Sunday, May 29, 2011

Follower Sunday: “Thank You Readership!” Cheryl Forberg, RD Shares Her Heart and Peachy Kefir Smoothie Recipe with From A Dietitian’s Perspective

By Anthony Sepe

Each Sunday, I thank my readership for their loyalty and dedication to my blog, by providing a healthy recipe. For those that know, this is a healthy repeat, but for those that are unaware and are new to the blog, this is my way of “giving back.” It is also a way to “Pay it Forward.” Today, not only will you have a healthy recipe, but you will have an expert in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, provide the healthy recipe to you. It is my pleasure to introduce to you this week, my friend and Colleague, Chef Cheryl Forberg , RD and her recipe: “Peachy Kefir Smoothie.”




©Photo: Cheryl Forberg, RD.




Cheryl Forberg RD is a New York Times bestselling author, a James Beard award-winning chef and nutritionist for NBC's The Biggest Loser. Her role is to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. A culinary expert and registered dietitian, she has shared cooking and nutrition tips with the contestants and viewers for ten seasons.

After graduating from the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco, Cheryl embarked on a European apprenticeship journey, which culminated in stints at top French restaurants from Champagne to Strasbourg. Upon return to the United States, Ms. Forberg was chosen for the opening team of Postrio, Wolfgang Puck's first venture in northern California.

A passionate interest in healthy cooking led to her exodus from restaurant kitchens and an entrée to some of the most prestigious households in America. During this period Cheryl held the coveted position of Private Chef for Lucasfilm, Ltd. in northern California. She went on to earn a degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and an RD (registered dietitian) credential from the University of California at Berkeley. As a former research dietitian at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to integrate her scientific background into recipe creation for a variety of dietary protocols. This distinctive skill set enabled her to extend her culinary expertise beyond celebrated restaurant kitchens into the creation of inspired recipes that are also healthful. She has developed a clear and concise recipe format, easily understood by novice students.

A food and nutrition journalist, Cheryl's writing and recipes have appeared in mainstream culinary and health publications, including Sunset, Health, and Prevention magazines as well as the Washington Post. She is on the advisory board for Prevention magazine.

Cheryl co-wrote the eating plan for The Biggest Loser. She has written or contributed to eleven books, including The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program, The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter, The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start and Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You. Her latest book is Flavor First

She writes a weekly blog of cooking and nutrition tips at She lives in Napa, California.



©Photo: Cheryl Forberg, RD.

© Peachy Kefir Smoothie

Recipe developed and reprinted for use with permission by Cheryl Forberg, RD.


Peachy Kefir Smoothie

If fresh peaches aren’t available, frozen are fine – just eliminate the added ice.

Yield:2 cups


1 cup plain lowfat kefir

1 large peach, diced (about 3/4 cup diced peaches)

2 teaspoons agave nectar (optional - dependent on sweetness of fruit)

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

pinch nutmeg

3 ice cubes


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 90

Total Fat g 1.5

Sat Fat g 1

Cholesterol mg 5

Sodium mg 70

Total Carb g 14

Dietary Fiber g 1

Sugar g 12

Protein g 5

Calcium 15%

Iron 2%

Vitamin A 6

Vitamin C 8%


Thank you, Cheryl and please visit her ,


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