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Three Tip Tuesday

Ah Tuesday..not quite the start of the week, not yet the middle and certainly not the end…To brighten up this dreary looking Tuesday morning, I decided it would be fun to start offering some tips every Tuesday so here goes:

Cookie ChRUNicles Tips for Tuesday:

1. Crosstrain! – I am so that girl to run day after day inserting an elliptical workout once in a while (in the event of a large rain, snow, ice storm that prevents me from running my usual path). Well do I have news for you – crosstraining can be fun and extremely kind on your muscles! I recently joined a fancy schmancy gym (any donations to help pay for this schmancy place appreciated) and I have been determined to test out all of the various cardio machines and classes. After much trial and error, I have found a second love (first being running) in the spin class. I used to spin years ago and to be honest, I had recalled my tush hurting from the seat and had no intentions of going back. I finally caved in a few weeks ago and gee, what a great idea! It is an incredible workout, especially with the right instructor! I even break a sweat (which is not an easy thing for me to do) and I don’t even mind that my hair gets all sweaty and messy – worth it! Besides enjoying this hard, sweaty workout on a bike, I have found that it makes my running pace faster and my muscles seem stronger. I guess there is something to this crosstraining concept.

2. Buy extra produce – Some people claim that they can’t even eat all of the fresh fruits and veggies that they buy and end up throwing it out. Not me! I swear I underbuy and end up having to go back to the store a few times during the week. For example, I bought a huge container of blueberries (yay for berries being back in the stores at decent prices!) thinking they would last me several days to a week, easily. Um, nope. I see this morning I must start rationing myself in order to preserve the berry. And possibly hide them from anyone else that might open the fridge and think about having a handful. My advice, buy more and eat them! The high levels of antioxidants found in blueberries make the purchase so worth it for your body. Blueberries have anti-imflammatory properties which aid in healing muscles and preventing soreness. Not to mention, they are delicious!  Blueberries can easily be added to the following meals:’

oatmeal

pancakes

yogurt

cereal

salads

desserts

or just stand by the fridge and pop them into your mouth

Super amazing blueberry tip – add them to a peanut butter sandwich instead of jelly. You will save on sugar, get all of the health benefits of the berries not to mention absolutely delicious combo!

3. Make an amazing healthy cookie on Monday nights – Monday is even more blah than Tuesday since it is the start of the week and the dreaded routine. School, homework battles, bed time battles, extra circular activities, work etc. blah. I made a super easy super healthy minimal ingredient cookie last night and my son loved them. And when he went to sneak another cookie, it really didn’t matter (although he thought he was so slick). It is always good to have healthy fresh cookies on hand and will certainly beat the Monday blues.

You can customize these cookies to your families’ personal tastes by adding cranberries, walnuts, pecans, different chocolate chips, coconut etc. As a baker I tend to throw things in and experiment so feel free to adjust the amount/type of peanut butter and mix ins.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie:

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup oat bran

large spoonful of natural peanut butter

1/2 cup natural applesauce

shake of cinnamon

spoonful of honey

pinch of baking powder

raisins

dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and drop by spoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and there you have it! Delicious and healthy. These cookies can be eaten for breakfast, packed in a lunch box or for a delicious healthy dessert.

This recipe made 12 cookies. You can make them smaller or larger depending on how you like them.

Happy Tuesday!

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