Monday, December 12, 2011

Healthy Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Looking for a healthy cookie for the holiday's? Try this recipe! They've been a big hit! I've made seven batches so far! Wow...this from a girl who DOES NOT like to bake :)

Healthy Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

Serves: 10
Yield: 30 cookies

Units: US | Metric
Here is the BASE recipe. Add additional ingredients without worry. There is plenty of batter, so add away! 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (all-purpouse is good too) 
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon  
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (aka oatmeal)

    Add these optional ingrediants to the base batter for YOUR perfect cookie! Chopped Craisins (aka dried cranberries) dates, figs, raisins or currants! Chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts!
    Protein powder would also be a great addition to the batter...I have not tried this YET but I think it would turn out great!
    **I made mine with Craisins and walnuts** 

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray (just for convenience :]).
  2. Using a mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter, brown sugar, honey, egg and water thoroughly.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients then stir in the oats. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix. Add any additional ingredients you've chosen.
  4. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fitness Friday. Get Strong, Walk Fit.

The latest Fitness Friday is SIMPLE!
Walking intervals with strength training! Get your athletic shoes on, get outside and get to walking!
I know it's December! SO WHAT...Get out there...NO Excuses!!!

  • Walk, jog or run around YOUR block one time at a speed you could do for a long period of time...a warm-up walk if you will. OR walk, jog or run for 3-5 minutes if you don't have a traditional block to go around. 
  • Once you get back to your house perform 10-15 push-ups. Full "military" style push-ups, modified push-ups (on your knees) or if that is too difficult find a sturdy wall, railing or bench and do standing push-ups. You can even do these at your car.

  • Add 15 side lunges (each leg so 30 total).

     
  • Walk, jog or run around the block again. Pick up your pace a bit! Get those arms moving! 

  • When you get back home go to your front porch, deck or garage step and perform 30 step ups with high knee raises.

  • Add 20 triceps dips done on the step.
  • Walk, jog or run around the block again. Pick up your pace a bit more! Get those arms pumping! You should be breathing fairly heavy now!
  •  Back at your house perform 20-30 walking lunges up and down your driveway or anywhere you can safely perform walking lunges.
  • Add 20 arm circles forward, 20 reverse and 30 fast jumping jacks!

  • Walk around the block again. Pick up your pace a bit more! Get those arms pumping! You should be breathing fairly heavy! Up your pace...challenge yourself for the last 30-60 seconds seconds!

    REPEAT this circuit 2-3 times and you've got a GREAT full body workout complete with cardio!!!
There's your Fitness Friday workout! No equipment needed!
It's going to be as easy or as hard or as long as you make it! And I don't want to hear that it's too cold or wet outside...Know your surroundings (Snow, ice, rain, fallen leaves or branches, unleashed pets coyotes and wild skunks ;-)  and just plain be careful please! Enjoy the crisp fall/winter weather...don't worry...you'll warm up quickly I promise! Enjoy this workout and drop me a line to let me know how YOUR Fitness Friday went!
**As always...a consultation from your physician is recommended when contemplating or attempting ANY fitness regimen or workout! Ask your physician if this or any workout is right for YOU!!! 

MAKE TODAY COUNT!!!