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Healthy Protein Cookie Dough Bites

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I think I can safely say that we’ve all been caught eating raw cookie dough straight from the bowl. However, my experience working in nutrition and in the food industry has taught me that this is not a good thing. It’s quite risky and it can compromise your health goals. You see, most people assume that the warning to not consume raw cookie dough is primarily to avoid the foodborne illness salmonella, caused by ingesting raw eggs. But there’s also a warning on flour, which is extremely dirty (until baked, of course).

This lead me to seek out food-safe cookie dough treat ideas (to fit my dietary restrictions: gluten free, dairy free). You’ll love what I found because these Cookie Dough Bites will satisfy your hankering for cookie dough. Plus, they’re low in sugar, high in protein, and wheat free!

Mini No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

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Ingredients

Makes ~ 18-20 teaspoon sized dough bites

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup pulverized oats (or oat flour, I like mine a little more chunk)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp nut butter of choice
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips or carob chips

Directions

  1. Mix coconut oil, vanilla, and honey in a medium bowl.
  2. Add almond meal, pulverized oats, and protein powder.
  3. Stir in nut butter. Continue mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add chip of choice to “dough” mixture.
  5. Using a heaping teaspoon, form dough into balls.
  6. Freeze dough bites (minimum 2 hours).
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Eating

12 Delicious Foods You Didn’t Know Were Healthy

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During National Nutrition Month, you might be inundated with advice on diets, health foods and food fads. Celery juice, the keto diet, Whole30…it’s impossible to keep up! It can be hard to stay on track and above the dietary fray, which is why we are rounding up our favorite meals that are easy, approachable and tasty, too! No fuss, no trips to specialty stores necessary–these recipes will make your health journey easy, not harder!

When you’re making healthy happen, it can be hard  to pass on foods you would typically indulge in, but the truth is, you don’t have to. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain your current weight, or simply add more nutritional value to your diet, these so called “guilty foods” can be made healthy. It just requires thinking outside the box and inside your kitchen!

Eating meatloaf doesn’t have to be a mystery. Substitute ground turkey for a leaner fat profile, and quinoa to pump up the protein, and you’ll feel truly comfortable consuming this comfort food.


If you haven’t heard, Chipotle has released their guac recipe! YAY! Season packets or premade containers can’t compete with the simplicity of this spread made from scratch. Just combine mashed avos with diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime for a fresh dose of healthy fats!

3. Egg Casseroles

We’re no longer too concerned about cholesterol when it comes to eggs. So grab a carton and cook them any way you like. We recommend these tasty crustless-quiches or a veggie filled egg bake.


Foods with more vibrant colors like sweet potatoes have more nutritional value than traditional white potatoes. When baking potatoes, stick to the ones that add color to your plate. Top with diced veggies, salsa, and plain greek yogurt to replace sour cream!

5. Rice

Consider utilizing wild rice in dishes that would normally call for white or brown rice like stir fries, soups, or salad recipes. Wild rice, like quinoa, is slightly higher in protein, giving it a nutritional advantage to white or brown rice. Plus, it’s an excellent source of fiber!

Homemade whole wheat pizza crust can be as easy as 4-5 ingredients—water, yeast, salt, whole wheat flour, and sometimes some sweetener. I bet you can even have it made and in the oven before the delivery man arrives.

With thinly sliced zucchini or eggplant as noodles, you can turn this dish into low carb, just like THAT! Swap out ricotta for cottage cheese for a lower fat option!

Opt for lean sources of protein when indulging in a burger. Ground turkey or bison make for great burger patties. You can even go bun free as a low carb-paleo route, if so inclined.

Paleo recipes know what’s up when it comes to pancakes. Almond and coconut flours add nutritional value while also being gluten free. Devoid of any added refined sugar so all you have to do is add your naturally sweet maple syrup. Not digging the paleo option? Try our 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes, instead!

Who’s to say cookies can’t be healthy? You just got to know what to look for. I personally look for recipes with sugar coming from natural sources like bananas, honey, or maple syrup. Whole wheat flour and oats are other good ingredients for fiber filled cookies. What’s better than a cookie for dessert? A cookie for breakfast! Don’t miss our delicious Apple Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie recipe that you are sure to love.

Are you sweet? Or savory? Plain greek yogurt is the ultimate substitution for ranch, sour cream, or cream cheese based dips. Try this greek yogurt based spinach and artichoke dip or this healthy and sweet dip for fruit!

12. Grilled Cheese

Recipe for kid grilled cheese: white bread (likely with the crust cut off and buttered), 1-2 slices american cheese singles.

Recipe for adult grilled cheese: whole wheat bread, low fat cheese, and ______________. Your opportunities are endless. Cooking Light hooks us up with some amazingly light grown up grilled cheeses.

 

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Breakfast

Vanilla Blueberry Yogurt Parfait With Steel Cut Oats

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When posed with the task of creating a delicious, low calorie parfait recipe my mind instantly went to ‘Shrek’. I realize that this movie has very little to do with exercise, lifestyle, or even healthy eating, except for one pertinent quote by the character Donkey:

Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet.

And in fact, he’s quite right. Parfaits are delicious and can be nutritious if assembled correctly.

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Vanilla Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cooked steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vanilla granola
  • 1/4 cup roasted blueberries (on tinfoil lined bake sheet at 350F for 10-15 min or until bursting)
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
  • Optional: hemp or chia seeds for extra oomph

Directions

Combine ingredients using a layered method: (1) steel cut oats (2) yogurt (3) granola (4) blueberries and coconut.

Nutrition Facts: 323 Total Calories, 9 g Total Fat (5g Saturated Fat), 53 g Carbs (5 g Dietary Fiber, 19 g Sugar), 11 g Protein

 

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