Tag Archives: cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipes to Reach For

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

For National Oatmeal Cookie & Raisin Month, we’ve got some healthy oatmeal cookie recipes that your whole family will love.

First up, an ultimate version of the classic, Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Ultimate Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Another staple, whip up Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The BEST healthy oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies

 

Whip up simple and tasty Healthy Banana and Oats Cookies with no dairy or flour.

Healthy Banana and Oatmeal Cookies (no butter, sugar, flour or dairy)

 

4-Ingredient Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a great twist on peanut butter cookies.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Only 4 Ingredients

 

No-Bake Loaded Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites are a good cookie substitute on the go.

No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites {Gluten Free}

 

Skip the store-bought package with these Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

 

These Chocolate Oat Cookies use honey instead of sugar for a lighter take.

Chocolate Oat Cookies
12 Tomatoes

Save

Save

Ditch the Unhealthy Snack Food

National Snack Food Month

It’s National Snack Food Month, and we want to help you snack smart and ditch processed snacks with healthy snack food recipes.

First up, skip the snack aisle and make Clean and Fudgy Dark Chocolate Frosted Brownies.

http://cf.amyshealthybaking.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fudgy-dark-chocolate-frosted-brownies_4323.jpg
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

If you’re a dipper, you have options with these 29 Healthy Hummus Recipes.

29 Healthy Hummus Recipes
Image and Recipe via Dr. Axe

 

Make Healthy Chocolate Pudding Pops that your kids will love after school.

Healthy Chocolate Pudding Pops
Image and Recipe via Make the Best of Everything

 

Skip the grocery store granola bars with these homemade Strawberry Oat Bars.

https://i1.wp.com/www.myfussyeater.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Strawberry-Oat-Bars-Recipe-Kids_002.jpg?w=680
Image and Recipe via My Fussy Eater

 

Ditch the store-bought bags for this Healthy Trail Mix that’s easy and tasty.

Healthy Trail Mix
Image and Recipe via Mom Spotted

 

You’ll feel like you’re eating candy with Chocolate Banana Frozen Yogurt Bark.

Chocolate Banana Frozen Yogurt Bark
Image and Recipe via My Fussy Eater

 

Skip cookies and eat No-Bake Loaded Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites on the go.

No Bake Loaded Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites
Image and Recipe via Cotter Crunch

Save

Save

National Bake for Family Fun Month

National Bake for Family Fun Month

It’s National Bake for Family Fun Month, so we have some healthy family favorites to help you get in the kitchen with your kids.

First up are Clean Triple Chocolate Scones that the whole family will love.

Clean Triple Chocolate Scones
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Healthy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Healthy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Image and Recipe via Running with Spoons

 

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect after-school snack and activity.

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookies
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Make breakfast ahead of time with Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Image and Recipe via Baker by Nature

 

These Clean “Elvis” Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes will be a hit with your kids.

Clean “Elvis” Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Make everyone happy with these Best Healthier Brownies in their lunchboxes.

Video and Recipe via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

Get baking on the weekends with these One-Bowl Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

One Bowl Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins
Image and Recipe via Running with Spoons

Save

Save

Smart Holiday Snacks

Healthy Holiday Snacks

This week, we had some healthy holiday snacks for your get-togethers.

First up are simple Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups.

Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups

Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups

 

This Candy Cane Nice Cream is perfect for the whole family.

Candy Cane Nice Cream

 

Whip up these Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Star cookies for Santa.

Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars

 

This Skinny Peppermint Fudge is perfect as a gift or for holiday parties.

SKINNY PEPPERMINT FUDGE

 

If you prefer savory snacks, make these easy Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels.

Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels

 

This Warm Gingerbread Breakfast Smoothie is easy and delicious.

warm gingerbread breakfast smoothie

 

Throw together Gingerbread Glazed Roasted Nuts for party finger food.

Gingerbread Glazed Roasted Nuts

Save

Avoiding Snacking Disaster

Secretly Healthy Snacks

We’re finishing up our month of secretly healthy recipes for Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month with secretly healthy snacks.

Skip the milkshake and go with this Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie instead.

Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

 

If you’re always craving the crunch, try these 30 Healthy Chip Recipes.

30 Healthy Chip Recipes

 

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks will please your toughest kid judge.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DYBPS_qW-oI/U-aKxDa5mPI/AAAAAAAAL6k/LrUpc1C1AZ0/s1600/Fruit+and+Vegetable+Snacks_txt.jpg

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks + Video Recipe

 

This Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding is the perfect after-school snack.

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Image and Recipe via Apollo and Luna

 

Make one of these kinds of Sweet Potato Toast for the perfect easy brunch.

Sweet Potato Toast: 3 Ways

 

Whip up Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies for a delicious treat.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Get a simple and satisfying dose of veggies with Spicy Zucchini Quesadillas.

Spicy Zucchini Quesadillas

Save

Save

Save

Holiday Cookies That Are Good for You

Healthy Holiday Cookies

This week in food, we had some holiday cookies that will keep you and Santa healthy this holiday season.

These Soft Gingerbread Cookies are the perfect holiday treat for the whole family.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies + A Healthier Christmas Cookie

 

Healthy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies only look rich and decadent.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Image and Recipe via Busy But Healthy

 

These Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are best hot out of the oven with milk.

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Make these Healthy Ginger Cookies homemade and skip the gingersnaps.

Healthy Ginger Cookies

 

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting are perfect for the kids or holiday parties.

Hot Chocolate Cookies
Image and Recipe via Fit Foodie Finds

 

Swedish Almond Cardamom Stars are a great alternative to sugar cookies.

Swedish Almond Cardamom Stars

 

These Ginger-Lemon Pinwheel Cookies are the perfect combo of sweet and spicy.

Ginger-Lemon Pinwheel Cookies

Save

Holiday Cookie Eating

Chasing Health: My Ho-Ho-Horrible Holiday Eating & Exercise Habits

I love the holiday season. In the fall and early winter, it seems like there is something special to celebrate nearly every other week. The list goes on and on, and I can’t get enough of it.

As a holiday enthusiast, I appreciate it all, from decorating, baking, and gift-buying to curling up and watching holiday-themed movies, not to mention mouth-watering smells, twinkling lights, and feeling like you’re in a magical snow globe at the first sight of flurries. Seems innocent enough, right?

Well, when I’m not watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Home Alone 2 for the 80th time, tearing up when “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” comes on the radio, or obsessing over the placement of ornaments on my tree (perfectionism strikes again), you can probably find me eating all the delicious holiday goodies that come along this time of year.

On top of turkey, ham, and the wide selection of casseroles, you get fudge, cookies, cheeseball, cheese dips, and pretty much any other finger food you can imagine. It’s amazing.

This is the time of year a lot of people take a break from their diets and indulge. It’s also the time of year when the days are short and cold, and your couch and TV seem to call your name the minute you walk through your door. (“Nicole, come catch up on The Walking Dead for the next five hours. I already set out your favorite blanket.”) It’s not a good combination.

But there is hope. Whether you overeat because your stress from the holiday grind has reached Clark Griswold level or (like me) you’ve waited all year for your mom’s chocolate crinkle cookies, you don’t have to put your healthy eating and exercise on hold.

I realize it’s hard to control yourself when you’re surrounded by fabulous snacks in every direction. I go into my family’s celebration with the same strategy every year, and it’s not a healthy one.

On Christmas Eve, I skip breakfast, make ham-and-cheese pinwheels (my decade-and-a-half-long contribution to our family’s party), nibble on the ones that don’t quite make the cut, and consider that my lunch.

An hour or two later when I’m extra hungry from skipping two meals, I help my mom set out all our delicious cookies. I’m an expert in taste-testing.

Cookie pic 2
My mom is in charge of chocolate crinkles (my all-time favorite!), peanut butter, and molasses. I’m in charge of the iced sugar cookies.

Once my aunt’s cheeseball and grandma’s fudge arrive, it’s game over. I’m usually not even hungry by the time my dad’s secret-recipe glazed ham is ready. But I somehow rally like a true holiday-eating champion and get through that meal and an equally delicious meal the next day with the other side of my family.

How does the two-day affair almost always end? With a stomachache and a tinge of regret.

Here is the fabulous spread of delicious goodies. Notice the salad and bowl of oranges. Not everything is unhealthy! Full disclosure, I skip right over both of those.
Here is the fabulous spread of delicious goodies. Notice the salad and bowl of oranges. Not everything is unhealthy! Full disclosure, I skip right over both of those.

Holidays don’t have to end in stomachaches or regret. Here are some tips based on my own worst holiday habits to help you stay on track this holiday season.

  • Don’t cut back on sleep before the big celebration. I like to stay up late any chance I get, whether there’s a special occasion or I’m just watching Netflix by myself. I’m no better than the millions of kids staying up to wait for Santa. But research shows that not getting enough sleep can make you crave the not-so-healthy foods, which isn’t good when the not-so-healthy foods are everywhere.
  • Don’t skip meals to overeat at the party later. Sometimes I think skipping breakfast and lunch gives me a free pass to fill my body with chocolate. It doesn’t. It not only puts me in the wrong mindset, but an Ohio State study suggests that doing this regularly can also affect how your body gains belly fat.
  • Don’t stand around the snack table. This is my favorite place to camp out for the afternoon, but it makes snacking a little too convenient. I probably don’t need a 10th piece of fudge, but who’s counting? (This brings me to my next point.)
  • Keep track of what you’re eating. I started tracking what I eat at the beginning of December as part of a headache diary for my migraines, and my snacking has fallen way off since then. I can only imagine how much this tracking system will help me through the holidays. Any kind of food diary can help you see how healthy or unhealthy your eating habits are.
  • Eat something healthy. Sadly, despite what Buddy the Elf tells us, the main food groups are not “candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” Mix some fruits and veggies into your holiday meals and snacking options, and eat the unhealthier options in moderation.
  • Keep yourself busy with something other than food. Play games (my brother and I are quite the Catch Phrase duo) or set up a tournament. My cousins and I have hosted all kinds of championship events, everything from table tennis to Guitar Hero to rock-paper-scissors (we must have been feeling either really bored or hyper-competitive that year). The more physically active and farther from the food, the better.
  • Keep up your exercise routine (or something close to it). If you fall off, don’t feel discouraged (and don’t eat more cookies to console yourself). Just start exercising again. It’s easy to make excuses, but if you’re like me, you’ll feel better physically and mentally if you don’t ditch the physical activity.

I hope to follow at least some of these tips this holiday season and hope you do, too. I’ve already tried pretending celery is chocolate. It didn’t go so well, but I have high hopes for these other more reasonable tips.

Happy holidays!

me alternate option

Save