Welcome to my first ‘Lifestyle’ Post! It’s true, Keith and Travel and my number 1 and number 2 loves (I’ll never tell which I love more! 😉 KIDDING Keith is #1 handsdown!).. BUT we also love our bodies and delicious food! We’re dedicating this page all to work-outs, recipes, home time with the pups (because lets be real, puppies are a lifestyle), and tips on staying healthy while feeding your body and soul (with the occasional doughnut for balance, of course!).
I have an insane sweet tooth. You may think “oh, everyone has a sweet tooth no big deal.” But I’m telling you I am on a whole different level. Before Keith and I reunited I was living in Chicago by myself with my two dogs. My meals consisted of fruity pebbles, BLT’s, brownie batter, cookie dough and the occasional PB&J. Literally I would mix up a batch of brownies and never cook it… it was THAT bad. I was running nearly 5 miles a day and figured since I wasn’t gaining any weight, was a size 0-2 dress, and had a pretty thin figure I was healthy, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. I wasn’t gaining any weight because I was under fueling my body with the nutrients it needed to get through the day. There was no nutritional value to my diet besides the occasional tomato slice. My energy was derived from synthesized sugar and led to crashes and mood swings. Doesn’t sound fun, does it?
When Keith and I started dating again, he was going to school for personal training and taught me how important it is to eat the right things to fuel my body and mind properly (It also helped that he cooked it all for me–I can’t cook to save my soul). Since then we’ve been very conscious of what goes into our bodies. Yes, I still cave at the sight of doughnuts but I don’t treat myself every day or even every week. While I enjoy eating healthier and the transformation it’s had on my body, I still crave sugar. Keith has come up with some creative ways to cure this and the best yet is the cookies he made last night! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, and packed with protein for my growing muscles. Oh! And absolutely delicious. Try them out with the Recipe below!
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
1 C. Natural, unsalted peanut butter
1/2 C. Pure maple syrup
2 C. Gluten free rolled oats
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside
- In a medium, microwave safe bowl combine peanut butter and maple syrup and whisk until well mixed. Heat in 20 second increments until bubbles start to form.
- Add oats to the peanut butter mixture. Add in increments, stirring and folding in until combined.
- Using a 2 TBSP cookie scoop, scoop and drop balls on to prepared baking sheet evenly spacing apart using a fork to flatten.
- Chill in freezer for 15-25 minutes until cool
Try not to eat them all in one sitting!
So easy, even I could’ve made them…I didn’t of course, but the important thing is I could have. 😉For variation try adding some chocolate chips or coconut shavings! YUM