October 25, 2010 | 7:00am
You've surely heard of "The Cookie Diet" as a way to lose weight by eating several specialized, high-protein cookies a day.
Well this isn't it -- kind of.
Moulavi went on to start his Smart for Life weight-loss company, which also produces high-protein cookies. But after getting so many requests for gluten-free cookies from his celiac patients, he finally took the plunge.
Smart for Life's gluten-free banana chocolate chip cookie
Smart for Life
Smart for Life released its gluten-free, chocolate-chip/banana cookie recently. It's also 60 percent organic and free of artificial sweeteners.
For the skeptics:
According to Moulavi, the cookies work because they're high-protein (5 grams per cookie) and made with something called HeroFiber, a "soluble dietary fiber which helps to maintain cholesterol, glucose, and insulin levels..."
Basically if you eat one cookie for breakfast and lunch and then even substitute a cookie for snacks, you could lose up to 15 pounds per month.
For the celiac skeptics:
Although this product doesn't hold any weight to the light, fluffy, and "if this wasn't certified gluten-free, I wouldn't believe it" quality of brands such as Udi's, it isn't that bad.
Moulavi told us over the phone that his team of scientists spent a considerable amount of time making sure that the cookies aren't dense and hard. And they aren't. The cookies are small and chewy with a consistency much like Circus Peanuts.
The taste wasn't half bad either. We wouldn't go out of our way to eat these for dessert, but they're pleasant tasting for a diet food.