Book Review and #Recipe from Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
The International Bestselling Diet Plan

Released for the first time in America: Join the hundreds of thousands who have lost weight and kept it off for good with this bestselling diet book from the Mediterranean, featuring over 80 delicious, easy-to-make recipes.

In just one year, Harry Papas gained 110 pounds. Then he lost it all for life. Papas, a certified dietician in Greece, shed the pounds by creating a simple yet revolutionary nutrition plan: a delicious, low-fat Mediterranean diet coupled with the self-awareness he needed to combat the triggers that contributed to his weight gain.

Unlike other diets, Slimmer's three-cycle, richly varied meal plan doesn't restrict you from enjoying carbs, sugars, or fats, and it doesn't enforce calorie counting. Rather, the nine-week program is designed to help you stay slim while actually enjoying what you eat, encouraging you to adopt a simpler lifestyle and lifelong healthy habits. This easy-to-follow plan will allow you to get rid of those unwanted pounds with incredibly flavorful and satisfying meals, full of sustaining, wholesome foods—such as fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and yogurt — that have been enjoyed for centuries by those in the Mediterranean.

Packed with recipes and practical nutritional advice, Slimmer also helps you understand why you gained weight and provides the psychological support and encouragement you need to successfully lose weight and permanently retain the loss.

My Thoughts
My family enjoys many of the staples of Mediterranean food. We use olive oil for cooking, top salads with Feta cheese, enjoy yogurt for breakfast, snack, and in dips, and try to eat as many servings of fresh fruit and veggies as we can. Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight, is a diet plan and a cookbook based on healthy foods such as these that have been widespread in Mediterranean countries for centuries.

Slimmer is based on the personal and professional journey of Harry Papas, a guy who found himself overweight and went back to the eating habits of his Greek ancestors to get into shape. I enjoyed the delicious recipes in Slimmer, and found his dieting advice straightforward and easy to follow. Harry Papas advocates more than healthy eating the Mediterranean way. He invites his readers to embrace the Mediterranean mindset and way of life, enjoying every day among family and friends, and focusing on what's important, while not stressing out over the small stuff.

Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight is released today for the first time for the U.S. and Canada by Turner.

Enjoy the yummy recipe below!

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
By Harry Papas
Author of Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lost Weight

Full of fresh flavor with a hint of spice, not to mention a good amount of healthy fiber, this salad will satisfy any size appetite, just as it has at Maria and Eleni's Taverna for years!

One 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
½ small cucumber, seeded and diced
2 Tablespoons diced green bell pepper
1 plum tomato, cored, seeded, and diced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon capers, drained and rinsed
A dash of cayenne pepper
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
A pinch of dried oregano

1. In a medium bowl toss together the chickpeas, scallion, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, parsley, capers, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chickpea mixture. Toss well to coat and allow to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour before serving.

Makes 1 serving

The above is an excerpt from the book Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lost Weight by Harry Papas. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2012 Harry Papas, author of Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lost Weight

Disclaimer / Disclosure: No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art, review copy, recipe and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.


  1. holdenj said...

    I have often heard that the Mediterranean style of diet contains all sorts of good things for you! Thanks for the info on this realistic sounding lifestyle/diet.

  2. YWLiang said...

    Mediterranean Chickpea Salad sounds yummy! I'm thinking of trying it out once I get all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Charlene Vidal said...

    This is a recipe I look forward to trying.

  4. Patricia N said...

    This sounds like a great book with delicious, healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Jennifer said...

    This sounds like a great book with some really interesting recipes!

  6. Kristie said...

    This diet seems to make lots of sense. Thanks for the review. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  7. Robin O said...

    The Mediterranean diet has many variations, but most "experts" say it's one of the best for overall health. Healthy foods can definitely be tasty too! Thanks for the review.

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