After my P90X Kenpo X workout today (my schedule is off a bit, but I’m still working through it), I needed something good to calm my muscles. 🙂 I had some coconut water in my fridge, so decided to use that instead of almond milk, and I’m pretty happy with the result! (Why have I never really given coconut water a chance before? That stuff tastes great…)
I had a huge urge to eat the bag of chips sitting in my pantry that a friend left here. They’re all-dressed Ruffles chips. I was really, really close to opening the bag… But I don’t want to put those in my body! I’m pretty good with resisting the majority of these junk foods, mind you I do slip up a few times… Tonight, I promised myself I wouldn’t give in [again]… So I decided to make something else that was spicy and crunchy! I also threw together a little something else for dinner this evening/lunch tomorrow! Click play to check it out! Enjoy! 🙂
Post-video posting thought: hmm… What a strange still of the video that shows up on the preview! Makes me look like the old lady on the episode of The Simpsons where Lisa gets lost on her way to the museum… The lady I’m talking about, she’s the one trying to get Lisa to buy an octopus or squid or something… Then she pushes it up against the window of a phone booth and says “You buy it! You buy it!”… Ugh…
I also seem to talk with an upward inflection. Maybe it’s because I get nervous in front of a camera? <–That’s me mocking my upward inflections… ha… ha… ha…
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Here’s a quick and simple sweet fix for people seeking out some energy and protein before or after their workout session! As I was making them, I couldn’t help but eat a few because they were so tasty! I’ve used peanut butter this time around, but have made them in the past with almond butter, sunflower seed butter (not my favourite…), and a mixture of walnut and peanut butter. These are calorie dense because of the peanut butter, though you probably won’t be too hungry after eating a batch of these. Here’s the recipe, enjoy! 🙂
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Balls
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp carob chips
3 tbsp natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
2 tbsp honey
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, and roll the dough out into little balls.
Place in a plastic baggie, and pop them in the fridge.
Let them harden for at least an hour. You can eat them right away if you like, but they taste better after being in the fridge for a bit.
I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to be updating this blog, but I”ll have more to post soon! 🙂 For now, this is going to be an entry that’s short and sweet, just like these cookies! If you’re into eating clean, these are the perfect little things to snack on and not compromise on nutrition. Enjoy! 🙂
Clean Chocolate-Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup rolled oats (quick cooking)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 scoop carob powder (you can use cocoa powder if you like, but carob powder is naturally sweeter! So no need to add any extra sugar… 😉 This scoop should be the same size as the scoop of protein powder.)
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites (or egg replacer)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Pre heat oven to 350.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Roll into 12 balls, and place each ball on the prepared baking sheet.
Press your thumb lightly into each ball, but keep the cookies thick!
Bake for 10-14 minutes.
Remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, and enjoy minus the guilt! 🙂
I really like granola bars because they’re a quick snack that you can have on the go. As much as I enjoy those chocolate dipped peanut butter granola bars, they’re really not that healthy. I’ve made granola bars before, but there’s just something about these ones that stand out above the rest. This recipe makes anywhere from 6-9 granola bars/cookies depending on how big you make them. Enjoy! 🙂
Easy Cocoa Protein Granola Bars
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup protein powder (I used Bodylogix Vanilla Protein Powder)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
3 tbsp vanilla almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract
about 1/4 cup of your favourite dark chocolate (try to keep it above 70%)
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a non-stick baking mat. Set aside.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, and set aside.
In another bowl, mix all wet ingredients, and microwave for about 25 seconds.
Stir all wet ingredients together until incorporated. The peanut butter and almond milk may separate a little bit, but that’s okay! If everything isn’t completely melted and in liquid form, just microwave it for a few more seconds.
Add all dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and stir until a dough forms.
Form a small handful of dough (about 1/3 of a cup) into either a bar or a cookie shape, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat this with all of the dough until you have used it all.
Place baking sheet in the fridge for about 20 minutes to allow the bars to firm up, and then they’re ready to eat!
Bars can be kept in the fridge for up to a week in an air tight container, however the quantities of this recipe are small enough where the bars can easily be finished within a couple of days! 😉
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