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Sweet Endings

Published December 14, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

Ok so I fibbed I guess this will be my last post for awhile! I was making my christmas treats for a few friends and before I knew it I was snapping pictures while trying to cook.
So anyways today’s treat is delicious and it’s healthy! What?! Yes that’s true!

These pretzels are soo yummy and healthy at only 50 calories per pretzel rod! So let’s get  cooking!
Chocolate covered pretzels

You will need:
  • 1 package of pretzel rods
  • 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips 
  • sprinkles to decorate if you’d like

Directions:

  1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil (grease the foil with cooking spray)
  2. Measure your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl
  3. Melt chips in 30 second increments (mine took about a minute)
  4. Tilt the bowl to one side so you can dip your pretzel rods in the chocolate
  5. After dipping the pretzels lay flat on baking sheet
  6. sprinkle with toppings of your choice 
  7. Let the pretzels set in the fridge for 10 minutes and serve!

 

Have a sweet day!

xoxo,

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Holly Jolly Cuppies!

Published December 8, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

Morning darlings!

Cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts but since I am trying to be healthier I had been wondering how I can cut calories but at the same time not spend a ton of time baking. Well my fantastic Googling skills paid off becuase today’s Chrismakkuh project is almost too good to be true!

 For this fabulously guilt free dessert all you need is cake mix and diet soda or sparkling water! I’ll be making these today for girl’s night!

It’s so simple and easy to make plus the frosting is just as yummy! All it takes is two simple ingredients that make these cupcakes so moist and delish!
126 calories!
Holly Jolly Cupcakes
You will need:
  • 1 box cake mix
  • 12 oz or 1.5 cups of diet soda or sparkling water
  • DO NOT ADD EGGS, OIL OR WATER
  • Wait about 15 minutes to cool then frost your cuppies!

Directions:

  1. Mix the cake mix and the diet soda together until smooth and creamy
  2. Pour into greased cake pan or non-greased cupcake pan
  3. Bake as directed on box

Heavenly Whipped Frosting
You will need:

  • Cool whip lite or sugar free
  • Instant sugar free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup of milk

Directions:

  1. Beat or whisk the whip cream slowly but be careful so that you don’t overmix it.
  2. Add the pudding mix and milk
  3. Place the frosting in the fridge while your cupcakes are baking
  4. When you’re ready to frost, place whipped frosting in a large Ziplock bag. Cut the tip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze frosting down to the cut corner. Squeeze frosting out while making a swirling/upward motion and lift at the peak!
  5. Add sprinkles or edible pearls if you’d like! (I’m adding raspberries and mint leaves)
  6. Keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve so the frosting can set up 
  7. Serve your delectable desserts!

If you’re trying to make these at home please share your pictures!

Have a sweet day!

xoxo,

Health Bent

Published December 1, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

It’s no longer about being skinny it’s about living ahealthy lifestyle through exercising, healthy eating habits and carefulplanning.  Sorry for not posting yesterday but I had a killer math test tostudy for! Anyways, “skinny” is totally out of season and healthy isthe new trend that’s here to stay! I’ve tried just about every fad dietpossible from green tea to the Hollywood diet and as some of you know they’rejust quick fixes.  Sure it’s great for a few weeks but what about afterwards?Sound familiar? It’s no fun being on a diet I mean the word itself is such adrag. 
 
The word itself makes you cringe atthe thought of it.

Don’t

Imagine

Eating

This

C’mon how inspiring is that? None whatsoever which is whythis isn’t a diet it’s your new journey into a healthy lifestyle. Of courseI’ll post some salad recipes but I’m not going to focus on that alone becausehealthy eating can be fun! It doesn’t need to consist of restricting yourselffrom your favorite foods as long as you learn to come up with substitutions andadjustments. Food is meant to be enjoyed! Sure you may love mayo but cutting itout of your daily routine can save you 99 calories! By substituting it formustard (just 11 calories) think how much happier you’ll be when all theselittle things play into the big picture – losing weight, living healthy andmost of all being happy!

Before we start the first step is to write everything down!That’s why I found some great printables for you. Thanks to Design Sponge I’ve made them available foryou here.

This actually works out perfectly because I am going groceryshopping today too so I will show how much fun planning your meals will be!

Ok so I actually didn’t follow one of my own shopping rulesand went while I was hungry! It’s actually NEVER a good idea! So I endedup buying some random things I probably didn’t need which is why you shouldmake sure that you are fueled up before heading out!

Anyways here’s a few recipes that I will be trying thisweek…

GET GOING BREAKFASTS!

1 cup Cheerios, 1/2 c. skim milk, 1 medium banana sliced

1 Vitatop muffin, Greek or lowfat yogurt {210 cals}

LUSCIOUS LUNCHES!

Crab and Avocado Salad

                                Per serving: Calories 314; Fat 14 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 73 mg;                              Sodium 552 mg;Carbohydrate 28 g; Fiber 8 g; Protein 22 g

Lean -o- panini

Calories: 264, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 898mg , Carbs: 31g
Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 21g

DASHING DINNERS!

Boca Fresca Burger

Calories 250, Total fat 7g, Sodium 550g, Sugar 5g, Carbs 29g, Protein 20g

Jerzday Ziti

230 Calories, 22g Protein, 45g Carbs, 5g Fat (serves 9)

Ingredients

   * 1 box Fiber Ziti or Penne Rigate
   * 15 Ounce container of Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
   * 2 Large Egg Whites
   * 4 Cups Non Fat Mozzarella Cheese
   * 1 teaspoon garlic powder
   * Salt/Pepper
   * 1 tsp Crushed red Pepper Flakes
   * Low Calorie Marinara Sauce
   * 3 Tbsp Grated Fat Free Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 Degrees
  2. Spray baking dish with Olive Oil or Pam
  3. Boil Pasta noodles
  4. In a mixing bowl mix ricotta, egg whites, and everything else but leave 1 cup of        mozzarella cheese.
  5. Spread 1 cup of Marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish
  6. Add 1/2 pasta  on top of marinara sauce in an even layer
  7. Add another cup of marinara sauce over first layer of pasta
  8. Add the remaining pasta over the second layer of sauce
  9. Add mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese over the second layer of pasta
  10. Cover the dis with Foil
  11. Bake approximately 20 minutes
  12. Remove the foil
  13. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted

SNACK ATTACK!

Vanilla Wafers : 8 cookies, 140 cals, Total fat 6g, Carbs 21g, Sugar 11g

Frigo String Cheese – Light : 1 stick, 60 cals, Total fat 2.5 g, Carbs 0g, Protein 8g

Any type of fruit you love

Have a sweet day!

xoxo,

It’s all about the labels

Published November 29, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

Morning,

Hope you’re Tuesday is starting off to a fabulous one! So last night as I was writing today’s post I totally got ahead of myself and realized that to shop for healthy products you need to learn the basics of food labels. Yea I know it kind of sucks but you just have to do it and trust me you’ll be better off for it in the future 🙂
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Morning Mod-ivation

Published November 28, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

Morning sweeties,

Ah the holiday season is upon us and that also means all those yummy treats can set you back in your fitness goals. Well no need to worry because I have been working on making this week entirely about fitness, healthy eating and some great tips to keep you in the best shape even through the holidays!

I know this feeling all too well after Thanksgiving when you know you did  a little damage and then you promise yourself  “I’ll start my diet tomorrow or Monday”. Don’t promise yourself anything if you can’t keep it! Instead of saying you’ll start next week make a conscious effort to change your habits for the long run. I know losing/gaining weight is part of every girl’s life but don’t focus on skinny focus on healthy! Today is a brand new day, a clean slate so get off your lazy bum 😉 and get to it! Remember that this isn’t a one shot deal and mistakes will be made because you’re human hopefully:) . ALWAYS REMEMBER IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHOICE! 
Just to clarify I am not an expert at this and you should always consult your doctor before you start a new diet lifestyle. My only goal is to inspire you to be even more beautiful than you are right now and be absolutely content with yourself. Learning to live a healthy lifestyle is going to be a hard and I’m saying this from experience so take it a day at a time.You’ll have to be extremely diligent about your food choices especially but it’s all doable and totally worth the effort! Don’t stress yourself out over a few tiny mistakes because you can always fix them and learn from them. Be proud of daily accomplishments. Being healthy shouldn’t be considered as boring it should be fun! Remember this is a POSITIVE thing you’re doing by transforming into a healthy and happy lifestyle. Stay tuned later on today for some workout ideas and a healthy helpful tips.

Here’s some thin-spiration to start off your week!

Have a sweet day!

xoxo,