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Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Peanut Butter Protein CookiesThese cookies are really delicious and they’re healthy! They’re a cross between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a peanut butter cookie. You can add in raisins and chocolate chips if you like, or leave them out if you don’t.

There’s no added sugar in these. The sweetness comes from the banana. I prefer to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and natural chunky peanut butter (no sugar added).

This recipe makes about 12 cookies, and you could totally eat all of them in one sitting with no guilt. Okay, with minimal guilt. Make these in advance and they are great for a quick breakfast to grab while running out the door.

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
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Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies, dessert, breakfast
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats or oat flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (or almond, cashew, sunflower, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp raisins (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Grind oats in food processor.
  4. Add in protein powder and chia seeds. Blend both until well mixed.
  5. Add peanut butter, banana, and almond milk and blend on low until a dough forms. Add more milk if needed.
  6. Stir in raisins and/or chocolate chips.
  7. Form into tablespoon size cookies and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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Vitacost Haul

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This is only my second order from Vitacost, so I won’t say I’m obsessed yet, but I love the huge selection of beauty products.  I’d say they have a bigger selection and cheaper prices than Amazon when it comes to natural hair care and makeup products.

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I have a recurring order of vitamins for everyone. Since we don’t finish bottles at the same time, I have 5 kids bottles and 4 adult bottles delivered every couple of months. I used to buy men’s One a Day vitamins for my husband, but now I just buy us the same to keep it simple. I was buying the VegLife for adults, but they were out of stock, so I picked up these.

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I’m starting to think I have a protein problem. I blame all the “oh you’re a vegan, where do you get your protein from?” comments. I honestly think I get more than enough protein in my normal diet, but I like to add a scoop of this to my shakes and pretty much everything else. I really like that it’s raw, and obviously vegan. I make cookies out of it, waffles, cakes, etc. Basically anything you use flour in, you can sub this protein powder. This is my favorite brand too. I feel good about the ingredients, and even though it’s still pretty expensive, it’s cheaper than most of the other vegan proteins.

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I’ve been trying to find soap, face wash, and shampoos specifically for hard water. The only shampoo I really found was this Malibu Wellness Making Water Well shampoo and conditioner. I really liked it, but it’s so expensive, so I decided to try these Giovanni shampoo and conditioner instead. I’ve tried the Giovanni brand before and didn’t think it was anything too special, but these have really good reviews. I’ve used them a few times so far and I really like the smell and feel of them. I haven’t noticed a huge difference (I don’t really expect to) but I like the way they make my hair feel.

DSC_0156I wanted to spend $65 in my order so that I would get the free shipping, so I loaded up my cart with a few food things I was out of. The organic sriracha (which I go through entirely way too fast) was the same price as if I were to buy it at Giant. The cumin was a little bit cheaper, but they also don’t sell organic spices at my local store, so I’d have to drive to a further one.

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The PB Slim isn’t organic, but it is made with non-gmo peanuts. It was also way cheaper than the Just Great Stuff powdered peanut butter that I usually buy ($4.49 vs $8.49).

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Now for these bad boys…

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I prefer to make my own “bars” because it’s way cheaper, and you can put exactly what you want in them, but I like to have something prepackaged to keep in my car or purse, just in case I’m out all day and don’t have time to eat. I’ve bought the cashew cookie and chocolate raspberry flavors before and I like that they’re high in calories, because even though you can eat them in a few bites, they’re a bit more satisfying.

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I calculated the price of these tiny bars, vs the larger bars, and these were more cost effective per gram. I knew I was buying the small ones, but I didn’t realize they were the size of a fun size candy bar.

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The picture doesn’t do them justice. They are TINY. I also think I got so caught up on which size to buy that I skimmed over the ingredients. These guys are DELICIOUS. Unfortunately, it’s because they’re mainly chocolate chunk pieces. With more sugar than an actual fun size candy bar, these are no where near as healthy as I was hoping. I know most food bars are high in sugar, and I’m kind of okay with that as long as it’s from fruit, but a majority of the sugar from these are in the form of actual processed sugar in the chocolate chunks. DSC_0169

But like I said, they are really, really tasty.

Operation Locate Abdominals: Day 5

Today is the 5th day I’ve been trying to adjust my diet for fat loss, and so far I’m really happy with the results.

As of today I’m down to 19.8% body fat, which may not be completely accurate, but that means I’m down almost 2% in just a few days. I was actually at 19.8% on Wednesday, so it was really only 2 days.

The biggest thing for me is mindfulness and staying motivated. I eat all day long because I’m bored, or because I want to procrastinate, not because I’m actually hungry. It’s really eye-opening to stop and think “am I really hungry” before walking into the kitchen. It’s also surprisingly empowering when you realize you’re not hungry and walk away.

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Intermittent Fasting

There’s tons of conflicting information out there on whether you should eat 3 meals a day, 6 small meals a day, snack all day long, etc. What I’ve been reading into for the past year, is intermittent fasting (IF). IF is eating the same amount of food/calories you normally do, except in say, an 8 hour period instead of 16. There’s different severities, but I believe a standard is to fast for 14 hours and then eat all your calories in an 8-10 hour window. I’ve done it a couple of times, and have seen fast results, but overall it’s not something that fits my lifestyle everyday. I did some IF this week, unintentionally, when I had to be out the door for a meeting, and then again when I had to fast for blood work, and I think that’s what led to the big drop on Wednesday morning.

Normally, I go through periods of time tracking all of my foods with an app like MyFitnessPal (my  favorite). It’s so helpful, not just to track calories, but fat, protein, sugars, etc. I find that I eat heavy on the fats side, and even sugars. I didn’t want to do that this time because I didn’t want to get too complicated and feel burdened by it, plus I really like doing the picture thing. Try taking a picture of everything you eat for a week, it’ll be a bit surprising sometimes.

 

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Exercise

Another thing I haven’t been talking about is exercise. This is my usual weekly regimen:

  • 1-2 mile walk/run almost every night (only twice so far this week)
  • light yoga workout everyday, even if it’s just 15 minutes
  • ab work 3-4 times a week, at night before bed. I do a lesser version of the p90x Ab Ripper X program, probably about 250 reps
  • HIIT workouts 1-2 times a week, usually from The Daily HIIT, or Zuzka Light. I admit, I sometimes wimp out and only do the routine once instead of the 3+ times you’re supposed to.

I think I need to step up the intensity and focus on more HIIT type workouts, but it always comes down to time.

 

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Free Blood Work

In other health news, a company WellnessFX is offering some free basic blood work. I just had some done two weeks ago, but some of the things tested are different so I figured I’d give it a shot. I signed up Wednesday night, printed out my form, went to LabCorp on Thursday morning, and was out in about 10 minutes. According to the website, I should have my results in 3-5 business days. And that’s it! It’s completely free, it’s super quick, and it’s practically painless (minus the needle puncture). The company offers different packages with more elaborate testing and consultations, which I may do in the future. I’d recommend everyone do it. It’s so important to know what’s going on with your body, and this is a million times easier than making an appointment at your dr’s office, sitting in the waiting room, having to explain what/why you want it done, and dealing with insurance. It’s seriously simple.

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Miracle Peanut Butter

I bought this Just Great Stuff powdered chocolate peanut butter on Tuesday, and I’ve been eating it every single day! Since I’m trying to lose fat, I wouldn’t normally have a daily dose of peanut butter, but this stuff only has 1 gram of fat and only 3 grams of sugar. It tastes like chocolate frosting, with a hint of peanut butter. I must say that PB2 did a great job with branding because I keeping calling this Just Great Stuff jar “PB2”. If you love peanut butter I’d definitely recommend trying this. Now, when someone comes up with a jar of powdered almond butter, I think I will be set for life.

My daily eats:

 

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Wednesday: This was an IF day, I didn’t have time to make my green smoothie so starting in the afternoon I had half a Svelte french vanilla protein shake, Daiya grilled cheese with carrots, spaghetti for dinner, and toast with powdered peanut butter for a snack.

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Thursday: Another day of IF in the morning, so after my blood work I treated myself to a sugar free vanilla caramel iced soy latte from Sheetz. I had left over spaghetti for lunch, the other half of my protein shake for a snack, a red pepper stuffed with wild rice and quinoa and asparagus for dinner, and some chocolate peanut butter toast for a snack.

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Today I’m getting back on track and made my green smoothies for breakfast. I hope to keep this up for at least another week.

Do you do any kind of spring cleansing/detox?