Friday, February 12, 2016

Heart Healthy Spread

Three cheers for another Friday!!! Usually my weeks are so hectic where it feels like time just flies by, but not so much this week. I did things on Monday and now that it's Friday, it feels like the stuff I did on Monday happened in a completely different week. Weird. Anyways, my week was pretty awesome. I came off of an incredibly productive weekend which always leaves me feeling like super woman:) I managed to get some big ticket/major dread factor items done, so I entered the new week feeling much lighter.

This week also gave me a chance to do some baking which I really enjoy. For my Persuasion seminar yesterday, I led discussion and we have a tradition where whoever leads discussion brings in snacks. With Valentine's day right around the corner I decided to do a "heart healthy spread" with nutritious and yummy treats for all to enjoy.

Sidenote: Can I just say these are the types of things that make me happy. I even went to World Market to pick up a heart shaped cutter.

I baked some chocolate cranberry muffins with dark chocolate chunks and they were a huge hit! Everyone was surprised they were healthier. I also brought in a trail mix with blueberries, walnuts, almonds, and pecans, some chocolate rice cakes, harvest wheat crackers, a fruit and almond butter spread with dark chocolate and coconut, and some red velvet tea. As an extra touch I thought it would be cute to share some interesting heart facts and heart healthy tips on heart shaped post its. One of the facts was that a woman's heart beats eight times more in a minute on average than a man's. Who knew?!

Now let's talk about this spread! When I first tried it I thought it was okay, but it's really grown on me. I had some this morning smeared on a banana with some caramel corn rice cakes and a little cinnamon and it was really good! I picked it up from Fresh Market on a whim so if you go to one consider picking up a jar. Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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