Healthy Chocolate Mousse?! Try Robin Quivers’ Go-To Dessert

10/01/2013 at 03:47 PM ET

Robin Quivers Cancer
Tara Donne

Back in 2007, Robin Quivers cut out all of the animal products from her diet and began following a vegan lifestyle. Then, years later, she was diagnosed with cancer.

“I was really angry and felt that I had been let down by all the changes I had made,” the radio personality, 61, tells PEOPLE just less than a month after originally revealing her battle. “Soon, I realized however, that I was in the best shape possible to confront the disease and survive.”

She had no chronic illnesses or medication she had to take—just an appreciation for fresh produce and a big ol’ leafy salad. “There was nothing wrong that could complicate my treatment,” she adds, “or make it more difficult to heal.”

Now, more than a year since undergoing a 12-hour operation in May 2012 to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor from her pelvis, Howard Stern’s beloved broadcast partner is still eating her veggies (and drinking them, too—she says she consumes about a quart of vegetable juice a day). She’s sharing some of her favorite plant-based recipes in her book, The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life, which arrived in bookstores Tuesday.

“The best way to a small step into a healthier life style is to add a huge green salad to your daily intake,” she advises. “You will eat less, feel full faster and the salad provides fiber, vitamins and enzymes your body needs. Oh, don’t forget to chew.”

In her fridge right now? Cucumber, romaine lettuce, celery, ginger, bell peppers and lemons—the base of her daily juice, she says.

And while she isn’t craving junk food, “There are plenty of pleasures to be had eating this way,” she adds. Case in point: her chocolate coconut mousse recipe from her book. “I use coconut and tofu, [but] try it and then tell me if you miss anything.”

Chocolate Coconut Mouse
Serves 10
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. almond milk
8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
8 oz. silken tofu
1 can coconut milk (15 oz.)

1. In a small pot, warm the almond milk over medium heat until it just begins to steam.

2. Remove from the heat, and add the chocolate, stirring to melt. Return to the heat if necessary to help it along. Cool slightly.

3. Add the milk mixture, tofu and coconut milk to a blender, and process until smooth.

4. Transfer to a bowl or serving glasses, and chill for three to four hours until set.

—Alison Schwartz

FILED UNDER: Chocolate , Dessert , Food

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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