Word of the Day & Clean Recipe

The word of the day is “tired”. Oh and “tummy ache” and “meh”.  My Wednesday morning workout was not my typical Wednesday morning workout.  I woke up tired from what seemed to be a restless night (not sure if it was or if it was just my imagination) and my tummy felt uneasy.  My legs and body felt a bit tired from yesterday’s boot camp & run so I immediately ruled out my speed work on the treadmill and opted for a nice, easy run: 3 miles at a 10:20/mile pace.  Ok, it was really 2.84 miles and I developed a side stitch and called it quits.  Which is fine since I have a race this Saturday and any speed work or mileage covered today wouldn’t have really helped me anyway.  [This is me rationalizing to myself that it’s ok that I didn’t have a great workout…haha].  But really, it is ok.  A bad run or workout every so often is perfectly normal.  It’s just our body’s way of saying “Meh, not feeling it today”.  And today I mentally and physically just wasn’t feeling it.  I did do a few rounds of weights (legs day still…boo) and completed a normal Wednesday finisher on the bike.  Since my calves are uber-sore from all the jumping in boot camp yesterday, I spent a few minutes on the foam roller (or what I like to call “the toothbrush for my muscles”).

Given my tummy ache, I haven’t had an appetite for much today, nor have I been productive in the least.  I don’t even have a hankering for water like I normally do.  Regardless, I’m pretty excited to go home, slip on my comfy clothes and park my booty on the couch.

I did make a fabulous, delicious, healthy, and clean chocolate chip cookie last night though.  It’s a recipe I found on Gracious Pantry. I just love this blog and do try to eat/cook clean as much as possible.  Although with my on-the-go lifestyle that can prove to be fairly difficult.  Regardless, I still try.  And I always feel so much better.  Here’s the recipe:

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Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Tools
Food processor
Large mixing bowl
Spatula

Ingredients
2/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup cooked oatmeal
3 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips (or dairy free chips)

Note: If you don’t want to use the chocolate chips, they could be very easily substituted with raisins, nuts or dried fruits of any kind.

Directions

Step 1 – Mix everything except the chocolate chips in the food processor. You should have a nice wet, sticky dough when you’re done.

Step 2 – Using your spatula, scrape dough into your mixing bowl and mix in chocolate chips.

Step 3 – Spoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Step 4 – Bake for 20 minutes.

Eat and Enjoy!

Nutritional Content varies depending on size of cookie.

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These cookies took no time at all to make and were so easy!  Since I’d never worked with this kind of “batter” before, I didn’t think to press the cookies down moreso than I already did and they turned out a little more chewy than I would have liked.  Perhaps pressing them “thinner” and baking for a few minutes longer might add a bit more crunch.  But these will be chewier than the typical chocolate chip cookie everyone is used to.  I used sugar-free honey (yes, I know, it’s technically imitation honey) so aside from the chocolate chips (I used Toll House…not clean, sorry), they were sugar free.  AWESOME!

Happy Hump Day everyone!  Today is technically my Thursday since I am off on Friday, but I won’t rub it in 🙂

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