Ah the holidays! Cookies appear everywhere you look. After 5,987 failed attempts [okay I’m exaggerating] to concoct no-bake cookies over the years, I’ve whipped up a recipe that works like magic. The best part? It doesn’t contain 2 cups of sugar or a stick of butter. These cookies might not be lowest calorie cookie you’ve ever eaten but they’re probably healthier than the original version. [Recipe Below]
Speaking of healthy – a lovely reader asked about how to eat well over the holidays even if you’re surrounded by maximum amounts of comfort food and a family who isn’t super health conscious.
Here are 8 simple tips that will help you navigate eating well over the holidays:
1) Decide how you want to eat before attending parties and how you want to feel after it’s all said and done. With a positive mindset and a little resolve, it’s easier to turn town the second and third piece of pie that grandma will more than likely offer you. “I’ll find and eat the nutritious dishes and won’t gorge myself on a million desserts. I want to feel whole and well after the party.”
2) Eat a nutritious snack shortly before the get-together.
3) Bring a healthy dish or two that you know you can eat.
4) Water is your best friend! Drink plenty of it.
5) Speak up. It’s okay to offer a polite, “No thank you,” if you don’t feel like eating a certain food. Some families might not even be aware of your health needs. Gently sharing your passion for a lifestyle of wellness might begin to transform the way your family thinks about food and health. A little tip to remember — no one appreciates opinions that sound condescending, so share with care.
6) Serve yourself reasonable portions [or cut Aunt Edna off after she scoops you a small dollop of comfort-food].
7) Eat slowly and fill up on the “good stuff”. This might help alleviate the need for second or third helpings.
8) Enjoy yourself and the company of those around you. A genuine conversation might just be better than a plateful of mac-n-cheese.
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup nut butter [such as: peanut, almond, cashew] [sunflower seed butter]
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats [gluten free if necessary]
1/2 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
1/4 cup slivered almonds [or nuts/seeds of any kind]
1/4 cup all natural semi-sweet chocolate chips [or dried fruit of any kind]
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
Line a baking sheet or large cutting board with waxed or parchment paper and set it aside.
Combine honey, cocoa powder, and coconut oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all the ingredients melt. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Stir in nut butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
Drop mixture by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Make each cookie as small or as large as you’d like it to be. Refrigerate for one hour. I stored them in a sealed contained in the fridge for about a week.