Let me just start by saying that it is Saturday and it is National Cupcake Day!! Woo Hoo
Thank you HealthNut Nutrition for nominating me for the Leibster Award!
What is the Liebster Award you ask?
The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers. “Liebster” is German for “favorite”. This award is the “favorite blog award” then.
1. Add the award icon to your blog!
2. Link to your nominator to say thank you.
3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.
4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, & create 11 questions for your nominations to answer.
11 Facts About Myself:
1. My favorite treat is carrot cake (in a cupcake version if possible)
2. I am taller than my husband ( I am 5″10)
3. I am scared of heights
4. I don’t like coffee
5. I hate roller coasters
6. I play volleyball recreational
7. I am a registered Nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
8. I have an older brother and a younger sister (who is my workout buddy)
9. I love chocolate.
10. Beagles are my favorite breed of dog
11. I have an 11 year old step son
Answers for HealthNut Nutrition:
1. Peanut or Almond butter?- I love them both but Peanut Butter probably wins!
2. Smoothies or Juices?- Smoothies
3. Summer or Fall?- Fall
4. Pet Peeve? – When my husband picks at his nails
5. Pinterest or Instagram?- Definitely Pinterest
6. Sweet or Salty? – Both at the same time is the best! But if I had to separate I would say sweet
7. Fruits or Veggies? – Fruit
8. Weights or Cardio?- Weights
9. Tea or coffee? – Tea- Chai to be exact
10. Australia or Asia?- Asia
11. Yoga or kickboxing?- Kickboxing
I hope you now know a lot more about me!
Have a good weekend!
First of all I can’t begin to say how deeply saddened I am by the tragedy in Connecticut yesterday. I started tearing up just reading about those who have lost their lives, especially those little ones. My prayers go out to all the families involved in this horrible disaster.
Friday- Hopefully the start to a wonderful weekend!
I have some great things planned this weekend so I am very excited! I wanted to post a little Healthy swap edition since we are beginning to experience lots of Christmas parties, etc. At work there is always a treat sitting around that a coworker or family has brought it so I know this can be a tempting time in the sweets department.
The holidays can be a challenging time for those who are watching calories or trying not to indulge too much on the sweets. Believe me I know! I really want a cupcake like every other day! You can eat and drink your favorite things still by adding a little spin to save calories and fat. Here are just a few of the options:
Coffee Shop Favorites:
Ditch it: Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream (Calories: 410, Fat: 15g per 12-ounce beverage)
Dish it: Pumpkin Spiced Latte made with skim milk, no whipped cream (Calories: 200, Fat: 0g, per 12-ounce beverage)
Why: Seasonal drinks can be very tempting. But without paying attention, your delicious holiday beverage can be equivalent to the calories in a meal with a significant amount of saturated fat from milk and cream. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Order a pumpkin spiced latte made with skim milk and skip the whipped cream for a nonfat treat with half the calories.
Non Alcoholic Drink:
Ditch it: Non-alcoholic Eggnog, (Calories: 343, Fat: 19 g per 1-cup serving)
Dish it: Hot chocolate (no sugar added) (Calories: 60, Fat: 1g for one packet)
Why: Don’t gulp down your calories and fat with eggnog. Research shows we don’t register nutrients the same way from beverages than we would from food – so you’ll probably end up eating close to the same amount at holiday dinner even if you’ve had a couple of eggnogs before. Warm up to a prepackaged hot cocoa and add some lite whipped cream (15 cal/2 Tbs) for a treat post meal.
Ditch it: Pecan Pie (Calories: 676, Fat: 40.8 g, Sugar: 39.4g per 129.5g per serving)
Dish it: Pumpkin Pie (Calories: 161, Fat: 4.8g, Sugar: 15.2g per 129.5g per serving)
Why: Pecan pie is loaded with sugar – so take pride in serving pumpkin pie! Not only is it a holiday staple, it’s a relatively healthy dessert to serve when made with low fat evaporated milk. Plus, pumpkin is full of beta carotene – an antioxidant that promotes eye health and can help fight against heart disease and certain cancers
Ditch it: Cheese & crackers (Calories: 306, Fat: 16g per (2 ounce & 5 cracker serving))
Dish it: Shrimp cocktail (Calories: 51, Fat: 0.4 g per 5 medium-sized shrimp with cocktail sauce)
Why: Cheese may be a great source of protein and calcium but the saturated fat content really adds up. Instead, choose a virtually non-fat shrimp cocktail for a light and decadent appetizer.