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PROTEIN PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIE RECIPE

In my food critique book, there is “healthy good” and “good good” – these peanut butter blossoms are “good good” Plus, they’re healthy and protein packed!

You know by now, I’m obsessed with the holidays. I thought it would be fun in this post to share 10 things that I do during the holiday season.

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1. CHRISTMAS CARD – I go all out on our Christmas card. We schedule a family photo shoot. I take time planning coordinating outfits & a location (typically I have to plan around my husbands outfit because go figure he is the most picky). I typically go through Shutterfly but this year I chose Minted for our cards #notsponsored I even do a photo stamp which is my favorite part. I’ll be sure to share our cards when they arrive! 

2. 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – I get the 25 days of Christmas schedule as soon as it comes out and I record all the movies I love. I’m not a big movie person but I could easily watch a Christmas movie every day. Elf & Christmas Vacation are my favorite.

3. FAMILY PJs – this is a tradition I’m beginning this year. For as long as my kids will put up with it (haha!), I will be buying family Christmas PJs. I already got ours this year (these). I give them for St. Nick and then we can wear them all throughout the season.

4. XMAS EVE – I host Christmas Eve at our home and I have every minute planned: gingerbread house contents, cookie decorating, yummy food, and of course we watch Christmas Vacation to end the night. Oh yeah… and you’re only allowed in the door if you’re wearing your Christmas PJs! Even my dad wears red sweatpants lol.

5. MONEY ON MEMORIES – Anthony and I have been together for 11 years now, so gift exchanging feels like an everyday activity. About 5 years ago, we came up with a “money on memories” gifting approach. Basically, the only “gifts” we can give each other are if they create a memory (examples: concert tickets, weekend getaways, dinner/movie gift cards, etc.) It’s so much better than material things!

6. CHRISTMAS MUSIC DANCE PARTIES – every morning we blast and I mean BLAST Christmas music as we get ready and eat breakfast. Leo loves it! We have little dance parties in the family room and he is just all smiles.

7. DECORATING – oh, I almost forgot to mention my husband’s decorating timeline. He says: November 1st we can begin decorating inside. The day after Thanksgiving we can put up exterior decorations. It’s so premature but I will soak up the red and green for as long as I can! 

8. CAR COSTUME – yes, I did! I am one of those crazy ladies who bought a car costume this year. Red nose on the front. Tail on the back. Antlers. Again, until my son says “mom take that off that’s embarrassing… I’ll enjoy it.

9. WRAPPING PAPER – I plan out my wrapping paper style. OCD gal meets Christmas. Last year, I had a brown paper theme. I used all brown paper and really dressed it up with ribbons, bows and I even added in greenery. I’m not sure what style I’m going for this year. Paper Source is my favorite place to find stuff.

10. GIVING > RECEIVING – I so look forward to giving gifts over the holidays and I put a lot of thought and care into what I get for other people. My mom is the ultimate gift-giver and I believe I inherited part of her gift giving style. She just has a ways of gifting things (even inexpensive things) that make you feel like she truly cares and knows you inside and out. Can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to what I got them this year!

lauren gleisberg's healthy peanut butter blossom cookie recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

12 Hersey’s kisses

Sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and protein powder.

Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Divide the mixture into 12 balls

Place on parchment. Using the tines of a fork, flatten into a disc. Turk the fork to create a criss-cross pattern.

Place the chocolate in the middle of the cookies.

Bake 10-12 mins or until golden brown.

Season with a bit of salt and let cool on a cooling rack.

 

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Protein Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe
Course Sweets
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Course Sweets
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and protein powder.
  3. Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  4. Divide the mixture into 12 balls
  5. Place on parchment. Using the tines of a fork, flatten into a disc. Turk the fork to create a criss-cross pattern.
  6. Place the chocolate in the middle of the cookies.
  7. Bake 10-12 mins or until golden brown.
  8. Season with a bit of salt and let cool on a cooling rack.

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FROYO BITES HEALTHY RECIPE

You know how I feel about treats… we deserve them and they should be a regular part of our meal plan. In addition to simply indulging on occasion, it’s so easy to find ways to make treats that are healthy. 

If you’re not great at it… no worries! That’s what I’m here for!

The theme of this week’s Summer Meal Menus is SUMMER SWEET TREATS! I would say it’s already the most popular meal menu thus far… I mean I can obviously see why. I wanted to share a sweet treat on the blog as well for those of you who aren’t meal plan members to enjoy the sweetness of summer.

I really like these FroYo Bites because:

1) FroYo #EnoughSaid

2) I can sit and enjoy 3 for a serving of fat & carbs in addition to my meal 

3) when I’m craving something sweet, I just enjoy 1 at a time randomly throughout the day and these curb those cravings

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds

2 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tbsp room temp coconut oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

3 tbsp honey, divided

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the almonds, sugar, coconut oil and sea salt together in a small bowl.

Divide between 6 muffin cups. Level with an offset spatula.

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the strawberries and 2 tbsp of honey.

Dollop the yogurt mixture over the almond mixture in the muffin cups.

Drizzle with remaining honey.

Freeze for 4-6 hours or until hardened. 

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP GREEN MUFFIN RECIPE

I’ve been wanting to create a sweet muffin recipe with spinach snuck in forever. The results… these are delicious and green! How stinkin’ adorable are they?! When I whipped up a batch, I ate them with a protein shake for breakfast otherwise they make a great take along item for any meal you’re eating on the go or outside of your home.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup coconut oil, room temp

2/3 cup agave syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 very ripe banana, mashed

2 cups unbleached flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Process the spinach and applesauce in a large blender until smooth.

In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the spinach mixture, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, eggs and banana until smooth. 

Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended. 

Divide mixture between 6 large cupcake liners, and top with chocolate chips. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Let cool on cooling rack.

 

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Chocolate Chip Green Muffin Recipe
Course Breakfast, Sweets
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Course Breakfast, Sweets
Servings
Instructions
  1. Process the spinach and applesauce in a large blender until smooth.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the spinach mixture, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, eggs and banana until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended.
  4. Divide mixture between 6 large cupcake liners, and top with chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 6 muffins (1 serving = 2 muffins)

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Healthy Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

You read that right!! Chocolate. Protein. Pudding. And yes, HEALTHY! There’s not much more to say about this recipe other than… go make it asap! This recipe requires just 5 main ingredients and I bet you already have them in your kitchen.

Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup vanilla protein powder

3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp almond or peanut butter

1 tbsp unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Sprinkles (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl

Refrigerate for 30 minutes

Devour! 

 

 

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Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  3. Devour!

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Chocolate Chip Protein Ball Snack Recipe

A protein-packed, low carb “snack” tops the list in my book. If I can find or create one… game over! It’s instantly a hit! Make it one that tastes just like a cookie and I’ve found myself at a loss for words (well, not entirely lol). With just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes of hands on prep, this is a snack you’ll enjoy again and again!

 

In general, one of my healthy habits is to eat meals and not snacks. Reason being… snacks tend to be carb heavy and low in protein (ex: granola bars, crackers, etc.). They satisfy that lingering hunger but don’t do much for my goals. On the contrary, a well balanced meal – even one that feels more like a snack – can hit all my macronutrient needs (ex: protein smoothie, greek yogurt + side of veggies + hummus).

Lately though, I’ve been such a snacker. Thanks a lot, pregnancy lol. I wanted to have recipes I could turn to that would fit that snack-ish look but still pack a punch in the nutrient department. These Chocolate Chip Protein Balls do just that! I see a lot of Prison Break with protein balls in my future haha.

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp almond or peanut butter

1 tbsp organic maple syrup

3 tbsp coconut flour

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

2 tbsp almond milk

4 dark chocolate chips

Sprinkles (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Heat almond/peanut butter and syrup on a small bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds

Using a fork, combine the flour and protein powder to work out any lumps. Stir in warmed almond/peanut butter and syrup

When well combined, stir in almond milk until the mixture just holds together

Divide dough into 4 balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet

Using the tines of a fork, gently press down on balls. Top each with a chocolate chip. Bake for 8 minutes. Top with sprinkles if desired.

Let cool or eat while still warm

 

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Chocolate Chip Protein Ball Recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat almond/peanut butter and syrup in a small bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds
  3. Using a fork, combine the flour and protein powder to work out any lumps. Stir in warmed almond/peanut butter and syrup
  4. When well combined, stir in almond milk until the mixture just holds together
  5. Divide dough into 4 balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet
  6. Using the tines of a fork, gently press down on balls. Top each with a chocolate chip. Bake for 8 minutes. Top with sprinkles if desired.
  7. Let cool or eat while still warm
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 4 protein balls (1 serving = 4 balls)

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THE BEST DARN HEALTHY BROWNIE RECIPE

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Every once and awhile you discover a healthy recipe that feels like winning the jackpot. You know…. those ones ((like LG Cookie Dough)) that are just so stinking good you 1) find yourself making it over and over and 2) you just have to share it. Well, thanks to Megan aka @megan_lg.fit we now have another one of those to add to our recipe box.

Introducing….. the best darn healthy brownie recipe that’s ever existed!

Megan emailed me this recipe last week and I knew it would be one that this entire community would go crazy for! My tummy and tastebuds are screaming, “thank you, Megan!”

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats (optional – gluten free oats)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cashew or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup truvia or natural, sugar-free sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

*Recipe makes 9 brownies (1 serving = 2 brownies)

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Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a blender or in a bowl with a hand blender.

Pour batter into a baking dish & sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

In case you needed another reason to make a batch of these brownies… not only can this recipe tantalize your tastebuds but it may just help you see results like Megan! Check out that abdominal definition! 

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HEALTHY PUMPKIN ICE CREAM RECIPE

When fall rolls in, there’s
a balance between embracing the cuddly, cool weather and not wanting to let go
of summer and all it entails… like ICE CREAM!
As you know, I’m all about
balanced healthy eating. This once chicken, brown rice and broccoli only eating
girl is now on a mission to create the most delicious yet nutritious recipes
that fit into the LG Meal Plan, so we can see results while enjoying!
Ice cream always seems a
little overwhelming to make without a machine, but a food processor and the freezer
does a pretty darn good job! This recipe is a little more firm than
store-bought ice cream, but just let it sit at room temperature for a couple of
minutes and dig in!
To fit this into the Eat
Your Way Lean guidelines, I enjoyed this ice cream with dinner the other night,
making Chicken Cordon Bleu ((recipe in the Guilt Free Food Guide)) with a
serving of this!
Ingredients:
4 ripe bosc pears
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup organic honey
NOTE: recipe makes 6
servings

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Sections Fulfilled:
carbohydrate, vegetable, extra
Instructions:
Halve pears and remove the
seeds with a spoon. Remove the stems and roughly chop the pears.
Place the pears, pumpkin
puree and honey in a food processor. Process until smooth.
Place the ice cream in a
bowl and let freeze overnight.
Let sit at room temperature
for 5-10 minutes to soften slightly before eating & enjoy! 
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