When I was first asked to review Carrots ‘N’ Cake, Healthy Living One Carrot And Cupcake At A Time, I was instantly intrigued. Written by Tina Haupert, a healthy living blogger, Carrots ‘N’ Cake (named after her blog) chronicles different experiences throughout her life and how she has managed a (mostly) healthy lifestyle. As a healthy living blogger myself, I couldn’t wait to read about Tina’s healthy living story.
As soon as I received the book in the mail, I thumbed through it and knew it would be great fun to read. Interspersed with Tina’s stories are over 50 recipes, ranging from a Blueberry Smoothie to the ultimate reward, Grated Carrot Cake.
What I like most about Carrots ‘N’ Cake is Tina’s honest and practical advice about eating healthily and working out. Tina’s story is all about balance – having fun, and trying to stay healthy, recognizing that there are tradeoffs that can be made so you can have fun and indulge once in a while, yet stay on track overall. She shares her ups and her downs, her struggles to eat healthily, as well as her successes.
The stories in Carrots ‘N’ Cake include Cookie Friday, Date Night, Happy Hour, The Cookie Swap, and Travel Eats, in which Tina provides practical tips on how to enjoy yourself without overdoing it, or if you do overindulge, how to get back on track. My favorite story is Cookie Friday where Tina allows herself to have a treat once a week so she doesn’t feel deprived.
Carrots ‘N’ Cake is an easy and fun read, and puts the reader at ease. Tina’s down-to-earth approach makes the reader realize that it’s okay (and normal) to slip up or overindulge once in a while. The important thing is to plan ahead and hold yourself accountable so you can get back on track. (Mostly) healthy living is about checks and balances. We’re all human, and once in a while, we’re going to indulge in an extra cookie (or two) or muffin, and that’s okay. We just need to be aware of what we’re doing and make adjustments, through exercise and healthier eating to balance things out.
After reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake, I got myself off the couch and went outside for a nice long, fast paced walk. It felt really good! Then I proceeded to make a few of Tina’s easy, healthy recipes.
Carrots ‘N’ Cake is all about eating your carrots and having your cake too!
Lemon Chicken Skewers
By Tina Haupert,
Author of Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake At A Time
Chicken cooked on skewers is fun to eat, and preparing it like this is a good way to limit the amount of protein on my plate. These are delicious and super quick.
2 chicken cutlets
1/4 preserved lemon (store-bought), flesh discarded, peel finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed through a press
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Soak 8 (6-inch) bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes.
Place the cutlets between sheets of waxed paper on a cutting board, and pound with a rolling pin or meat mallet until 1/4 inch thick. Cut the pieces into 1-inch strips.
Combine the preserved lemon, oil, garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl, and mix well. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Thread the chicken strips into skewers. Place the skewers on the prepared baking sheet and broil the chicken about 6 inches from the heat source until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.
Makes 8 small skewers.
The above is an excerpt from the book Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake At A Time by Tina Haupert. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Copyright © 2011 Tina Haupert, author of Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake At A Time
Tina Haupert is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA). She publishes her blog Carrots ‘N’ Cake on a daily basis and also writes another blog called Trading Up Downtown for a nutritional rating company called NuVal. Additionally, Tina writes a weekly feature for Health.com as part of their Feel Great Weight program, and she also promotes events online and via social media for a local fine wines company called Gordon’s Wines and Liquors. Tina lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, Mal, and her pug, Murphy.
I received a copy of Carrots ‘N’ Cake in return for my honest opinion of this book.