Yes, I have ANOTHER amazing cookbook to add to your collection of books. But guess what? This one isn’t all strict paleo, because well, I know some of you aren’t paleo 100% of the time. Some of you are vegetarian, some of you eat paleo but with some dairy, some of you eat rice, and some of you just dabble. So today I’m sharing a delicious new cookbook that is full of healthy, quick meals to help keep you on track throughout the week!

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes is a hardcover book that is filled with recipes you can make in under 30 minutes or recipes you can put in the slow cooker to have when you get home from work! The book starts off with tips for staying on track during a busy life. It gives details of creating a plan, cooking in season, packing the pantry and filling the fridge and freezer so that you’re always ready to create a meal for you and your family!

Gina Homolka and Heather Jones in Skinnytaste Fast and Slow also give you some slow cooker secrets and fast cooking basics like searing food or creating a mental game plan. They simply help you prepare yourself so you’re always ready to make some sort of fast or slow recipe, no matter what day it is! They even have a month of meal plans in the book to help you get started while you get the hang of it!

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow

In the book, you’ll find that section is divided into fast recipes and slow recipes. And here’s what kind of sections you’ll find:

  • Healthy Mornings
  • Chiles, Soup, and Stews
  • One Bowl Meals
  • Noodles, Squashta, Pasta, and Sauce
  • Taco Night
  • Poultry Mains
  • Meat Lovers Mains
  • Fish & Seafood Mains
  • Meatless Mains
  • On the Side
  • The Sweeter Side

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow has so many different kinds of recipes to choose from, but here are just some of my paleo favorites:

  • This recipe I’m sharing because DUH, smoothie bowls are the best!
  • Slow Cooker Butternut-Apple Soup with Crispy Leeks
  • Shrimp & Summer Squash Noodles Baked in Foil
  • Butternut Squash Noodles with Pancetta and Poached Egg
  • Ahi Poke Jicama Tacos
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Slow Cooker Maple Dijon Drumsticks
  • Slow Cooker Triple Almond Flourless Brownies

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow just released today so don’t forget to grab it on Amazon right now for 40% off and check out more of Gina’s recipes at! Support the people out there that are continuing to spread the word about healthy living and bringing new FREE recipes to the world wide web on a regular basis!

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook Review: Banana-Almond Smoothie Bowl

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Skinny taste Fast and Slow Cookbook Review: Banana-Almond Smoothie Bowl

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla almond butter (recommendation: Justin’s)
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds (I used sliced since it was what I had on hand)


  1. In a high-speed blender, combine the bananas, almond milk, almond butter, and 1 teaspoon of the chia seeds and blend until smooth (if you don’t have a high-speed blender, thaw the bananas a bit first).
  2. Pour the smoothie into 2 bowls and top with the strawberries, blueberries, chopped almonds, and remaining 1 teaspoon chia seeds.

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  1. Bethany says:

    I have Gina’s first cookbook, and there are lots of great, easily paleo-adaptable recipes in there. I especially appreciate all the simple, fast, and kid-friendly seafood recipes in it. Glad to see a great review of her new book! I like nonpaleo cookbooks because I find they have a greater breadth of recipes and can usually be paleoized. Maybe it’s just me, but I find a lot of paleo cookbooks to be basically redundant. Not yours of course, Juli ????I’m typing this and chowing down on your Winter Squash Salad at the same time!

    1. juli says:

      i hope you mean that haha! because i really tried to make sure it didn’t feel that way!

  2. juli says:

    not anything recently but i may put one together soon!

    1. Stephanie says:

      That would be awesome!

  3. Bethany says:

    Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY didn’t mean you! For reals! I’m so sorry…I’m kind of emotionally clueless sometimes. You’re the best!

  4. Neely says:

    Any suggestions for subbing for bananas? I can’t do bananas – taste/texture get me. In regular smoothies I can usually get away with just subbing in ice but with a smoothie bowl, I’m not too sure? Any suggestions would be great! 🙂

    1. juli says:

      not for this recipe, especially since it’s not my recipe. i would just try something else!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I really like the idea of a smoothie “bowl” — brilliant! Blending some of the ingredients, but not all of them, is a great idea.

  6. Brittany says:

    Made this tonight and YUM!

  7. Elizabeth M says:

    Hi Juli! I’m a huge fan of yours. I have your power programs and love your recipes! I wanted to say I have Gina’s first three cookbooks (the original, the fast and slow, and the one and done) and they are all AMAZING. At first I was nervous the cookbooks would be rather generic with nonexciting recipes. That couldn’t be further from the truth. They are all amazing and I haven’t made a bad recipe yet. I find if something calls to make 4 servings then I usually get 3 hearty servings out of it (and only 2 if my boyfriend is eating with me haha) but thats an easy adjustment and I don’t mind eating more than what she calls for because the recipes are so low cal.