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A New Cooking Show that Won’t Make You Gain Weight

By KERI GLASSMAN

I have a little secret: I love cooking shows! Is there anything better than a Saturday morning on the couch with a cup of coffee and watching your fave chef chat about food? Ok, I am a nutritionist and I love food, but don’t we all? Or how about spending a cold evening after work watching chefs duke it out in the kitchen as the clock runs out? C’mon you know you love a good competition! But there has been one thing missing: no cooking competition show has incorporated health (I did say I was a nutritionist!)…until now! When I heard about a new cooking competition show with a healthy angle, I just had to get involved.

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"Cook Your Ass Off" is a new cooking show hosted by "Top Chef" alumni Richard Blais and with yours truly as the nutrition judge.

I open a few cans of whoop ass and shed a few tears, but most of all, I get to taste a whole lot of food cooked up by some very creative, healthy chefs who literally cook their asses off with the hopes of winning the grand prize of $50,000 and changing the life of one special hero.

Hero? No, there are no capes and special superpowers, but in "Cook Your Ass Off," there are real everyday heroes. Moms, dads, husband, wives, brothers and sisters, all of whom are struggling with a condition/disease or healthy eating in general. The contestants, who are chefs, are not only faced with the challenge of cooking under the timed deadline, they also have to make over dishes with the hero of the episode in mind. In the first episode, which aired December 1, we saw the chefs cook up some alternatives for our hero Meg who is suffering from Lyme disease. She needed her diet re-done so that it would all be anti-inflammatory. Her favorite snack (samosas) and her go-to meal (grilled cheese) both got a healthy upgrade. Sound like foods you can relate to? We got a whole lot more for ya! Here's a recipe and photos of the Smoky Pear Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup that chef Ariane whipped up!

These heroes will leave an impression on you. Hearing about the changes they were motivated to make for themselves (and their families) was incredibly moving. It is not what you traditionally see on a cooking competition show, and I promise that it will make you want to live a healthier life! And the chefs — who each have their own unique story to tell — will make your mouth water over the healthiest ingredients (yes, even kale).

So, where and when can you watch "Cook Your Ass Off"?  7 p.m. EST Sunday nights on upwave on HLN.

- Keri

Readers - What's your favorite cooking competition show? Do you feel hungry after watching it? Do you wish there were more healthy cooking competitions shows? Let us know in the comments below.

Keri is a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women’s Health Magazine, and is the Nutrition and Health contributor for NBC’s New York Live. She is regularly featured on national television programs including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, The Talk, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and CNN. Keri hosts an original series called ”A Little Bit Better” which is featured on Youtube’s LIVESTRONG Woman channel.

Keri resides in New York City with her children, Rex and Maizy. Whether she is training for a marathon, going to the farmers’ market, or drinking her nightly cup of herbal tea, Keri lives and breathes a Nutritious Life while inspiring others to do the same.

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