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vegan cookies + 30 minute treadmill workout

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’ve got two things for you today. Two REALLY awesome things!

They are; a RECIPE + a Treadmill Workout for you to do next time you’re at the gym (especially if you find yourself lacking motivation some days, like me)…

I’ll start with the fun stuff (no, not the treadmill workout …)

This recipe was taken and adapted from Oh She Glows recipe for ‘The Ultimate Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie”

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Yes it’s true that VEGAN does not always equate to HEALTHY. So health nuts beware… However; this recipe is fabulous if you want to do some baking with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

These cookies were soft, gooey, sweet and impossibly delicious!

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You could add in various nuts, or substitute the raisins for dried cranberries/chocolate chips if you so desired! Instead of only using walnuts like the original recipe did, I threw in almonds as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 2 cups regular oats, divided
  • 3/4 cup Gluten-Free Flour Blend
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (feel free to use substitutes here)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 3.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coarsely grind the walnuts in a food processor
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, half of the oats and sugar
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  4. Add these dry ingredients to the food processor – blend with walnuts
  5. Soften the coconut oil in the microwave – mix in the maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla
  6. Add the wet mix to the food processor as well, mix until everything is combined!
  7. Remove contents from food processor, into a big bowl
  8. Add in the remaining oats, and the raisins
  9. Roll the dough into little balls and place on the cookie sheet
  10. Flatten with a fork, and bake for 10 minutes
  11. Let the cookies sit for 2 minutes, transfer to a wire cooling rack – and VOILA!

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ENJOY with a warm cup of tea or coffee, and you’re happy!

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After you indulge in too many of these cookies, you’re going to want to try this super sweaty workout.

It’s interval-based, so there’s varying periods of high-intensity sprints alternated with some light jogging.

The 30 minutes FLEW by for me, and I hope that happens to you as well! It’s a great workout to beat the gym-blues when you get bored with your usual workouts.

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Try these out! Both the recipe and workout!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.


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Starbucks Santa

Santa came early this year…

And with him, he brought mass amounts of Starbucks Baked Goods.

Naturally, I indulged in a few of these tasty absolutely delicious treats.

Which, got me thinking… (This nutrition program is really killing my enjoyment of eating whatever I want)

What is the nutritional content of these Starbucks goodies? Let’s take a look… (courtesy of the company website)

  1.  The “Chocolate Chunk Cookie”Calories/Fat (g)/Carbs (g) /Fiber (g) /Protein
    Chocolate Chunk Cookie 380 17 51 2 4
  2. The “Oat Bar”
    Blueberry Oat Bar 370 14 47 5 6
  3. The “Ginger Molasses Cookie”
    Ginger Molasses Cookie 390 11 67 <1 6
  4. The “Coffee Cake”
    Reduced-Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake 400 8 80 4 5
  5. The “Cake Pop”
    Raspberry Truffle Cake Pop 160 8 24 <1 2

Okay, let’s summarize this.

The average 20 something year old girl will probably need about 1500 calories a day if she’s moderately active. A single piece of this reduced-fat coffee cake has almost one third of her daily intake of calories! Sure, calories aren’t everything (nutritional content of food is also very important), but these baked goods should be eaten in SERIOUS moderation!

A single cake-pop is probably your best option for having a Starbucks treat.

The lesson here: don’t be deceived by the names of these desserts. Just because there are oats in the oat-bar…. doesn’t mean it can be considered a healthy breakfast!

I won’t even bother digging into the nutritional info for their drinks (at least not until after the holiday season). After all, ’tis the season for indulging !