Today has been one of those lazy days where you stay in your pajamas for hours and take everything incredibly slowly. I've been feeling a bit under the weather for the last few days and in these times, that's really the last thing you want to be feeling. I know I always get a pang of nervousness if my throat gets scratchy or my nose gets runny, even if it's just allergies or a small cold.
I realized that I haven't been putting my health at the forefront of my mind for quite a few months now. Things have been so crazy with being in Colorado for so long, the move to my new apartment, balancing my job, YouTube and Patreon, that I've completely neglected the most important thing there is: the health of my body.
I've made a conscious decision to get back on the wagon and reincorporate an anti-inflammatory diet into my life. This will be difficult because as many of you saw in my vlog on Patreon, I live just steps away from the cutest pasta shops and bakeries on this side of the Mississippi. But in the end, my body reacts the best to an anti-inflammatory diet free of gluten, dairy and added sugar, so that's what we're going to do.
As women who are in touch with our heightened feminine side, it's important to listen, when our bodies are trying to tell us something. We can always tell when something is slightly off, but often, we ignore it.
I want to encourage you not to ignore your body's calls for attention, and turn towards her to answer the call.
With all of THAT said, here's one of my favorite, healthy cookie recipes of all time.
You all know how much I love to bake, but I don't love breaking out as soon as white sugar enters my bloodstream. This recipe is quick, easy and involves NO added sugar.
On top of that, these cookies are incredibly delicious.
While I can't take credit for the initial recipe, which you can find here, I have jazzed it up a bit to my personal liking.
You can enjoy these as breakfast cookies, have them with your afternoon tea, or after dinner when you need something a little sweet.
Enough of my yapping, here's my take on this amazing recipe!
3 smashed ripe bananas
2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup chopped chocolate bar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
a dash of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350f degrees
Measure out two cups of gluten free oats into a bowl. (I use this brand from Whole Foods)
Combine smashed bananas and almond butter in a bowl with cinnamon.
Pour banana mixture into bowl of gluten free oats and stir.
Add in chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. (You can sub raisins or nuts, anything you like!)
Stir ingredients together until well combined.
Dampen hands with water and form into 8-10 balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Use a spoon or your fingers to flatten and shape the balls into a cookie shape!
Bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy!