On day 205 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I baked blueberry muffins.
Blueberry muffins almost always make an appearance on our camping trips. They’re a bit of a staple. For one thing, they pair well with strong, camp-pressed coffee. The sweet, cinnamon-y flavor is a near-perfect match for a steamy cup-o-joe. But the other nice thing about muffins is that they make cleanup easily–well, with the exception of dealing with sticky fingers anyway.
The recipe that I typically use is called Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Crumb Topping, and it comes from OMGChocolateDesserts.com. It isn’t what you might call “healthy,” but it fits 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, muffins aren’t usually a billboard of 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.
What is your favorite special treat?