I admit it. I am one of “those” people who take a picture of everything they cook, eat, drink and consume. After all, I’m a self-proclaimed foodie and by my standards, there really is nothing more interesting to photograph than a gorgeous plate or glass full of something tasty.
Of course, I’m selective in what I post. I choose to pick the pretty pics – you know… the healthy stuff. I mean, why would I post a photo of a doughnut and implicate myself of junking out? Or that extra glass of wine?
Then I stumbled upon Ziploc®’s Fresh 180 Feat challenging people to tweet everything they eat. EVERYTHING? At first I thought, OK, I can do that one pretty easily. I feel that I eat really healthy but if the camera was on 24-7, I guess I probably do occasionally indulge in a treat or two. But hey, no one’s looking, right? If I had to post everything, that might actually make me rethink that gallon of ice cream or the entire bag of donut holes.
So for a week, I decided to tweet everything I ate and let me tell you, that was a very enlightening experience and really made me think before I took a bite. I got my friends and followers involved and let me tell you, we got pretty competitive with each other! Here are some tips for how you, too, can do your own “Tweet What You Eat Challenge.” I bet you’ll be shocked at how much better your food and beverage choices get.
Get a gaggle of followers: Build your Twitter followers and encourage them to get into the challenge. The more people you’re accountable to, the less inclined you’ll likely be to overindulge.
Create a cheering section: Encourage others around you to post healthier selections and retweet with an encouraging message. The energy will be contagious!
Photo bomb your food choices: Everyone has had moments of weakness, but take the opportunity to show how you made a better choice. Cupcakes next to a bowl of berries? See who comes out victorious.
Celebrate Selfies: We all love a good Selfie, so take the opportunity to get into the picture with the good stuff. Get your game face on in 140 characters or less.
Create a Hall of Retweet Fame: Clean eats get the most tweets. At the end of the challenge, entice everyone with a prize, like, “the person with the healthiest retweets gets a big shout-out from all the challengers.”
Caught in the act? Think again. These sweet treats are full of phytonutrients and none of the guilt.
Dark Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (Vegan, Gluten-free)
You might be thinking, “Veggies in your cupcakes and frosting?” Oh yes! Nutritional value in every bite and they won’t miss a “beet. ”
(Makes: 12 Cupcakes)
1 cup red beets, pureed until smooth (can use canned beets or fresh beets, washed with Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash, peeled, boiled until fork tender, then pureed)
1 cup Stevia natural sugar substitute
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
½ cup dark chocolate chips (at least 70% cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces vegan cream cheese, softened
½ cup cauliflower, washed with Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash, steamed then pureed until smooth
½ cup Stevia natural sugar substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl or stand up mixer combine beet puree, sugar substitute, almond milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add in egg whites and gently fold in. Add gluten free flour, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, baking soda and salt, and mix until well combined with no visible lumps. Divide mixture evenly into muffin tin, taking care not to overfill.
Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean. Allow to cool on a baking rack. While cupcakes bake, combine frosting ingredients together and beat until smooth and airy. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, smooth frosting over the top. Sprinkle with shredded unsweetened coconut, if desired.
Disclaimer: I was paid to develop this post for Ziploc®. As always, all opinions are my own.