight to lose and can use all the resources available!

You will DEFINITELY enjoy your copy of The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook, Joanne!

I've enjoyed sharing a sampling of the recipes in this book with you. Check this recipe out that would make an EXCELLENT dessert dish for Christmas!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 14 minutes

Who would believe you can get such a delectable cookie out of such a simple process and with so few ingredients? (That's right, there's no flour!) The not- too-sweet, deep nutty flavor -- topped with a touch of fruit -- is perfect for kids young and old. These cookies are so good that I need to remind you to limit yourself to one serving!

¾ cup granular sugar substitute
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup creamy trans-fat-free peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup sugar-free jam, any flavor

Heat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix sugar substitute, egg, and vanilla together with an electric mixer on low for 3 minutes. Add peanut butter and baking soda. Mix on medium until dough comes together, about 30 seconds.

Form dough into 24 (2-teaspoon) balls and place on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Gently press your thumb into the center of each to make an indentation. Fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon jam.

Bake until lightly browned on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 (2-piece) servings

Nutrition at a Glance
Per serving: 140 calories, 11 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 6 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber, 210 mg sodium

Gosh, those look so goooood! I just got my copy of The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook today and will write a full review of it sometime very soon.

I still have TWO MORE to give away, so enter today! The last drawing will be held on Friday!


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