Tina Haupert initially started her blog as a way to motivate herself to shed a few pounds for her upcoming wedding. As she mentions in the book, she never thought she would end up with such a large readership.
I’m a sucker for aesthetics: the color scheme on the cover is super cute and features one of my favorite shades of blue. The inside pages are nice and thick, printed in an off-white color that makes it easy to distinguish from the pages featuring recipes found in a light mauve. That is what first prompted me to pick up this book, one morning while browsing through the New Paperback table at my local bookstore. I need not mention the title, who wouldn’t want to read about eating BOTH carrots AND cake??
One of my favorite chapters was about Happy Hour. Figures. After a long day and in the company of friends anyone is likely to have a few too many glasses, but those empty calories can seriously break the bank. I appreciated how Tina walks you through her strategy for enjoying a healthy Happy Hour. To sum it up:
1. Think before you drink. Go into the situation with a specific limit on the number of drinks you will allow yourself, three is Tina’s max. I’ve utilized this strategy and it totally works! It made me feel so much better at the end of the night. I got to enjoy the evening while not over-doing it.
2. Water first. It’s a great way to keep hydrated while simultaneously allowing yourself a little extra time to mull over your drink of choice. I have definitely started using this tactic. A glass of plain soda water is fun too. In this particular instance Tina decided to go with the most expensive glass of chardonnay. Dishing out the dough forces you to take things slow and truly savor your drink.
There are many recipes dispersed throughout the book, charmingly organized on the theme of the chapter. The “Getting off the Couch” chapter is followed by recipes for workout cookies (using Greek yogurt, YUM!), a blueberry smoothie, and a watermelon quencher. There is an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe that calls for 1/4 cup of chickpeas, which add fiber and protein. Mmm, can’t wait to see how that turns out.
Ultimately, the book advises on how to plan ahead to incorporate your healthy habits (illustrated through Tina’s own personal experiences) and finding a healthy balance (you can indulge but hold yourself accountable).
With a cup of jasmine tea in hand, I pretty much devoured this book in a matter of hours; it was a fun a light-hearted read.
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.