4×4 Recipes for the Holidays

It’s officially November which means we are on the cusp of holiday season. Whether for your holiday party, your child’s coach, a cookie swap or just because, we all seem to enjoy baking during the holidays. As a very active person, I am always looking for ways to simplify my life, especially during this time of year. I’m guessing you are too, which is why I’d like to share with you my favorite four 4 ingredient dessert recipes. These aren’t just any desserts, though, they all have one added bonus for the health conscious.

Peanut Butter Cookies (Bonus: Gluten Free)

ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla

instructions:

-preheat oven to 350

-line large baking sheet w/parchment paper

-mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla on low speed (or by hand) until well combined

-scoop dough on baking sheet, flatten the dough balls w/fork, making a cross pattern on the cookies

-bake for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges

-let sit for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Nutella Brownie Mini Muffins (Bonus: Great Recovery Snack)

ingredients: 1/2 cup nutella, 1 large egg, 5 tablespoons whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

instructions:

-preheat oven 350

-put liners in mini muffin pan

-combine nutella and egg in bowl, wisk until smooth

-add flour, wisk until blended

-spoon into muffin tin and sprinkle with hazelnuts

-bake 11-13 mins (tooth pick will come out w/ wet/gooey crumbs)

-cool on rack

Spice Cake (Bonus: Lycopene)

ingredients: spice cake mix, 10 3/4 ounce can tomato soup, 1/2 cup milk or water, 2 eggs

instructions:

-preheat oven 350

-grease and flour 9×13 pan

-mix ingredients on low speed just until combined

-mix additional 2 minutes on medium to high

-pour into pan

-bake 25 mins or until tooth pick can be removed clean

-cool on wire rack for 10 mins

-frost (optional)

Three Musketeers Bars (Bonus: Vegan)

ingredients: 4 cups (diary free) semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 carton (dairy free) whipped topping-thawed, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon flavoring of choice (almond, amaretto, mint, etc)

instructions:

-line 8 inch baking pan w/wax paper

-melt 2 cups chocolate chips in microwave (1 minute, stir, continue at 15 min intervals until melted)

-whip whipped topping according to directions

-add whipped topping to melted chocolate and beat until combined and fluffy

-spread into pan

-put in freezer for 30 mins

-remove from pan, cut into squares, return to freezer for another 30 mins

-melt 2 cups of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (as instructed above)

-add coconut oil and choice of flavoring, stir until smooth

-dip frozen chocolate squares into melted chocolate mixture

-place finished bar on wax paper lined baking tray

-put tray in freezer and allow to set

 

Rich Chcolate Ultimate ProFIT Brownies

 

Rich Chocolate Ultimate ProFIT Brownies!

Ingredients:
-1 (16 ounce) jar creamy raosted almond butter
  -2 eggs
-1 ¼ cups agave nectar
-1 tbsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 cup dark chocolate chips
-4 scoops (8 tbsp) Rich Chocolate Ultimate ProFIT

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°
2. In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender
3. Blend in eggs, then blend in agave and vanilla
4. Blend in Ultimate ProFIT, salt and baking soda
5. Fold in chocolate chips
6. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and pour batter into dish
7. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes

Serves 24 brownies

Natural Nugget Cookies Recipe

Natural Nugget Cookies ~

Ingredients

3 Cups Mashed Ripe Bananas 1/3 Cup Applesauce 1/4 Cup Almond Milk 1 tsp Vanilla 2 Cups Oats 1/4 Cup Raisin 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 Tblsp Ground Flax 1 Tblsp Flax Seed 2 Tblsp Protein Powder

I mixed all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and the wet in another.

I chopped the raisins and cranberries up smaller.

Mix all the ingredients together until blended well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

I baked mine for 15 min and they came out perfect.

Place baked cookies on wire racks to cool.

This made approx 3 dozen.

These cookies are not a sweet cookie. In fact, my son and hubby don’t care for them because they are not like a cookie, and more like a nature bar. LOL!

However, I like them and they make a great power packed snack. Plus, you can adjust the ingredients to your liking.

I was going to call these cookies “Scat Drops” or something because they look kinda like something you might find in the woods, from an animal that eats fruits and nuts. LOL! Yeah.. not appetizing but funny 😉

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Lose Weight Without Exercise With Healthy Snack Recipes

* Slow Carbs Not No Carbs.

Man women have become nervous about eatin carbohydrates, because of concerns about putting on weight. Cutting carbs out of
your diet or having too low an intake causes tiredness, low mood and you can lose weight without exercise.. you do need carbohydrates. They provide energy, B vitamins, minerals and fibre, but they do need to be the right kind.

Simple – carbohydrates are usually refined so are low in vitamins and minerals. They are very quickly digested and absorbed causing spikes in blood sugar which lead to rapid unwanted changes in hormones. They include ‘white’ foods like refined bread, pasta, rice, sugary foods, fruit juices and soft drinks and, of course, alcohol.

Simple – carbohydrates are more likely to be converted to fat. Complex carbohydrates have all the vitamins and minerals retained and because they are more fibrous, they are broken down more slowly by the body and are less likely to be converted to fat.

They slowly increase blood sugar levels, giving you more energy and fewer cravings. Complex carbohydrates (‘brown’) foods include wholegrains such as oats, wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice, rye and pulses.

* Balancing Your Blood Sugar.

Maintaining a balanced blood sugar level can help you lose weight without exercise if it is too high or too low it can seriously impact your energy levels and your weight. Low levels will make you tired, jittery, irritable, and make headaches or pre-menstrual symptoms worse. You will also crave sugar, probably give in to that craving which will then rocket up your blood sugar levels and your body will produce insulin in a valiant attempt to bring the level down again.

This can then lead to low blood sugar levels and the cycle begins again.

The more refined, sugary food and drink you have the more you will crave, as levels go up and down. Adrenaline is a stress hormone, not a maintenance hormone, and many experts argue that constant high levels of stress hormones have a negative effect on our reproductive hormones. When blood sugar levels are high, the constant release of insulin eventually leads to an inability of the cells to respond properly to it and a condition called insulin resistance may occur.

* So, to keep your blood sugar stable to lose weight without exercise.

* Never skip breakfast
* Eat protein and carbohydrates together
* Don’t leave long gaps between meals which will encourage cravings
* Avoid processed, refined, sugary foods and drinks
* Read labels, look for total sugars content; you would be amazed at how much sugar is contained in quite innocent, healthily pack aged foods, especially breakfast cereals.

* Understanding the Glycaemic Index and Glycaemic Load.

The body’s ability to lose weight without exercise and to regulate these levels depends on the rate at which glucose is absorbed. This in turn, depends on what we eat and the type of carbohydrates we consume, back to simple and complex again. A good way to understand how this works is to look at both the Glycaemic Index (GI) and the Glycaemic Load (GL) of foods.

The GI is a ranking of how quickly a person can lose weight without exercise and how quickly glucose is absorbed from various foods. Foods are scored from 1, very slow release, to 100, very fast release. The lower the number the more slowly you will digest the foods, you will feel satisfied for longer and have more energy and fewer cravings. The GL gives a fuller picture as it is based on the portion size as well as the GI ranking.

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