Happy Healthy Slimmer New Year

Marla Meridith

January 3, 2011

Happy New Year Card with Family of Four

Happy New Year Card with Family of Four

I hope you all had a safe, happy, fun, tasty & peaceful New Years. Did you write down any resolutions? I did not, however I do have day to day benchmarks I strive for. Mindfulness, health, happiness, accessibility, openness, adventure seeking, love & honesty are a few key words that govern my life. Daily. Not just because it is a new year.

Kids and mom hugging & kissing in park.

We had all of these family portraits taken quite a few months ago by a local photographer named Sadie Olive. I have been wanting to post these & so many opportunities have passed me by. The plan was for Christmas, but then I let my sister in law’s Red Velvet Cake & my kids in holly trimmed wagon sidetrack me. So here they are, just in time for new family portraits to be taken!

Healthy desserts for New Years resolutions

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce
Skinny Citrus Fizz Soda
Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars
Skinny Chocolate Drop Cookies

If you have been visiting the pages of this blog for a while you would know that my focus is to inspire the home chef to create healthy, whole food meals from scratch. My mission is to inspire healthy living through eating REAL FOOD not FAST FOOD & never DEPRIVE. Life is joyful when we fill it with flavor, nutrition & the best ingredients we can comfortably afford to buy.

Whole food sweet dessert recipes for New Years resolutions

Mixed Berry Yogurt Parfaits
Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
Skinny Frappuccino
Cocoa Dusted Hazelnuts

Here are a few of my families favorite slimming foods that taste great & maximize healthy weight goals. Throughout the year I will provide you with tasty recipes that will help you achieve a trimmer waistline. Don’t forget to add in exercise too. Even a 1/2 hour brisk walk each day will clear you head, make you feel brighter & burn a few calories. Light weight lifting will help maximize & hasten those results.

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman island

My 2011 is being kicked off with a great adventure – Food Blogger Camp in Cancun, Mexico. There is an amazing agenda lined up. Some of my best buddies will be there & I can’t wait to meet new folks too. I am rooming with one the greatest gals I know, Deliciously Organicwho I met early 2010 atHelen DuJardin’s (Tartelette) photography workshop in LA. More great buddies that will soaking in the sun with me areWhat’s Gaby CookingFood WoolfThe Urban BakerLadles & JellySpoons. I am so excited to bulid new memories together in this brand new year.

Organic dates for healthy meal planning.

A quick thank you to my camp sponsor Bard Valley Medjool Dates. You will be hearing much more about caramely sweet dates in the upcoming weeks. I am so excited to work with these growers of one of my favorite, all natural sweet treats. A few of the recipes I have posted with dates include these & stay tuned for more!

Cheerios and Chocolate Tarts
Gluten Free Raw Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Family portrait in a tunnel

Such a wonderful year it has been. I have made amazing new friends from all over the globe. We reach out to each other 24/7. Let’s make a resolution to continue to work together, cheer each other on & support one another. You guys rock & I am so very grateful for your friendships, determination & drive.

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  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Posted at 02:48h, 03 January

    Aw what sweet photos and delectable treats. Happy New Year!

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  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Posted at 08:59h, 03 January

    You have such a beautiful family!!

    Happy New Year Marla 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 09:03h, 03 January

    Happy new year Marla!

  • allison [Haute Box]
    Posted at 09:23h, 03 January

    I just love your family photo Marla! Have a great time in Cancun; wish I could be there. Have a Skinny Girl Margarita for me 🙂

  • grace
    Posted at 09:30h, 03 January

    great pics! and yummy treats!

  • Jennifer (Savor)
    Posted at 10:23h, 03 January

    Happy New Year – I wish I knew you and carrie were going as
    I was so close to signing up! Wouldn’t thay be a blast – send me
    lots of photos and updates via email. XOXOXOX

  • judy meridith
    Posted at 10:23h, 03 January

    Marla, loved the pictures. Be careful but have fun in
    Cancun. I will check in on the family while you are gone. Hurry

  • Rosa
    Posted at 10:57h, 03 January

    Gorgeous pictures! I really like the one at the end. Happy
    New Year! Cheers, Rosa

  • Amy | She Wears Many Hats
    Posted at 11:23h, 03 January

    A yummy selection. Will be bookmarking this for those sweet
    tooth attacks.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:51h, 03 January

    Such a gorgeous family… and such noble resolutions! Hope you have a blast at the food blogging thing… I cant imagine anything could go wrong with such a fantastic event in such a beautiful location!!!


  • Maria
    Posted at 12:06h, 03 January

    Such a beautiful family! Happy New Year! Love the treats:)

  • Heavenly Housewife
    Posted at 12:07h, 03 January

    What a beautiful family you have, and such lovely pictures! Wishing you all a very happy new year.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. I looooooove dates, especially mejool dates. Can’t wait to see what you make with them.

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 13:03h, 03 January

    Happy New Year! Looks like a fantastic year for you for sure!

  • Megan
    Posted at 13:55h, 03 January

    Love your benchmarks and family pics!

  • louise
    Posted at 13:55h, 03 January

    nicely written marla, have a wonderful time in
    mexico…learn lots and come back and share! adios, louise

  • Kristen
    Posted at 14:14h, 03 January

    Sadie has always been one of my all time favorite
    photographers on Flickr! So jealous you had your pics taken by her.
    Gorgeous, by the way! Have fun in Mexico!!!

  • Bunkycooks
    Posted at 14:43h, 03 January

    Happy New Year! Your family photos are beautiful. Sorry I
    will miss you in Cancun, but the ankle isn’t cooperating. 🙁 Have
    fun and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 15:15h, 03 January

    What beautiful family photos!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 15:57h, 03 January

    I love the family shot! Especially the one in the tunnel!
    I’m so excited to room with you this week. It’s going to be a

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 16:23h, 03 January

    What a beautiful family and post. Looking forward to seeing
    all your gorgeous healthy food in 2011!

  • Faith
    Posted at 18:06h, 03 January

    Your family pictures are adorable, Marla! And you look really stunning — love your hair color! Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:26h, 03 January

      Faith: Thanks friend! Do you think we will have the chance to finally meet for real this year. It is about time!

      Carrie: I cannot believe we begin this amazing Mexico experience together in just 2 days!

      Gwen: I am so sorry to hear that your ankle is misbehaving. I was looking forward to getting to know you better on this trip. Perhaps BlogHer Food in Atlanta. I believe that is your stomping ground, yes??

      Kristin: I cannot believe you know Sadie Olive. She is amazing & I hope to work with her again sometime in the near future.

      Louise: Sounds like we have another fun event coming up at Blackmarket Bakery this month. It will be so fun!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 18:30h, 03 January

    What a gorgeous post! Have the best time in Mexico, can’t wait to hear all about it!! xoxo

    ps: Your family photos are absolutely beautiful!

  • Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer
    Posted at 19:44h, 03 January

    So fun to meet you this year. A real treat (not sweet treat, friend treat). I just finished up chopping, chopping, chopping – healthy salad stuff for the week. Tis the season … Love ya GF!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:15h, 04 January

      Sandy: It is all in the prepping. Having all of those healthy ingredients at the ready encourages us to make the right food choices. Loved meeting you at Dole & I look forward to fun times together this year.

      Dara: I count the days ’till we meet again! You are an amazing woman & an exceptionally gifted food blogger/recipe developer.

      Susan: Look out girl – I know there are lots of “unknowns” out there in our careers, but have patience my friend. I believe there are huge rewards at every turn. Can’t wait to spend 5 days with you in Cancun- learning, laughing & getting inspired!

      Valerie: Your positive attitude & wisdom are always a driving force. xo

  • Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer
    Posted at 19:45h, 03 January

    BTW, gorgeous family photos. 🙂

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 20:55h, 03 January

    GORGEOUS pictures of you and your family! Your site is always packed with beautiful, healthy recipes and I will definitely be turning to you for some great “resolution” ideas.

  • the urban baker
    Posted at 21:07h, 03 January

    what a great post, marla. your family is gorgey! you are always so thorough! i am so excited to be going away for 5 days with you. xx

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 21:35h, 03 January

    Beautiful family photos!!! I wish you a happy and prosperous 2011!

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 21:50h, 03 January

    Beautiful family photos, Marla. Stunning. Yes, each year just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    Posted at 04:54h, 04 January

    I love your family photos! So cute 🙂

  • claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend
    Posted at 05:07h, 04 January

    What a gorgeous family, they are so lucky to have someone that can cook like this at such a young age, your a professional in every way, and your blog is exceptional …congrats on a wonderful post and happy new year looking forward to your successes in 2011!

  • TidyMom
    Posted at 06:28h, 04 January

    Happy New Year Marla!!
    Your family and photos are BEAUTIFUL!!

    I hope 2011 is fabulous for you……and hopefully we can meet sometime this year!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:32h, 04 January

      Cheryl: I too hope our paths cross this year. I have a feeling they will 🙂

      Liz: Sure, hop in my suitcase – I always pack a much larger one then I should!

      Pam: “Contagious??!!” I love that & you. When do you think we will connect for reals again?

  • Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
    Posted at 06:53h, 04 January

    Camp in Cancun?! Can I hope into your suitcase?!

    Happy 2011!

  • My Man's Belly
    Posted at 06:57h, 04 January

    Great post to start the new year! Your excitement is contagious.

  • Heather @ Multiply Delicious
    Posted at 07:49h, 04 January

    Happy 2011 Marla! What a beautiful family. I adore the last
    shot of you all, beautiful! Have a fabulous time in Cancun! Sounds

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 09:07h, 04 January

    Thanks for sharing these delicious recipes and fitness
    tips, Marla. You have a beautiful family. I hope you had a very
    merry Christmas and a happy new year with them, too! I can’t wait
    to see what’s next from you in the year ahead!

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 10:15h, 04 January

    Happy New Year!

  • Marly
    Posted at 12:53h, 04 January

    Love your family photos they’re too cute. Also, do you need someone to carry your luggage for you? Cancun sure sounds nice about now!

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:35h, 04 January

      Marly: I would love the extra hands! I am packing (overpacking) right now & am wondering how one small girl could pack so much for just a 5 day trip!

      Georgia: You are always a total sweetheart! I hope to meet you sometime this year at an blogger event!

      Claudia: Thanks for popping by – I think I have fooled you with my age?? Perhaps it’s all the broccoli I eat? xo

  • Priscilla - She's Cookin'
    Posted at 19:35h, 04 January

    What a beautiful post, Marla, and what an amazing adventure to start the year off! Look forward to seeing you and hearing about all the fun times and hot tips you learn in Cancun at Blackmarket’s cake event. Happy New Year!

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 20:06h, 04 January

    Happy New Year! What a beautiful family. 🙂 I’m looking forward to another year of your delicious healthy recipes- thanks so much for sharing!

  • grace
    Posted at 22:44h, 04 January

    what a terrific photo shoot! yes…giggles are good. 🙂

  • Katrina
    Posted at 04:25h, 05 January

    Happy New Year! Your family is simply the cutest!

  • zerrin
    Posted at 12:03h, 05 January

    These are stunning family photos! So adorable! You have a lovely family! And all these treats look so tempting! Would love to try that mixed berry yogurt parfaits!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 17:07h, 05 January

    I always love coming here to see what you’ve cooked Marla and am never ever disappointed! I swear I bookmark everything you make. Here’s to another year of happiness and health!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    Posted at 20:54h, 05 January

    Gorgeous photos Marla and I particularly love the last silhouette shot of you all together! Happy New Year! 😀

  • Brooke
    Posted at 22:10h, 05 January

    Oh, Marla. Those pictures are divine! You, your family. So breathtakingly adorable. Hugs and more hugs and hugs again!

    Posted at 07:21h, 06 January

    Awww…Marla…all there’s missing in this perfection shining from these photos is…a small pet…maybe? My little ‘Sushi’ would have loved being on one of your kid’s lap ;o)

    Your kitchen momemts look fun and scrumptious…yummy moments indeed. Anything leftover from those Maple apple pie oat bars?

    The united family package you hold seems delightfully cherished by you and your loved ones…just a great example of a family working at making great memories ;o)

    Happy newest year my dear.
    Flavourful wishes,

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:22h, 06 January

      Claudia: You are a doll! Always 🙂 You and my daughter would agree, she would love a pet & I am not so keen on taking care of another little someone. The kiddos keep me so very busy. I grew up with pets & I know how wonderful they are to have around. Perhaps one day, but probably not in 2011.The Maple Pie Oat Bars were wonderful & I need to make those again.

      Brooke: Gotta see you again really super duper soon, K??

      Lorraine: That last silhouette has been the most well received. That was a fun moment I will never forget.

  • Sommer J
    Posted at 14:23h, 06 January

    Stunning photography of your food and family Looking forward to reading more from you!

  • Andrea DiGeronimo
    Posted at 17:55h, 06 January

    Hi! The pictures are so extraordinary!!! So breathtakingly beautiful!! It makes me so happy to see that everybody looks so happy, connected and wonderful, but sad because it reminds me of how much I miss you all! Love and kisses to all, Andrea

  • Andrea DiGeronimo
    Posted at 17:56h, 06 January

    I hope you have a wonderful and healthy trip to mex!

  • Bren
    Posted at 21:08h, 09 January

    Nice to find your blog! Happy new year and lovely family

  • AshleyOhio
    Posted at 15:37h, 10 January

    Just found your blog from YUM magazine. I love it, esp all
    the visuals and coloring, definitely keeps the reader interested.
    I’ve already book marked tons of recipes!


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