If you’re a “Real Housewives” junkie, you’ve probably heard of Bethenny Frankel. Or perhaps you’ve read one of her four popular books, tried her workout DVD, drank one of her Skinnygirl cocktails, seen her place second on “The Apprentice” and “Skating With The Stars”, or even watched one of her own series on Bravo, “Bethenny Getting Married?” and “Bethenny Ever After”.
Frankel’s story is one of rags to riches. On her reality shows, she shares her struggles growing up with a mother with eating disorder and alcohol issues and a father that abandoned and emotionally abused her. She had to deal with the violence that ensued when her mother drank and often had to clean up her mess, acting as the mother not the child.
Even after a tough childhood, Frankel decided to take command of her life and eating habits. She attended culinary school and started her own health food catering business called “BethennyBakes”, a company that provided wheat-, egg-, and dairy-free baked goods, meals for private clients, and a custom-meal delivery service. Her success landed her on the Martha Stewart version of the “The Apprentice” in 2005, where she came in second. The company ceased production upon the launch of Frankel’s Skinnygirl brand in 2009.
In 2008, she joined the first cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City” as the witty, funny, and single Bethenny. Divorced from her first husband, Peter Sussman, Frankel was finally at a point in her life where she was happy with all of her success and not looking for a man to complete her. But that’s just what she found.
Frankel married Jason Hoppy, a successful businessman, in 2010 and they had their first daughter, Bryn Casey Hoppy.
Frankel proves that you can make a name for yourself in this world. She recently sold her line of Skinnygirl cocktails, the most popular being a Skinnygirl Margarita, for $120 million. She has published four best-selling books: “Naturally Thin”, “Skinnygirl Dish”, “Skinnygirl Rules”, and recently “A Place of Yes”. She also has a work-out DVD called “Body By Bethenny” which shares tips on how she got to a size four three weeks after giving birth to Bryn.
Even with all of her reality TV, book, DVD, and business success, she makes time for family and her main focus is on Jason and Bryn. Following her on Twitter, her tweets are mostly focused on “batheez with Bryn” or spending time with family. I think we can all learn a lesson from Frankel. It doesn’t matter where you come from, it just matters how hard you work. Eventually, you will get all the success and happiness that you deserve.
For more cooking tips, work-out advice, and information on Bethenny Frankel, visit her website.
Here is one of her recipes for delicious vegan cookies:
Vegan Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 8 cookies
- Â¼ cup of vegetable oil
- 1 cup raw organic sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 Â¼ cup oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Â½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Â¾ cup mashed overripe banana (â‰ˆ1 large banana)
Preheat oven to 350Â°
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
On a non-stick cookie sheet (or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper), scoop batter with a medium sized ice cream scoop. Space cookies evenly on baking sheet.
Cook 35 minutes, rotating halfway through. The cookies should have a slightly brown edge and come out clean when poked with a toothpick.
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