Clean Holiday Treats :)

Is it already the holiday season?

Say it isn’t so!! But it IS!!! So here are some good, clean and yummy treats to bring with you to your feasts and parties and enjoy without any guilt!! I find that we tend to overdo it with foods when we are overstressed (holiday time), short on time (holiday time) and feeling deprived.  My remedy? Find an alternative to enjoying yourself while keeping as close to your plan as possible.  Here are some tried and true treats for you to enjoy.

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Chocolate Chippers (from FitOverFat)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups Splenda granulated or sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup milled flaxseed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
  • 2 ounces mini semisweet chocolate morsels
  • cooking oil spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine Splenda, flour, flaxseed, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and stir to mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir to combine applesauce, egg whites, vanilla, and oil.
  4. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients, and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Coat a 12-well muffin tin with cooking oil spray and divide dough evenly between wells.
  6. Bake for 9 minutes and promptly remove from oven. Allow cookies to stand for 10 minutes, then wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator or freezer. (To reheat a frozen chipper, remove plastic wrap and microwave for 30 seconds).

 

Coconut Almond Donut Holes

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup RAW almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour- i use bob mills.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut milk (full fat canned version)
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • liquid stevia to taste-about 1 tsp or 1 packet of stevia

Preparation

  1. Set aside 1-2 tbsp of shredded coconut for later
  2. Add all the other ingredients to a food processor and blend until nicely mixed together. Or stir all the ingredients in a medium size bowl!
  3. Now mold the mixture with your hands into bite sized portions, and roll them in the shredded coconut and put them on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars
Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutes, this is what gives its creamy texture and flavor)
2 cups oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberriesDirections:
In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.
Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread into a 9×13 pan. Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour.
Store in refrigerator…

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Clean Coconut Cookies

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds or flax seed (i used flax!)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Stevia or liquid stevia drops to taste
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (14oz / 400ml)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • I added some shredded coconut on top of each cookie but feel free to add carob or chocolate chips if you want to.  :) I’m sure it would be amaze balls!

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F ( 177 degrees C). Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet or coat it with coconut oil.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients to the food processor or blender (coconut flour, hemp seeds, stevia, and salt. Mix together, then add the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until it reaches an even consistency.
  3. Use a tablespoon to drop the cookie dough on the baking sheet. Use your hand to shape each cookie as they won’t spread on their own.
  4. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until edges are brown.

    Serves 12

Calories: 170

Total fat: 14 grams–this is SUPER healthy fat–do not be afraid of healthy fats!

Total carbs: 8

Fiber: 2 grams

Protein: 4.5 grams

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Rockstars, Unite! (Day #2 is in the books!)

So day #2…

Woke up today feeling like I was “coming down with something” and I didn’t like that.  Who has time for that?  Not me!   Still made my workout happen and just cut out the extra cardio; planning on doing it tomorrow since I don’t have another circuit until the next day.

Making it happen. Once meal at a time, one day at a time.  All the little things add up to big changes. Don’t believe it for yourself? Try changing one small habit and see what happens in just one month, then two or more.  It DOES matter and you should be keeping accountable.  Don’t make me do this alone!

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So, I figured the workout today would be “easier” than yesterday cuz it wasn’t “leg” day and that was a good day 😉  But no such luck.

Back and triceps with burpees, mountain climbers, jump rope and more added in.

Cuz who doesn’t want that aspect?

O M G

I started to talk to myself after the half-way point that I could do this.  I was almost there.  One more set.  Whatever worked at that moment.

Have you ever been sick and had to push yourself? It’s worse than when you don’t feel sick and have to push yourself.  Yea, it sucked.

Until I finished.

Then I was KING of the world…or QUEEN, who cares? I did it! I pushed through and felt like a rockstar…a bit of a sick rockstar…but a rockstar, nonetheless.

Side note: do rockstars feel like “rockstars” all the time or just when they’re rocking? Why do I use that term?

Okay, back to the topic.  Ate again on track and thanks day #2 cuz I was MORE hungry today than yesterday.  BOOO!!! Meals were the same as yesterday but I have to keep telling myself it’s a “good thing” cuz my body is revved up.  woohoo….

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What did you push through today and what will it change for your tomorrow?  Ate clean, worked out, now…need to pass out and get better!

ugh….

and so it begins….again!

DAY 1!!

Today starts my journey to my next fitness challenge.  WBFF stage!

I’m super scared and super determined to train harder than ever before.  My recent issues with hormone shifts and body not responding as quickly as before has thrown my focus into a spiraling mess.

I’m done with all of that and moving right along.  I find that I do best when I give myself a “finish line” and push to meet my goals.  What did that consist of today?  Let me tell you;

I began my day with my eating plan and it was a good day to do so.  Protein Pancakes for me!! Super happy girl for sure! (and I’m already dreading the no carb days later down the road and trying to stay focused on the here and now)

The meals were actually pretty AWESOME….and then I went to the gym.

I’m never one for doing a half-assed workout but OMG!! This was just insane.  Legs circuit training from HELL! I ended up on the floor; gasping for air during the final 3 sets of the workout.  1 1/2 hours in and I was finally done.

Dripping sweat.

Barely dragging my wringed out body out of the gym.

Good news: one of the trainers wished me well on my way out the door and said, “You train INTENSE!!!”

Made me smile.

I did have to stop and get some groceries to finish the day’s meals off right.  Then I figured I would get in a cardio session in the cycle class tonight.  Wasn’t as good as other ones but it got the job done.

I’m done.

For today, anyway!

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