Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Higher Fiber, One Bowl, Super Easy, Spice Cookie Bars!
How many more descriptive buzz words can I add??
But seriously, these Spice Cookie Bars really are so deliciously easy to make and a they serve as a nice break to the sugary holiday cookies you might be having this season!
Speaking of which… Let’s talk about that and how to maneuver through your health goals this season…
Right off the bat, we know it’ll likely be easier to maintain some sort of routine and health without all the holiday parties, working from home instead of being in the office, and just social distancing as a whole. With that being said, a lot of us have found our ways back into the office, exchanging cookies with neighbors, and having mini parties with our quarantined circles. For that reason, it’s still always helpful to have a few, practical tips we can put into place so we can enjoy the holidays, the treats, and feel really darn good while we do it.
1. The Freezer is Your Friend.
Gifted a batch of a dozen cookies from your neighbor, a box of chocolates from work, and baking with your kids?
The treats on the counter add up quickly… Which means, the freezer is your friend. It’s not practical to throw away every treat that comes your way. It’s not practical to eat them all at once either. And leaving them on the counter to mindlessly graze on all December long sounds like a recipe for disaster.
You can put those chocolates and cookies from your neighbor in the freezer while you enjoy the gingerbread cookies you decorated with your kids. Periodically take out the frozen treats one at a time when you want it. The freezer will keep most baked treats good for about 6 months!
2. Balance the Fun Foods into Your Day.
Do you really want a holiday cookie a day for all of December? Because if you do, you can have it. Seriously.
But if you want it to fit into your health and fitness goals, your best bet is to balance that treat into your day. What do I mean by that? If you normally have eggs and toast for breakfast, now you’re having eggs, a cookie, and a side of veggies for breakfast. That cookie becomes your carb but you need to make sure you’re still getting fiber and protein at that meal. Keep those eggs for plenty of filling protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. Add the veggies for filling fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and health. You get the picture.
Imagine a gluten free, sugar free, spice cookie. Then imagine it in bar form. It's the easiest and most flavorful holiday cookie you'll have this season.
prep time: 15 minutes cook time: 12 minutes total time: 27 minutes servings: 12
Have a great holiday and remember, life is all about balance; there's not a day that goes by that I don't eat something sweet ;).
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