Donate Your Diet Books to Goodwill and Eat Cupcakes
June 23, 2014 11 Comments
Snack Girl knows how hard it is to lose weight because she has struggled.
Not only have I worked hard to get slimmer, I wrote a book about it because I had a lot to share. No, it isn’t easy to lose weight but it can be done if you take the long view and EAT HEALTHY instead of simply focusing on the scale.
I lost weight and I ate cupcakes. I did my best to stay away from bakery cupcakes (can be 300-500 calories each!) and ate cupcakes that I made from the recipe below. And, yes, I limited the amount of cupcakes that I inhaled.
A few days ago, someone named “Shallin” posted a review on Amazon of Snack Girl to The Rescue! that made me proud. I don’t know her but I wish I could give her a hug.
From Shallin on Amazon review titled The ONLY book you need to get healthy!:
The title to this book is fitting. I bought it just as I was feeling the most confused about what is "healthy" (organic? low fat? low calorie? butter or margarine? coconut or olive oil? etc.!) and how to be healthy and stay within our budget simultaneously. Snack Girl's approach is practical and affordable.
In the past, when I've attempted to lose weight, I've filled my refrigerator with low-calorie packaged products that taste disgusting. You can imagine how long that lasted. Snack Girl teaches you how to eat REAL food that tastes DELICIOUS. For example, I don't love raw vegetables, so I never stuck with eating them in the past, but I've discovered that I do love roasted vegetables, and now I eat broccoli, plus other veggies, nearly every day (for the past several months!).
I've lost about 15 pounds since I bought the book, but that is completely irrelevant compared to how I FEEL. I feel healthier, and I feel like I can trust myself around food. Also, Snack Girl convinced me that it's OKAY to start small when it comes to exercise, and I did that, and I was nice to myself about it for a change. Before long, I was running instead of walking and finishing level 2 of Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred. I love that this book helps me to love myself.
My favorite recipes (I'm a sweet-toothed kind of girl) from the book are the brownie bites (that taste just like brownie batter!) and homemade kettle corn, but I honestly haven't found a recipe that I don't like. I've told several friends about the book, and I just got on Amazon to order a copy for a close friend.
My other "diet" books are being donated to Goodwill :) I use this one so often (several times a day) that I don't even bother putting it away; fortunately, I was given a cute, decorative cookbook holder for my kitchen, and I just leave it sitting there.
I have been lusting after a cookbook holder! I use cans to hold my cookbooks open.
My book can be found in all the major bookstores in the USA and Canada as well as in a Hy-Vee in Kansas City. It has a frosting recipe in it for these cupcakes!
I find cake mix to be a great short-cut when I am in a hurry. These are moist and chocolatey. When I have time, I do bake them from scratch but I’m not sure of when that was – 1987?
Revamped Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes
reprinted with permission from Snack Girl To The Rescue!
Makes 18 cupcakes, 1 per serving
1 box chocolate cake mix such as Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge
8 ounces 2% or 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 12-cup and a 6-cup muffin tin with foil liners. If you only have 12-cup tins, place 1tablespoon water in the empty wells to keep the tin from burning or warping.
In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, yogurt, egg, and ½ cup water with a fork until well blended. There will still be lumps in the batter. Fill each muffin cup halfway with batter and bake for 18 to 23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
One cupcake is 99 calories, 1.4 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 21.5 g carbohydrates, 11.3 g sugar, 2.8 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 232 mg sodium, 3 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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