Local author shares weight-loss journey in hopes it will help others achieve healthier lifestyle

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Losing weight and keeping it off can be a tough task. Local author Cindy Newland recently published her first book titled "Small Bits, Big Results" in hopes that sharing her own story will inspire others to be successful in their quest for a healthier lifestyle.  The book features her personal weight loss journey and realistic tips to achieve and maintain weight loss.

Carrot cake oatmeal

Ingredients: 
½ cup steel-cut oats (use gluten-free, if desired)
1½ cups vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk
1 small carrot, grated
½ cup zucchini, peeled and grated
¼ tsp .salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of stevia to taste
¼ cup chopped toasted pecans

The night before: 
Oil slow cooker. Combine all of the ingredients, except stevia and pecans. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

In the morning: 
Add stevia and stir. Add more milk, if needed. Top with chopped pecans.