Remember sneaking into the kitchen when you were young to steal a snack when Mom wasn’t watching? Well, those days could be over if former bodybuilding champion Carolyn Hansen gets her way. She has come up with a set of 100 snack recipes that will have mothers everywhere positively encouraging their children to dig in.
The reason? The ingredients. There is no sugar, flour or butter to be found in these recipes – just raw healthy foods that Hansen likes to call life. Do not cook either, which makes preparing a snap. All a mom needs to be proficient in the kitchen to keep her kids satisfied is a blender. That’s the conclusion Carolyn Hansen reaches in her book Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats
At first glance you may be tempted to think that sandwiches made without sugar and butter might taste like the experimental designs Mom came up with in her youth when she ran out of those items and couldn’t make it to the store. If you share the same memories of those bold snack alternatives that I make, you may be quick to dismiss the idea of a tasty snack that forgoes the ingredients that we know contribute to chronic illness in later life. Too much sugar and butter in the diet are the main causes of obsession, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Carolyn Hansen knew this when she entered her kitchen years ago to find alternatives to snacks that she found so difficult to eliminate from her diet. As a competition bodybuilder, she was determined to find a way to keep him from ruining his progress in the gym by binging on unhealthy snacks when his willpower wears down.
At first the march was difficult. It turns out that there are a lot of things to keep in mind when you start throwing out the basic ingredients of thousands of years old recipes. There were a lot of missteps along the way. But Carolyn persevered, and in the end she came up with snacks that she could share with her bodybuilder friends. Snacks that you can share with your family and friends and know that you are contributing to the maintenance of their health, not only today but for years to come.
So, if you want to get your hands on snack and treat recipes that you won’t have to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s book 100 Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats , where She shows you how to take control of your blender and churn out delicious snacks that kids in your neighborhood will have lined up around the block for a sample.