Christmas Cookie Countdown

Desserts are literally flying at me from all directions this week, whether it be at work or at holiday parties. So to combat these flying, fatty fantasticos (I’m reaching), I thought I’d post five healthy cookie recipes for the next five days until Christmas. This will give those of you a good variety to choose from, if you decide to go the healthier route this year. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged!

Cookie Recipe #5: Chocolate Bliss Cookies

Serves: Prep: 20min Cook: 40 min Total: 1 hr 0min

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil.
  2. In small bowl, sift together cocoa, salt, and 1/4cup of the sugar.
  3. In large bowl, with electric mixer at medium low speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form. Fold in cocoa mixture and vanilla extract.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 1″ apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes for soft chewy cookies or 40 minutes for crisp ones. Dust cooled cookies with confectioners’ sugar.

I thought this recipe would be perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life or great for converting the lemon-lovers. (They’re out there, I swear.) Whip these bad boys up for the family or just to help healthier your own household sweet stash.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Don’t cheat. Ever. At anything. Ok, more specifically at the gym. When you shave off those 5 minutes of cool down at the end of your machine workout, or switch to lighter weights because you want to do more reps, you’re only hurting your own results. Seriously, just finish the 12 reps and be done with it. Nobody will be wowed by an 8 minute gym trip.

Tips

This tip was not Karen-approved. She’s a life-long advocate for the Lazy Bum-Bums Club.

First Practice 5K

Today I did my first practice 5K with my running coach, Alex. I usually let him go at his normal pace (for every stride he takes, I take three) and follow behind, running hard to keep up. This works so well for me because I probably wouldn’t normally push myself as hard.

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My pace was ok, but I now know I have to work a little harder to get ready for this race. It’s not that I’m planning on trying to be the fastest, but I definitely want to challenge myself. So in spirit of working harder, I decided tonight that I would have a healthy dinner in place of my usual Sunday Funday feast.

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Alexia Foods Sauté Reds have potatoes, mushrooms, and whole green beans.

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On the side of my delicious meal, I sipped some cinnamon spice tea, or as my friend calls it: “Christmas in a cup.” I also flipped through the latest issue of Oxygen magazine, which featured my fave blogger Julie Fagan of PB Fingers. Yay Julie! This magazine isn’t my usual selection because it focuses so heavily on weight lifting, but every once in a while it’s good to add something new to the rotation. It’s often hard for me to remember that weight lifting is actually a vital part of a good workout routine, so this magazine works well to put me on track.

“The Walking Dead” is starting right now, so I’m going to leave you all with an excerpt from the Oxygen article about Julie.

Re-define Yourself:

By thinking of yourself as a “runner,” “tri-athlete,” “fitness competitor” or “Sister in Iron,” you can use language to make an active lifestyle a part of your identity. This can be especially helpful if you’re just starting out in fitness, or facing a new challenge. By assuming that you’re already successful, you’ll feel like you belong in the gym, at the running track, in the weight room or on the fitness stage, and will feel less intimidated to tackle your fit tasks. In addition, by making your daily language and interaction with others, reflect your new identity, you’re a lot more likely to have confidence in your ability to achieve your desired result.

YOUR PLAN: Start by defining your fitness goals. What do you want to accomplish? Next, research to see what people who have been successful in achieving this goal call themselves, or think of a new term for yourself. Assume the identity.

Zombie Karen