Friday, May 6, 2011
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I (Amanda) am the Taking Time for Mommy blogger who is on a mission to lose weight. Our other bloggers are beautiful, healthy bloggers in great shape, but I have about 50 pounds to lose, so when we received the book Carrots 'N' Cake to review, I called dibs. Carrots 'N' Cake was written by fellow blogger Tina Haupert.
Tina was on her own mission to lose weight for her wedding when she started reading food blogs and following an online calorie counter, and then decided to start her own blog. Her blog has become one of the most visited food blogs on the internet. In her new book, she shares her strategies for maintaining her weight and staying fit.
As you would expect, the book is full of great recipes and workout plans, but what I really loved reading was her personal stories and her thoughts on food. She lets you get an inside look at what actually goes on in her mind throughout the day as she's eating and exercising. For example, in one section she describes a morning where she binged on fresh homemade muffins. I also like to bake, and have been there so many times. She follows it up with strategies she has discovered to help prevent binging: keeping trigger foods out of the house, not mistaking thirst for hunger, eating by the clock, not being too hard on herself, and limiting treats to planned times.
The book includes more than 50 recipes which all look fantastic, and almost all are suitable (or easily altered) for vegetarians like me. I've tried a few of them with great success. Here's the one I tried most recently:
3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
1/4 cup oats
1/8 cup liquid egg whites (I used 2T water with 1/2 t Enr-g Egg Replacer)
2 t brown sugar (I used a packet of Truvia)
2 t all-purpose flour
1/4 t vanilla
1/4 t baking powder
1 T raisins
Cinnamon to taste (I used 1/2 t)
Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Scrape batter down the sides of the bowl and flatten into a cookie shape at the bottom. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 45 seconds on high. Allow to cool, remove from the microwave, and enjoy! (Makes 1 Giant Cookie)
The cookie was great! It's just a good thing the recipe only makes one cookie. :-)
This book is great for anyone who's interested in living a healthy life without giving up your favorite things. Tina's found a great balance between carrots and cake.