There’s nothing I like more than a clean home, but I loath spending a lot of cash on cleaning products that are full of chemicals. I long ago gave up on buying the disposable cleaning cloths to mop my floor, they were just too pricey for my college student budget.
Enter this easy, eco and budget friendly DIY from the ladies over at SavySugar!
Almost every week, I bake up a batch of cookies or muffins to serve as a healthy snack or dessert. And despite my best efforts, my chocolate cravings always seem to get the best of me and I end up picking up a bar of chocolate at the store mid-week. This week is going to be different because this week, I added chocolate to my cookies.
At ~95 calories each with 2.5g of protein, 3.5g fat & 13g carbs these cookies are a balanced snack that also boast 2.5g of fiber and 45mg of potassium each! Delicious and nutritious, these cookies definitely knock out two birds with one chocolatey stone! They’re also gluten free, dairy free and soy free!
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It was a slow week for me. There was the usual schoolwork and housework. And, I went to one class before coming home, succumbing to my run in with the devil gluten. Between naps and Law and Order SVU episodes on Hulu+, I spent the remainder of my week obsessively tracking the status my POPSUGAR Must Have Box. My reward for finally feeling semi-human by Friday afternoon must have been its early arrival (FedEx Smart Post still had it listed as chillin’ at the local post office, guess the mail carrier knew I needed a little pick me up).
It’s a gluten filled world and for the 1 in 133 living with Celiac disease or the 6% of the US population dealing with gluten sensitivities, we are navigating our way through it very carefully. Some days are easier than other, some places are easier than others; regardless, we overcome each hurdle just as it is presented to us. At home, it is easy to let your guard down … unless you share a kitchen the kitchen with a Gluten Eater (or, gasp, multiple Gluten Eaters). A shared kitchen presents many of its own unique challenges, especially to those new to gluten free living. The kitchen habits you and your Gluten Eater(s) used to not think twice about, can become a risk to your health. Don’t believe me?! Consider this:
You’re chopping veggies for dinner, let’s say you’re having stir fry. You chop the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, broccoli, and ginger. Then, cleaning up your mess as you go, you put the cutting board in the dishwasher. Just as you’re putting your veggies in the wok to steam, you realize you forgot the red bell pepper strips. You pull the cutting board you just used out of the dishwasher, quickly chop up the red bell pepper and throw it in the wok with the rest of your veggies … And you possibly just contaminated your meal.
Remember that glass of beer your Gluten Eater just finished. The empty glass was in the dishwasher, directly above where you had placed the cutting board. It dripped on your cutting board and you reused the cutting board … without washing it … because you had JUST put in the dishwasher after all.
1/2 cup chocolate chips (to make dairy free, use Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together nut butter, honey and egg. Once combined, mix in oats, baking soda, cinnamon and coconut flakes. Now, fold in your chocolate chips, pecans and raisins.
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet (my cookie mounds were about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoonfuls in size; leave about 2″ between each cookie). Flatten the mounds out slightly as these cookies do not “spread out” too much as they bake.
Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before devouring!
There is nothing quite like a hearty (and healthy) meal to fill your tummy on a crisp fall evening.
And in an attempt to expand my veggie repertoire, I have fallen in love with acorn squash. Think you’re not a fan of squash? Give this recipe a try and I promise you’ll be hooked … I know the fiancé and I are; I’ve made it at least once a week for the past 3 weeks!
Day 1: still recovering from being sick and kinda wanted to ease back in to yoga, so I started off with my YogaWorks Relax & Restore DVD.
Day 2: don’t know what happened to easing back in to this yoga thing, decided to do a 30 minute a.m. beginners routine …
Day 3: HOLY $***!!! It hurt to move … didn’t let that stop me though, did a short and extremely light (self-guided) routine and laid around the rest of the day (aside from the pups twice daily walk and a short adventure for gluten free cupcakes at Gigi’s with the fiancé).
Feeling much less sore today, gonna preview the p.m. 30 minute routine to see if it is lighter and will probably do that before bed …
Stumbled upon a few awesome yoga related links this week:
I’m baaaack! Did ya miss me?? Because I certainly missed you!!
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks filled with lots of research, tons of reading and even more writing. But I made it through and after taking this weekend off (gasp, I know! How many grad students take an entire weekend off from studying?!) I am ready to take on the 6 weeks that remain in the semester!