The Quandary Of Eating With A Big Fat Ass

By Laura Banks And Janette Barber

In our new book, Embracing Your Big Fat Ass (Atria), we say what everybody knows by now: Diets dont work. Ouch, in fact they hurt. They cause you to end up losing lean muscle mass and increasing fat in the muscle/fat ratio thing that causes you to burn fewer and few calories because muscle burns more calories than fat you can eat more. So if we have more fat then we burn fewer calories doing exactly the same thing as the annoying thin people. Hrmph.

While we do think restrictive diets dont work, we do think that everybody even the skinniest of Minnies have to try to eat in a healthier way. Fruit and vegetables have been proven in all kinds of studies to make a significant impact on diseases like cancer and Alzheimers. Soyeah. We dont believe in going on all the tormentuous, restrictive, often expensive diets out there; we do believe in making a daily effort to live healthier lives regardless of the size, shape or rubbery-ness of our hind quarters.

Were saying: Live life. Love yourself. And do the darn best you can with the eating thing. Were not going any further than that and dont push us or Janette will bite back. Speaking ofJanette is an actual, real-life expert in cooking. She had her own cooking show on the TV Food Network for crackers sake. (Clever, huh? Crackerscookingget it??!) Okay. She really can cook, look her up, shes a Celebrity Chef! So there. If you want dessert come to our website and go In the Kitchen at Janettes Blog. She posted her newest invention Peanut Butter Makeover Cookies. Shes replaced all the fat with a secret ingredient. And theres lots more fiber. Yum. But for now we leave you with one of her favorite recipes to prove that eating your vegetables isnt so hard after all.

Janettes Spinach Baseballs in a Whole Wheat Mitt



4 whole wheat pocket-less pitas

Vegetable cooking spray

Salt and pepper

teaspoon red pepper flakes



1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

teaspoon nutmeg

cup grated parmesan

1 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

medium white onion, finely chopped

red pepper, seeded and de-veined and finely chopped,

cup chopped fresh basil

1 Portobello mushroom, stemmed, cleaned and finely chopped

1 pound fresh spinach, steamed and well squeezed and chopped

5 egg whites

2 cups spicy Marinara sauce, such as Classico, heated

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.


Using your hand for a model, cut each pita loaf into the shape of a baseball glove, separating each finger. Place each in small oven proof bowl and push down in center to conform to the shape of the bowl. Spray the top of the pita with vegetable spray, sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before removing from bowl.


In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, nutmeg, parmesan, salt and pepper. Add the onions, peppers, basil, and Portobello mushroom and toss until well coated. Mix in the well drained spinach and stir until fully incorporated. Mix in the egg whites.

Form into 4 large baseball,s place on nonstick baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

To serve, place a spinach baseball in each whole wheat mitt. Top with cup marinara sauce and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings

Per serving

409 Calories


Total Grams of Fat


Grams of Saturated Fat


Grams of Fiber

About the Author: Laura Banks and Janette Barber are the bestselling authors of Embracing Your Big Fat Ass (Atria). They write about positive body-image, weight-acceptance, self-esteem with humor. It’s time to love your BFA (Big Fat Ass). Janette is a 6 time Emmy-Award winning producer/writer and Laura is a columnist at

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