Breakfast Cookie

The Low Down on Protein Powders

Good morning and happy Thursday! It seems like you guys liked last night’s Healthy Eggplant Parm! And with good reason, it was DELICIOUS! I’m reworking the leftovers for lunch today and can’t wait for it. There were several questions asked in the comments section, so I thought I’d address them here because I doubt many people look back to the comments section. A lot of people who don’t care for eggplant don’t like it for two main reasons. First, it can get slimy/soft when cooked, and second, it can taste bitter. These two reasons are where the salt on the eggplant come in. This process, called degorging removes the liquid from the eggplant, causing it to become more firm and less melty when cooked. Degorging also removes the bitter taste of eggplant, because it draws on the bitter tasting liquid that is in the seeds. So, if you have an eggplant hater that you’re trying to convert, just use the salting method to draw out the liquid, and they will love it.

Moving along, before the last few months, powders of any sort kind of scared me. I never thought of myself as someone who would use powders on a regular basis or even try them. But, when I saw the Breakfast Cookie on Gina’s blog, I needed to have it, and one of the key ingredients in it is protein powder. I went to Whole Foods and just bought the 365 brand of vanilla whey (which has 80 calories v. 110 in the chocolate) and went on my way. Since then, I’ve added it to pancakes, to oatmeal, to breakfast cookies, and to smoothies, and I have to say, it really does make a huge difference in how long it keeps me full. I usually only use 1/2 scoop, which has 40 calories and 8 grams of protein. You can barely notice a taste difference, but I feel a huge difference in staying power with my meals.

There are some benefits other than staying fuller longer with protein powders. Here are some:

  • Having it daily can boost your immune system
  • Help with healing wounds  after getting injured or surgery
  • Promote healthy skin
  • Foster muscle strength/development

Some other interesting protein facts:

  • The body needs protein second only to water.
  • The body has no where to store extra protein, which is why we have to eat it on a daily basis.
  • There are four basic sources of protein powder: whey (milk), egg, soy, and rice.

I thought that was pretty interesting, so thought I’d share. I’m not saying you should go out and buy protein powder, but don’t rule it out because there are lots of benefits. Especially getting to eat a cookie for breakfast.

This Breakfast Cookie has:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp light soy milk
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 mashed banana

This morning I topped it with the other half of the banana.

I’ve officially decided that I do not like mashed banana IN my breakfast cookies. I tried it once before and added a whole banana, and it didn’t get very cookie-like, it stayed pretty soft. So today, I added just 1/2 a banana, but the same thing happened. I think using drier mix-ins is a better idea than using banana. It does taste good on top, though. You live, you learn.

Delicious Morning

Good Morning! I’m happy to report that I actually did go to bed around 11pm last night and slept until a few minutes after 8. The sleeping until after 8 was unintentional, but I was proud of getting myself in bed early and clearly I needed the sleep. I’m feeling really refreshed and well rested today which is definitely a good way to approach the day. Plus, its Thursday, which means tomorrow is Friday aka start of the weekend!

Today’s breakfast was not too shabby, either. I threw together ingredients for one of Gina’s breakfast cookies last night and it turned out fabulous.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp light soy milk

What made this breakfast cookie so special was the mix-ins!

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chunks
  • 5 dried strawberries, rough chopped

Presenting… The Chocolate Coconut Breakfast Cookie with Strawberries!

Ohhhh man was this good. I actually leave it in the fridge uncovered overnight because I think it dries it out a bit more and makes it more cookie like. I could pick pieces of this off the plate rather than having to spoon it up (obviously because I’m classy like that ;)). I looove this combo. Plus, if the chia seeds work the same as they did yesterday, I will be full for hours.

I also made an iced green tea to have with my breakfast cookie.

This is just as good as the ones at Starbucks and so much cheaper. I just did 2 green tea bags in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes, and then poured it over ice. Such a nice pick-me-up in the morning!

We have a team lunch today at Teaism because its our interns last day! Should be fun and this time I don’t have to shy away from snapping some pictures.

Have an awesome Tuesday!!

Same Day Breakfast Cookie

Morning! I caved last night and went to Best Buy to buy a new charger for my camera. I was going to order it off because I found it for a bit cheaper, but with shipping it would have come out to about the same, plus I would have had to wait a few days to get it. So I decided to just buy it in person rather than online and Best Buy had a universal Cannon charger that was $41 instead of $50, so not as bad. I’m going to hold on to this for dear life though – – I still can’t believe the little charger costs that much!

I am feeling really good this morning! Everyone told me I was going to be so sore today, but I’m not really sore at all. I honestly cannot wait to go back and do it again. Soon, I hope!

Since I got home late from Bikram last night, I didn’t pack my breakfast or lunch until this morning. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, so I just started throwing things into a tupperware and then realized I was adding all the ingredients for a Breakfast Cookie. I wasn’t sure how it would be since its supposed to sit over night, but I figured I’d give it a go and see.

Into the mix went:

– 1/2 cup rolled oats

– 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

– 1 tbsp almond butter

– 2 tbsp almond milk

– 1 tbsp chocolate chips

– 2 tbsp coconut flakes

Here is the coconut that I used:

It’s finely shredded so its not as good as flaked coconut for a topping, but it works really well when you want coconut flavor spread throughout whatever you’re eating. It went great in the breakfast cookie, works well in oatmeal, and also was the kind I used in the granola. The stats are good on this too – 4 tbsp (1/4 a cup) which is a LOT only has 70 calories and 6 grams of fat. I used half that, so only 35 calories and 3 grams of fat, and lots of coconut flavor.

Presenting… The Chocolate Coconut Breakfast Cookie.

I’m happy to say it turned out PERFECT! It ended up sitting for about an hour between when I made it and when I ate it and tasted just as good as the one that sat overnight. The coconut chocolate combo really works here and adding the protein powder makes it a super filling and satisfying breakfast. Yum!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. Have a good one and be back after lunch!!

Breakfast Cookie: Take Two

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the day where we’re supposed to take a step back and think about our home, the Earth, and what we can do to make it a better place to live for ourselves and for the future. There are so many little things you can do that will can make a huge difference over time. I was never the most environmentally conscious person growing up, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve tried to make a lot of changes to reduce my carbon footprint. What are some of the things that you do or changes you’ve made to be more green?

For me:

  • I use public transportation to get to and from work every day. I used to drive frequently. Not to mention, the metro is way cheaper than parking in DC.
  • I use Tupperware as much as I can to bring in my breakfast/lunch instead of disposable bags like ziplocks. If I use ziplock bags, I reuse them so I’m making less trash.
  • I recycle everything that I can.
  • I have a reusable water bottle that I keep on my desk and drink from everyday rather than buying disposable plastic bottles.
  • I have switched fully to receiving my bills by email and online instead of in the mail.
  • I use a lunchbox or reusable totebag to bring lunch in every day instead of a plastic bag like I used to.
  • I gave up red and white meat, and now only eat fish.

If you’re looking for some ideas on things you can do to make a difference, click here.

Last night I was packing my lunch for today and decided to give the Breakfast Cookie another go. Whenever I bring a Breakfast Cookie in, I have to bring in the plate I make it on, too, which won’t fit in my regular lunchbox. So, I bring in this bag with my breakfast, lunch, and snacks:

It’s hard to gauge its size from the picture I realize, but this is a medium sized one, not a full sized one that you’d bring for a grocery shopping trip. Because this bag doesn’t close, it makes it difficult to hold off from eating the Breakfast Cookie until I get to work because it peeks out of the bag the whole ride to work!

Needless to say, I wasted no time diving into this Breakfast Cookie once I got to my desk. Presenting… the Chocolate Banana Breakfast Cookie.

This Banana Chocolate Breakfast Cookie has:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp light soy milk
  • 1 small mashed banana
  • dark chocolate chunks

The breakfast cookie was good, but I think I used too much banana! It was a little “wetter” than I wanted, so next time I’d use half a banana instead of a whole one. Flavor-wise, it was really good and I loved eating it, but the Chocolate Cherry Breakfast Cookie I made earlier this week had more of a cookie like consistency. This had more of an overnight oats consistency, which wasn’t exactly what I was going for.

I think because its Earth Day, the weather decided to get nice to make me appreciate it more. It’s going to be sunny and in the 70s this afternoon, so I am really hoping the weather holds so I can go on a long bike ride after work! My new bike shorts arrived in the mail yesterday. The person who wrote a review gave them only 2 stars but said they were too big and the padding was too thick… I tried mine on yesterday and they are perfect! The padding is not that thick and honestly I was expecting it thicker from her description. I’m going to write a review on there after I try them out and hopefully it’ll be closer to 5 stars.

Have a good day!

Chocolate Cherry Breakfast Cookie

Morning! I’ve been wanting to try Gina’s famous Breakfast Cookie for so long, and last night I finally got around to making one for this morning! The two things holding me back were: 1.) it calls for protein powder and 2.) I was worried about transporting it. I solved #1 by buying the protein powder last night, and #2 by wrapping a small plastic plate in saran wrap and just bringing the whole plate into work.

The base of the breakfast cookie calls for 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 scoop of protein powder, and 1 tbsp nut butter of your choice.

I used almond butter and vanilla whey protein powder for my cookie. You mix those three ingredients together until it makes a crumbly mixture and the almond butter is broken up and spread throughout the mix. Then you add 2 tbsp of milk of your choice (I used light soy) and then whatever mix-ins you want. Some ideas are mashed bananas, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, granola, etc.

I chopped up some dried cherries from the bulk bins and added those along with 1 tbsp of dark chocolate chunks to mine. Once you have everything mixed up and ready to go, you spread it out on a plate with the back of a spoon in the shape of a cookie and refrigerate it overnight. It stays soft-ish (like you can’t pick it up off the plate) and is meant to be eaten with a spoon (or your fingers if you’re classy like me). The oats get soft from soaking in the milk so they taste less raw, and the almond butter hardens in the fridge and keeps the whole cookie together.

Here’s mine ready to be eaten:

Success! It was so good and seriously felt like I was eating a big cookie for breakfast, which is never a bad thing. We’ll see how long it keeps me full, but with the protein powder, oats, and nut butter, hopefully at least a few hours. The chocolate cherry combo is awesome but I can’t wait to try some other combinations. Up next I’m thinking mashed banana and chocolate.

I have to get cracking on my workday! I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start. Be back after lunch!