Martha McKinnon

Martha McKinnon

Hi, I’m Martha.

This blog chronicles the light, easy and delicious recipes, tips, and hints that help me balance my love of food and desire to be happy, healthy and slim.

As a food lover who struggled with her weight for decades, I’ve decided that light and healthy cooking shouldn’t mean sacrificing flavor!

Thanks to Weight Watchers I was able to lose 30 pounds and keep it off without giving up the food I love. (For more on my journey to becoming a WW Lifetime member.)

This blog is mostly a place where I share my cooking adventures, keep track of my recipes, and document my successes and failures.

I love trying new recipes but I seem most drawn to the simple home cooking of my childhood. And with each passing year I find myself more focused on keeping things easy and effortless in the kitchen and in my life. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with my slow cooker(s).

If you are as busy  and want to eat well cooking with a slow cooker can be a huge help.  One of the challenges with weight loss is having good home made food available when we get hungry. Crock pot meals solve this dilemma. With a crock pot dinner can be ready as soon as you get home from work. And the leftovers can stored in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy healthy and delicious meals in minutes.

Slow cookers provide a practical way to embrace the Slow Food movement. They make it convenient to cook and enjoy great tasting wholesome meals that help me (and my family) eat well and maintain my weight.

While slow cookers are usually associated with cold-weather cooking they’re perfect for summer too. I love being able to cook without standing over a hot grill or heating up the kitchen when the temperatures soar into the triple digits here in Phoenix.

In October 2013 I set out to use my slow cooker every day for a year to make Weight Watchers friendly crock pot recipes. And though I lost momentum at the halfway mark, I still continue to use my slow cooker several days a week.

When I’m not cooking and blogging, I work as a Private Yoga Instructor in Phoenix and Scottsdale. I’m a certified yoga teacher who specializes in introducing mature adults to the benefits of gentle yoga.

In my free time I love to relax with family and friends, take long walks with my golden ‘Francie,’ read and hang out on my yoga mat.

I believe that the key to living happy, healthy and slim is all about balance and moderation and committing to taking care of yourself. When you take better care of yourself, everyone around you benefits :-)

Disclaimer/Please Note: I’ve also begun including nutritional information and Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS  values on new recipes as I add them (effective September 2011). I’m a longtime Weight Watchers Lifetime Member who believes strongly in their message that it’s not about dieting; its about embracing a healthy lifestyle. I love that fruits and vegetables are now zero PointsPlus foods on the new PointsPlus program. But this site is not affiliated with Weight Watchers in any way. What I write here is about my personal experience on the plan. The views expressed are my own and do not reflect the views of Weight Watchers.

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