Today we are super PUMPED to feature a recipe from one of the fab students from our April Fitness & Nutrition Expert Program – the fierce Jenny!
Jenny is recently married, a runner, a high intensity interval lover and an overall positive, health loving rockstar. She started the program in April 2015 and as the Fitness and Nutrition Expert Program is taught online, she was able to complete the program at her own pace…all the way in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jenny is now spreading the her awesome fitness and nutrition knowledge to her community and family (she created an awesome Thanksgiving family fitness workout challenge!) and we could not be more proud. (Check out under her recipe for a little about her FNE experience!).
Now enough if us…Jenny, take it away!!
SPECIAL GUEST POST: Island Dream Cookies by Jenny Z.
If you are like me, you love your snacks!
You can eat healthy all day long, but as soon as you sit down for some personal time, that little voice in your head starts to call for snacks…relentlessly!
I have been deemed the “cookie monster” by several friends; however, as I venture down a path where I want to learn more about health and wellness, I found myself needing substitute recipes for healthier cookies from care packages.
So, as I was sitting in my FIT CHICKS class, listening to the description of our next assignment (write and create a “Complete in 3” Approved healthy food recipe), I knew this was my perfect chance to explore a recipe for amazing cookies that have great health benefits. There was no better place to look for inspiration than at the “Fierce in 8” book from FIT CHICKS.
As I flipped through the pages, of course I immediately found a cookie recipe called “Basic Banana Rama Cookies”. I could not wait to use this recipe as an inspiration to creating a snack that would keep me on a great healthy eating track!
To make it “Complete in 3” approved, I decided to add a couple ingredients that would introduce a healthy fat and protein to the recipe. This means that when that little voice in my head screams for junk food, I can go grab one of this health packed chocolate chip cookie gifts that will keep my blood sugar in check and satisfy my sugar craving, without even eating any refined sugar.
Try whipping up a batch (or two or three) of these yummy treats, and keep yourself on the right track, without shaming or depriving yourself of something we love…cookies!
CHICK FEED: Island Dream Cookies
- 1 Large Over Ripe Banana
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 2 Tbsp. Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork.
3. Mix in the rolled oats until well incorporated.
4. Add the chia seeds and coconut. Mix well.
5. Roll the mixture into six balls and place on cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
6. Flatten the balls down with a fork.
7. Bake on the center rack in the oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the cookies are firm to the touch.
8. Let cookies cool before enjoying!
Serving Size: Makes six cookies
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 8-12 minutes
Calories: 115~Fats: 4 g~ Carbohydrates: 17 g~ Protein: 3 G
Allergic to bananas, or not a huge fan? Try subbing in ½ cup pumpkin puree for a great fall treat! Also, you can alter the recipe to fit your personal taste. Instead of coconut, try adding your favourite nut like pecans or walnuts.
Happy Snacking chicks!
A little more about the FNE program in Jenny’s words, “The FIT CHICKS Fitness and Nutrition Expert program was an amazing experience! I was too intimidated to go back to university to get a kin. degree, and was then worried that that would not prepare me to become a fitness instructor. As soon as I heard about this program, I became excited and it felt right. The course ran at a great pace, and it was really helpful to be able to watch the classes at your own pace. I could fit all the classes and assignments in to my own schedule and didn’t have to worry about falling behind. I HIGHLY recommend this course!”
If you want to join to create a life, health and career you LOVE, join us in our next Fitness & Nutrition Expert Program! Registration for the April 2016 program is now open – email amanda@fitchicks. ca for more info
FIT CHICKS XO