Healthy Treats

For the past 10 weeks I have been following a meal plan that was put together by my bootcamp trainer (only 1 week to go!) The first month I pretty much followed it exactly, with the odd cheat asides from Saturday being a cheat day. Unfortunately October wasn’t as good of a month for me due to going away, Thanksgiving, my birthday and a busy work schedule. Since I was attending my bootcamp 3 nights a week though I didn’t feel that guilty about my bad eating habits and promised to get back on track for November.

Sadly, I  feel like I was even worse this month; I have a really big sweet tooth which leads to major cravings. It doesn’t help either that we have both a Tim Hortons and a Starbucks by my work so I’ve been buying lots of treats, coffees & muffins. There’s nothing wrong with indulging sometimes but it can be done in a healthier way. There are tons of recipes online and on Pinterest that are quick, easy & even require minimal ingredients. With the holidays coming up it’s always hard not to over indulge but these recipes will help you feel less guilty about eating that extra one or two, so enjoy!

LC+Cookie+Bites+w+titleHealthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

d5e1ebc93ca75d72258c1d9df626fa50Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

skinny-cranberry-swirl-cheesecake-with-gingersnap-crustSkinny Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares

31719b40bdd54c3f8c3455053858044cWhole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

83a9e00bd799c31685c1851ca64e4b03Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Those who know me are well aware that I LOVE to bake cupcakes! And I’m obsessed with any kind of trinket or article of clothing with cupcakes on them; I have a spatula, key chain, lanyard, timer, apron, PJ bottoms…The list could go on. I don’t know what brought on this somewhat obsession but they’re just SO cute! And obviously taste delicious. I definitely enjoy the baking process but it’s when the time comes to ice & decorate the cupcakes that the excitement ensues. For my friends and family, when it’s your birthday you can pretty much expect a pretty package of birthday cupcakes! I always bring the extras into work too which my staff love.

I love using coloured pastes to add more “personality” to the cupcakes – like making them a friends favourite colour or to go with the holiday. I have a variety of icing tips but I usually just stick to my Wilton 1M tip. I also have a growing collection of sprinkles and cupcake liners.

Recently 2 of my co-managers had their last day at my store before they start at a new location opening up at the end of the month! Of course I had to bake cupcakes and with celebrations the first thing that comes to mind is CHAMPAGNE! I decided to bake these Betty Crocker Pink Champagne Cupcakes. They are AMAZING! I’ve made them a few times before (once with blue icing) and they are always a hit. I even whipped up a batch once and divided it amongst a few of my friends due to popluar demand!

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– Stephanie