Chocolate Chip Cookies with Greek Yogurt

Ok I promise to take a break on the Greek yogurt recipes.

Remember these chocolate chip muffin minis?

Or these blueberry muffins?

Ok well let’s go for one a bit more indulgent! How about a chocolate chip cookie made with Greek yogurt?  For those of you working on ways to add more FITness into your daily routine – consider this:

These have no butter and no eggs.

They do have a healthy dollop of Greek yogurt (aka protein) so boom! No I do not advise you eat all of them in one sitting…but indulging with one isn’t gonna hurt.

I feel obligated to warn you: they are a bit cake-y.  So mine didn’t come out crisp but more like a chewy cake texture.  That did not stop anyone in my family. The kiddos inhaled them. And if you have to pack a nut-free lunch box for school – this is a completely nut free cookie!

Here’s what you need:  Oh I divide the following when I made mine b/c I wasn’t sure if we’d like them. Next time I’ll make the full batch.

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour – I used whole wheat
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and prep your baking sheet. I cover mine with foil and spray with Pam.
  2. Now combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk ]the eggs and the sugars.
  4. Add to the sugar bowl your vanill and yogurt.
  5. Now slowly add that to the dry ingredients bowl.
  6. Throw in those chocolate chips
  7. Make balls about 1 tbsp or so on the baking sheet and bake for 9 – 11 minutes then remove and cool on a rack.

Voila! Yummy chocolate chip cookies you can add to your new favorites list!

Oh – you can check out the original recipe here

Another Protein Boost at Starbucks!

I had so many great responses to our last post on getting your protein in while at Starbucks, I thought I’d share another tip. A great friend and committed boot camper Janis shared this tip.  Another genius way to do it!

Janis says to:

  1.  Bring in a bottle filled with unsweetened almond milk and one scoop max muscle protein.
  2. Ask for two shots of espresso on ice in larger cup and pour that in your protein shake.
  3. It ends up being only $2.50!

Janis’ version comes out to 182 calories, 3 grams carbs & 31 grams protein.
I have like 5 bottles of this in my fridge.  Again another genius way to work that system!

 

Another Quick Protein Tip

Yesterday I posted about how you can have your protein and get a fun luxury treat at Starbucks.  Well today I wanted to share a quick idea for protein powder.  I get my protein powder at Max Muscle in Springfield. I’ve posted different ways to use it too – baking it into cookies and pancakes. But my friend Kira shared with me that I could use a half of a scoop in my greek yogurt to cut the bitterness of the yogurt. Genius!

If you use 1 cup of non fat plain greek yogurt and 1/2 scoop of your protein powder you have: 

190 calorie snack with 10 grams carbs, 0 grams fat, 35!! grams protein, and 8 grams sugar!!!

Another option is to add 1/2 scoop of protein powder to 1/2 cup of cottage cheese (I like 1% fat)

140 calories, 8 carbs, 2 grams fat, 23!! grams protein, and 5 grams sugar.

So try out a new way to use that protein powder. Bump up your protein intake in in an easy peasy way!

Thanks for the idea Kira! And stop by Max Muscle to find the protein powder that works for you!!

Get Your Protein Boost at Starbucks!

So my fellow teacher and PowerFull Fitness Instructor Sara M. recently told me about how she gets a protein boost at Starbucks. I COULD NOT believe her when she explained what she uses and I had to try it for myself.  And now that I have – I HAVE to share it with you.

Sometimes it is fun to get a little treat and feel like you are enjoying a luxury – sometimes you just need that. But maybe it isn’t a day you really wanted to blow 500 calories on a frapp or you are working towards your goals and just need a little “break” but don’t want to go overboard.

Well thank Sara M for this discovery….

I am not much of a Starbucks drinker so I had to get her to IN DETAIL explain how to order this protein boost and I’m goin g to explain it to you in details now.

  1.  You have to have this Premier Protein Shake. I get mine at Costco (ps they are DELICIOUS even without the Starbucks fun).  You can also buy smaller packages of them at Target.
  2. You take your shake (we used vanilla) into Starbucks and ask for a Iced Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte.
  3. Hand them the shake and ask them to use THAT instead of milk.
  4. They will add in three shots of espresso and 3-4 pumps of sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup.  They put all of this in a venti iced cup.

And voila – you have a protein delicious drink.  My Starbucks cashier only charged me $3.25 because I didn’t use their milk.

So how does this work nutrition facts wise?

175 calories, 10 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat, 30 grams protein!!, and ONLY 1 GRAM SUGAR!!

So if you need a quick caffeine fix but also a protein boost and just want a little treat…this is a great option.

I had  our other instructor Erin try it too since she uses the premier shake a lot just on its own – we are all fans!

Cheers!

Pumpkin Pudding Cake = Gone in One Day

pujmpkinWell, yall know I love pumpkin. As part of my Restore meal this past weekend, I really wanted to try out a nice fall dessert – something sweet and satisfying with the taste of pumpkin (of course).

I went to my favorite blogger, Chocolate Covered Katie, and she did not disappoint. I use her blog almost exclusively for desserts because she has dairy free options that are delicious and don’t break the bank!  This weekend – we tried out Pumpkin Pudding Cake.

This dessert was incredible.  I am not writing up my version of it because I followed her recipe exactly and I STRONGLY URGE you to stop all you’re doing and make it.  Now.  Really.

Side note on prep:  When I was making it, it did seem weird to pour the brown sugar water over the cake mix because when I put it in the oven it was batter with water on top. I was pretty sure this was going to be a #fail but let me tell you, it does exactly what it is supposed to do. When I pulled the cake out, it was like magic.  The top part was a sweet pumpkin cake and the bottom half was like brown sugar pudding.  I poured that over like a syrup on top of the cake.  Yall, HALF the cake was gone within an hour.  Yep.  EVERYONE in this devoured it.

Happy Fall Yall!

 

 

 

Watch Out for Misleading Recipes!

Yesterday a fellow boot camper and I were chatting about making our own snacks. One thing that can get me in trouble is finding recipes labeled “healthy” or “protein packed” only to find some pretty high calorie counts. So here I am thinking I’m eating a healthy snack and really I’m inhaling a ton of unnecessary calories.
 
NOW – do I want you to feel like your snacks have to be teeny tiny little flaky things? NO! The exactly opposite. Your snacks need to filling, clean, and full of protein and other good “energy boosts.” If you just eat lettuce for snack, YOU WILL BE HUNGRY later and will find that you take in much more later during the day. BUT we have to wary of people saying something is “healthy” when it is packed with high calorie, low nutrient ingredients.
 
One tool I use when trying out a new muffin, bread, granola bar, or snack recipe is this.  Being able to plug in the recipe gives me some pretty good info.   Once I enter the recipe, I can play with the serving size to make it fit my calorie needs. I also play around the substitutions (ie swapping honey for sugar, bananas for oil etc)
 
Today – think twice on what you are believing from Pinterest. I’ve been fooled a couple of times!
 

Need to Use that Avocado?

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In this past post we chatted about WHY avocado is such an awesome thing to add to your diet.  But, maybe you need some ideas on HOW to use it.  Well the ladies in my boot camp classes have that for ya!  Check out some of the awesome ways they incorporate this super food into their daily diet.

 

Aspen:   I love to toast a slice of bread and top with 1/2 an avocado, salt and pepper. Yum.

Stephanie:  Avocado is my everything. I can’t find the recipe I’ve used, but this is similar. http://www.handletheheat.com/no-bake-vegan-gluten-free…/ I really don’t think I used chocolate chips, just cocoa powder. It’s delicious. The crust is really important, so don’t skimp and use store bought.

Stephanie added:   I’ve also been eating a “salad” of chopped avocado, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and cilantro with just a bit of evoo and lemon juice. Super fresh, easy and yum! Add black beans for protein!

Tristan:  I have friends that add avocado to smoothies/protein shakes. It sounds weird, but it makes it creamier and you don’t taste it! That’s a great way to get more healthy fats in your diet if you don’t like actually eating avocado.

Eileen:   I eat half an avocado over a fried egg. Salt and pepper. Super yummy and lots of protein right there! I also make avocado mash..just mush it up and use it like a condiment on a sandwich.

Tristan added how she makes her avocado mash:  Avocado mash, plus some cayenne pepper, salt & pepper & lime juice mixed in with tuna or chicken for tuna salad or chicken salad (instead of mayo)

Laura B says to keep the avocado from turning:  I make a half an avocados worth then save the other half and the unmade chicken separately for the next day.

Another way to sneak in the awesome benefits of avocado is through avocado oil!  Even just putting a bit of avocado oil on your food will get you some of those awesome avocado benefits.  Check this article for 9 ways that using avocado oil can help with your health!  Let’s talk about #8 and stretch marks! What what!!!

Thanks boot camp ladies for sharing your ideas!

 

Printable Recipes for Kid Snacks

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We recently did a play date where all the moms brought a new recipe for the other kids to try.   Unfortunately it rained us out but we still managed to gather a few new recipes and I wanted to share them here.  Recipes include tropical energy bites, popcorn bites, yogurt bites (lots of little bites!)  Take a peek and see what you may wanna try.

Just click the hyperlink below.

Thanks to all the moms who shared ideas on how to keep our kiddos happy this summer.

 

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Crispy Coconut Cookies

These could quite possibly be the best cookies I’ve ever made. Are they healthy….eh. But I always favor somethingcookies
home made versus a bag of cookies from the store.  At least this way I know what is in them (not to say we don’t have a box of Belvita cookies from Costco in our pantry right now.)

But seriously – so yum for lunches!

Crispy Coconut Cookies is what we are calling them.

Here’s what you need:
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 big ole cup chocolate chips
2 cups rice krispie cereal
1/4 cup coconut shreds (optional)

Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In one bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. In another bowl (and I did this by hand but you can mix with mixer), mix sugars and butter together.
4. Add in the egg/vanilla to the sugar mix.
5. Then add in the flour and stir together.
6. Add the chocolate and coconut and stir some more.
7. If using a mixer, now switch to stirring by hand and mix in the rice krispies gently so you don’t squish them all!
8. Cover and put in fridge for at least 10 minutes but you can do it for longer if you want.
9. Place on greased cookie sheets (I had to use two,made 2 dozen cookies) and bake separately for 11 minutes.

SOOOOOO yum!!!!!!

New favorite. I will not tell you how many are left!

Original recipe here:  http://www.thespicedlife.com/2010/02/crispy-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

Blueberry Muffins with Greek Yogurt

Again, pardon my Greek yogurt fix.  I just love that there are so many options out there where I can add in a dollop of Greek yogurt and instantly up the protein count.

I stumbled upon these little gems and thought they would be a great addition to our breakfast rotation since we:

  1. have a Costco sized tub of yogurt
  2. have a fresh blueberries from my CSA box

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour – Using this made it dense so if you want a lighter muffin do a mix of all purpose and whole wheat or just all purpose
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and prep your muffin tin with liners or spray!
  2. Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a different bowl, beat the egg then add in the yogurt, honey, sugar, milk, and vanilla, and mix it up until it is really combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until just combined. Toss the blueberries in 1 Tbsp of flour to prevent them from bleeding or sinking to the bottom of the muffins, and fold them into the batter. (I loved that tip and have never thought to do that!)
  5. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin tins.
  6. Bake for about 20-22 minutes until they are firmed up and a tooth pick inserted in comes out clean.  Let them cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire baking rack (or your mouth!)

So yum.  I think these will be good with a quick reheat in the microwave in the morning and a slab of PB on top for extra protein! Yum!  Oh and bonus – I added up the calories for you.  If you make 12 muffins, each one will be 140 calories. Boom!  Less than a standard granola bar and packed with clean ingredients and extra protein.

Enjoy friends!

Oh! Check out the original recipe here!