Monday, January 25, 2010

Out of the Food Slump

Hi Ladies and Gents!  I hope you had a chill Monday and are ready to tackle the rest of the week!  I had a chopped up day by starting work early, leaving for an appointment, and hopping back on the computer for a little more work tonight.  Not a bad deal, if you ask me!

This afternoon I finished my last pass at the wrap coma I have put myself in over the last week.  Once I like something, I really like it- and eat it every day!  Today was a roasted veggie wrap:

  • 1/2 of a Whole Wheat Lavash wrap with roasted eggplant and zucchini (my current favorite vegetable) with a healthy glob of Sundried Tomato and Basil Hummus
Today after work I went to Trader Joe's and did a looooonnnng shop all by myself.  It meant that I could walk up and down the aisles and read every single package.  That's what normal people do, right?  I made sure to get some new items since I've been eating the same thing all month.  Here are some of my goods:

  • Sprouted bread (4 grams of fiber per slice!), Jasmine Green Tea, Organic Hemp Protein (8 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving), Olive Oil

  • Gummy vitamins, Vanilla 0% Greek Yogurt (run to get this- it's as amazing as it sounds!), tempeh, organic pink lady apples, refried black beans, pesto, organic light string cheese, natural BBQ sauce, and Turkish figs.
I got to work putting together a new meal for me- homemade pizza with TJ's whole wheat crust.  I loved it!  It was so doughy and good.  Hubby had a boy sized, meat-filled pie.  He took it before I could eat it.  Here is my mini pie:

  • Topped with BBQ sauce, carmelized red onions, and artichoke.  Yum yum!  I served brussels sprouts on the side for extra chewing satisfaction.
Since the oven was already on and I still had my mom's mixer (Hi Mom!  I'll give it back eventually), I went to town and baked chocolate chip cookies.  Once upon a time, when hubby and I were courting, I used to make him cookies.  I made the doughy, buttery, chocolate filled yummy kind and then I started experimenting and making healthier cookies.  He always ate them- there was even a green cookie incident.  It was the moment I knew he loved me <3!
When it comes to cookies, I think one needs to separate them from healthy eating.  There is room for a real cookie in a diet from time to time.  However, I can't help myself but to experiment.  I saw the whole wheat pastry flour and went to town!

I present- Whole Wheat Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp brown sugar
Desired amount of chocolate chips
3/4 cup applesauce
1 egg
1/2 stick butter of choice
Vanilla extract to taste
2 Tbsp agave nectar

Mix all wet ingredients (the last 5) and then slowly incorporate the combined dry (1st 3 ingredients).  Add in your chocolate chips too!  Drop onto the cookie sheet using a spoon.  This should make about 20 fairly large cookies.  If you prefer, cover in melted chocolate like I did.  It's still healthy because the recipe is whole wheat.

In all honesty, the texture of these is 'healthy.'  I love healthy, so I enjoyed one with a dollop of my new greek vanilla yogurt:

I also had one of the chocolatey ones immediately after and approved.  Hubby shoved 4 or 5 in his handsome face and told me they tasted healthy.  Oh well, he has nothing to prove now!  I encourage you to give these a try and let me know what you think!


Kris | said...

Great post! Eggplant in a wrap - now why have I not thought of that? I love eggplant.

These cookies look very good!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

I need to try some of that hemp protein powder-- I've heard many other bloggers swear by it!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I love wraps, but never think to make them. I love the idea of using eggplant in a wrap - I don't think I had seen that before today!!

lizzy said...

YUMMY wrap combo!! I loveee ZUCC and EGGPLANT! And hemp pro Powda all the way! :) I hope you have a great week! xoxo!

Mom on the Run said...

I love Trader Joe's and simply do not get there enough. The one thing I am missing right now is a good wrap. I have yet to find one that is gluten free.

Gina said...

mmm, those cookies look fantastic!

I was in a "wrap" phase for a while last year, then got out. I'm sure I'll get back into it eventually, I go through many phases!

Looks like we buy similar foods at Trader Joe's! Great minds shop alike ;)

Katie ♥ said...

Oh my gosh, Im drooling over the cookie pics!!!!! Look so good!!!!

Love that your hubby stuffed his face with some!!!!

Girl you got to the store and got to leave hubby at home, yay, Im sure you were there for a while, looks like you got some goodies!! I have the same barbeque sauce from Trader Joes, love it!!!!

I hope you have a great day and hope you find that damn caramel oikos, if I could I would mail you some!!!! said...

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

the cookies look great, love the frosting action!!!

Mari said...

I am the same way, when I find something that I love; I tend to eat it OVER and OVER Again! (case and point; veggie and tofu stirfry)

I love that "cookie monster" said they tasted healthy lol

Tania Ballesteros Lerner said...

I tried the whole wheat flour before and it was a disaster. Where did you get the whole wheat pastry flour? I'd like to make some healthy vanilla cookies for our cookie monster! ( with green icing, of course)