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10 Delicious Tray Bakes You Can Make For Your Christmas Party!

10 Delicious Tray Bakes You Can Make For Your Christmas Party!

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Even more exciting are the Christmas parties that you get to attend. The best thing about the Christmas parties are the foods that you get to devour.

Want to enjoy the deliciousness of a well-crafted dessert (or several) during the festive season without the mess, stress and complications of following elaborate recipes? Tray bakes are a great option. They often feature few ingredients, are comforting to eat and if you want to you can often eat them straight from the tray–perfect for the those late night sugar cravings and lazy weekends at home when you just want to sit back, relax and indulge!

These recipes offer a tasty selection of different styles of tray bakes that are sure to please even the fussiest of dessert lovers, with the recipes ranging from yummy slices, to raspberry and orange bites, to chocolate, toffee and peanut squares– and that’s just the beginning!

Here are 10 delicious and innovative recipes for tray bakes you can make for yourself and your guests! I hope you enjoy carrying out each of them.

1. Lemon and Cranberry Cube Cakes

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    If you love lemon, cranberry, and cake, you are sure to like this one. It is a delicious take on a new recipe. Get the whole family together for this party pleaser because I’m pretty sure the cube cakes will be gone in a flash. Grab yourself a plate beforehand because I doubt anybody will leave you some to eat. They’ll be gobbled up in no time.

    I hope you enjoy this one– I predict you’ll love it!

    2. Chewy Chocolate Oat Squares (Let’s get it on!)

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      These are definitely as yummy as they look! Check out the recipe. It isn’t hard as it sounds. You can make it in the comfort of your own lovely home.

      3. Sticky Marshmallow and Chocolate Bake

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        My mouth is watering just at the sound of this particular dish. You’ll eat this the first chance you get. Try it and see for yourself.

        4. Slimming World’s Raspberry and Orange Bites

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          This recipe is my favorite. These are delectable little squares with just the right amount of sweetness and happiness in each one.

          5. Chocolate, Toffee and Peanut Squares…. oh my! (This is a party pleaser!)

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            Delicious is the one word that comes to my mind when I look at these squares! I hope it’s the same for you too. I love chocolate, so this is a sure favorite of mine.

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            6. Strawberry and macadamia blondies 

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              I love strawberry so this one is a winner in my opinion. Just look at the picture above. Don’t you want to grab one off the screen! Well, make the recipe and you’ll get to taste it in reality! You’ll love it. This recipe would also be great at Christmastime.

              7. Cherry and pistachio bake

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                Look at the colors on this one. If this is not festive enough for you, then I don’t know what is. This is the perfect tray bake for your guests to get into the mood of Christmastime and the beautiful holiday season! Just check out the recipe for yourself.

                8. Flapjack fingers

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                  These are mighty fine for Christmastime. Your guests will love them as they will be finished by the time the party even begins! Just be careful, because you’ll be jealous if you save one for yourself, and then one of your guests eats it while you’re in the kitchen preparing dinner. You don’t want to miss out on these delectable fingers– edible, of course!

                  9. Lemon Cheesecake slices (this one’s for the cheesecake lovers out there!)

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                    These are as good as they sound, and as good as they look. Try the recipe. You will devour them– I guarantee it.

                    10. Jammy Coconut Squares 

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                      These are good. Try and see for yourself! I would die for these…truly, they’re just amazing! As pretty as they look, they are equally delicious.

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                      Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                      A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                      1. Eat Before Heading Out

                      First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                      2. Select The Treats

                      Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                      3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                      Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                      4. Drink With Moderation

                      It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                      5. Be Active

                      You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                      6. Get Out Of The House

                      Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                      7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                      Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                      8. Set Realistic Goals

                      You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                      9. Enjoy Yourself

                      Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                      10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                      This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                      11. Eat Less And More Often

                      Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                      12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                      Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                      So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                      Happy Holidays everyone!

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