<strong>Claim to Fame:</strong> Bethenny Frankel began her career as a chef and owner of a natural foods bakery, counting among her celebrity clients Alicia Silverstone, Denis Leary and Mariska Hargitay. After placing second on <i>The Apprentice: Martha Stewart</i>, she earned national fame on <i>The Real Housewives of New York</i> and her spin-offs <i>Bethenny Getting Married </i>and <i>Bethenny Ever After</i>. She is the author of four bestselling books: <i>Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself From a Lifetime of Dieting </i>(2009); <i>The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life</i> (2009); <i>A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life </i>(2011); and <i>Skinnydipping</i> (2012), a novel. She also stars in three workout DVDs: <i>Body By Bethenny </i>(2010); <i>Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout </i>(2011); and <i>Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Yoga Workouts </i>(2012).
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Bethenny’s Skinnygirl brand now encompasses a line of 12 low-sugar cocktails and wines, snack bars, supplements, shapewear, workout accessories and cosmetics.In May 2012, <i>Forbes </i>named her #97 on its Celebrity 100 list and estimated her 2012 earnings at $12 million. In 2013, Bethenny’s first talk show, <i>Bethenny</i>, produced by Ellen DeGeneres, will debut on Fox.
<b>Health philosophy:</b> “Your diet is your bank account, so you choose where to invest.”
<b>Favorite workout:</b> “I’m a fan of doing my yoga DVD at home. I have a baby, so when she goes down, I do that for 40 minutes. Even 20 minutes a few times a week will calm and balance you.” Bethenny also recently discovered a new love, stand-up paddleboarding.
<b>Favorite lightened-up dish:</b> “I have an incredible low-fat stuffing recipe. I slim down every recipe from sweet potatoes to mashed potatoes to pumpkin pie. You can always remove fat and calories without removing taste.”
<b>Favorite healthy snacks:</b> Whole-grain bread with almond butter, sliced turkey with mustard, low-fat Greek yogurt and granola
<b>Favorite skinny party trick:</b> “Limit yourself to 2 cocktails with water or club soda in between. Stick to clear liquor, and eat a high protein snack while you drink.” And watch the wine—“People are always topping you off!”
<b>Motivational mantra:</b> “Food is not your best friend or your enemy. You can handle this.”
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