Double Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cookies

It’s the season for baking! I love getting my hands on holiday cookies from cookie exchanges, holiday parties and family. One of my favorite recipes is a chocolate sandwich cookie with peppermint filling. I decided to change it up into a healthy, protein holiday cookie. There are many great healthy cookie recipes out there, but I like mine without oats and with some added protein. Chocolate doesn’t hurt either! Top your cookies with whatever you have on hand – candy canes, sprinkles or chocolate covered pretzels.


Double Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flourprotein-cookie-4
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp peppermint chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Add in coconut sugar. Add flour mixtures in a few batches and mix until combined. Stir in dark chocolate chips. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls and gently press on parchment paper to flatten cookies. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for 10-15 minutes before decorating. Create a double boiler by boiling water and placing a glass bowl overtop. Melt white chocolate chips and peppermint chips together. Dip cookies into melted chocolate and sprinkle with toppings of choice. Place in the refrigerator to let chocolate harden. Enjoy!

Number of servings: 12 | Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 200, total fat: 11 g, total carbohydrates: 23 g, dietary fiber: 2 g, sugars: 13 g, protein: 6 g

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What’s your favorite healthy holiday cookie? Tell me below!

Raquel

Super Seed Energy Bites

super seedOne of my favorite things to do is take my time around the grocery store and finding new products to use. Remember… I’m a dietitian! Trader Joe’s always seems to be the best place to find things. This Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend is amazing. It’s a mix of sprouted buckwheat groats, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, shelled hemp seeds, sprouted millet, organic red quinoa, and organic amaranth. I’ve talked about chia seeds and quinoa before so let’s chat about the other ingredients.

Buckwheat groats and amaranth are pseudocereals related to quinoa. They are both loaded with minerals, antioxidants, and fiber which can improve heart health! Millet is an actual grain that is high in copper, phosphorous, and magnesium. Flax seeds are found in this blend and added on the outside of these energy bites. These seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber to help improve digestive health. Last, but not least are hemp seeds which I believe are the real star of this mix. They are one of the few plant-based complete proteins blended with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.


Super Seed Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted datesDSC_0604
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

In a blender or food processor, add cashews and chop until they are in small pieces. Remove nuts and set aside. Add 1/2 cup of dates and juice of 1 lemon to the food processor and chop until well combined. Add the remaining dates and lemon juice. Chop again. Place mixture in a medium bowl. Add chopped cashews, shredded coconut, and super seed blend. Stir together until everything is well mixed. Roll into small balls (makes 8-10) and set on wax or parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together ground flax seed and unsweetened cocoa powder. Take each ball and roll in the flax seed and cocoa powder mixture until completely coated. Once all balls are coated, place in the refrigerator to set.

Number of servings: 4-5 | Serving size: 2 balls
Calories: 242, total fat: 13 g, total carbohydrates: 37 g, dietary fiber: 6 g, sugars: 23 g, protein: 5 g

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What is your favorite super seed and how do you like to use it? Tell me below!

Raquel

Cacao Espresso Smoothie

DSC_0319Have you heard of cacao nibs? These little nuggets are crumbles of whole cacao beans. Basically, they are little bits of pure chocolate. They are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Cacao fruit grows in tropical regions such as Peru.

One teaspoon of these nibs provides 20 calories and 9 mg of magnesium. This mineral helps maintain muscle and nerve function, regulate blood glucose levels and the production of energy and protein, and supports our immune system. Plus, one ounce of cacao nibs has 9 grams of fiber. Cacao nibs are slightly bitter, but just picture super dark chocolate in tiny bites. Adding them to this smoothie with espresso and coffee just seemed like the perfect combination! This is a great smoothie to wake up with.


Cacao Espresso Smoothie

IngredientsDSC_0312

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Handful of ice

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender and give it a whirl! Top with extra cacao nibs.

Note: I love keeping Starbucks Iced Coffee in my refrigerator for mornings when I’m running late and it’s perfect to use in this smoothie.

Number of servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 120, total fat: 3 g, total carbohydrates: 18.6 g, dietary fiber: 4.4 g, sugars 9.8 g,
protein: 4 g

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This smoothie is my favorite on a lazy Saturday morning. What’s your favorite weekend smoothie? Tell me below!

Raquel

Three Things

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1. The US Surgeon General is calling for a national walking campaign and I love it. This is a great way to help combat chronic disease and obesity in this country. Walking or doing moderate exercise 150 minutes each week can decrease the risk of high blood pressure and obesity. Include strength training two or more days a week and you’ve got the start of an easy and effective workout schedule. {The Washington Post}


2. Wait. Chocolate is good for heart health? Oh yes! Two new studies show that cocoa flavanols improve cardiovascular function. Cocoa flavanols are a combinations of phytonutrients found in cocoa beans. Choose one ounce of dark chocolate to satisfy that sweet tooth in a heart healthy way. {Medical News Today}


3. The cooler weather this week in Philadelphia is getting me excited for fall! These autumn-friendly recipes are making me crave fall flavors. In season produce includes apples, pears, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, leeks, pomegranate, pumpkin, winter squash, and sweet potatoes to name a few. Check out a local farmers market for some produce inspiration this weekend. {Whole Foods}

Raquel