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Snack Girl to the Rescue!: A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy with 100 Recipes Under 400 Calories Kindle Edition

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Q&A with Snack Girl (aka Lisa Cain)

Q. You share so much great information and so many great recipes on your site. Why write a book?

A. On, I publish short articles to be consumed quickly. A book is a much longer format and gives me the time to tell the story of my own journey to healthy as well as share my readers’ stories. It’s more than giving quick tips; a book is a way to help my readers come up with a real plan that they can implement. I can include all the important details about healthy cooking, food marketing, etc. and organize them into one volume (as opposed to disparate pages on a website). The result, I hope, is a powerful guide to making the shift to healthy.

Think of as a five-minute conversation with me (and my readers) every day. Instead of a five-minute conversation, you get two or more hours of insights, tips, advice, stories, and recipes to make you smile and encourage you to get healthy.

Q. I see that the full title is Snack Girl to the Rescue! How is this book going to rescue me?

A. Since 2009, I have been writing about the topic of losing weight and getting healthy. Readers from all over the planet have sent me their problems and concerns and I have done my best to research and answer them.

At a certain point, I realized that I had created a treasure trove of answers to the most common, painful, and important questions on how to get healthy. I believe that most readers will find part of their struggle defined in the book, such as emotional eating, junk food habits, diet pills, misleading food marketing, and getting off the couch.

My solutions are simple, straight-forward, and—best of all—doable. They can save you from your busy life!

The recipes in the second half of the book will save anyone who knows they need to cook healthier. The food is for every day and will make life easier.

Q. We know you have a family; how do you deal with the struggles of feeding your family healthy food, on a budget, with limited time, and with picky palates?

A. I have developed a bunch of recipes that are accessible for the entire family, don’t cost a lot of money, and take me 30 minutes or less to make.

For example, I will ask my seven-year-old what he wants to eat. He almost always replies “macaroni and cheese”. I worked out a recipe (that is featured in the book) with whole-wheat macaroni, frozen cauliflower, eggs, and cheese. It is still “macaroni and cheese” but it is much healthier than the original version and he loves it.

I use frozen vegetables because they are inexpensive, sometimes chopped, and will stay fresh in my freezer. Sometimes, I use my slow cooker so I have a meal ready when I walk in the door.

The key is to feed them something they will recognize (like lasagna or beef stew) and make it healthier with more vegetables so they don’t even notice they are doing their body good.

Q. Your recipes look great, but what if I am hopeless in the kitchen? Should I give up on a healthy lifestyle because I don’t know how to cook?

A. Yes, you should totally give up. I burnt my kids breakfast yesterday and gave up.

But, after giving up, you need to attempt a small step. Perhaps, you could slice a tomato, put it on a whole-wheat WASA cracker, and add a small slice of cheese. Toss it into your toaster oven or under your broiler and voilà—a healthy snack that you cooked!

If you turn it into a BIG project, you won’t do it. The book is packed with little recipes for non-cooks to get them to dabble in the kitchen and gain some confidence.

Q. Do you think diets work?

A. Yes, I do think that some diets work. The best diets are about changing your lifestyle to make it easy to lose weight. Getting healthy is a process not a 3- or 4-step plan to losing 15 pounds in 2 weeks.

When we are overweight because of unhealthy habits, it is much harder to change those habits than to do something extreme.

For example, you could stop eating any added sugar (such as cookies, doughnuts, sugar in your coffee). Sounds so easy! Then comes your birthday and your mom just made you a chocolate cake. Oh dear.

Alternatively, you could stop eating that scone that you pick up at Starbucks every morning. Changing this one habit saves you 400 calories per day and you can still have the cake on your birthday.

You will lose weight much slower than if you gave up all added sugar. But, changing the Starbucks habit makes the weight loss sustainable and you won’t feel (entirely) deprived.

Q. Are all the recipes in the book snacks?

A. I have included breakfast, dinner, dessert, and mixed drink recipes that I use at home (along with snacks). They are all under 400 calories per serving and almost all of them take less than 30 minutes to make.


"Lisa’s approach is downright inspiring...Whether you’re looking to get off the constant diet roller coaster, learn how to eat better on a budget or start to live an overall healthier life, you’ll want to check out this book." --Ladies' Home Journal

"Here to help fight the between-meal pig outs is self-proclaimed “Snack Girl” Lisa Cain, author of Snack Girl to the Rescue, on sale now. Ready, set, snack—smart!" --Fitness

"Indulgence is not a dirty word for Cain...With humor and common sense, Cain's diet book manages to distinguish itself from the legions of holier-than-thou advice mongers." --Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1203 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lisa Cain, Ph.D., is the creator of, an award-winning healthy eating website filled with humor, common sense, and incredibly accessible healthy recipes.

Since 2009, Lisa, an evolutionary biologist by training, has been writing about eating healthy, slimming down, and enjoying food. Each month over 200K readers visit Snack Girl and become empowered to make healthier choices.

Lisa lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and dog, Milo.

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The title to this book is fitting. I bought it just as I was feeling the most confused about what is "healthy" (organic? low fat? low calorie? butter or margarine? coconut or olive oil? etc.!) and how to be healthy and stay within our budget simultaneously. Snack Girl's approach is practical and affordable.

In the past, when I've attempted to lose weight, I've filled my refrigerator with low-calorie packaged products that taste disgusting. You can imagine how long that lasted. Snack Girl teaches you how to eat REAL food that tastes DELICIOUS. For example, I don't love raw vegetables, so I never stuck with eating them in the past, but I've discovered that I do love roasted vegetables, and now I eat broccoli, plus other veggies, nearly every day (for the past several months!).

I've lost about 15 pounds since I bought the book, but that is completely irrelevant compared to how I FEEL. I feel healthier, and I feel like I can trust myself around food. Also, Snack Girl convinced me that it's OKAY to start small when it comes to exercise, and I did that, and I was nice to myself about it for a change. Before long, I was running instead of walking and finishing level 2 of Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred. I love that this book helps me to love myself.

My favorite recipes (I'm a sweet-toothed kind of girl) from the book are the brownie bites (that taste just like brownie batter!) and homemade kettle corn, but I honestly haven't found a recipe that I don't like. I've told several friends about the book, and I just got on Amazon to order a copy for a close friend.

My other "diet" books are being donated to good will :) I use this one so often (several times a day) that I don't even bother putting it away; fortunately, I was given a cute, decorative cookbook holder for my kitchen, and I just leave it sitting there.
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I'm a follower of Lisa's blog and so when i heard she's putting out a book, of course I pre-ordered. :)

The book is composed of several section - the entire first half of the book is dedicated to changing your behavior and way of thinking. I didn't realize there was going to be such a huge section on just this when i pre-ordered. I didn't really need this since I've already changed my way of thinking when it comes to weight loss so it was kind of pointless for me specifically. HOWEVER this is a GREAT starter book for people who are starting to take notice to healthy eating and need tips on how to combat bad habits and change them into good habits. If you are someone who is just starting out and don't have the time to google and read health articles online all the time, this is a great book that brings all the health and medical mumbo jumbo down to easy to understand terms that can be put into practice immediately.

the second half of the book is dedicated to easy recipes, and they're separated into sections. Many of the recipes in here can actually be found on her blog, but I think there are some in here that are unique to the book. I like how she got them separated and everything is no-nonsense straight to the point recipes so I'm not spending a lot of time reading long descriptions when i just want the straight recipe.

HOWEVER, this brings me to the only major con to this book. THERE ARE NO PICTURES. Aside from the book cover, there are zero photos in this book. There are no glossy full color pictures of the great foods that we plan on making that are healthy yet delicious. There aren't even any black and white photos to at least tell me what my final result should look like!
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I've read many "diet books" because I've been on a weight loss journey for most of my adult life. This is one of the few that actually makes sense and works. Lisa writes good life stories. She makes the book fun and easy to read. And she understands the challenges of finding a good weight, which gives her insight into most of her readers' lives.

She is a very good teacher. She breaks concepts that could be complicated into easy to understand ideas. She explains the "why" that is behind her approach to weight loss, and then she gives delicious, healthy and simple recipes to help you meet your goals (which is the "how" of her success).

A great book! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to eat healthy and lose weight while enjoying life.
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Let me say that the food is good but the reason it got two stars is because there is not a single picture in the entire book. Who has a cookbook without any pictures.

The recipes were simple and the ones I tried were good. If your looking for recipes with vegetables though don't look here. All the vegetables were just roasted. This book is for people who are just starting out in clean eating not ones that have been doing it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
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I read Snack Girl's blog and love her recipes so was so excited when she came out with a cookbook! The book is much larger than I thought (I thought it would be the size of a paperback book but with only 20 or so pages). Recipes are easy to make and oh so good...even my picky eater loves the recipes I've made so far!
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