Win a Copy of the 'Carrots 'N' Cake' Book

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5/6/2011 6:00 PM   :  64 comments   :  20,952 Views

The winners are: HELENA260, HICKOK-HALEY, ETJSINGER, BEATLETOT, and WILDRICE99!

I've been reading healthy living blogs for more than three years. One of the very first ones I discovered was Carrots 'N' Cake, written by Tina Haupert, who lives in Boston with her husband, Mal, and beloved pug, Murphy. Tina's honest writing, creative recipes, and affinity for running, Cookie Fridays and being smart about weight loss kept me coming back day after day. I met Tina at the Foodbuzz Festival last winter and again at a bloggers meetup at the DC half marathon this spring.

So when I found out that she was writing a book, I couldn't wait to read it. (It was on our reading list last month.) If you're a fan of her blog, you'll love this book. It essentially tells the story of Tina's weight loss, how she became a professional blogger, and what she does to stay in shape. Tina's not an expert, and that's part of what is so appealing about Tina: She's the kind of woman you could know in real life. Tina doesn't have a team of experts on hand to help her stay healthy, and she struggles just like the rest of us. She share her life, as she says on her blog, one bite at a time.

Though in real life she'll tell you she's quite shy, she's very open on her blog and in the book. I really enjoyed reading her story, and I think you will, too. You were huge fans of Tina's guest blog post on the dailySpark last year.

That's why we're giving away five copies of "Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time."

Even better: Tina shared a recipe from the book, too. It's a cookie that's healthy enough to eat before or after a workout.

WORKOUT COOKIES

These cookies are the perfect fuel before a workout. They provide healthy carbohydrates with a little bit of low-fat protein for staying power. They’re also delicious—almost like eating a regular cookie!


  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup canola oil

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups (they will be only about 1/3 full). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

MAKES 12 COOKIES 85 calories, 3.5 g fat, 3 g protein per cookie

Reprinted with permission from "Carrots ‘N’ Cake" Copyright 2011 by Tina Haupert, Sterling Epicure an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end next Friday at 9 a.m.!

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  • 64
    Sounds awesome - 7/24/2011   1:14:27 AM
  • LORID16
    63
    Huge fan of Tina's blog and would love to win a copy of her book!! - 5/12/2011   10:36:47 AM
  • 62
    I am glad to learn about the "Carrots 'N' Cake" blog and I think from reading this specific blog-post that I would enjoy reading the book also. - 5/11/2011   10:48:31 PM
  • CHERRYGIRL85
    61
    I've been following Tina for about two years now. I love her style! - 5/11/2011   7:14:05 PM
  • 60
    Her Workout Cookies recipe sounds awesome! I'll take a look at her blog! - 5/11/2011   8:53:56 AM
  • BSHCHEER
    59
    Love Carrots and Cake blog - 5/10/2011   9:58:08 PM
  • 58
    I find others stories about dealing with struggles of eating healthy very motivating and I could really use some of that motivation right now. - 5/10/2011   8:47:56 PM
  • WAHEEDA84
    57
    I found her blog through your site, and have been loving it for over a year now. reading her book would be amazing! - 5/10/2011   3:59:12 PM
  • 56
    I have been reading Tina's blog for awhile and would love to read her book! - 5/10/2011   2:54:18 PM
  • 55
    I love CNC!!! I read it everyday and would LOVE to read a copy of Tina's book. I always need some new and exciting advice. - 5/10/2011   11:37:01 AM
  • 54
    I've been reading her blog for several years now. Love her Murphy stories. Can't wait to read the book. - 5/10/2011   10:29:45 AM
  • EGOMEZ822
    53
    I recently stumbled upon Tina's blog and I am now addicted to reading it! I recently took off that last 10 (well 13!) stubborn pounds and I am always looking for new food ideas and inspiration to keep me going. I find it very inspiring to hear other people's weight loss stories and ideas on how to incorporate healthy eating and fitness in your life. I think I would totally benefit from her advice, recipes, tips and more!!!! - 5/10/2011   10:26:01 AM
  • CORTIZ95
    52
    I have been following Tina since she started blogging. She is such an inspiration. I would love to win a copy of her book! So excited for her! - 5/10/2011   9:49:51 AM
  • PURRRSIANCAT
    51
    I love Tina's blog! She is so real and very inspirational. I would love to read her book. The cookie recipe sounds great too! - 5/10/2011   9:40:47 AM
  • CAITDOINGLIFE
    50
    I loveee Tina! I've been following her blog for so long now! She's so realistic and I love how she isn't afraid to discuss struggles. This book would be great to read even if I don't win I'll be buying it within the next couple months! - 5/10/2011   8:59:54 AM
  • 49
    I would LOVE to win this book. I am *always* looking for fun and encouraging books to read, from people who have been there. And if they have some fabulous and healthy recipes, all the better! I love to read about those who have been there done that! So inspiring.

    Honestly, I haven't read Tina's blog, but I will be sure to from now on! - 5/10/2011   8:51:12 AM
  • 48
    Yayyy Tina! I've been following her blog for a while now. I also live in the Boston area, so it's super fun to see her daily activities in areas that I recognize!! I would love to win her book for her amazing recipes and to learn more about this fabulous lady!!! - 5/10/2011   8:43:43 AM
  • LIVINGGREENDIVA
    47
    I love Tina's blog, winning her book would be AWESOME! {I blame her for my iced coffee obsession!} - 5/10/2011   8:42:51 AM
  • 46
    I'd love this book. I follow her blog consistently but money + spending not on the roof over my head just don't go together anymore. *sigh* - 5/10/2011   8:06:54 AM
  • PICKANYNAME
    45
    =) - 5/9/2011   5:37:26 PM
  • LARJANRR
    44
    This sounds like a good motivation tool for me. I am really having difficulties emotionally right now. Hopefully, someone else can help give me a lift. Would like to try this recipe once I am able get the ingredients. - 5/9/2011   3:30:55 PM
  • 43
    Even though this sounds like a great blog, I doubt I will actually get to read it. I have very limited time on the internet, which I have to access at school, so I don't do a lot of reading (except here on SparkPeople). If there is something I really want to read, I print it out to look at later. That being said, I would love to win a copy of this book so that I can check out this lady's wit and wisdom from the comfort of my own home. It sounds like it would be a great read. - 5/9/2011   1:52:15 PM
  • 42
    I've never heard of this blog before, but now, I'm going to have to look at it when I'm done typing this. Looks very interesting and would love to read her book. - 5/9/2011   9:54:36 AM
  • 41
    I love Tina's blog. She is so down to Earth and I love reading about all her adventures. If I won the book I would give it to my sister because I think she would enjoy it:) - 5/9/2011   5:58:28 AM
  • 40
    I love her blog! I would love to read her book, and winning it would rock! - 5/8/2011   10:07:33 PM
  • 39
    i love healthy food blogs and the fact that she's a runner, too! :o)

    http://dragonfly180.wordpress.com - 5/8/2011   9:05:22 PM
  • 38
    I love to bake and would really enjoy this book with its healthy recipes. I will be trying the cookies this month. - 5/8/2011   9:01:12 PM
  • 37
    I can't wait to try the cookie recipe....would love the book to try some new recipe's as well.... - 5/8/2011   8:25:23 PM
  • GRACEY38
    36
    This looks like it would help me lose weight, and enjoy good eating at the same time! Thanks! - 5/8/2011   7:54:41 PM
  • MARSHA48
    35
    Hi, this would be great for me & My Mother, she loves carrot cake and recipe's, I love to make. - 5/8/2011   1:11:57 PM
  • 34
    I'll buy the book if I don't win it - 5/8/2011   10:35:14 AM
  • 33
    I'm gonna try this "workout cookie" recipe today! It sounds delicious and I already have the ingredients on hand. I hate it when recipes call for 1 teaspoon of an obscure ingredient. Then you're left with a whole jar when the recipe doesn't turn out to your expectations. Doh!
    Nice to see a real, new and interesting recipe from a real, new & interesting person ;) - 5/8/2011   9:44:13 AM
  • 32
    WOW! Sounds like an awesome book. I need all the incentives I can get to keep on track. - 5/7/2011   11:31:31 PM
  • 31
    I would love to win this book...I NEED to win this book! lol My son would love it. He eats so healthy it would be nice to give him a nice little treat that he will approve of! - 5/7/2011   9:26:33 PM
  • 30
    I would totally love to win this cookbook because I know it's so much more than a cookbook! I follow Tina's blog because its helpful, not preachy. It's fun to follow her, Mal and Murphy! She talks about her work at NuVal, getting together with family and friends, her workouts and races.... everyday stuff. If I won, I'd donate Tina's favorite Teddie Butter to the local foodshelf! - 5/7/2011   8:25:28 PM
  • 29
    Pair this up with a glass of chocolate Milk and, according to Doctor OZ, you have all the ingredients to rev up your metabolism and fuel your workout. I am going to try these cookies. - 5/7/2011   8:06:54 PM
  • 28
    I would love to win this book because I can relate to Tina's story. Plus I really appreciate her approach to health and weight loss. :) - 5/7/2011   6:50:47 PM
  • 27
    I have got to try making them. I get an urge to eat something that is sweet.
    this sounds really SWEET! - 5/7/2011   5:20:17 PM
  • 26
    I'd like to win this book, since I collect cookbooks. Plus, I'd love to learn how to make more healthy recipes. - 5/7/2011   4:06:38 PM
  • 25
    If I won it, I'd send it to WOLFKITTY who is the Leader of "DONE BEING THE FAT GIRL" Team as she is the best. - 5/7/2011   3:17:49 PM
  • 24
    I want 2 win "CarrotsNCake" cause I always bake b-day & wedding cakes 4 my friends, 4 free. Nice 2 have some healthy recipies :)
    - 5/7/2011   3:13:26 PM
  • 23
    Cuz I luv carrots and I luv cake :D

    ...and I really really luv carrot cake! - 5/7/2011   3:07:06 PM
  • ED10101
    22
    I would love to have this book to help me stay on track eating healthy and good. - 5/7/2011   2:58:14 PM
  • JORDYNLOHN
    21
    I'd Love to have the chance to win this book. Cooking and baking healthy for a family of 5 has become such a challenge!
    Please consider me as a new member! I've told all my friends about spark people! - 5/7/2011   2:43:07 PM
  • 20
    those are great cookie ingredients... - 5/7/2011   2:34:35 PM
  • 19
    Why would I like to win this book? Well I am a busy mom of 4 kids and a wonderful husband. I LOVE to cook and I spend a lot of time on-line looking up new recipes that are healthy, low fat, but with great taste. This book could help my with motivation, reading about an everyday women who lost weight and kept it off, getting tips on how she was able to accomplish this. - 5/7/2011   2:28:45 PM
  • 18
    Why do you want to win this book?
    I want to make cookies and learn from Tina - 5/7/2011   1:55:34 PM
  • 17
    I would like to cook healthier and also get more info. This book sounds like a little of both...amazing. I love the name. It inspires the imagination. - 5/7/2011   1:52:34 PM
  • 16
    I would really love to win this book because I gave up on my weight loss goals during my 9 year old sons recent hospitalization for emergency brain surgery. I really wasn't paying attention to what I was eating and I actually gained weight. :( I could really use some inspiration! - 5/7/2011   11:30:55 AM
  • 15
    I Looove Tina's blog! She is so down to earth and she always gives me a smile. And who doesn't love Murphy?? Thanks to Tina for all she does every day and I'm so excited that her book is out - I wish her all the success with it! - 5/7/2011   10:27:43 AM

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