Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sabrina's Famous Protein Cookies - a Guest Post

Ok folks...another guest post. I know what you are thinking. When is she going to sit down and write something original? I know, I know. It has been too long since I have updated you on things from my world. I do apologize for that. I could list the excuses for you, but they are just that.

I will say, however, that I am working on a post that will be worth waiting for... in my humble opinion. Lately I have been busy immersing myself in different things/challenges.  I just recently completed a grueling 7K Obstacle course  called the Minor's Mayhem here in Sudbury, and next weekend I am competing in my first ever Warrior Dash. After finishing the Miner's Mayhem, I have some level of confidence that I am will fare ok in the Dash. Here's hoping!

So I plan to give you the skinny on my athletic endeavors, as well I have been facing challenges recently that have affected my attitude towards my weight-loss and this post-op life. I am finding some old demons surfacing and I am discovering things (both good and bad), about myself that have shed light on my past eating behaviors. How I choose to handle the new stresses in my life will prove to be the foreshadowing of my success or failure as a WLS post-op.

Yep, I've got some interesting stuff stewing around in this old brain. Stuff I want to share with you.

And while I let those topics percolate for a bit longer, I thought I would share the following guest post with you. I had intended to try this recipe before posting it - so as to give it the FatGirl's seal of approval, but suffice is to say that weather has been too damn hot to turn on my oven. Seriously. So the next rainy day, I'm all over it! I can honestly say, I can't wait to try these cookies! By the way, if one of you readers makes this recipe - please comment on this post and let us know what you think!

Without further ado... please read on.

Sabrina's Famous Protein Cookies

Sometimes it’s tough getting all the protein your body requires. I’m not a big meat eater so I rely heavily on beans, leafy greens and my protein supplements. As much as I love a good bean-y salad, sometimes you crave something sweet.

Coming up with new ways to use my protein powder has been a mission of mine for quite some time now. I love my powder straight up with water, but it tastes even better in my amazing cookie recipe.

Since everyone deserves a cheat now and then - ahem, I mean healthy treat! - I thought it would be fun to share my famous protein powder cookie recipe. Not only is this recipe low in saturated fats, calories and sugar, it actually tastes good.

To make my deliciously protein rich cookies, you will need the following:

- 2 scoops of Protein Powder - I use Gold Standard Whey in Double Rich Chocolate
- 1 cup Quinoa Flour
- 2 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Chocolate Chips (or your favourite dried berry)
- enough Unsweetened Almond Milk to moisten your  mixture

Step 1: Mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Lightly grease a baking tray with coconut oil and scoop 1 inch balls of cookie mix onto it.

Step 3: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 12-15 minutes. Once out of the oven, poke with a toothpick and if nothing sticks, they are ready to cool.

*If you aren’t a fan of almond milk, no big deal; swap it out for 1/2 a mashed banana. It offers enough moisture to mold the cookies and adds a little boost of potassium to them.

If you are anything like me, you will have a hard time eating just one. Try putting a few in the freezer to save them for later.

These cookies are great because they are not only high in protein, but fiber and gluten free for my fellow Celiac’s! If you aren’t g-free and don’t have quinoa flour handy, mix in 1/2 cup regular flour and 1/2 cup quick rolled oats instead. Just as low fat and nutritious.

Next time you’re looking for a delicious, nutritious snack, bake up a batch of my moist protein powder cookies and indulge without the guilt. After all, being healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few sweet treats every now and again. Bon Appetit!

Author Bio: Sabrina is a jet setting, fitness loving, gym junkie who loves sharing her healthy tips, tricks and recipes. To stay connected, be sure to check her out on CarryOnDiet.com or on Twitter at @Life_Stylin and on Facebook http://facebook.com/lifestylin