It was as if the cosmos opened up, I became one with nature and the wind spoke to me. I was in motion….Yeah, I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s a true story.
I have never run fast, nor do I run very far anymore, but I still run. And I’m grateful for that because there was time when I couldn’t run at all because my knees were in such bad shape. And during the years I couldn’t run, whenever I’d see other runners, I’d actually feel envy.
Running keeps that looming dark cloud of stress, anxiety and misery at bay. It also burns calories. Then there’s that feeling it gives me; it seems to satisfy some innate, primal need.
But I’m no fool. I know that exercise is only part of the equation– you still have to watch what you eat. Although I wish it weren’t the case, there is no way around it. It’s simple math. If you want to lose weight, you need to burn off more calories than you consume. And although it feels like you are burning tons of calories when you exercise, you’re not burning as much as you think. Therefore, you have to be conscious of food intake.
But I know for myself, that cannot mean total deprivation. I still need my chocolate. I mean, who doesn’t?
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies:
That’s where these guys come in. This soft healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of those desserts that get me through. It’s a chocolate chip cookie with banana, spinach and pineapple, making them all the more healthy. Did you know that spinach is very calcium-rich and it contains more calcium than milk? So now you can have your chocolate chip cookies and be healthy too! These cookies are so good that my kids (who don’t even like spinach) know there is spinach in them and still love them! If you are looking for a healthy cookie recipe, look no further!
These healthy chocolate chip cookies recently won 3rd place in the Farmers’ Almanac Spinach Contest.
But healthy does not always mean low-fat and/or low sugar – you also have to watch the ingredients in food. I find manufacturers often compensate for lack of fat with extra sugar and vice versa. And I try to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame, as it does not agree with me. So, I prefer to treat myself to desserts that are made with real, whole foods and that’s what these are – real food. And that’s what I consider to be healthy. But be warned -they are not really low fat or sugar. It’s all about moderation, as far as I’m concerned.
I am not a religious person
But I do consider myself a spiritual person. And while running that day nearly 20 years ago, I had what I considered to be my first and one of my only spiritual experiences. Among the other health benefits, hoping for that feeling again is part of what keeps me running. To avoid potential injuries, I started running shorter distances and therefore wanted to do it more often to get the benefits. For a while I was running 5-6 days a week OUTSIDE, rain, shine, snow or ice.
And then I kept slipping on ice and getting injured. Even with those spiky shoe things on the bottom of my runners, it wasn’t enough to avoid some nasty falls and injuries. Calgary is a very icy city. You really become acutely aware of this when you run here.
So…I bought this:
Not only has it saved me from numerous injuries, it folds up so it takes up virtually no space. I can run anytime now- a blizzard, -40 degrees C , in the middle of the night (if I really wanted to) etc… And I don’t even have to change into actual running clothes. I run with my PJ’s on. 🙂 Check out the reviews for yourself.
I still have no idea what the wind actually said when it spoke to me that day, but I know it was good. And maybe it was just ‘the runner’s high’ I was experiencing? Anyway, I plan to stay in motion for as long as I can, watch what I eat and continue to enjoy my healthy treats.
*** NEW FEATURE ALERT: Change the servings sizes (click on the number beside servings) and it will automatically adjust ingredients for new serving size
Healthy Tropical Green Chocolate Chip Cookies
These healthy contest winning tropical green cookies are made with spinach, pineapple and banana and kid friendly. Now you can have your chocolate chip cookies and healthy food too!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 1 cup fresh spinach chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, chopped into small pieces (can substitute canned- I use crushed)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 370 degress F and spray baking sheets with non- stick cooking spray.
Cream butter and sugar. Blend in mashed banana, then add egg, vanilla and pineapple. Mix in spinach and chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl mix flour, cinnamon baking soda, salt and baking powder together. Mix dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until well blended.
Drop by the heaping tablespoonful on cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until cooked in the centre. Cool for 5 minutes cookie sheet, then transfer to wire rack.
*** You can make them smaller by using a heaping teaspoon instead and cooking 9-12 minutes
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