Eat Shrink and Be Merry, Girl-Guy Cookies

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Found on page 168.
Or Peanut-BETTER Gingersnap Cookies as they are called on the Eat Shrink and Be Merry Food Network Site.

I made these cookies last night. Buying all the stuff I was missing (ginger, allspice, molasses, etc) was a bit expensive but worth it. These cookies were great.

They are sill 90-100 calories a cookie – so they really aren’t that “low calorie” but they made for a delicious treat. My boyfriend wasn’t a fan; too bad for him! I ended up doubling the recipe – I sent my little sister home with a huge bag and then took the rest to work for my co-workers (who loved them!) Okay, I did have to leave a few at home – but for the dog, because she likes them to. *wink wink* (she really does like them)

eat shrink and be merry girl guy cookies

Anyway, if you are looking for a different cookie to try – make these! They are just a nice combo of peanut butter and ginger snap (or ginger bread even). Neither of the flavours are over powering making them perfect. One big problem – it is very easy to eat too many. I find I can eat maybe two peanut butter cookies before I get sick of them. I could easily eat 5 or 6 of these. I am not admitting that I already did that. Nope.

Recipe from FoodNetwork.ca

Ingredients
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice and salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/3 cup light peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons molasses
1×1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together both flours, baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, ginger, allspice and salt. Set aside. Combine granulated sugar and remaining 1 tsp cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. In another medium bowl, beat together brown sugar, peanut butter and butter on medium speed of electric mixer for about 1 minute. Add molasses, egg and vanilla. Beat again until smooth.

4. Using a wooden spoon, stir flour mixture into peanut butter mixture. You will be making a stiff dough. Using your hands, shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll balls in reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart (they spread a lot when baking). Flatten cookies slightly using a fork.

5. Bake cookies for 7 minutes. They may appear undercooked, but that’s okay. Remove cookies from oven and immediately transfer from pan to a wire rack to cool.

I totally never rolled my cookies in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, what can I say… I am lazy. I have done that before with snicker-doodles and it just makes a huge mess. A tip though if you are doing to do. Put the mixture in a zip-lock bag and then just drop the cookies in the bag and shake them around.

5 stars from me. I would totally make them again… good thing, because I have enough ingredients to make a few hundred more.

Nutritional Information (per cookie)
108 calories
3.4g total fat (1.6g saturated fat)
2g protein
17g carbohydrate
0.8g fiber
15mg cholesterol
100mg sodium

Too Much Thinking for a Friday

I was thinking about what I posted yesterday and reading the comments that were posted on my sparkpage. After eating a ‘Girl Guy Cookie’ I am thinking maybe I am not trying hard enough. (the post for those cookies will come once I get pics)

I feel like I am trying hard, I feel like I am trying harder then before when I was losing. But maybe it is not enough for me now. Maybe I need more cardio, maybe I need to eat even less – maybe I need to *cry* weight train. I was/am hoping that swimming would be enough of a change. I can feel myself using every muscle in my body and they hurt for a day or two after. I know I need to give it more then four weeks, and I will.

It’s funny. I think back, way back to when I was losing weight. I ate so much processed food and hardly any fruits and veggies. I had such a different mentality then. What I feel was the wrong mentality and yet I was losing weight. Everything I ate was pre-packaged and processed. I thought 100 calories of chips was the same as a 100 calories of an apple. I would hardly eat all day so I could eat more at dinner. Yet I lost weight. Now here I am, eating the same size meals throughout the day and eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains and superfoods and I have trouble losing. Seems ironic.

On Tuesday I bought another 10 ticket pass to the pool. Yesterday I bought myself new googles – a 3 pack from Costco to be exact. I also bought myself a Finis SwiMP3 Aqua Waterproof MP3 Player. The MP3 player will come next week I hope. The combo of all this should really encourage my trips to the pool. Once the 10 tickets are gone I am probably going to invest in a 3 months pass – I just wanted to make sure I was going to keep going. But after investing so much money into a 256MB MP3 player… I better! If I get a 3 month pass then I could go to the pool some in the mornings as well. I can only fit in about 30 minutes before I would have to get ready for work, so I hate wasting a ticket on 30 minutes. The nice thing is the pool tickets/pass give me access to the gym at the aquatic centre as well. If I really wanted I could do some weights and then swim.

Today was just depressing. The scale was actually almost 2 pounds HIGHER then Friday February 5th. Yes I had a few bad days here and there, but I had so many perfect ones that I would hope it would at least be the same. I always compare the first and last Friday of the month.

Last night I made the ‘Lighter Chicken Francese’ I mentioned yesterday. It was good. Not that great though. Mine seemed really thick compared to her pictures. Unfortunately my plans have changed for tonight; I need to go for dinner with my Mom. Wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t already agreed to a Sushi lunch with a co-worker. I just hate eating out, it is so hard to stay on track.

Tomorrow night I will do the Mini Turkey Meatloaf and Skinny Mashed Potatoes as planned. For Sunday I have a Pork Roast and a 2 pounds bag of asparagus. I think I should skip my plan for Oat Cakes.

Saturday morning I will be at the pool testing out my new googles. And next week I am aiming for more cardio and less eating – I hate getting my calories too low though – 1400-1500 should be good; maybe a little lower on days I don’t swim. According to sparkpeople 90 minutes of swimming laps burned over 1000 calories – is it just me, or does that seem too high? If that was the case I should of lost some weight by now! haha

At least it is Friday. There are some incredibly stressful and emotional days coming for me so let’s hope I can get things on track before they really start.

Sorry if this sounds a little depressing. I didn’t mean for it to. I am actually in a good mood and enjoying my Friday. Even if it is pissing rain outside. :)

My Body Doesn’t Want to Lose Weight

At least it sure feels like that most of the time. Here I am at 163.4(ish). I have been here for months. In fact I have been here for years. This is where my body has stalled over and over and over again for the past 3 years.

I am trying to just get past it, so far it isn’t going well but I am trying hard not to give up. I started swimming at the beginning of the month. I have been trying to go 2-3 times a week. I went on Tuesday and swam laps for 90 minutes; sometimes I do a aquasize class or two while I am there. I hope this change of exercise will get my body moving again.

I still struggle with the weekends. I am working hard at planning them ahead of the time. Tonight I am looking at making Light Chicken Francese. Tomorrow night I am thinking Petite Turkey Meatloaves with the garlic mashed potatoes she has linked in that post. I have made the meatloaf and potatoes before and they were fantastic.

On Saturday I think I am going to try to make something I have never made before. Like Enchiladas or Cabbage Rolls – healthy versions of course! Maybe homemade perogies with the Cabbage Rolls? Bad. Bad. I know. I find if I can plan, yummy but healthy recipes to make over the weekend it helps me to stay on track – especially if I buy all the stuff I need before hand; can’t let it go bad!

Sunday morning I want to make Oat Cakes… those are not so good for you. But we all need a little treat once and while. I will probably also make some different things to keep in the fridge to take for lunches and snack on during the week. I really do enjoy cooking!

Especially now with my “new kitchen” – okay new appliances. But it really feels like a whole new kitchen! No more dish washer falling on the floor and an oven with a light in it (that works!). But man, keeping a flat top stove and stainless steel appliances clean… it is an endless battle.
kitchen

This past weekend I was in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia taking in some 2010 Winter Olympic Games! I got to spend lots of time walking in the mass crowds in downtown and as well I enjoyed three men’s hockey games – back to back – games 15, 16 and 17. A weekend in Vancouver equals not eating very well, but it is over now. Little sad because it was so busy I didn’t get to enjoy any of the things they have set up over there. We stood in one 45 min line up only to get in and find another huge line up. We gave up. Standing in lines for stuff isn’t fun. At least we were there though and we got to see the flame – that is the most important; right?
vancouver 2010 flame

I am going to try and keep this updated over the weekend with my cooking adventures and pictures. Keeps it interesting and more fun if I share it.

Enjoy your Thursday and…

GO CANADA GO!
downtown vancouver 2010 olympics