Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Crunch Time & Munch Time

A question that my daughter and I frequently get asked, especially from people who read this blog, is "Why do you not weigh 300 pounds?" (It's always 300 pounds. Is that a magic number?) Well, for one thing I try not to hork down all the food I make and am always on the lookout for friends and neighbors to share with. For another thing, we exercise. A lot. We're kind of workout junkies.

We are addicted to the FIRM workouts (pre-2000) and buy anything that has Tracie Long or Susan Harris in it. 5 to 6 days a week we cajole, boss, and encourage each other to put on our workout clothes and go lift weights, stretch and sweat. It feels good in a strange, painful kind of way.

While we workout my 6 year old sits on the couch and practices for his future career as a personal trainer. He'll point out if I'm doing the wrong leg and gets truly distressed if I'm holding my weights at my side if the ladies on the tape have theirs on their shoulders.

When we're all done, he gets his reward for being such a helper. We watch a segment of Everyday Baking. He loves "the baker guy" (John Barricelli) and as John measures out his ingredients my son says, "Do we have that, Mommy? Let's make this!" With such a winsome request, how could I resist?

We made carrot cake cupcakes. They have carrots, so they're pretty much health food. Plus, I just burned all those calories working out, so I can feel positively righteous eating one of these moist, delicious cupcakes. Eating 3 or 5 is another matter, though.

Perhaps some day Sarah and I will get to Charleston, South Carolina to work out at Tracie's health club, V. But in the meantime, if anyone can score me a copy of Tracie's Yorktown workout, I'll trade you a cookbook for it!

Carrot Cupackes
- adapted from Everyday Baking

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups grated carrots (from about 4 medium carrots)


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.

2-In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; set aside.

3-In another large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, egg, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir in carrots. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture mixing until well combined. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin cups. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

4-Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

5-To make the frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, and confectioners' sugar together till creamy. Add the vanilla and orange zest, beating till smooth and creamy. Using a knife or small offset spatula, swirl the frosting over the cooled cupcakes.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Hooray for baking AND for keeping fit :-)

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what. If you have a copy of Tracie's Yorktown work out, I'll trade you a photoshoot, plus bake you a fab pizza! Man, we are so nerdy about work outs mom. I don't think this post does credit to how dorky we really are, and how much internet searches we do on these people :-)

Sean said...

6-years-old and already he has OCD to rival Monk. Don't even think about messing with his Legos. He makes me laugh.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Lynn you are just the tops! If I had the video it would be yours.
Beautiful post.

Sarah said...

Carrots are totally health food! Looks yummy!

Maria said...

I get that same question! The key is exercise and sharing:) The cupcakes look very nice!

Abby said...

I hope my little one is excited to bake with me one day, too!

Beautiful pictures. And good for you for working out! Mine passing some of that energy my way?

CookiePie said...

YUM - carrot cupcakes! That counts as a vegetable serving, right? :)

Aimée said...

I hear you about the weight question. I've ranted about that before. Sounds like you have a good, healthy plan to keep off the pounds, though! That's fun you're still baking with your kids--i hope I am after five! ;)

Anonymous said...

hahahaha cute post! that reminds me, i should go work out...

RecipeGirl said...

That's so funny... I get the exact question. Why is it 300 pounds??? My secret is chewing gum while baking, and then give it away as quickly as possible!!

Anonymous said...

i do not make as often as i wish (obsesses over staying thin), and whenever i do, i keep a quarter for my family and the rest will be given away ASAP.

Dee Light said...

Yumm carrot cake!! and even better as a cupcake.

grace said...

is "hork" a real word? it totally should be, because just saying it out loud makes me giggle. yes, giggle.
great recipe, by the way. i work out solely to earn my cream cheese frosting rewards. :)

Katrina said...

Balance! Yep. Gotta have it. And the carrot cake! ;)

Homemade Heaven said...

You have the right idea - balance good food with lots of sweat and you'll be happy and healthy and not 300 pounds!

Peabody said...

You are lucky...I get 500 pounds. And I tell them I am well on my way...and I exercise too. Hmm, you just must exercise a lot more. ;)
Carrot cake is very healthy though.

Anonymous said...

ooh these would be so good with my carrot mojito! love the tray!

Deborah said...

I think it would be impossible to have a food blog and not work out!! I work out at the gym right now, but I'm going to start working out at home once the baby comes. I'll have to try out the Firm!

Carree Sue said...

You have to check out they have great vanilla extracts and beans and much more.