It’s the time of year when lots of us resolve to “eat healthier,” “get back to the gym,” lose weight or set some other health-related goal – fulfilling the acquisition quotas of gym marketing managers everywhere. I’ve never believed that a specific day of the year or season should mean restriction from indulgence or indulging in hobbies – mine being baking.
Here are five recipes I tried in 2018 that won’t ruin a 2019 New Years “Eat-Healthier” Diet (if you have one) and will allow everyone to have fun in the kitchen!
1. 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies: Skip the chocolate chips and these quick cookies are a no sugar added healthy breakfast. I have mine with coffee instead of regular oatmeal.
2. Carrot Cake Protein Muffins: Though they contain a few more ingredients than the pumpkin cookies, these muffins can still be eaten as a breakfast, snack or post-workout food. They use Kodiak Cake Mix (a high-protein flapjack powder) to create a whole wheat muffin with plenty of protein.
3. Chocolate Brownies with Quest Nutrition Protein Powder: These brownies won’t taste like the full-fat variety, but they will contain a lot of protein and very little sugar. Quest Nutrition powders do contain added sweeteners, so pass on these if you don’t like stevia leaf extract.
4. PB2 Protein Cookies: If you haven’t heard of PB2, you’ve been missing out! A brilliant peanut manufacturer removed all the oil from peanut butter. PB2 is essentially peanuts crushed into a fine powder with no additives or sweeteners. Mix PB2 to with water to create a lower calorie peanut butter. Mix PB2 with the ingredients on this recipe to create a cookie!
5. Healthy Cheese-less “Cheesecake”: I enjoyed this recipe so much I made it three nights in-a-row. It uses sugar-free vanilla pudding mix to create a sweet cheesecake alternative with the taste and texture of cheesecake but without the cheese. I recommend it for anyone avoiding sugar or looking for a high-protein dessert substitute.