Friday, March 2, 2012

VBTC Pit Stop with Beth Aldrich - Yummy Recipe

Happy Ending Desserts for a Lifelong Love Affair

My idea of a perfect fairy tale includes all the usual stuff: a white knight, fast horse, and gourmet dessert – lots of it.

Together, we all live happily ever after...which means I can indulge my sweet tooth without worrying about my waistline.

So, in honor of the princess in all of us, here are a few delicious dessert ideas that you can count on to keep you drooling...while keeping you looking and feeling gorgeous.

No-Bake Brownies

These gooeylicious treats are high in flavor and low in fat. (see video)

Caramel Apples – There's no reason we should enjoy these healthy treats only in fall. Here's my easy peasy recipe for 'em.

Easy Banana Ice Cream: I know, it's hard to believe ice cream can be healthy or easy. But you can make delicious custartd-y ice cream with a couple of frozen bananas and a Vitamix. Here's How.

Popsicles: It's not secret that putting food on a stick automatically makes it more fun. And when you get creative, you can put all your favorite healthy ingredients into one sweet treat. Check out these fun ideas.

Beth Aldrich, Certified Healthy Lifestyle Counselor and Nutrition Expert, engaging speaker, media personality and author of the book, Real Moms Love to Eat (New American Library-Penguin Books imprint, January,2012), delivers health, nutrition and environmental fundamentals through keynote addresses, lectures and as a media spokesperson. As an expert health and nutrition columnist for,, and, Beth shares her wisdom, experience and knowledge about all things eco and health. From food coaching, and living a balanced life to, the energetics of food and finding your passion, Beth delivers her message in a charismatic yet compassionate way.
She is the founder of For Her Information Media, LLC (FHI) established in 2003, with productions such as the PBS TV series, For Her Information (aired in Turkey, Israel and 60 cities, nationwide), the radio shows, A Balanced Life with Beth Aldrich, and Real Moms Love to Eat with Beth Aldrich, and the online magazine and newsletter, FHI Online. Her company's mission is to be a life guide for conscious-minded women. Beth is also the founder of Restoring Essence Nutrition, LLC and a Certified Holistic Health and Nutritional Counselor through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Beth received her education from Columbia University's Teachers College and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

Beth Aldrich, author of, Real Moms Love to Eat wants you to conduct a love affair with food and still look fabulous by simply working through her easy-to-follow 10-part plan of making over your entire outlook and relationship with food. You have to eat at least three times a day, so why not love what you're eating and feed yourself food that will love you back? Discover new and interesting ways to prepare and "get involved" with food; complete with 21-days of satisfying and delicious meal suggestions, this funny book will find a permanent spot on your bedside table or kitchen counter. Real Moms really DO love to eat!

 “Oh, food—how we love you, and how we fear you. How we desire you, and how we push you away. Food, you shameless flirt, you player, you tease. You could almost seduce us into an illicit affair. . . . Maybe because moms are so concerned with setting a good example or guiding their kids down the right path, we sometimes make ourselves feel guilty. We deny ourselves pleasure. But when it comes to food, this is a big, Oh, no, you don’t! Denial leads to obsession—the nasty kind where you can’t get that bad boy out of your head and then you binge. Instead, when you give yourself the license to love a variety of foods, experiment with an array of flavors, and lighten up on your self-righteous have-to-eat-100-percent-healthy-and-be-perfect-all-the-time side, then you can give yourself permission to love—food and anything or anyone else. You find a new balance. You find your own personal way of healthy eating. Fear leads only to ruin. Denial leads to deprivation. Controlled indulgence, on the other hand, leads to freedom.”
Just a few of the many busy-mom-friendly tips readers of REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT will learn include:

  • Make it All About YOU: Remembering the pleasure inherent in early food experiences can make food seem like a friend, not an enemy. Beth teaches readers how to have a loving relationship with food and recapture the pleasure, showing them how to change their perspective on food-for good. Out with the guilt and in with the happy-tasty-delicious! This book will provide the tools needed for moms to feel more energetic and still look great in those skinny jeans!
  • Get Naked with Raw Foods: Every bite of fresh, scrumptious, whole foods can increase vitality, energy and contribute to the health of the planet. Raw foods are easy to prepare and make your mouth sing. You’ll be asking the sales clerk, “May I get a smaller size, please?” in no time, when you get on the whole-food wagon.
  • Tame your Cravings Dragon: If you’re yearning for sweets and processed baked goods, odds are your cravings dragon needs to be tamed. By consuming nutrient-dense whole grains, such as quinoa, whole-grain toast with sesame butter, and oatmeal, that dragon of yours will turn into a pussycat in no time.
  • Hungry for More Lovin’?: In addition to the easy-to-follow steps outlined in Beth’s 10-part plan, there’s 21 days of lick-the-back-of-the-spoon, sample menu suggestions, complete with lifestyle recommendations and recipes including, Balsamic Broccoli Salad, Harvest Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup, Lime-Crusted Spiced Salmon, Cocoon Chicken and Apple Cobbler Du Barbi—and yes, you can have a piece of chocolate every day—Beth insists upon it! Find out why.

In 2007, Beth was filming her PBS TV series; and on an off day, she volunteered to work on the special Cool Globes project for the City of Chicago. On the way to filming, she was involved in a serious car accident; while in the hospital, she re-evaluated her life and career. Money and success suddenly seemed trivial compared to the health and well-being of her family. She realized that most of the joy she felt came from two things: health (of her family, herself, the planet) and pleasure (enjoying everything that the wonderful world has to offer). While recovering from her injuries, she saw an advertisement for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City and she knew this was the place to launch her next endeavor. It was there that she learned the idea of integrative nutrition—nutrition that could transform life itself—and she studied and became passionate about holistic health counseling through the teachings of IIN founder Joshua Rosenthal, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Barry Sears, Geneen Roth, and Deepak Chopra.

Inspired by her natural health training, Beth wrote her new book, REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT. No matter a person’s health and weight loss goals, this book takes the boring out of eating and incorporates more fun in daily meal planning with a 10-week plan that allows busy moms to eat what they like, lose weight, and still look amazing. REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT is not your typical diet plan, but a healthy lifestyle plan that can be followed for life. 


Leave a comment for Beth today, and at the end of her tour, 3 lucky commenters will win a Paperback copy of Real Moms Love To Eat! You can gain more chances to win by following her tour HERE.