Clean Eating Cookies

I picked up a Clean Eating magazine to do a little research for Camp Endeavor and because I’ve heard a lot about this book/diet/magazine and never looked into it. I was actually expecting a very high protein, veggies and fruit diet (no carbs or sugar) but it was much more balanced than I thought! I might even subscribe to it!

Since my last baking success, I’ve been on the lookout for new recipes like never before. Bread is next but I needed one more success before tackling something so scary. I have a serious fear of yeast people. I also had been on the lookout for a “healthier” cookie. This cookie fit the bill and I actually had all of the ingredients on hand (which means it is a very short and basic list). The cookies did not disappoint. But then again, what’s disappointing about chocolate and peanut butter?

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies adapted from Clean Eating

  • 1 cup unsalted almond butter (I used peanut butter because I was out of almond)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped into pieces

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes and let cool 15 more minutes.

review: navitas naturals trail power

As you probably have guessed by now, I’m always up for trying the newest products.  And something I’m always on the hunt for? Greek yogurt toppings! This antioxidant-rich blend contains goji berries, mulberries, goldenberries, cacoa nibs and cashews. It is organic, raw, kosher and vegan. It is also perfect on yogurt, giving each bite a bit of sweetness, tartness, and/or bitterness – all in one bowl.

This is one of the many Navitas Naturals products. They have a wide variety of super and functional foods, I can’t wait to try more!

What is your favorite yogurt topping?

in my cupboard: tj’s nuts about chocolate & raspberries mix

When I think about family hikes as a child, one thing comes to mind:

Picture us, much like the Von Trapp family happily singing through the mountains of Austria. Except that it was probably just my mother and I singing “The Hills are Alive” and we were hiking in The Smoky Mountains…

We had gorp (peanuts, raisins and m&m’s) for every hike, which was definitely the highlight for my brother and I. More specifically the m&m’s were the highlight, and we took full advantage of this by needing to stop about every 20 minutes to “refuel” as I’m sure we called it.

Apparently my tastes haven’t changed too much in the last 20 years because my latest trail mix obsession contains a delightful mix of almonds, peanuts, chocolate chips and dried raspberries. It is the perfect ratio of nuts to sweets. Every two nuts has either a raspberry or chocolate to accompany it. Just the way it should be, right?

What is your perfect trail-mix blend?

review: caribou’s dark chocolate mint mocha


“We’ve raised the bar. The chocolate bar that is.”

Yes Caribou, you have.

I had my 1st Mint Dark Chocolate Mocha of the season – I do these things for you, you know ;) And there are times when chocolate must be consumed before 9 AM. I rarely get fun drinks like this but Mint Mochas even trump Pumpkin Spice lattes  in my book! I always get these drinks with less syrup, less chocolate , no whip and no extras – and with skim or soy. (Yes, I’m sure I drive the barista absolutely crazy) Even with these adjustments this drink was so incredibly rich, chocolaty and PERFECT!

“Our chocolate drinks are now handcrafted with gourmet Guittard chocolate. We steam real pieces of dark, milk or white chocolate into milk to create the ultimate mocha experience”

Just do yourself the favor and go get one. I promise you won’t be disappointed.