spreading the love…

My massage yesterday was so wonderful! Needless to say, I’ll be going back 😀 I did find it interesting that she offered to massage my belly during the session. I politely passed on that location (Mr. Prevention is hardly allowed to fondle my fluff, much less a complete stranger!). She pleasantly complied and said, “I always offer that to clients because I am a colon therapist, as well as a massage therapist.” ::blink:: Whatever. Keep massaging…anything but my fluff.

After the massage she offered me some coupons for return visits (score!) and started to tell me about their other services, including a colon cleansing machine. Now, I know better than to even inquire as to what that entails. I abstained from the comment I wanted to fire back…something along the lines of, “I believe the colon and all other organs are self-cleansing. Mine cleanses itself at least once a day…sometimes twice!” But I didn’t. I hate to whip out the logic and science (and TMI) to the oblivious and innocent. 😉

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But before my massage, I had to take on one of Jess’s recipes that lured me in. Does that woman make anything short of fabulous?? Um, nope!

I originally wanted to make this springy recipe for a taste test at work (I do bi-weekly “healthy” taste tests for employees at my work). I calculated the nutrition facts and decided against it. I mean, I’m all for everything in moderation (shhh!) but the dietitian has a title to live up to in the work place, you know what I mean? 😉

Now that I’ve made these delicious, wonderful, amazing, darling cupcakes, I know that the recipe is a bit deceiving (in a good way)…and thus, the nutrition facts I calculated were, too. The frosting makes a TON! I used only half, and those babies had PLENTY of frosting. So I’ve adjusted the recipe and nutrition facts accordingly…and they aren’t as atrocious. 😀

9 of the 12 went to work with Mr. Prevention yesterday morning… you know, spreading the calories love…

One was breakfast…

2 for later 🙂

Strawberry-Lime Stuffed Cupcakes adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter 50% less fat butter (made with no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon lime zest
12 small fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Cream butter, sugar, and eggs together until fluffy. Add vanilla.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Stir in lime zest.

Pour into cupcake tins and bake for 20-25 mins at 350. Let cool.

Using a sharp knife, cut a cone-shaped hole in the cupcake, leaving about an inch of cake on the bottom. Stuff the strawberry down it, and cover with remaining cake if you can. Frost!

Lime Buttercream

4 Tbsp butter 50% less fat butter (made with no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil), softened
1/2 lb powdered sugar (approx. 2 cups unsifted)
1 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
lime zest for garnish

Cream butter. Add sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle in lime juice, add more if needed.

Frost cupcakes and garnish with lime zest.

Yield: 12 frosted cupcakes

Nutrition Information (per cupcake): 268 calories; 5.8 g. fat; 41 mg. cholesterol; 106 mg. sodium; 50 g. carbohydrate; 1.5 g. fiber; 2.8 g. protein

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Giveaway!

VitaTops and I want to spread some love to ONE lucky winner! The winner will receive a 12-pack of VitaTop’s newest product, Deep Chocolate VitaTops! I absolutely love VitaTops — a 100 calorie, high-fiber treat! My freezer has a never-ending supply of them!

How to enter?

A few ways! Leave a separate comment for each entry. One lucky winner will be drawn Monday, April 12th at 9pm Central Time.

1. Leave a comment simply stating whether or not you’ve tried VitaTops before.

2. Add me to your blogroll, or leave a comment letting me know I’m on your blogroll.

3. Become a fan of Prevention RD on Facebook! I’m new to Facebook, so the page is a works in progress!

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Off to plant the rest of my GARDEN! Expect a garden update and 1/2 marathon training update tomorrow! 😀

P.S. I let Jillian kick my butt last night in 30 Day Shred. This week’s strength – check! Yoga to go! How are you doing on your DO What You DON’T goals?? 🙂

Enjoy the weekend!

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113 Comments

  1. lessonstolearn
    April 10, 2010 / 6:45 am

    Those look so good! And so do the Vitatops! I’ve only had them once a long time ago. But they made a very good impression because I still remember them 🙂 I hope I win 🙂

  2. lessonstolearn
    April 10, 2010 / 6:45 am

    You’re on my blog roll!

  3. lessonstolearn
    April 10, 2010 / 6:46 am

    I’m following you on facebook!

  4. April 10, 2010 / 8:36 am

    One of my favorite drinks (before I stopped drinking my calories) was always a strawberry lime rickey. It looks like you’ve conquered this in a cupcake! Which is even better!

    That massage sound good, except for all the colon emphasis. Which just seems weird.

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve never had VitaTops before but I’ve heard good things about them!

  5. April 10, 2010 / 9:12 am

    I’ve never tried Vitatops. I’ve always wanted to!

    Those cupcakes look to die for!!!

  6. Janna
    April 10, 2010 / 9:24 am

    Tried them and loooove them!:0)
    if I had a blogroll, you would be on it! I visit daily!

  7. April 10, 2010 / 9:29 am

    I LOVE vitatops, I have tried lots of varieties and chocolate is my fave!

  8. April 10, 2010 / 9:29 am

    I would add you to my blog roll but you have been there for months 😛

  9. April 10, 2010 / 9:30 am

    Finally I became a fan on facebook, you need more fans! but the page is looking good.

  10. April 10, 2010 / 9:30 am

    I’ve never tried any Vita products before. I sure would love to though!

  11. April 10, 2010 / 9:31 am

    And…you’re on my blog roll. 🙂

  12. April 10, 2010 / 9:32 am

    I looove vitatops! When I lived in DC I could get them in stores but they’re no where here! Haven’t had one in a loooong time!

  13. April 10, 2010 / 9:37 am

    Oh god, I would never let anyone allow to massage my belly.. no matter how fat or skinny I’d ever be.. that’s just a no-go.

  14. April 10, 2010 / 9:40 am

    Mmm between the cupcakes and the massage, I think you’ve been living well, my friend! I really believe that massages are so worth the cost because they are so restorative and rejuvenating. So are cupcakes. Truly the best delight around!

    I love vita muffins, especially the deep chocolate!

    have a happy weekend!

  15. April 10, 2010 / 10:02 am

    Glad you got to enjoy a massage…aren’t they the best!? Those cupcakes sound so original and amazing!

  16. Taren
    April 10, 2010 / 10:14 am

    I have never tried Vitatops but have wanted to I just have a hard time finding them at my local grocery store!

  17. April 10, 2010 / 10:26 am

    ho funny about the stomach massage offer…..i would feel the same way! please do not touch-hubby can’t touch either 🙂
    i have had a colonic and would NEVER do it again. i do not know what i was thinking….it was awful!
    anyway love vitatops-they are delicious!

  18. April 10, 2010 / 10:31 am

    I just found your blog last night and basically read like 10 pages of your previous posts (I’m not a creep I swear lol)… so you are officially on my google reader!

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 10, 2010 / 10:40 am

      You’re a doll, that was too cute…and flattering! Thank you! 🙂

  19. April 10, 2010 / 10:32 am

    I’ve never tried Vita tops before… I’ve seen them in the frozen food section but have never bought them!

  20. April 10, 2010 / 10:51 am

    Those cupcakes look awesome…isn’t Jessica a genuis??

  21. Jess
    April 10, 2010 / 11:14 am

    I’ve been wanting to try Vita tops but can never find them!

  22. April 10, 2010 / 11:28 am

    we have the exact same giveaway going on right now, hilarious!

    Of course I want to win!! i love vitatops !

  23. Allison
    April 10, 2010 / 11:32 am

    I have had Vitatops! I <3 them 🙂

  24. Allison
    April 10, 2010 / 11:32 am

    And you are already on my blog roll!

  25. Allison
    April 10, 2010 / 11:34 am

    And I just became a fan on facebook!

  26. April 10, 2010 / 12:39 pm

    I haven’t tried VitaTops yet… and I can’t wait to see your next garden update 🙂

  27. April 10, 2010 / 12:40 pm

    You’re on my blogroll!

  28. April 10, 2010 / 12:41 pm

    I’m a facebook fan now :-). The page is off to a good start!

  29. April 10, 2010 / 1:19 pm

    Oh I haven’t tried vita tops yet! But I heard they’re wonderful…

    Have fun with your 1/2 training! 🙂

  30. carly
    April 10, 2010 / 1:32 pm

    I have never tried them, but they look interesting! Those cupcakes sounds great!

  31. April 10, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    I have NEVER tried Vitatops but really want to try them!

  32. April 10, 2010 / 4:22 pm

    I am a follower =)

    I would have passed on the belly massage too…my fluff is for my hands only!

  33. Ibu
    April 10, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    I haven’t tried vita tops and would love to try them. I see them all the time on several blogs..

  34. April 10, 2010 / 4:59 pm

    Your massage sounds great! I think I would have passed on the belly, too, though… 🙂

    I have never tried Vitatops, but I would LOVE to try them as I have seen and read about them everywhere…

    Have fun planting the rest of your garden! 🙂

  35. April 10, 2010 / 5:23 pm

    Sounds like a great massage 🙂 Colon cleanse from a massage? Wonder what line of bs she would give?? jk 🙂 I love VitaTops but never buy them so winning some would be exceptional!

  36. Sara
    April 10, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    Never tried them but they look good!! Became a facebook fan!

  37. April 10, 2010 / 6:29 pm

    First off, I’ve been dreaming about those cupcakes ever since I saw them the first time! Yours look amazing too! Secondly, I’ve never had anyone ask to massage my belly during a massage. Thirdly, great giveaway!

    I’ve never had vita tops! You’ve been on my blogroll for awhile now. =)

  38. April 10, 2010 / 6:40 pm

    I would NOT allow anyone to massage my stomach either. What about that is relaxing like a massage should be?? LOL

    And vitatops! Love them!!!!

  39. April 10, 2010 / 6:40 pm

    I became a fan. Why wouldn’t I? Love you and your blog!

  40. April 10, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    And of course you are on my blogroll missy.

  41. April 10, 2010 / 7:08 pm

    I have not tried the Vitatops yet! The cupcake recipe looks quite yummy- love the strawberries inside. And I agree with you on the massage- love them but don’t touch the belly!

  42. Dana
    April 10, 2010 / 7:39 pm

    I have never tried them.

  43. kayla
    April 10, 2010 / 8:55 pm

    i’ve only tried the chocolate vitatops before since they’re so expensive at my local grocery store 🙁

  44. kayla
    April 10, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    i’ve added you to my google reader! does that count?

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 10, 2010 / 9:44 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you!

  45. April 10, 2010 / 9:06 pm

    I’ve tried Vitatops before! I actually prefer the bran ones!

    The cupcakes look AMAZING! Jessica is, so obviously her recipe will too. Gotta balance the “sweet” and “indulgent” stuff out! 😉

  46. April 10, 2010 / 9:09 pm

    And you’re already in my blogroll! 🙂

  47. April 10, 2010 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve never had vitatops before, but I see them everywhere!

  48. April 10, 2010 / 9:51 pm

    Ive never tried VitaTops before but they sound AMAZING!!

  49. April 10, 2010 / 9:54 pm

    You’re already on my blogroll.

    And btw – those cupcakes look fantastic, and I would totally not allow anyone to massage my belly area. For one I think that would be awkward, and for two I think it would just be really awkward.

  50. April 10, 2010 / 10:08 pm

    Ok Im TRYING to become a fan on Facebook, but its just not working. Im a fan at heart, does that count?

  51. April 10, 2010 / 10:18 pm

    You are on my blogroll girl!

  52. April 10, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    I have not tried Vita’s yet.. and really want to!! I hope I win :o)

    Also haha a colon therapist I think I would have said yes!

  53. April 10, 2010 / 10:45 pm

    I follow you already. Is that the same as being on a blogroll? I need to update my blogroll.

  54. April 11, 2010 / 5:55 am

    Those look SOOOO GOOD!! And you are totally on my blogroll. Duh.

  55. April 11, 2010 / 6:53 am

    Great giveaway!!! I have tried VitaTops, but not the deep dark chocolate kind. haha, dark chocolate, I bet people think they are full of antioxidants!! lol, but they aren’t. Either way, I LOVE dark chocolate and I bet these taste great (nice and warmed up).

    Glad you enjoyed your massage. I am jealous, I have never had one! Unless you could Nick massages, which I don’t. And I agree, I don’t need a stomach massage. That’s…..too much.

  56. Emily H
    April 11, 2010 / 11:06 am

    I’ve never tried Vitatops 🙁

    But I’ve entered like, 5 giveaways for them haha. Maybe I’ll win one 😉

  57. April 11, 2010 / 11:09 am

    i have tried them and we love them!

  58. April 11, 2010 / 11:09 am

    added you to my blogroll 🙂

  59. April 11, 2010 / 11:10 am

    and became a fan on facebook

  60. April 11, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    I have tried these before when I got samples at FNCE.

  61. April 11, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    You are on my blog roll

  62. April 11, 2010 / 2:01 pm

    I actually have never tried Vitatops…but I’ve been dying to! Now that I know they are at Costco, I’m going to BEG my sister to get me some.

  63. April 11, 2010 / 2:01 pm

    You are on my blog roll – I can’t believe I didn’t add you long ago! I’m bad about updating that thing.

  64. April 11, 2010 / 2:20 pm

    I have not tried these before!!!!! I must enter!!!!!!

    And I’ve already added you to my blogroll….so can I have an extra entry because tomorrow is my b-day??? 🙂 Hehe. I’ll go for any special consideration I can get!

    I’ve been MIA for a bit. It’s almost SOL time at school so….I’m slammed.

    Also…Lucy is SO CUTE!!!!!!! I want a bulldog soooo bad. 🙁

    YAY spring! Yay gardens! Yay birthday!!!!

  65. April 11, 2010 / 2:40 pm

    I still haven’t tried VitaTops but I noticed that Tulsa’s WF recently picked them up!

    I’m a follower and you are on my blogroll! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 11, 2010 / 2:46 pm

      A Tulsa bloggie!? Hi! I thought there was no one else from T-town out there!

      • April 11, 2010 / 3:02 pm

        I thought the same until recently. There are actually quite a few of us out there! 🙂

  66. April 11, 2010 / 6:55 pm

    You are so funny, Nicole! I was laughing out loud at that colon cleanser comment. 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I’ve never tried VitaTops before, but I’ve heard very good things about them! 🙂

  67. April 11, 2010 / 6:56 pm

    You’re on my blogroll! 🙂

  68. April 11, 2010 / 6:56 pm

    I’m a fan on FB! 🙂

  69. April 11, 2010 / 7:49 pm

    I tried Vitatops before, when it was on sale. I really liked them, keep wanting to buy more.

  70. April 11, 2010 / 9:01 pm

    ……You are on my blogroll!

  71. Anna
    April 11, 2010 / 9:54 pm

    I just tried Vita Tops this weekend for the first time! Yummy! Hits the spot for a chocolate fix!

  72. Kristy
    April 12, 2010 / 6:53 am

    I have never tried vitatops. They look yummy!

  73. April 12, 2010 / 7:57 am

    Can you believe I’ve never tried them?!

  74. April 12, 2010 / 7:58 am

    You are already on my blogroll 🙂

  75. April 12, 2010 / 8:21 am

    I have never tried vitatops and I’ve always wanted to! Thanks for doing this giveaway 🙂

  76. April 12, 2010 / 8:25 am

    I have not tried vitatops. I have heard they are really good but I can not seem to shell out the money for them, they are pretty pricey and I already have to keep up my greek yogurt habit 🙂

  77. April 12, 2010 / 8:28 am

    I am now a fan of PreventionRD on Facebook!!!! I now have to go check it out. Have an awesome day!

  78. Kenya
    April 12, 2010 / 9:11 am

    Hi!

    I’ve been out of the loop for about a week now- I was on Spring Break 🙂

    I have never tried Vitatops, but would sure love to win a box!!

    I also became a fan on FB already, but I didn’t make mention of the vitatops…I hope I win!!

  79. April 12, 2010 / 10:51 am

    I like the Chocolate fudge ones!

  80. April 12, 2010 / 10:51 am

    I also just became a fan on facebook!

  81. April 12, 2010 / 8:17 pm

    I’ve tried VitaTops and my supply is low. 😉

  82. April 12, 2010 / 8:29 pm

    Never tried them, but would love to!

  83. Mandy
    April 14, 2010 / 1:48 pm

    Yep, chocolate chocolate chip – they’re fab!

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