Friday, December 31, 2010

BRING IT. Staying slim in the kitchen!

We're bringing in the new year, and I'm joining the rest in the resolution to get fit this spring! I'm doing the P90X workout with my parents. Finished day 5 today! Only 85 more days to go...
Here's a picture of me that they featured on their box:

Yup. That's me alright... 
(85 days from now)

Last week I got asked how I stay thin when I am baking all the time, especially when nutritional labels on my counter often look like this:

I get asked this slightly flattering and remotely embarrassing question more often than I'd care to admit, so I thought I would answer it once and for all. 

My Top 5 Tips for Staying Healthy in the Kitchen

1. Stock the fruit and veggie drawers
Grapefruit and apples tend to satisfy my sweets cravings best when I'm baking. 

I made seven batches of buttercream this morning in preparation for a wedding tomorrow, and a salad with hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, celery, and spinach make a fantastic fresh lunch after whipping buttercream all morning! Baked tilapia with lemon pepper and Parmesan cheese topped it off for some great protein.

2. Don't "clean" your fingers in your mouth
This one is tough. As tempting as it is to simply lick that excess buttercream off your hands before washing them, don't do it! Wear an apron and wipe your hands on them (my apron is usually really messy)

3. Play some great tunes
Is there a more perfect place for dancing than your kitchen? 
Turn up the volume and groove a little as you bake!

4. Stay hydrated
Water doesn't have to be boring.
Get a fun cup and drink lots of water as you bake. 
It fills your tummy when you get the munchies and is really good for you! 

5. Allow yourself a treat at the end
Go ahead and eat a cupcake when they're all done! Just don't "sample" them every step of the way. This gives you something to look forward to when you don't lick your hands or the beaters. Besides, you've earned it.

Have a happy, healthy new year!