Mini Batch of Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been dying to bake for a week now and finally got the chance today. But, since baking is a major danger zone for me I decided to make a mini-batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies! I made a small batch that made 9 cookies total. I didn’t want to bust out a recipe so I made this up as I went along…IMG_1029

Ingredients – Makes 9 Healthy Cookies

1/2c oats

1/2c whole wheat flour

1/3c brown sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

dash salt and cinnamon

1 egg

1ย  applesauce (snack pack size)

1/3c chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. Drop spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. *I spray the pan to prevent sticking since the cookies don’t have butter. **You can’t eat more than a bite of the cookie dough since it doesn’t make that much. Yes, I eat the batter even though it has raw egg. Have you ever heard of anyone dying from eating cookie dough? If you ever do, it will probably be me and I won’t regret it.IMG_1025Let’s remember that these are healthy cookies and may disappoint Ben your significant other.

The whole batch on a plate! Dee-lish!IMG_1030

I didn’t just have cookies for dinner (not that I’m above that). I had some polenta left over from the other night and recreated that meal. I love cooked spinach with tomato paste and spices. Love it.IMG_1018

IMG_1014My afternoon snack was kiwi and a yogurt. I was hungry and also ended up eating a handful of Kashi crackers! Maybe two handfuls?DSCN2053

When I got home and started making dinner I thought I would be “good” and plate my snackage of Pirate’s Booty. But, let’s be honest and say that I ate handfuls of this stuff straight out of the bag too.IMG_1007

In other news…I’m going to Mississippi next week for work! I’m covering a story about a church building a house for a family who lost their home in Katrina. Exciting life of a reporter!?

Time for Dinner!

After a few cold dinners on the table Ben and I have declared 7pm Dinner Time. This way he knows when he should be home and I know when I will be eating dinner and can plan my snacks accordingly. I am thinking between 3 and 4pm is the best time for my afternoon snack so I’m hungry for dinner. Do you have a dinner time? I never had one before, but we’re trying this whole shack-up marriage thing and we want to eat dinner together ๐Ÿ™‚ How cute.

In case you were wondering what I look like when I get home from work…I was trying to explain to friend that I look like I am coming home from a walk in the part – not work, when I get home. This is because I change out of nice, work clothes and put on walking clothes for my “commute” home ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN2025

My afternoon snack was supposed to be this…but I ended up ditching the yogurt for a Kashiย  bar. It was good, but the yogurt would have been better ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_0996

I also had some of these True North Nut Clusters. The company sent me over some samples of their goodies and this was the first one I opened. I have to say that they are delicious! And I sent some in Ben’s lunch last week and he came home asking about them, saying that he loved them! Two good reviews in one and we haven’t even tried the other samples ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN2035

Here are the nutrition stats.DSCN2036

My only hesitation with buying theseย  is that 5 clusters is a serving size. It’s hard for me to stop at 5! But if you pack them in your lunch it’s perfect. You get to enjoy the clusters and have portion control ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN2039

Visit the True North website for a $1.00 off coupon! I will let ya know what I think about the other kinds too ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner was leftovers from Indian food on Saturday…DSCN2033

And I really really wanted dessert so I had a handful of chocolate chips before deciding to make cinnamon toast with chocolate chips! DSCN2044A little later Iย  was craving hot chocolate and Ben reminded me that we bought chocolate in Guatemala that turned out to be for makingย  (Mexican) Hot Chocolate! Have you ever had Abuelita? The best hot chocolate ever. You break off pieces of the chocolate bar and mix it with milk. DSCN2046

It is seasoned with cinnamon and other spices – it reminds me of my Aunt Martha since I rememeber her making this for me and my cousins ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN2047Someone asked about the ingredients of my precious Pumpkin Butter…here are the stats…DSCN2041Cut the Crap – I have gotten a lot of emails about how my Cut the Crap Month seems to be hurting my Intuitive Eating. After much thought, I agree. As soon as I said I am not going to eat something my instinct is to eat it! It’s very frustrating, but years of restricting/binging has completely screwed up my head and body.

I feel like it is a complete cop out to say I am stopping my efforts to Cut the Crap ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, I am going to continue to make an effort to eat foods that make me feel good and fuel me well! But, I am not going to restrict myself to x number of treats a week.

My small goals each week are building on eachother am I’m doing well with those so I’m going to continue

1. Not eating for 30 minutes after I get home

2. Brushing my teeth after dinner/dessert and closing the kitchen

Sunday Snack-down

I always snack my way through the weekend. It’s due to a couple of things…I usually eat breakfast late so I’m not hungry at “lunch time”. Then, I have a snack (or three) and have dinner and dessert. I actually don’t mind it, but the trouble comes when I think I should eat lunch or dinner even though I’m not hungry.

I ate grapes, a few chips with hummus and more Pirate’s Booty through out the afternoon. Come dinner time I wasn’t hungry, but figured I should eat. I made a BIG salad topped with hummus.IMG_0975Look how colorful my salad is with my very colorful place mats!IMG_0976

Baked potato on the side (with ketchup!)IMG_0979*Next time I’ll make a small salad and hold the sidesย  if I really feel like I want to eat with Ben when I’m not hungry.

I really wanted to bake cookies for dessert, but I need Ben to light the pilot light to do that and he was caught up in something else. I really need to teach myself how to do that, but I’m scared.

Other things I’m scared of:

  • The dark (seriously)
  • WWIII
  • Spiders, bugs in general actually
  • Getting injured
  • Falling asleep in church and farting really loud

So, I ended up makes a fruit plate – BORE-RING! IMG_0982I am sad that Sunday is coming to a close ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was a great weekend though! Both Saturday and Sunday were gorgeous days and I feel like I got a lot accomplished ๐Ÿ™‚

Day at the Museum

Ben and I went into DC today to sight see. It was the most gorgeous day! Love it!

We hit up the Natural History Museum and the Jefferson Memorial. The (ONE) thing I like about living in Maryland is having so many great museums and sights so close to us! I have always loved DC and am really going to try and see as much as I can while here ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_0943IMG_0954

We stopped and got a Honey Crisp Apple. These are amazing – I wish they weren’t so expensive!DSCN1991

Lunch on the road…PB&J, carrots. I knew we would be eating out for dinner and didn’t want to do that for lunch too!DSCN1994

We went out for Indian Food for dinner. I love this stuff! We started with a mixed appetizer plate. It didn’t describe what the mixed appetizers were – turns out all the fried stuff ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The samosa was really good and I ate some of the other stuff too.IMG_0962

I ordered Chan Masala, Rice and Naan. The waiter served us each of the dishes as he brought them to the table. He insisted on putting some of Ben’s lamb on my plate. I tried to tell him I didn’t want any, but there was a language barrier and he insisted it was good. I took the pic and then gave it to Ben ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_0968

I’m currently blogging and enjoying some TJ’s tart frozen yogurt with granola ๐Ÿ™‚ Good night!IMG_0973This is not poop! Ben was eating trail mix in the car and dropped some chocolate chips on his seat. I guess they melted and then he sat in it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We don’t know when it happened or how long he was walking around like this…IMG_0970

Ben’s Random Comment of the Day:

Ben: “The Panda is the direct opposite of everything I am.”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Ben: “He only eats vegetables and refuses to have sex.”

Amazing Cup Reborn

Remember when I accidentally killed my Amazing Grass cup? I was super sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so I emailed the Amazing Grass peepsย  and asked for a replacement. It was waiting for me when I got back from Belize! How fun ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN1975They not only sent a replacement – Terri from AGย  sent over samples of their Kids Superfood and Greens SuperFood bar in Berry & Chocolate Peanut Butter. Thanks Terri ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN1976

I ate my new Chobani Pomegranate yogurt and apple for a snack ๐Ÿ™‚ It was good, but I think I like the pineapple flavor better. They were on sale at Giant for $1.00 each. I should scoop up some more!DSCN1956

Dinner was based around my new obsession – polenta. I topped the polenta with kidney beans, a spinach mixture and cheese. DSCN1962DSCN1965DSCN1958

Dessert was a handful of trail mix and a dark chocolate square ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN1969

Ben’s Random Comment of the Day from yesterday:

Me: (blah,blah,blah…being really annoying because I’m mad I overate)

Ben: “You are unpleasant to talk to.”

Me: (bursts out laughing)

I don’t know why I found that hilarious, but I couldn’t stop laughing!

Tomorrow is Cookie Friday! Who’s excited? This girl ๐Ÿ™‚

Dangerous Things

Things I think are dangerous:

  1. Running by yourself through a dark alley
  2. Going to Iraq
  3. Base Jumping
  4. Juggling Knives
  5. Eating Almond Butter right out of the Jar

My afternoon snack was an apple and almond butter. I ate the AB right out of the jar = VERY DANGEROUS!DSCN1895

Despite my decision to “Cut the Crap”, or really probably because of – I came home and ate a bunch of random cereals. Actually, now that I think about it,ย  this may be due to my lunch being on the lighter side. Anyways, I am truthfully and ashamedly admitting I ate way too much “crap” today. It all started with a small bowl of granola. Granola was a forbidden food for me for a very long time and I am still working on giving myself permission to eat it, hence the binge. I’m really trying to have my forbidden foods around and eat them like a normal person!DSCN1899

The dinner I made was tacos – eh, I was already full at this point and should have passed, but I did eat one. I am okay with it since my weight was down today and I’m not going to beat myself up over it.DSCN1902

Question: Is there anything “food wise” that you think is dangerous???

I also think baking is dangerous for me. The last time I made cookies I think I ate 5 of them and a bunch of batter ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I think I’m wasted

Earlier I posted about how I have a rash. Well, it didn’t get any better over the course of the day and I was feeling super run down when I got home so I took a Benedryl since I think it may be an allergic reaction. Now I feel completely disorriented and lethargic. It’s so weird. I’ve never taken Benedryl before.

Before I took it I snacked a bunch at home and realized the Number One Reason Why I Overeat/Binge is = I’m tired. I actually discovered it last week and after a few episodes of snacking in the kitchen I identified why I was doing it – I’m tired! So, I have to make a huge effort to do something else and stay away from food when I’m tired.

Here are the eats I recorded from today…no explanation as I am wasted.

Even though I’m high I was able to add beans to Annie’s Mac ‘n Cheese for protein. I am a genius.DSCN1868DSCN1871

Other foods from today…DSCN1837DSCN1853DSCN1857DSCN1859DSCN1867

I’ve got to go to sleep! I feel weird.

Tomorrow – I thought up a Personal Challenge for myself on my walk home – Stay tuned as I’ll talk about it tomorrow!