A steady stream of fans waited in line last Friday to meet a Corbin native who has inspired millions of women to live healthier lifestyles.
Brooke Griffin, author of “Skinny Suppers” and CEO and Founder of www.skinnymom.com, appeared at the Corbin Station Kroger store — a visit to the town where, for her, it all began.
“Skinny Suppers,” she said, was dedicated to her grandmother and is filled with 125 recipes she says are realistic and tailor-made for on-the-go moms who want to eat right.
“I can remember my fondest childhood memories are of more than 40 of us piled into my grandmother’s country kitchen where she would cook us suppers,” Griffin, whose maiden name is Johnson, said during the book-signing event.
“I dedicated it to her so that people could hopefully pick up the cookbook and cook healthy meals, but also get their family back around the table for conversations and time together.”
Griffin, the single mother of a son, now lives in northern Kentucky. SkinnyMom.com is based in downtown Cincinnati.
Griffin is a graduate of South Laurel High School. She attended the University of Kentucky where she was a varsity cheerleader, and then went on to be a member of the cheerleading squad of the NFL franchise Cincinnati Bengals.
A healthy, fit lifestyle has always been a priority. In 2009, she became the Miss Fitness Universe Champion.
Following a turbulent period in 2011 when she divorced from her husband and lost her home, SkinnyMom.com was born. At first, it was just an online blog followed by a few friends. But then it grew.
Since, Griffin has appeared in numerous national magazines (Oxygen, Women’s Fitness, Redbook, American Baby, GQ) and on all the major television networks. The website is now a well developed, one-stop for women looking to get tips and advice on how to shed unwanted weight and live healthier.
Though she doesn’t train rigorously like she did when she was competing for fitness titles, she said exercise is a very important component of good daily living.
“To sustain a healthy lifestyle, I think you should exercise every day,” Griffin said. “But the way you eat makes up about 70 percent of the battle. Eating healthy every day is the number one key.”
“Skinny Suppers” went on sale March 22. Griffin said when she wrote the cookbook, she didn’t want it to be something that encouraged people to search for hard-to-find ingredients from specialty stores, or promote recipes that were expensive.
“I paid a lot of attention to that, and I think that’s what’s different about this cookbook,” Griffin said. “With this cookbook, you can get all the ingredients at the grocery store. All of the recipes call for pantry staples and my goal was that you could go to the store one time and make four to five meals out of that one visit.”
“Skinny Suppers” is published by Harper-Collins and is available at all major booksellers.