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My first week of the 10 in 10 Challenge has gone really well.  I successfully worked out 5 days this week with three of them being 5:15am wake-up calls to head to the gym.  I have to attempt the early wake up calls were a little difficult this week due to the cold weather we’ve been having.  On Wednesday morning when I got in my car the temperature was 36!!  That is not normal for South Florida!!  We’ve had a full week of cold weather and today we even had “winter storm” warnings.  Which for us South Floridians we never hear of such warnings. 

Anyways, this week was successful in getting back to a normal workout schedule.  I ran about 15 miles this week too.  All on the treadmill due to the cold weather but it felt good.  Most of my workouts this week consisted of cardio and weights.  Monday – cardio and weights, chest and back.  Tuesday – weights – chest, back, triceps, biceps, legs and abs!  Wednesday – run and abs.  Thursday – day off.  Friday – cross training cardio, 20 minute run and 20 minute elliptical and abs.  Saturday – weights – chest, back, triceps, biceps, legs and abs!

Now to this breakfast cookie!  Since I’ve been getting up so early to head to the gym I wanted to have something quick to grab to give me a little energy before starting my workout.  This delicious cookie has plenty of protein, fiber and complex carbs and perfect not only to start the day but to give me a little something before starting my workout.  For one of my goals, I mentioned clean eating.  I’ll go into this soon but this cookie fits into this category and what’s better is it tastes good!  I hope everyone else’s resolutions, or as I like to call them goals, are going well!  I have a busy week next week so I’m hoping I can stick with everything.  Stay tune….

 

 

Breakfast Cookies

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2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about ¾ cup)

½ cup natural peanut butter (chunky or regular)

½ cup organic honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup rolled oats

½ cup whole wheat flour

¼ cup ground flaxseed

¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder

¼ tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In a large bowl stir together banana, peanut butter, honey and vanilla.  In a small bowl combine oats, flour, flaxseed, milk powder, cinnamon and baking soda.  Stir the oat mixture into the banana mixture until combined. 

Using a quick-release cookie scoop, drop mounds of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.  Carefully flatten and spread each cookie. 

Bake, one sheet at a time, for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months; thaw before serving.  Makes about 12 cookies.

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It’s a New Year, a new decade and time for resolutions. I usually try to refrain from making resolutions.  Especially those that I am likely to fail at…I like to feel some success. This year, I decided to make a couple resolutions or I like to say “goals” and join the 10 in 10 Healthy Challenge. This challenge was put together by Lori at the blog Recipe Girl.  If you have never stopped by her blog please go now.  I promise you will enjoy her site!

The 10 in 10 Challenge is open to everyone and is essentially a 10 week commitment to a healthier you! As of today, the 10 in 10 Challenge has over 250 awesome people from 38 states and 10 countries committed to a healthier lifestyle in 2010! The goals indicated by the participants include: losing weight, exercising more, lowering their cholesterol, increasing their strength, eating more veggies and many more! You can find out who is participating and what their specific goals are by clicking here.

My goal list is pretty short….again I want to feel some success in the end!

1.)    Get back to eating clean.  I did this for about two months back in the summer and it was amazing how much better I felt.  I will go into more details on “clean eating” in future posts.

2.)   Get back into a regular workout routine.  I used to be hopelessly devoted to working out before the girls came along.  I even competed in a triathlon the day before I found out I was pregnant!  I haven’t been as devoted as I was and I know I won’t because there is no time in my busy life but I would like to get back to a somewhat “normal” routine.  When my alarm clock went off at 5:15am to head to the gym this morning I had mixed feelings about that statement.  It didn’t help that it was 40 degrees outside…I know not as cold as some places but that’s pretty darn cold for us here in South Florida.  I did it though, I got up and started my way towards my goal. 

3.)   Continue with my running in hopes that maybe I can do a half marathon in 2010.  Ok, this may be a big goal, but I have been running a lot and it’s “my time”.  My time to think and to work things out in my head.  Majority of the times the girls come with me as I push the jog stroller so it’s not completely “my time” but it’s pretty close. 

So those are my three goals.  I think I can, I think I can….I can do it!  When I say this I think of Dora the Explorer when her and Boots complete their goal they sing….”we did it, we did it, we did it!”  As you can tell I have two little ones that love Dora!  Regardless, I hope to be saying “we did it” in the end too.  Wish me luck!

I will post how I’m doing with my goals on Saturdays for the next 10 weeks if you want to follow along.  I’ll let you know how I’m doing and what I have been up to.  I will still continue to post recipes, healthy and not so healthy.  And as I mentioned to you recently some other changes will be taking over at my blog soon.  I’m so excited about them!  Stay tune.

Now for the recipe….

To start off a healthier eating here is a recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread that uses all whole grains, fruit, and organic sugars.  I threw in the chocolate chips but you can leave them out.  The bread is moist and delicious and I promise will be eaten up very quickly.  Enjoy!

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread

2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 medium)
3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two 9×5 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
 
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
 
In a medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, eggs, butter, and bananas.  Pour into dry ingredients and mix until well combine.  Stir in chocolate chips.
 
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
 
Note: You can also use the batter to make muffins.  I usually make one loaf and use the remaining batter for muffins.  The muffins will need to bake about 20 to 25 minutes.

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