If you're anything like me, Christmas baking is in full swing. I don't see anything wrong with plenty of delicious Christmas treats, but I do like to make sure I have some healthy snacks to turn to during the day as well. My mid-morning snack is usually something fast and easy to grab while I work. These bars are perfect:
I found the recipe online as part of Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet, so I won't bother reposting the recipe. Just click here to check it out. BUT - I will say that I replaced the coconut oil with peanut butter and it was just as delicious.
Those bars are certainly nice. Healthy, whole ingredients, and a great mix of complex carbs thanks to oatmeal and sweet potatoes. But for something naughty?
Cadbury chocolates hidden in a chocolate chip cookie. I found these chocolates yesterday at the grocery store and quickly realized that they are Mini Eggs, but the Christmas edition!
|Note - bought yesterday and empty today.|
Each ball of dough got a couple of the chocolates hidden inside before baking:
Such a treat! It was so nice to have a little something extra hidden in the cookies.
On the exercise front, I have been kicking butt (if I do say so myself) on the spin bike lately. Today I went completely by heart rate to try to have an intense workout. I spent 45 minutes with a heart rate above 175 - which for me, is basically a 5k race pace. Made me want to vomit just a little bit at the end, but it felt amazing.
What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
I'm usually a candy fan more than baked goods, but at Christmas it just seems like you HAVE to start baking! I love crispy sugar cookies with pretty frosting and sprinkles best. So delicious!
Do you ever do your cardio according to your heart rate?
Lately I have been using my heart rate monitor to see if my biking workouts are enough to keep up my cardio without running. Pretty sure I can say that's a resounding YES.