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My Perfect Pre-Holiday Cheat Day


Around this time of year, everyone starts buzzing about Halloween plans, then Thanksgiving  plans then Christmas and New Years. I already have a list of amazing recipes I want to try for each holiday- scary berry spider web cookies, pumpkin bread, cranberry sauce and a gingerbread house.

With so much YUM in my future, and in preparation for all the festivities (and the caloric intake), I usually like to eat a little healthier leading up to the holidays. One of my favorite meals is a homemade blueberry vinaigrette over a green salad

Still, it can be hard to resist temptation with so many tasty recipes to enjoy. I've heard it's important to indulge your cravings every-so-often (but not too often) so that you can stay on the straight and narrow. The special days when I break away from salads are my so-called cheat days. My cheat day happens to be on Saturday and I have every meal planned out in anticipation!

BREAKFAST- I'm starting off my ultimate cheat day with these beautiful cinnamon sugar berry quesadillas! The cinnamon sugar on my favorite berries will really hit the spot. It's like a dessert, but for breakfast! To add a little bit of nutrition, I love adding in a few sliced bananas. 

Cinnamon Sugar Berry Quesadillas

LUNCH- I will be making homemade blueberry goat cheese pizza. There is nothing like a warm slice of 'zza and this particular pizza is full of some of my favorite foods- pecans, goat cheese, spinach and blueberries!  

Blueberry goat cheese pizza

3 O'CLOCK SNACK- These Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups will be my go-to snack while I'm out and about running errands. They are so much more than a run-of-the-mill candy because they are home-made and made with REAL strawberries.  

Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups

DESSERT: Blueberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake is the pièce de résistance. If I can only indulge in one cake recipe on my cheat day, this is definitely the one I will choose to make. The combination of lemon and blueberry will be more than enough to hold me over. It's the perfect ending to my perfect pre-holiday cheat day!

Blueberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

After this cheat day, it’s back to my delicious salads before the holiday season. To ease back into my healthy eating after all the sweets, I am going to enjoy the almond & blueberry salad with blueberry muffin croutons, topped with lemon & honey vinaigrette. The small morsels of scrumptious blueberry muffin are my way of treating myself (in moderation).  

Almond and Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Muffin Croutons

I hope you have a lot of fun holiday get-togethers to look forward to as well! If you are looking for more inspiration for your pre-holiday cheat day, subscribe to The Buzz Blog. It's full of recipes that are sure to curb your every craving!

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