Good day to you all! I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. I’m pretty sure I have deemed Friday as my favorite day of the week. At the end of the work day it’s so nice knowing that I have the whole weekend ahead of me to do as I please.
I started my day with a banana pancake topped with honey and PB2. I made it the night before so that all I had to do in the morning was pop it in the microwave and add some toppings. I’m all about anything that make early mornings easier for me.
I am attempting to wean back on the nut butter a bit because I was seriously getting out of hand and eating it by the spoonfuls. I think it was a combination of factors: I may have felt slightly deprived from the diet, I don’t love meat, and I felt like it was something that actually satisfied my belly. Now that I am starting to incorporate more of my favorite proteins again, quinoa, beans, and eggs, I am able to cut back on the nut butter. I will not be cutting it out however!
For lunch I ate the same awesome Greek-inspired salad as yesterday.
After work, I headed straight to the gym yet again. I hit the elliptical for 20 minutes, then moved to the treadmill for a mile run all while watching the Olympic women’s 10,000 meter race. Holy cow those ladies are speedy! It was great motivation to keep me moving. After cardio, I moved to the free weights to pound out a chest and tricep workout. I finished with some core work. Strength training two days in a row! It has been a while since that has happened.
For dinner I made a taco salad.
In the mix:
- mixed greens
- black beans
- cheddar cheese
- and ranch dressing
I debated whether or not to top the salad with salsa, but have found in the past that I am usually disappointed if I use salsa as my dressing, so I opted for one I knew I would like.
After dinner I wanted dessert. I found a Paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe from Delighted Momma and decided to give it a whirl.
I made a few changes though of course as I always do. Instead of the coconut oil, I used organic applesauce and instead of using 4 whole eggs, I used 3 eggs plus 1 egg white. For the chocolate chip part, I bought carob chips from the natural food store in town. I have never used them before but know they can be substituted for chocolate chips and are a healthier option. The ones I bought were dairy free.
Chocolate Chip Cookies Paleo Style
- 1/2 cup organic applesauce
- 3 Tbsp. honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3/4 cup carob chips
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- In mixing bowl beat together applesauce, honey, eggs, egg white, vanilla, and salt until well combined.
- Next, stir in coconut flour, coconut, and carob chips.
- Roll into balls and flatten slightly*; place on parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
*The cookies do not change their shape from pre-cooked to post-cooking so flattening them makes them more cookie like.
Thank you Delighted Mama for the inspiration! I loved these cookies. They have a coconutty chocolatey flavor, a soft texture, and are slightly addicting.
I hope you all enjoy! I am off to soak up the weekend. Hope you are too.