Friday, May 31

Roasted Strawberry and Banana Greek FroYo With a Side of Life Changes


Guess what?!

I've lost 14 lbs. I am just below my goal weight and am at the point where I just need to maintain. You all may not notice the changes in my lifestyle here on my blog. I feel like I've been lying to you all. I'm a big fat fatty faker.

I have been chugging right along posting calorie ridden sweet and savory treats on the blog. While in real life, yes I do eat a treat here and there or a bowl of macaroni and cheese but I balance it all out with healthier choices through out my day and add in a good amount of exercise. I rarely share my love for lighter fresh foods here because they are not recipes that get "pinned" and go viral. I never talk about working out, and the activities outside of the kitchen I enjoy.  My audience tends to like over the top foods so that is what I share, things I am just not that into these days.... and I've been faking it! 



I'm not one who has ever had to watch their weight. In fact growing up and through my teens I was underweight and not by choice. I was the lanky girl with no figure. At the age of 21 I was a whopping 99lbs at 5'5. Fast forward to 3 kids later and edging towards my 30's I put on a good 30lbs. At my heaviest I wasn't over weight but I was not healthy. I reached that number because I ate poorly and stopped exercising as often.

With the help of my fitness pal and a group of food bloggers that are also watching their weight I started holding myself more accountable. I logged my foods counted my calories and started getting back into shape. My goal? To lose 10-15lbs. But more importantly......... to be healthy.



I've been pondering that word, healthy in my head for a few days now. What is truly healthy? Does it mean I need to become a hardcore calorie counter? Do I need to run marathons for fun? Vegan? Vegetarian? No there is no one answer. My health is all about balance. Balance in my diet, regular exercise, balance in my personal life as well as my professional. A healthy Carrie is balanced. 


What are some of the changes I've made to create this balance?

I watch what I eat. But not in a guilty "Oh my god, I just ate a french fry" calorie counting way. I just make sure the majority of the foods I eat are fresh, local, and nutritious. I also make sure I do not deprive myself. If I want a cookie... give me a damn cookie!

I work out almost daily. This is not a 90 minute session at the gym 7 days a week. I just make sure each day has some form of physical activity. It can be anything from a dance party with my kids, Bikram Yoga (my love!), running, spinning, strength training, going for a walk. It varies from day to day.

Spending more quality time with my family.... and less time working on my blog. That might seem silly to some. But those of you who "get it" know how much time and energy is put into a food blog. It is a lot of work.

What does this balance mean for Bakeaholic Mama? 

You may not see me post as often as I was. With the big move coming up next month, school vacation, among other changes in my personal life the blog is taking a back burner. I'll check in from time to time, it just may not be daily or even weekly for a bit.


To kick the summer months off I want to share a healthy alternative to ice cream, it's made with only a few ingredients, can be made without an ice cream maker in under 3 hours!




Roasted Strawberry and Banana Greek Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1 cup strawberries, cleaned and hulled
2 tbs honey
2 cups Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400. Thinly slice bananas and berries and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 5-10 minutes or until the fruit is caramelizing the juice are being released.

Allow roasted fruit to cool to room temperature. Add to your food processor with 2 tbs of honey. Puree.

In a mixing bowl mix fruit puree with your Greek yogurt. Scrape mixture into a sealed container and place in the freezer for one hour. 

Remove from the freezer and mix and scape down the sides of the container. Place back in the freezer for a remaining 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and mix the frozen yogurt to break up any ice crystals. 

Serve and enjoy!


With a freshened outlook on my lifestyle, I have teamed up with Cabot and a team of food bloggers and farmers to run as a team at the Beach to Beacon 10k. It has been a while since I ran in any race.... Three years to be exact. I may not be the most experienced runner in the group or the fastest, but I want to do this so badly! I feel it is a great healthy goal for me to set for the summer. 

Be sure to check out the other blogging ladies traveling with me up to Maine! Some I am already friends with one I have actually met in "real life" so it will be a fun and rewarding trip I am sure!

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All Day I Dream About Food
Fannetastic Food
Run Eat Repeat
Knead to Cook


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42 comments:

  1. First up, you know how thrilled everyone at Cabot is to have you on the team, right?

    Next, I totally "get" where you're coming from about being a faker. Although... I wouldn't call you that :) It's hard, though... even with my blog, which offers itself up as a "healthy" blog, I find myself focusing on desserts and carb-heavy baked goods because they're popular. The reality is, I try to limit those types of foods in my diet. Maybe I'm a faker too!

    The fro-you looks amazing. Definitely sharing this one with our fans!

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    1. Thank you!! It's hard not to get stuck in that hole of wanting to post recipes that are going to get the most traffic. When I started my blog it was about farmers market finds and what you can make with them and then baking healthier for your kids. That lasted for a couple of months.... I need to get it back on track over the summer. I'm burnt out on the over the top treats!

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  2. Congrats on your weightloss! You looked amazing before but you also look amazing now!

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  3. A big congrats to you on all of your beautiful life changes. And what an incredible recipe to celebrate with!

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  4. So much congrats, Carrie! I love your approach to a healthy lifestyle, including how you fit your blog into it all. Definitely something I can learn from.

    Also, YUM to this froyo! I could live on this all summer long.

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  5. I love the ice cream. Guess what? So far I am down 11 pounds and now have another 18 to go. Oh and the photos, stunning. It really makes me want to stop what I am doing to make this recipe.

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    1. YAy! Good for you!! PS Thanks so much for the dishes ;)

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  6. I love banana ice creams and this is such an awesome post, Carrie! You look fabulous, healthy and happy, too!

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  7. Super proud of you :) We'll be here waiting eagerly for your posts, no matter how far they are between! Do what's best for you and your fam.

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  8. I love roasted strawberries, this foryo is such a guilt-free summer treat!

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    1. Me too roasted fruit is a recent obsession of mine.

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  9. What a great post! I totally get the not posting healthy things because that is not what goes viral, but I have to tell you -- the sugary stuff on my blog blows up big at first, but the healthy stuff is what keeps a constant trickle coming in, in the long run beating out the sweets. But sweets are fun too :)

    And YES! A balanced life is a healthy life. Thank you for that! I grew up in a culture of vegans/vegetarians who ate processed crap everyday, but made me feel guilty if I ate chicken. And so I was a vegetarian for 7 years -- because that's what I was told/believed would make me healthy. And you know what? I still eat a lot of vegan and vegetarian food. But if I want meat, I eat meat. So no, I am not vegetarian, but I LOVE my veggies. I am not vegan, but I don't drink milk or eat a lot of cheese. Even better than those things though, I am balanced. And I feel SO GOOD. (Now if only I could get my exercise more regular. Bleh :P )

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    1. When I do blog anything healthy or vegetarian it completely bombs on here..... even this post has gotten about 1/8 of the traffic a cookie post would get in a day. What the fudge.

      I laugh because I know so many unhealthy vegetarians and vegans. They think because they cut out animal products it's healthier.... but half of what they eat is processed soy. No thanks... I'll take a locally raised chicken for dinner over a boxed veggie burger any day!

      And yay for being balanced! I feel so much better now that I am getting back to it.

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    2. But less traffic doesn't mean less engagement, right? Look at all these people who connected with what you had to write! Sure, it doesn't bring in the 'big bucks' (thank I know you are making with this blog... hehehehe), but it gets people talking/thinking/discussing. THAT is a win!

      And yes, give me a free-range chicken over processed crap any day! That's my motto... but it wasn't for a long time. You live and you learn, and this was one of my big learning things in life.

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  10. Great post, thanks for sharing! I haven't blogged in 6 months, mostly for the change in my eating habits as well. It has payed off (down 23 lbs.) but I miss blogging too, I hope to find the balance you have!

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    1. Blog your lifestyle changes! I feel like if I do I will attract a new audience. And go you for losing 23 lbs!!!!

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  11. I had no idea about any of this! And congrats on your weight loss but more importantly, on doing whatever it was that enabled you to feel more healthy and in balance.

    "I rarely share my love for lighter fresh foods here because they are not recipes that get "pinned" and go viral." - The first 2 yrs of my blog, I tried that. I can relate to everything you just said. And while I eat some of everything I make, I don't sit down to a 9x13 pan of brownies and eat the whole thing by myself :)

    But sometimes I think people think that we do! It's all about balance. Congrats for finding yours and for being true to yourself and for this honest post.And for taking a blogging break of sorts if that's what life has in store for you coming up in the little bit.

    And you're a runner and a yogi. Me too! I had no idea, Carrie! :)

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    1. People do think we eat everything we make! There is no way in heck we could possibly! It's tough because I really want to share all sorts of recipes that I love... but I stopped because people stopped reading my blog! The only way to attract readers was to post something with caramel oozing out of the center. Frustrating. I need to figure out what is more important to me.... #'s or just sharing what I my heart desires on here.

      And yes I am a yogi! I am Bikram addict. I still have yet to be able to call myself a runner because I don't LOOOVE it. But I want to enjoy it. I keep waiting to break through that horrible I want to die stage at mile 3 haha. I do like what it's done for my body and loosing the extra butt cheeks I've gained over the past 2 years of blogging!

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  12. Carrie this is a great post and I am so proud of you. You are an amazing writer, blogger, mother, photographer, wife, friend and more. And you make wicked good food to!

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  13. I love this! So healthy but yet so decadent! We're going to love this! Im so happy for you! Congrats on reaching your goal weight and I think that its amazing that you're taking time to yourself and for your family, that is how it should be! Good for you Carrie! I hope you have a wonderful Summer! Goodluck with your move! Stay in touch, Id love to meet up before I move in the Fall! Ill look forward to more healthy recipes in the future from you! xo

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    1. Thanks Alaina! Maybe on my way to Cape Elizabeth I can detour and visit you this August!?!?!

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  14. Great post! This froyo is absolutely fabulous just like you ;)

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  15. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight. And thank you for easing my mind about how you can make all this good stuff and stay thin. Ever since my first pregnancy I've struggled with weight issues I'd never had before. This recipe is a real keeper for me!! Good luck in your new home!

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    1. Thanks Ruthie! It's hard after the kids are born to keep the weight off!

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  16. Congrats on making improvements for a healthier lifestyle. This recipe looks great. I can't wait to try it.

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  17. Congratulations, Carrie! I am so proud of your perseverance, and willingness to prioritize your family above your blog. I really admire your attitude. I say blog what you love, what you are eating, and forget the numbers. YOU are your blog. Your personality, your stories, and your writing are what is most important here--and ultimately what drives your numbers. While your readership might change temporarily, people will find you and fall in love with the Whole Carrie, just like the rest of us did.

    Love ya, Sister!

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  18. Congrat Carrie! Is fro-yo back or something? I went looking for icecream last night only to pass 8 frozen yogurt shops including one that replaced the ice cream one we were headed to. I would much prefer yours though!

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    1. FroYo is the way to go! So much better for you and to be honest I enjoy it just as much.

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    2. Actually, ice cream is healthier than fro-yo, since fro-yo has more sugar and sugar is more unhealthy than fat.

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    3. I'm not so sure that's true all the time. You need to look at the whole picture... calcium and protein content, the active cultures that have many health benefits.... Depending on your dietary restrictions fat may be more harmful than sugar content as well... Not to mention making it at home in most cases... is healthier :)

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  19. Yay for Carrie! You should be priority number one, girl. And I love that you approach weight loss in such a healthy, balanced way. It's not about obsessing over being thin, it's about feeling strong and healthy. You're truly inspiring. I'm a shorty (5'2") and about four years ago, I put on A LOT of weight. I wasn't overweight but I certainly wasn't fit or healthy. I then went through a period where stress from work and wedding planning made me super sick, to the point where I couldn't eat anything more than crackers and water for about a year. It was horrible. I dropped down to about 95 pounds and while I loved how skinny I looked (in hindsight, I looked like a bobblehead. I had the body of an 11 year old boy) it sure wasn't because I was eating a good diet and exercising. Thankfully, I'm better now and have put on some much needed weight but blogging and my general laziness have really taken their toll. I eat so many sweets and I don't work out. I totally "get" what you mean about the time and effort it takes to blog. I don't even blog as much as I'd like and I feel that I have very little time for anything else. I'm totally supporting you in this choice you're making because it's the right one for you and your family. I know you'll kick ass in the race and I'll always be here, eagerly awaiting your next post, no matter how long that takes! And I am in LOVE with this froyo - it's delicious and good for me!

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  20. Congrats Carrie! I got the email about Cabot and I just laughed and deleted, ;). I'm so impressed by your weight loss and this froyo, for that matter. Enjoy your summer! xo

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