Self-Care Challenge (Day 205): Baking Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins almost always make an appearance on our camping trips. They’re a bit of a staple actually. For one thing, they pair really well with strong, camp-pressed coffee. The sweet, cinnamony flavor is a near-perfect match for a steamy cup-o-joe. But the other nice thing about muffins is that they make cleanup easy–well, with the exception of dealing with sticky fingers anyway. 

blueberry muffinsThe recipe that I typically use is called Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Crumb Topping, and it comes from It isn’t what you might call “healthy,” but it does fit in quite nicely when your day includes a significant amount of physical activity, like hiking. On those days, the extra calories can come in handy.

From a self-care perspective, though, this isn’t a recipe that necessarily supports good health–especially when eaten on a regular basis. Baked goods are high in sugar and fat (many are high in trans fats as well), and offer very little in the way of nutrients. 

But enjoying treats every once in a while can certainly fit into a comprehensive self-care practice. In my opinion, sweets are best enjoyed when we can allow ourselves to slow down long enough to truly savor every bite. (It has taken me 30 minutes or more to eat a slice of key lime pie.)

What is your favorite special treat?

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