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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Skinny-licious: Lite and Scrumptious Recipes for a Slimmer You
by Shauna Evans, RN

Book Description:

Eat yourself skinny! Registered nurse and award-winning cook Shauna Evans proves that you don’t need to give up your favorite foods in order to slim down. You can enjoy tasty recipes like Lime and Cilantro Shrimp Skewers, Stuffed Red Peppers, and Cherry Chocolate Cake, all while losing weight and feeling great. Healthy cooking has never been easier!

Review:

I loved the description of this recipe book. Who doesn't want to lose weight while eating what they want? Also, Skinny-licious is a great looking cookbook. The hardcover format makes it durable in the kitchen, and the pictures are mouthwatering. I passed the book around my family when it arrived to have them pick what they wanted to eat. My daughter loves cooking and was probably the most excited about it. My husband wanted pictures of every recipe. That is always nice, but a benefit most recipes books don't seem to have.

Before testing any recipes, I took the time to read Shauna's story at the beginning of the book. I have to be honest that her weight loss strategy really threw me. She found that she was able to lose weight successfully by fasting. The whole idea of skipping meals to lose weight doesn't sound healthy, and goes against everything I've ever heard about being healthy. But, reading further, I agree with the concept of not eating late at night, and the need to give our bodies time to cleanse themselves. The system she follows is eating during an eight hour period, and fasting for 16 hours. I haven't jumped on board with this idea, partially because it means skipping breakfast (not something I want to do), but I am trying not to eat late in the evening.

Skinny-licious includes a nice variety of recipes with fairly easy directions. My ten-year-old had no problems making the peanut butter cookie recipe on her own. They were tasty, and possibly even better because I didn't have to make them. :) I can't see that they are healthy in any way, but it was definitely a yummy treat.

I expected a book like this to have nutrition facts for each recipe, but since the focus is more on when we eat than what we eat, I can understand why that isn't included. I don't know that many of the recipes on their own would help with weight loss given some of their ingredients, but I can see if you are eating these combined with the 8:16 eating method that you could lose weight.

About the Author:

Shauna Schmidt Evans was born and raised in northern Utah beneath the Wasatch Mountains. She was a competitive athlete. Her high school cheer squad was 9th in the nation and she took fourth place in her age category when she ran her first St. George marathon at the age of eighteen. She has completed three half marathons and three full marathons. Shauna graduated from Brigham Young University in nursing with a bachelor of science degree. At BYU, she taught in the anatomy lab. She married Joe Evans, BYU back-up quarterback to Ty Detmer in 1992. They have five fit, athletic children. Shauna has been a water aerobic instructor and continues her nursing education in subjects regarding nutrition, exercise, and overall good health. Health and fitness have always been of special interest to her. She is the author of What Goes With What: Baby Rooms Made Easy and Sweet and Savory: Award Winning Recipes Made Easy. She has won over ten recipes contests including B98.7 and Select Med’s Healthy Recipe Contest in March 2013. She has appeared on The Daily Dish, Good Things Utah, Studio Five, and Channel 13 News and has taught at The Home Show Expo in Salt Lake City.

Title: Skinny-licious: Lite and Scrumptious Recipes for a Slimmer You
Author: Shauna Evans
Publisher: Front Table Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: January 2014
ISBN: 1462113249
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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