Oh the holidays. Despite how absolutely festive, loving and undeniably scrumptious they are, sweet treats can give you a gut. There are bowls of candy surrounding Halloween time, piles of leftovers from starchy, creamy sides and giant towers of cookies and pies around Thanksgiving, and sugary coffee drinks, eggnog and Santa-shaped treats near Christmas. It's all too much for your body to handle.
You succumb to the goodness, with plenty of excuses ready to fly out of your mouth the moment the guilt hits. And besides, January you'll start your intense fitness regimen met with a raw vegan something or other type of diet. You'll be back and better than ever just in time to take that spring break trip to the tropics in your teeny tiny bikini.
But wait. That's way easier said than done, and you're exhausted just thinking about it. Where are the cookies again?
While the holidays are meant to enjoy, and you certainly shouldn't shun yourself from Grandma's homemade goodies, you should make an effort to counteract your occasional indulgence by staying onto of your fitness goals.
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As for your nuritional goals, remember that healthy eating is a lifestyle choice. And one way to enjoy your sweet tooth this season is to make it healthy. Opt for coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for your cookie recipe, and make sure you are still consuming nutritionally-rich options, like this no-bake, chocolate-almond protein truffle recipe. It uses only six ingredients and is super easy.
No-Bake Chocolate-Almond Protein Truffles
¼ cup whey protein isolate (flavor of your choice)
½ cup ground almonds
2 tbs coconut flour
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbs peanut butter
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1. Combine and mix ground almonds and protein isolate in a bowl.
2. Add and stir remaining ingredients until they are all mixed together (the dough should be a bit sticky, but not overly wet or too sticky).
3. In your hand, form the dough into small truffle balls (app. seven or eight), and place on either a plate or baking pan covered with wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
4. Use a double boiler to melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave, then drizzle onto the truffle balls until the top halves are covered.
5. Put the candies in the freezer for an hour to allow them to harden on the tray. For a softer texture, use the refrigerator instead.
6. Eat up and enjoy!
Nutritional information for the entire batch:
Fat: 56 grams
Carbohydrates: 72 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Nutritional information for each truffle:
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 9 grams
Protein: 6.25 grams
As you can see, each truffle comes in at just over 100 calories, so you won't find yourself overindulging in a little sweet treat.
Have you ever tried a similar recipe out before? What other items do you like to make around the holidays that stay in line with your nutritional goals?
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