Simply Whole Kitchen

September 25, 2012

Trail Mix Cookies {Whole Wheat}

Change is a very very difficult thing.  A friend emailed me last week and asked me for advice on how to change her diet.  She already eats well but needs to cut out the white starches and sugar even more out of her diet.  This has been one of her biggest challenges, as it is for many of us!

I know it is easier said than done, I told her, but it really is all about planning.  Pick a few 'better for you' recipes and plan ahead for at least the next three days.  Write out your meal plan (including snacks) then go to the store and purchase only what you need for that plan.  Then, take an extra 30 minutes over your weekend and prepare what you can in advance.  That way, when you are starving (which is when the binging on bad stuff usually happens) you are ready to fill yourself with nutritious and delicious food instead of something that will fill you with guilt and empty calories.

And it isn't just about food.  Prep your water needs too!  We are creatures of habit but even more, creatures of convenience (why do you think fast-food chains continue to do so well!).  Fill your water bottles in advance.  These easy little steps will help you reach your goals.  That's how I did it!
I would also suggest that you prep some "treats" in there too.  In my experience, many of my bad for me binging experiences have happened because I've completely deprived myself from anything 'special.'  So add in a treat or two* (like these cookies?!) into your meal plan, just remember to portion control (like put one or two in a separate container so you'll only eat what you should) and you'll be more successful in the end!
Trail Mix Cookies
adapted from Bob's Red Mill Cookie Recipe
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c dark chocolate chunks (at least 60% cocoa)
1 tbsp honey
2/3 c unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 c muesli

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside. Blend applesauce, honey and vanilla together. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture and mix. Stir in muesli and chocolate chunks. Drop by tablespoons on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes.

*Please remember that I am not a nutritionist or medical professional.  This advice is only what I've learned works for me and helps me stick to my diet plan.  Please consult your physician when making a diet or exercise plan.


Anonymous Cristen said...

Yum, so easy, and great advice on healthy eating.

September 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks! I would also suggest you try these with brown rice or quinoa flour and coconut oil! YUM!

September 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM  

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