Staying healthy for the holiday and a GIVEAWAY

Hello! Well October certainly flew by, and it feels like the rest of the year will too(don't blink!). Now is the perfect time for a helping hand to provide some reminders and a way to stay healthy over the holiday season. It can be tough with all of the cheese balls, carbs, and hot toddy's floating around. No? Well I have two solutions for you and me (besides getting in an amazing workout here). 

A while back I was contacted by Rodale about reviewing books written by the New York Times best selling author and the Nutrition Expert for the Today Show Joy Bauer . Yes please! First of all I covet the opportunity to cook my way through new cook books, and secondly I love watching Joy!

The first book Joy Bauer’s “Slim & Scrumptious" is just the kind of book you realize will be a winner after cooking only a few recipes. Joy talks about how cooking for your family at home is much healthier and can save you money. This is such a great reminder with the holidays around the corner.

For a girl who doesn't hesitate on adding a little extra butter of fat to her recipes, I didn't feel like the food was missing anything. Seriously. What a pleasant surprise! Healthy and delicious book. Want a peek: Pumpkin Pancakes with maple creme, apricot almond oats, mac n cheese, buffalo chicken chili with whipped blue cheese ...... I had you at maple creme didn't I?

The most genus idea for a party: bacon wrapped brussel sprouts on a toothpick! So cute, healthy, and a tasty bite .... I went ahead and served them with my accidental apricot sauce. My girls devoured them. Total win, and I have a healthy holiday appetizer idea under my belt. How about sprinkling cinnamon and brown sugar on your oven roasted sweet potato fries?! It was so good! This book has so much to offer in the way of health and taste.

The second book "Food Cures" talks about how eating the right foods can make a major impact on your health. Want to drop pounds? Boost memory and mood? Glowing skin? Joy explains how and then gives you steps in order to achieve your desired result. Who knew that what you eat can change the health of your hair! I certainly did not.

Want to know the best part? Rodale has given me two extra copies to share with YOU! I think you will love her books, I do. If you want to enter: leave a comment below and tell me how you plan on staying healthy this holiday season (I can use the extra tips!). A winner will be announced on Friday, November 11, 2011. it you want an extra entry head on over to twitter here and tweet about this giveaway!

**These books were provided for me, all opinions are my very own**

For more information on Joy and Food Cures visit



Surferwife said...

I'm so in! Always looking for new and healthy recipes. Or just recipes. You know, because I have TDM to burn the calories.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

As i tweeted you, I'm trying to use my fitness pal. It helps me to track, plus knowing a few of my friends are on there watching me helps!

Estelle said...

I love the idea that what we eat can help heal and cure us of ailments. I'm starting to see such an improvement on my daily mood and energy level since I've added raw foods to each meal and started carrying raw, unsalted nuts with me everywhere I go. A reliably filling and energizing snack. These books sound great and I too, like seeing Joy on the Today show. Great giveaway.

AubreyLaine said...

I plan on staying healthy by being careful about what I eat and sticking to my exercise routine!
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Torrie said...

I've been doing fairly well in the eating department (although I'd LOVE to get more ideas from these books!!), so my plan is simple yet seemingly "impossible"... GET BACK INTO MY SPINNING CLASSES (that I've paid a *yearly membership for!!).

Louise said...

This winter, I'm going to be staying healthy by cooking tons! If you're going to a potluck, bring something healthy that you like eating so you know there's at least one dish you can indulge in =)

Bestie said...

i believe in food cures and would love this book! i notice that when i stray from my vitamin routine, it definitely has an affect on my well-being, which is why i am interested in food cures!

i also plan to keep the workouts going, at least 20-30 minutes of cardio 5x week ( i have to be realistic )!

domestic dish said...

I need to keep all ouf your methods in mind for myself and listen to Joy> She has a TON of grat tips!

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