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Skinny Chocolate Chunky Cookies

If you’ve spent much time on our site you know we’re veggie-loving twin sisters, registered dietitians and personal trainers and we have a thang for sweets. And if you’re new to our site, welcome to the place where we dish out the delicious, waistline friendly sweets and we take ‘em (you better believe we eat ‘em too, butter cup)! 😉  We inherited our wicked sweet canines from our Grandma Bubbles and there was no turning back! So what do we do to keep it from getting the best of us? Why, come up with waistline-friendly satisfying sweet treats like these, of course!:

Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wild Blueberry Cookies

Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 

And now this yumster! After all, no matter what the reason – if you appreciate sweets, you’ve likely found yourself trying to fight off a chocolate craving. Well lucky for you, these cookies will end that fight! And peacefully, with you winning! 😉 They are loaded with nutrients and lots of chocolate deliciousness! Talk about a win-win!

 

These cookies are made with:

 

Bananas: We add this for natural sweetness with bloat-fighting potassium that helps to counter balance salt while also keeping your blood pressure in check!

 

Oats and Chia seeds: We love biting into chewy cookies (thank you oats!) and both oats and chia are packed with fiber, which swells in your stomach, taking space, making you feel more full while helping to regulate your blood sugar so that you don’t have an energy high and crash.

 

Peanut butter: Who’s obsessed?! Guilty as charged! 🙂 This was the ONLY food we would eat in the early parts of our lives. But for good reason—it’s yummy! And it’s got potassium and fiber to flush bloat from salt and from constipation, while offering protein to boot!

 

When baking these cookies keep in mind that they’ll remain pretty soft because of all of the wet ingredients Therefore, pay attention to the size we mention below when portioning them out on the cookie sheet. Also feel free to set half aside to put in the freezer! This will save you time in the future and prevent you from wasting any! Or better yet, freeze the cookies that you don’t eat immediately, this way when you want a sweet treat, you’ll have these healthy numbers to fall back on and you won’t be able to eat it impulsively as you’ll have to wait a few minutes for it to defrost. Then you can enjoy cool or heated!

 

Skinny Chocolate Chunky Cookies

 These cookies are an ideal sweet treat – defrost one and heat (or eat defrosted, cold) when you want to kill your sweet tooth with delicious, waistline-friendly satisfaction!

 Serves 24

 Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas (medium-sized)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (chunky adds more crunch)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. In a large bowl, add mash bananas with a fork.
  3. Mix in the rest of the remaining ingredients and then allow the batter to set for around 20 minutes
  4. Using a tablespoon, place a level spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet (can also be lined with parchment paper)
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until you notice the outside of the cookies start to lose their shine.

 

Amount per serving: approximately one cookie

Nutrition Facts: 123 calories, 5 g fat, 11 mg sodium, 111 mg potassium, 18 g carb, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein 

** this includes chia seeds, cinnamon and chocolate chips 

Skinny Chocolate Chunky Cookies
 
Author:
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas (medium-sized)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (chunky adds more crunch)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, add mash bananas with a fork
  3. Mix in the rest of the remaining ingredients and then allow the batter to set for around 20 minutes
  4. Using a tablespoon, place a level spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet (can also be lined with parchment paper)
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until you notice the outside of the cookies start to lose their shine.
Notes
**This includes chia seeds, cinnamon and chocolate chips
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 123 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 11 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 3 g

 

 

 

5 Steps To Cleanse Your Body, “Detox” and Recharge

Even as registered dietitians and certified personal trainers, we love a good celebration and having fun as much as anyone, but we’re not gonna lie, we’re a bit relieved that some of the holidays and many of the social gatherings are slowing down a bit so we can all (us included!) get back on track. After all, everyone feels better after losing the extra party LBs, bloat and heaviness that most feel after too much indulgence.

 

And we’ve got just the tips to get your mind and your body immediately on the healthy train! Remember, during this time, the last thing that you want is something high in calories and heavy; it will only dig you further into a hole. Instead bring an abrupt end to the discomfort from overindulging that you’re feeling (feeling bloating and heaviness anyone?) with wholesome, nutrient-packed foods, i.e., your new besties.

 

What you really need are foods that are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, potassium, water and fiber, but low in calories and sodium. They’ll immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track as they hydrate you and flood your body with nutrients to help to neutralize damaging particles while flushing out bloating culprits, like salt.

 

Before we help you to choose those amazing foods, if you really want to kick start your health, we highly recommend also doing these three things:

 

1. Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners for a week. The goal is to reset your “sweet” taste buds. By limiting very sweet flavors your taste buds will “reset” themselves as they lower their perception of sweetness. Steer away from sugary drinks, snacks, and treats. Allow fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth—and you’ll be amazed by how well it works! When you go back to sugary foods, you’ll need less sweet flavor to satisfy you. Plus, if you saw our New Year’s Resolution article you know that refined sugars typically add a lot of calories without nutrients, contributing to weight gain—and they also often increase cravings. They seem to weaken the immune system too by reducing your white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria.

 

If you really need something sweet, try foods like these that are naturally sweet (no sugar added!):

 

o Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream  (140 Calories)

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o Comfort Food Reinvented Inside Apple Pie (80 Calories)

o Skinny Homemade Strawberry Mint Ice Cream   (40 Calories)

 

2. Cut out alcohol. Although generally, a glass of wine can be healthy, while you are cleansing your body, we suggest avoiding it. Not only does it provide calories without nutrients but during the cleanse you’ll be restoring your liver and asking it to detoxify alcohol gives it an extra burden.
3. And for the love of veggies, don’t go on a starvation diet! Diets that are 1,000 calories (and less) simply backfire. They are not sustainable, don’t provide enough nutrients or protein to keep your lean muscle tissue and they are so restrictive that it’s impossible to keep them up for long. When you return to normal eating, you’ve lost muscle—and lowered your metabolism—and weight gain is inevitable! Ahh!

 

Follow these 5 Steps to Cleanse Your Body:
1. Go for foods that are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They help to neutralize toxins and prevent inflammation and damage caused by overdoing it on less-than-healthy toxin-creating foods and drinks. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods actually help to revitalize cells (think vegetables, [especially brightly colored, but all work—and the more the better! After all they are 80-90% water and provide potassium and fiber], fruits, beans, fish).
Anti-inflammatory/ Phytonutrient-Packed Recipes:

Colorful Detox Salad: Chockfull of vegetables that mop up free radical damage, this low-calorie salad is great for detoxifying and fighting inflammation

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Crispy Cran-Mango Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are superstars when it comes to fighting damage and inflammation. Cranberries and mangos are phytonutrient powerhouses too.

Veggie Flush Salad: Light and refreshing, beets have nutrients which help detoxify the body by purifying the liver and blood. A powerhouse trio of asparagus, a natural diuretic; fennel, which relieves gastrointestinal ailments to get your tummy feeling flat; and kale, which plays a role in both phases of the liver’s detoxification process, will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time.
• Check out our book The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure for a 10-day Weight Loss Jumpstart and Detox Plan and more than 100 delicious healthy recipes like thisNutrition Twins Veggie Cure

 

2. Include water and potassium-rich foods (and drinks) that are low in sodium. This is a potent combo that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Why is this combo so magical? Fluids help to flush out your system while potassium helps to counterbalance sodium. (Go for vegetables [all of them, especially green leafy veggies] and fruits).

 

Orange-Lime Sparkling Refresher 5 calorie citrus refresher helps to banish bloat and get you feeling light after indulging in heavy holiday foods.

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Ginger and Carrot Slim-down Smoothie: Potassium rich cantaloupe and apples round out the phytonutrient-rich ginger and carrots to make this an ideal beverage to restore normal fluid balance

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie:  Packed with potassium and water plus phytonutrients to neutralize toxins, this refreshing smoothie is delish.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink: Among many great ingredients that help to flush bloat, it’s got mint–we like to think of it as a peace maker in the body 😉 It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, likely by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to it’s anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!

Slimming Raspberry-mint “Detox” Spritzer: Raspberries and lime make this a drink a potassium winner, and at only 8 calories, you can drink it all day long and flush away bloat without the calories adding up!

Lemon Mint “Detox” Drink: Lemon, mint and ginger flood the body with potassium to flush bloat and restore normal hydration status

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Skinny Green Smoothie:  Only 61 Calories, add this to your list

Rise & Shine Weight Loss Smoothie:    Only 156 Calories, kick start your day with this

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3. Focus on foods packed with fiber; they’re naturally low in calories. Fiber prevents constipation, keeping your regular. After your body extracts nutrients from food, fiber (think all vegetables, fruits, and high-quality carbohydrates like oatmeal, quinoa and beans) helps to rinse out the remains– waste and toxins from your colon to give you a flat stomach.

 

Chickpea Burgers: Beans are ideal when it comes to boosting fiber; this flavorful burger makes a great fiber rich lunch or dinner.

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili: With quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, peppers, and tomatoes, this meal makes a great fiber-rich lunch or dinner to flush wastes out of the body.

 

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding: With fiber powerhouses pumpkin puree and chia seeds, this treat packs in a whopping 17 grams of fiber! Plus, the pumpkin and chia are both great for fighting inflammation with their potent phytonutrients
4. Go for the veggies with especially powerful detox capabilities. Fennel, bok choy, beets and kale are rock stars when it comes to detoxification. They are some of the few foods that play a role in both phases of liver detoxification.

 

Here are a few recipes to help you get your fill:
Kale, Quinoa and Edamame Superfood Bowl (featuring kale)

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Chunky Sweet Potato Kale Chili (super easy, featuring kale)
Spiced Ginger Citrus Quinoa: (featuring fennel):

Beets with Feta and Walnuts: (featuring beets)
5. Sweat yourself clean! Skin is the body’s largest organ, and sweating is a great way to help the body with its’ healthy, natural elimination process. Make a goal to sweat daily since this is one way your body eliminates metabolic breakdown products and excess salt.
Hello Slim & Rejuvenated! 😉

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Easy, Breezy Savory Butternut Squash

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Trying to get more veggies in your diet? This delicious, simple side dish makes it easy!  It’s satisfying, packed with nutrients  and it’s under 100 calories per serving!

Psst… if you’re looking for more delicious vegetable recipes, please search this site.  And here are just a few to start…

Sweet Potato Fries

Balsamic Grilled Eggplant

Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach, and Feta Portobello Burger 

 

Easy Breezy Savory  Butternut Squash

Makes 4 Serving (3/4c per serving)

Ingredients

  • 3c Butternut Squash, cubes
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning

Directions

Mix the butternut squash cubes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a medium sized bowl. Once combined, mix in Italian Seasoning. Put entire mixture into a medium-sized pot and heat over medium heat for 7 minutes, occasionally stirring the mixture to prevent sticking. The squash is completely cooked and ready to serve when the cubes are soft and a fork can slip right through. Then, divide evenly among four servings and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts per Serving (4 servings per recipe): Each serving provides 84 calories, 3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 14g carbohydrates and 1g protein.

Added bonus? This recipe is filled with Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin A and Vitamin C!

 

Easy, Breezy Savory Butternut Squash
 
Makes 4 Serving (3/4c per serving) Nutrition Facts per Serving (4 servings per recipe): Each serving provides 84 calories, 3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 14g carbohydrates and 1g protein.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3c Butternut Squash, cubes
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Mix the butternut squash cubes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a medium sized bowl. Once combined, mix in Italian Seasoning. Put entire mixture into a medium-sized pot and heat over medium heat for 7 minutes, occasionally stirring the mixture to prevent sticking. The squash is completely cooked and ready to serve when the cubes are soft and a fork can slip right through. Then, divide evenly among four servings and enjoy!