I’ve got the morning open (I can’t say the same for the rest of the day!) so I took advantage of it with a quick run. It’s my first outdoor run in about two weeks.
I took the week and a half off in Colorado off from all traditional exercise, but on Saturday I ran a quick 3.5 miler on my mom’s treadmill. It was a pretty sucky run (I felt tired, sleep-deprived, and sluggish,) so I was happy to feel a big spring in my step during today’s run. I ran my usual 4 mile loop, but a little differently than usual by following this pattern:
-Jog .75 miles
-Sprint .25 miles
I followed that pattern, not caring how slow I was running during the “jog” portion, and sprinting my little heart out during the “sprint” part. Pretty decent workout! Then I think later I’ll do back and biceps, since I did triceps, chest, and abs yesterday.
After my run, I , of course, was starving. And I got to use an exciting new ingredient I received over the weekend in it!
Don’t you just love coming home to packages in the mail?
When I got home from Colorado this weekend, I was excited to see a package to me from my buddy Ron over at NuNaturals. A couple weeks ago he emailed me to let me know about their new orange, lemon, and cocoa flavored/extract stevia drops.
Being 100% honest here, NuNaturals is the reason I like stevia. I’ve tried nearly all other brands, and none of them compare with NuNaturals. I’m hooked on the vanilla stevia drops, and when I run out I always reorder them on iherb.
So when Ron asked me if I’d like to try out the newest flavors, I said of course! Plus, I’d already had plans for the orange extract stevia.
But more on that in a second.
This morning I used the cocoa extract in my overnight oats this morning:
I always use about a tbsp. of cocoa powder, but the cocoa stevia really kicked up the chocolatey flavor. And to get in those greens for my veggies for breakfast, I also hadded half a scoop of some Vega powder I picked up at WF last week:
I actually made this bowl of oats and then thought, oh crap! I forgot the veggies! Vega to the rescue
Now, back to that orange NuStevia. I knew exactly what I wanted to try and recreate a healthy version of…
Last Christmas, one of my clients gave me a tin full of Christmas cookies, and I savored those cookies to the last crumb. I’d even go sofar as to say it’s one of my favorite kinds of cookies!
They’re orange sugar cookies with orange chocolate frosting. I think I even have one left that I’ve saved in the freezer, haha!
I’ve been wanting to make a version of these cookies ever since, and when Ron mentioned the orange stevia, I knew it was now or never. On Sunday while I was cleaning the house, I decided to go ahead and make a healthy version of the chocolatey orange circular baked goods from the gods.
Healthy Orange Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate
Makes ~15 cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12-14 minutes
1 c. oat flour (I just put 1.5 c. oats in the food processor)
3/4 c. almond meal/flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. all spice
1.5-2 droppers of orange NuStevia
1/4 c. coconut or canola oil
2-3 tbsp. milk
1/2 c. chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients except for the milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Add the milk if needed. Spoon out the cookie dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake for 12-14 minutes. In a heat-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips until melted (in 30 second increments.) When cookies have cooled, spread the chocolate onto each cookie for a top coating of chocolate. Cool in fridge until chocolate hardens (or just eat them as is. I’m not judging )