Happy Friday! How was your week? I hope you’re rounding it out nicely. What are you having for your YOLO meal today? Somebody entice me with some descriptive words in the comments section and make me salivate!! Anyway, I was playing around in the kitchen and came up with this quick, fun, and nutritious cookie recipe that you can make for yourself whenever you have a cookie craving!
It’s really important that we don’t ignore our cravings because they represent a void. Now I’m not saying go eat a tub of ice cream because your cravings tell you to do so. What I am saying is…be aware and be conscious of what your body is telling you. Are you depriving it in some OTHER way? Like many girls, I love to snack. I love chewing and eating, I find it fun! But when I started to analyze why I was munching so much, it came down to this: I tend to head to the fridge when:
1) I want to avoid work
2) I’m bothered about something
3) I’m actually hungry
How did I realize this? Well there’s a difference between being hungry and having a craving. Next time you feel like you need to go eat something, ask yourself this, will salad do the trick? Will a banana make you full? If the answer is yes, then you are hungry for nutrients. If you say, no, I would rather have a cheeseburger, then you’re just craving!!!
And then what to do if only having a cheeseburger will keep you from binging on everything else? Ha, I know this too well. Sometimes the void is purely emotional and I force it to be physiological. Sometimes I want a taco so so bad so I will eat an omelet with salsa, or a mexican salad, or something that seems Mexican-ish, but then…somehow I just end up eating the taco anyway because that’s what my soul needed in the first place. Have you had a similar situation? Shoulda just ate the taco and be done with it right? Yeah, It is hard to tell sometimes. In such a situation you must train your mind to say NO. If it is too hard and you just cannot function in your daily life, ok go have a bit of your taco. Enjoy it. Love it. But be conscious of your feelings when you’re eating.
Did it make you feel better? If so, GREAT!! You made the right choice in indulging. Craving is gone. You filled a soul void. You can move on and be stronger next time. If you feel regretful…well, looks like you could have done without. Whenever you eat a YOLO meal, I suggest you enjoy the experience fully. In my recommended meal plan, you can have one YOLO meal a week. You deserve it and you need it for your sanity!!
Also, last week when I was at the IDEA conference, I wasn’t snacking as much but I also wasn’t hungry either! Why? I was running the oGorgeous booth most of the day and my soul felt fulfilled as I got to meet POPsters who came to visit me! I also was so happy to see the booth buzzing that the excitement filled me! I wouldn’t say it suppressed my appetite…nope…the experience filled all those voids that I used to fill with snacking. Weird huh? Yeah, I came to that realization that week. So I think it is really important to do what you love and be around people who make you happy. Sometimes we confused our emotional needs with your physiological needs. Take care of your well-being and everything else will fall into place.
Anyway!!! Below is your microwave cookie!!! Please post your pics on Instagram #cheapcleaneats so I can see! Also, I am giving away a new tee design I just made! “Eat Clean Train Dirty”!
Eat Clean Train Dirty Tee, $21, ShopBlogilates.com
All you have to do is go to my Peanut Butter Dorm Cookie video on YouTube, like the vid, and tell me in the comments if it is harder for you to eat clean or train dirty. You can enter as many times as you want and it’s open to all POPsters, everywhere, any age! I will announce the winner on my blog next Thursday August 22, 2013. Anyway, here’s your recipe!!
How to make a Peanut Butter Cookie in Microwave
- 1 TBS peanut butter (organic, no salt, no sugar)
- 1 TBS almond milk
- 1 tsp Stevia
- 1 TBS ground oats
- 1 egg white
- Mix together
- Plop on a plate
- Microwave for 45 sec to 1 min
Makes 1 cookie for 136 cals, 8g of healthy fat, 7 g carbs, 9 g protein.