Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Have a well balanced meal & eat it too!

Everyone around me has been losing weight like crazy.  So after seeing all of the amazing results I decided I should jump on the healthy eating band wagon.  I know, I know don't consider it a bandwagon, but more of a "lifestyle change." Yeah, yeah I get it.  So however long my lifestyle change lasts the point is I'm on it now.
One of my most inspiring friends has lost over 130lbs.  One of the tips she has shared with me is to eat plenty of fruits and veggies (at every meal).  So here's my attempt at including fruits and veggies in my meals:

I've adapted this recipe from

Pumpkin Carrot Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 large eggs
1 can Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin-the small can (fruit)
 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained (more fruit)
1 cup grated carrots (veggies)
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts, divided 
 1/2 cup raisins
 amaretto (just enough to cover raisins) (even more fruit)

Buttercream Cream Cheese Frosting
1 box (8oz.) cream cheese
1 box confectioner's sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 tbsp. amaretto
1/2 vanilla bean

1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease three 9-inch-round baking pans.
2. COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl.
3. Combine milk and lemon juice in liquid measuring cup (mixture may appear curdled).
4. BEAT eggs, pumpkin, sugars, oil, pineapple, carrots and milk mixture in large bowl; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined.
6. Stir in coconut, raisins and nuts. Pour into prepared pans. 

7. BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. 
8. FROST with Cream Cheese Frosting. Refrigerate. Enjoy eating fruits and veggies (in moderation of course).
    What's that? Why yes, my crumb coating skills have greatly improved. Thanks for noticing!

  FYI, here's the "real" healthy meal I made for dinner tonight.


  1. The cake was really good, and so was the rest of Sunday's dinner. I'm sure you mom is so proud of you, oh wait, I am proud.

  2. Woot woot! I love how you use cake to promote healthy eating! Bahahaha!!!


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