“Snack Girl to the Rescue!” – new book by Lisa Cain

by on April 16, 2014 · 7 comments                       

Snack Girl to the Rescue │ Lisa Cain

“Lisa, you need to lose weight. You are increasing your risk factors for a bunch of diseases and if you keep adding the pounds like this you will become obese.”

OY! Just what we want to hear our doctor say after the birth of our child. Our second child. Right? Um, NOT.

You’ll have to pick up a copy of my friend Lisa Cain’s new book, Snack Girl to the Rescue!: A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy with 100 Recipes Under 400 Calories to read her inspiring story – how she was rescued from bad eating habits and junk food. Well, actually, how she rescued herself and started her wildly popular blog Snack-Girl.com. Lisa, AKA Snack Girl, writes about healthy snacks, worst snacks, healthy snack habits, snack recipes, snack makeovers, kid-friendly snacks, and more.

Suffice it to say, this woman knows a thing or two about SNACKS!!

And now … there’s the book!

[and you can WIN one - see BELOW]

In her new book, Lisa talks about facing the realization that she needed to do something about her weight, and most importantly, her health.

My halfhearted attempts at weight loss using a low-carb diet, going vegan, food journaling, and Weight Watchers were leading me nowhere. I was exhausted from trying so hard, and every time I lost weight I gained it right back … I needed a new approach.” – Lisa Cain

Lisa goes on to tell how the Snack Girl Life Plan was born. And, dear reader, this mom of two small children has eaten her way back to health by quitting and giving up :) Who can’t relate to that? Her plan is not about strict diets, rigorous exercise routines, or even snacks that use artificial, low-cal ingredients to mimic the real thing.

“I quit the ‘I’m gonna lose 20 pounds in four weeks’ trip and started the  ’I'm going to pay attention to what I eat and get healthier’ concept. … I have found that multiple small changes to my diet have led to big results over time.”

Of course her book is chock full of snack recipes, but here’s just one of the easy and satisfying main dishes that are also included:

Baked eggs and cheese in toast cups │ Recipe from "Snack Girl to the Rescue!"

Baked Eggs and Cheese in Toast Cups

If you grab your breakfast on the road, then this recipe will help you stop that habit. Call me a traditionalist, but I like to have eggs and toast in the morning. These are so much fun to make. All you do is shove bread into a buttered muffin tin or ramekin, then drop in some cheese and a medium egg. My kids get a kick out of making these; anyone over the age of eight can make them. I precook six of them on the weekend for the crazy week ahead. These are best made in ramekins, which are small glazed ceramic dishes. If you don’t own any, you can always find them at thrift stores because, for some reason, people don’t use them and they give them away. When I want breakfast, I just put some plastic wrap over the finished product—still in the ramekin—then heat it in the microwave for a minute or two and enjoy! – Lisa

Serves 1
¼ teaspoon butter (salted or unsalted)
1 slice 100% whole-wheat bread
1 tablespoon grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1 medium egg
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Soften the butter in the microwave (if using a ramekin, just put it in the dish). Using a paper towel, butter the dish so the toast will not stick. Squeeze the bread into the cup, tearing it a bit to make it fit. Push the bread against the sides of the cup to make space for the cheese and egg. Sprinkle the grated cheese into the bread cup and add the egg. For a runny egg, bake for 15 minutes; for a half-soft, half-hard yolk, bake for 20 minutes; and for fully cooked, bake for 25 minutes. Add salt and pepper and serve. If you make a bunch of these ahead of time, store them wrapped in plastic wrap in your refrigerator for one week.

165 calories | 8.7 g fat | 3.7 g saturated fat | 12.9 g carbohydrates | 2.4 g sugar 10.3 g protein | 3.0 g fiber | 262 mg sodium

WIN a copy of “Snack Girl to the Rescue!”

All you have to do is leave a comment below to enter. How easy is that?
Let Lisa know why you’d like a copy of her book. And don’t forget to check out her site!
This contest is open to residents of the USA and Canada only. Ends on April 25 at 11:59 PST. One winner will be picked at random and notified via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. And Lisa did send me an early review copy of her book. Which I love! 

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Getting started with BENTO – the why and how

by on March 20, 2014 · 0 comments                       

Getting started with BENTO - the why and how

The Basics of Bento

My friend Sarah of Bentoriffic has written an excellent post about bento that answers the two most important questions:

  • WHY?
  • HOW?

Sarah writes:

“I don’t know a parent around that doesn’t have a child who is picky about one thing or another. When my oldest daughter was 2, she only wanted milk, pasta and cheese…every. single.meal. I had to bribe her with other things, but she seemed to fill up on dairy all day long and then not eat well. I was chatting with a dear friend whose children were older about how to interest my little one in healthier foods. She said she used bento boxes to get her boys to try new foods. I didn’t even know what they were at the time other than a Japanese box. She sent me a few images, and I told her she was nuts if she thought I had that kind of time. Hahaha! Silly me, did I eat those words. And I owe her a huge thanks for changing the way my family eats today.”

Learn how easy it is to get started with bento:

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